Brother DCP-L2500D Review
An entry-level all-in-one mono laser printer, the Brother DCP-L2500D aimed at small office and home office (SOHO) users. With a price tag of around £70 -£80 it is very attractive to anybody on a tight budget. With print, scan and copy facilities and the ability to print duplex pages it is a very handy machine. In response to the more flexible and quicker inkjets being launched, and printer ink prices falling this range of laser printers continues to drop in price.
The DCP-L2500D has a small desktop footprint, but is quite deep when you get to the scanner cover as it tapers out from bottom to top. The scanner is a Contact Image Scan (CIS) flatbed for text and photos. The L2500D has a full-width control panel, based around a two-line, 16-character LCD display. Below the control panel is a slot for paper output and this has a small, flip-over paper stop to catch printed pages. Below that is a flip-down cover which becomes a single-sheet paper feed for special media. At the bottom is a 250-sheet paper tray for A4 sheets.
In front of the scanner is a full-width control panel, based around a rather skimpy two-line, 16-character LCD display, without a back-light. Given the cost of an LED, it’s hard to see why all display panels can’t be fitted with one.
Below the control panel is a slot for paper output and this has a small, flip-over paper stop to catch printed pages. Below that is a flip-down cover which becomes a single-sheet paper feed for special media. At the bottom is a 250-sheet paper tray for A4 sheets.
The DCP-L2500D has no wireless or network connection, though these are available on other machines in the range, connection is a USB socket at the back.
The Brother DCP-L2500D uses the Brother TN2310 toner cartridges which produce 1,200 pages, or the higher capacity Brother TN2320 toner cartridges which will give you a whopping 2600 prints. These are installed behind the front cover.
Brother rates the DCP-L2500D at 26ppm, which is pretty impressive, in real terms, this is a good turn of speed for a low-cost printer. In duplex mode the machine still manages 10.6 sides per minute
The high capacity toner cartridge gives a cost per page of 3.0p, this is good when compared with other laser printers at similar price, and even with some inkjets.
As a comparison, Samsung XpressM2070 is perhaps the best match, at around £80 and it offers a similar specification.