There’s decades of investment behind this fast, network-ready, extremely rugged 9-pin printer for wide-format forms. Ideal for wide-format documents, the Lexmark Forms Printer 2581 (9-pin) offers rapid, reliable 6-part forms (1 original + 5 copies) printing as fast as 510 cps.

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  • Top Reliability, Potent Speed
  • Ideal for wide-format documents, it’s a fast-and-certain printing solution for 6-part forms (1 original + 5 copies) as fast as 510 cps. Durable in the most extreme environments, but with a surprising features range—and all elegantly network managed for even more efficiency.
  • Rugged Design, Extreme Workloads
  • Powerful print heads print up to 300 million characters and a robust mean time between failure of 12,500 POH*. 2MB of built-in flash memory for expanded bar code support, non-volatile fonts and remote management.*Power-on hours rated at 25 percent duty cycle
  • Effortless Versatility
  • Easily switch between push and pull feeds, plus enjoy an flexible paper-handling options: Automatic Sheet Feeder to load a stack of cut-sheet media, envelopes or multipart forms. Or the Tractor 2 so two types of continuous forms can be loaded simultaneously.
  • Simplicity Right Out of the Box
  • Loading ribbons and installing media options takes just seconds. The new operator panel gives easy access to all printer functions, with WYSIWYG font indicators. Get remote access to character and page counts to monitor supplies and page usage.
  • Less Work for the Help Desk
  • Connectivity features include standard parallel and USB ports, plus built-in Ethernet and security features such as IPSec, HTTPS, SNMPv3 and 802.1x authentication. Multiple protocols include IPX/SPX and TCP/IP (IPv4 and IPv6). Includes MarkVision™ Professional software for a host of efficient remote management tools.

Product Specifications

Size (in. - H x W x D) 7.7 x 24.9 x 11.4 in.
Packaged Size (in. - H x W x D) 12.8 x 29.6 x 16.1 in.
Weight (lb.) 21.6 lb.
Product Warranty 2 Year Onsite Repair, Next Business Day Response
Packaged Weight (lb.) 27.1 lb.
UNSPSC Code 43212102
Product Certifications Energy Star, UL 60950-1, CSA, FCC Class B, CB IEC 60950-1, SEMKO, GS (TÜV), CE Class B, SMA C-Tick
Specified Operating Environment Humidity: 8 to 90% Relative Humidity Temperature:10 to 40°C (50 to 104°F)
Ethernet Network Yes
Print Technology 9-Pin Dot Matrix
Resolution 240 x 144 dots per inch
Print Speeds Up to 304 cps Draft @12 cpi Up to 510 cps Fast Draft @ 12cpi Up to 76 cps Near Letter Quality @ 12 cpi
Memory 512 KB
Noise Level, Idle 0 dBA
Print Noise Level, Operating 56 dBA
Maximum Print Line (") 13.6 inches
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 12,500 POH @ 25% duty cycle
Paper Handling Standard Front Tractor Feeder
Paper Handling Optional Automatic Sheet Feeder (wide) Tractor 2 (wide)
Media Sizes Supported Single-part or multi-part Continuous Forms(16.0" or 406mm maximum page width, 3.0" or 76mm minimum page width, 22.0" or 559mm maximum page length, 3.0" or 76mm minimum page length) Wide Sheet Fed Paper (14.33" or 364mm maximum page width, 4.13" or 105mm minimum page width, 22.0" or 559mm maximum page length, 5.5" or 139mm minimum page length) Single-part or multi-part Cut Forms (16.5" or 420mm maximum page width, 3.0" or 76mm minimum page width, 22.0" or 559mm maximum page length, 3.0" or 76mm minimum page length)
Media Types Supported Multi-part forms - Up to 1+5 Parts (up to 0.020" or 0.51 mm paper thickness) Single-part forms - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045" or 0.11 mm paper thickness) Forms or Paper - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045" or 0.11mm maximum paper thickness)
Supplies Yield Optional 8 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi)- Re-Inking Ribbon Standard 4 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi) - Re-Inking Ribbon
Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows NT (4.00/4.00 Server) Microsoft Windows Me Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition Microsoft Windows XP x64 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Microsoft Windows 7 Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Novell Operating Systems Supported Novell® Open Enterprise Server for Netware with NDS, iPrint or Novell Distributed Print Services (NDPS) Novell NetWare® 3.2, 4.2 (bindery) Novell NetWare 4.2, 5.x and 6.x (NDS) Novell NetWare 5.x, 6.x with iPrint or Novell Distributed Print Services (NDPS)
Linux Operating Systems Supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0, 9.0, 10, 11 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, 4.0 Linspire Linux 5.0 SUSE Linux 10.0, 10.1, 10.2
UNIX Operating Systems Supported Sun Solaris SPARC 8, 9, 10 IBM AIX 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 Sun Solaris x86 10 HP-UX 11.11
Standard Ports Ethernet 10/100BaseTX (RJ-45) USB
Optional Network Ports External MarkNet™ N7020e Gigabit Ethernet
Printer Languages (Standard) Epson Emulation Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS) Okidata MICROLINE Emulation
Text Fonts Fast Draft, Draft, Courier, Gothic 10, 12, 15, 17.1, 20 cpi Proportional Spaced (PS)
Network Protocol Support TCP/IP IPv4 IPX/SPX TCP/IP IPv6
Network Printing Methods LPR/LPD Direct IP (Port 9100) IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) NDS Queue-based Printing Enhanced IP (Port 9400) FTP, TFTP
Web Browsers for Embedded Web Server Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x, 6.x Netscape Navigator 6.x, 7.x Apple Mac OS X Safari 1.0 Mozilla FireFox 1.0
TCP/IP Set of Application Services Zero configuration DDNS, mDNS NTP: Network Time Protocol ping, finger, telnet
Network Security SSL* Enabled Embedded Web Server (HTTPS) SNMPv3 TCP/IP port access control 802.1x Authentication: MD5, MSCHAPv2, LEAP, PEAP, TLS, TTLS IPSec *This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit.
Network Management Protocols HTTP HTTPs (SSL*/TLS) SNMPv1, SNMPv2c SNMPv3 WINS SLPv1 IGMP APIPA (AutoIP) DHCP ICMP DNS
Bar Codes EAN-8 UPC-A Code 3 of 9 UPC-E Codabar (NW-7) EAN-13 Interleaved 2 of 5 Industrial 2 of 5 Code 128 US Postal (POSTNET 5-digit ZIP Code)