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Epson’s range of laser printers and multifunctions are reworks of machines from other companies. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, particularly if you cherry pick the best machines from a variety of manufacturers. The Aculaser M2400DN is built around a Kyocera Mita engine and sold as a high speed (35ppm), small workgroup printer (sharing a lot of its specs with the Kyocera Mita FS-1370DN).
Design-wise, it's pretty much a flattened cube, with a pale grey body and dark grey top. Paper feeds from a 250-sheet main tray or from a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray, which folds down from the front. You can add two more, 250-sheet trays underneath the machine to increase its capacity to a total of 800 pages.
The control panel is small and simple, with three buttons for information, cancel and start/stop. The information button prints a comprehensive status page. There are six indicators, including those for paper, toner and memory errors. At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet networking.
Like the Kyocera Mita machine on which it’s based, the Aculaser M2400DN has a longlife drum, which should give 100,000 pages of normal print and may therefore survive for the full service life of the printer, without changing. All you need to replace is toner, and the cartridge clips in under the top cover. The locking mechanism is a bit flimsy, so you may have to fiddle to get it into the right position and there's a one-time, 15-minute charging cycle, each time you change cartridges.
Software comprises emulated drivers for PCL6 and PostScript L3 and Epson supports both Windows and OS X platforms. There’s also support for Linux and Netware, though you’ll need to download generic drivers.
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