Despite being a mere mono-laser printer, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D offers a potential level of functionality that belies its bargain basement presentation.

At a time when it's possible to buy a colour laser printer for £200, or a mono laser for half that, is there really a market for a basic £200 mono laser printer?

The Epson AcuLaser M2000D is unlikely to supply a definitive answer to this question, although it does have one or two features that distinguish it from the competition.

Initially, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D looks unpromising. Few printers these days seem to come with extensive printed instructions, but even given this, the Epson's documentation is rather skimpy.

Plus, blinking lights are in essence your only indicator as to whether the Epson AcuLaser M2000D is ready to roll or not, and the control panel can best be described as minimal.

Neither were we delighted by the Epson AcuLaser M2000D's build quality, and some parts came off in our hands without it being exactly clear where they had come from.

In other respects though, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D offers a potential level of functionality that belies its bargain basement presentation.

As standard, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D can hold up to 250 sheets in the input tray, with the multi-purpose tray holding another 50. But one or two additional 250-sheet paper trays can be added, bringing it up to a rather impressive 800 sheets.

The 32MB of memory can also be upped to 288MB. And the Epson AcuLaser M2000D has a very workable duplex feature that makes it extremely easy to print on both sides of a sheet of paper.

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Despite being a mere mono-laser printer, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D offers a potential level of functionality that belies its bargain basement presentation.

Neither is the Epson AcuLaser M2000D particularly expensive to run. The high-capacity toner cartridges have a lifetime of up to 8,000 sheets, and while the initial cost (£127) is high, the running costs work out at a very affordable 1.6p per page. Admittedly, the Oki B2200 manages a more appetising 1.4p, despite costing only half as much to buy.

However, print quality is fast and, once you've skipped past the awful low-quality mode (where the toner is so faint as to be almost illegible), the text output is relatively clean. And with the middle and highest quality modes available at a rate of 22-23 pages per minute, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D is one of the fastest affordable lasers we've seen in a while.

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Epson AcuLaser M2000D: Specs

  • maximum resolution 1,200dpi
  • installed RAM 32MB
  • max RAM 288MB
  • quoted print speed B=28ppm
  • actual print speed B=23ppm
  • supported interface types USB 1.1/2.0
  • standard paper input 250/300 sheets
  • 378x390x255mm
  • 11.5kg
  • toner costs B=£127
  • print life (pages) B=8,000
  • 1-year onsite warranty
  • maximum resolution 1,200dpi
  • installed RAM 32MB
  • max RAM 288MB
  • quoted print speed B=28ppm
  • actual print speed B=23ppm
  • supported interface types USB 1.1/2.0
  • standard paper input 250/300 sheets
  • 378x390x255mm
  • 11.5kg
  • toner costs B=£127
  • print life (pages) B=8,000
  • 1-year onsite warranty

OUR VERDICT

For users needing to run off medium-sized batches of text documents, the Epson AcuLaser M2000D produces good results, and with relatively low running costs. Certainly though, better attention to presentation would have helped its cause.

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