Reliability and performance
Print speeds up to 618 cps at 12 cpi and a rugged design that can handle extreme environments and workloads help you to be productive no matter where you are.
Flexible paper handling
Easily switch between push and pull feeds and print on multiple types of media, including single-part or multi-part continuous forms, wide-sheet fed paper, and single-part or multi-part cut forms.
Easy to use
The easy-to-use operator panel lets you access all of the printer functions, monitor character and page counts and preview fonts.
Easy to maintain
Easily maintain multiple devices from a centralized location with the embedded web server and Lexmark Markvision Enterprise.
Replace supplies less often with powerful printheads that last up to 300 million characters and the availability of re-inking ribbons that can print up to 8 million characters.
In the Box
- Lexmark Forms Printer 2581n+
- Standard yield re-inking ribbon
- Power cord
- Software and documentation CD
- Setup sheet
- Operator panel overlays
- Safety instruction sheet
Ethernet, USB or parallel cables are not included. Please purchase separately.
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.
Limited Warranty - See Statement of Limited Warranty
2-Year Exchange Service, Next Business Day
Packaged Weight (lb.)
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)
Country of Origin
Average Power (Printing)
Average Power (Sleep Mode)
Average Power (Hibernate Mode)
9-Pin Dot Matrix
240 x 144 dots per inch
Up to 618 cps Fast Draft @ 12 cpi, Up to 400 cps Draft @ 12 cpi, Up to 100 cps Near Letter Quality @ 12 cpi
Noise Level, Idle
Noise Level (Print), Operating
Maximum Print Line (")
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 in. or 406 mm maximum page width, 3.0 in. or 76 mm minimum page width, 22.0 in. or 559 mm maximum page length, 3.0 in. or 76 mm minimum page length), Wide sheet fed paper (14.33 in. or 364 mm maximum page width, 4.13 in. or 105 mm minimum page width, 22.0 in. or 559 mm maximum page length, 5.5 in. or 139 mm minimum page length), Single-part or multi-part cut forms (16.5 in. or 420 mm maximum page width, 3.0 in. or 76 mm minimum page width, 22.0 in. or 559 mm maximum page length, 3.0 in. or 76 mm minimum page length)
Media Types Supported
Multi-part forms - Up to 1+5 parts (up to 0.020 in. or 0.51 mm paper thickness), Single-part forms - 16 to 24 lb., 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 in. or 0.11 mm paper thickness), Forms or Paper - 16 to 24 lb., 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 in. or 0.11 mm maximum paper thickness)
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 XP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 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 NetWare 6.5 Open Enterprise Server, Novell NetWare 5.1(SP 6+), 6.0(SP 3+) with Novell Distributed Print Services (NDPS), Novell Open Enterprise Server on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
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
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
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
TCP/IP Set of Application Services
Zero configuration, DDNS, mDNS, NTP: Network Time Protocol, ping, finger, telnet
SNMPv3, 802.1x Authentication: MD5, MSCHAPv2, LEAP, PEAP, TLS, TTLS, IPSec
Network Management Protocols
HTTP, HTTPs (SSL*/TLS), SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, SNMPv3, WINS, SLPv1, IGMP, APIPA (AutoIP), DHCP, ICMP, DNS, *This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit.
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)
Customer ServiceLexmark International
- MON-FRI: 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
- SAT: 12.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
- SUN: Closed