Sizing Up The HP LaserJet 2500 Printer

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Sizing up the HP LaserJet 2500 printer is fairly easy to do because, like many Hewlett-Packard printers, it's so easy to understand. For one, this workgroup printer delivers nice text quality as well as a low cost of operation using HP 2500 color toner, which is sure to be appreciated by many businesses today, as focused as they are on controlling costs. Additionally, this printer can support both PC and Mac operations, which is a bonus.

One of the most surprising aspects of this networked workgroup printers is that it comes with a list price of only $330, which is currently being discounted to less than that by a number of online retailers. Given that a 2500 delivers quite a lot of performance for not a lot of price, a business could do worse than to use this particular HP when it comes time to replace the old workgroup printer.

As far as size when it comes to the 2500, it comes in at a relatively svelte 65 pounds, which is considered light in weight in the networked workgroup printer world. It's also relatively diminutive in stature, measuring only 19 inches by 18 inches by 20 inches. This means that it'll be able to be picked up and moved about and put into relatively tight spaces fairly easily.

In standard print configuration (meaning, quality) the 2500 can deliver up to 16 pages per minute of decent printed product. If high-quality output is desired, it can be readjusted, though print output per minute will drop to about four pages. Still, the level of quality at its best rivals what one might see on fine stationery and from a print shop.

The IT specialist responsible for connecting this printer to its network will have little trouble doing so. The 2500 comes with standard wired technology, including USB 2.0 and Ethernet 10/100 Base-TX ports. For an older network that hasn't been upgraded to newer technology as yet, there is also an old-style parallel port that's available for the IT specialist's use.

Print resolution for the HP 2500 is also decent enough, at 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi). This is sufficient to deliver a crisp and clean looking product, even when it's been tasked to print out graphics-rich jobs, it must be said. It does all this with the aid of a 300 MHz processor, which is speedy enough to take on multiple tasking from a large number of workgroup users, which is a good thing.

When it comes to memory, Hewlett-Packard has included 64 MB of RAM standard. This is usually more than enough for the needs of most average workgroups, but if expansion is required the 2500 can accommodate up to 256 MB of RAM. It's also fairly easy to remove the old RAM and upgrade to the new amount of RAM, making this an even more attractive workgroup printer for an IT specialist to handle.

The HP LaserJet 2500 printer can also hold a standard 500 sheets with an upgrade available that can bring it to 850 sheets. The HP 2500 toner cartridge can print out on a fairly large variety of media stock, as well. The HP C9700a black toner will make envelopes, transparencies, labels, and even rich Vellum paper look like quality. For a price of around $330, a workgroup will be getting an extremely versatile and useful printer and toner cartridge.

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