The last time I featured a $50 laser printer, it was a bare-bones, no-frills, entry-level-as-they-come model.
Today, that same $50 will buy you something better: OfficeMax has the Samsung ML-2525 laser printer for $49.99 (plus sales tax in some states). Toss something else in your cart (like these 99-cent binder clips) and you'll score free shipping.
The ML-2525 is your basic personal laser printer, one that comes with a 250-sheet paper tray, an 80-sheet output tray, a 1,500-page toner cartridge, and a USB interface. (If you want the wireless version, the ML-2525W is on sale for $89.99.)
Speaking of toner, if you don't mind remanufactured cartridges, you can pick them up for as little as $45. That's not bad, though if you print high volumes, you might want to look for a model with cheaper consumables.
Samsung promises an output speed of 24 pages per minute, which is pretty zippy. The ML-2525 also offers a few nifty extras, like a PrintScreen button that prints the entire contents of your screen, just like that. (Hold it for 2 seconds and you get a printout of just the active window.)
Also, Samsung's AnyWeb Print software allows you to assemble content from different Web pages onto a single, new page, without any resizing or editing. That's a good way to save paper and toner.
CNET hasn't reviewed this particular model, though it did award 4 stars to the aforementioned wireless version. And a handful of OfficeMax customers collectively rated it 4.8 stars out of 5. Me, I say you gotta love any laser printer with a $50 price tag!
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