Ricoh C250DN and C252DN Review

Good: Affordable prices (including cost-per-page), strong enviornmental features, Wi-Fi and mobile capabilities.
Bad: Not ideal for medium or larger businesses.
Bottom Line: New color printers with Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile printing.
Intended Users:
SP C250DN Family
Small workgroup
Speed Black:
Speed Color:

Product Overview

Ricoh’s latest color printers are aimed at home offices, small businesses, and smaller workgroups within large organizations. The SP C250DN ($360) and the SP C252DN ($550) print at 21ppm in both black-and-white and color. They join their multifunction cousins, the SP C250SF and the SP C252SF, in Ricoh’s color lineup. The main difference between the two printers is that the SP C250DN is ideal for lower-volume environments with its aggressive price. However, the SP C252DN is a good buy for higher-volume environments as its high-yield consumables contribute to a low cost of ownership.

More details on these printers can be found in our Features section below.

We calculate the cost per page for the C252DN (based on its higher-yield toners) at 1.83 cents in black and 8.93 cents in color. Ricoh is known for providing affordable toners so these are excellent cost-per-page factors.

The SP C250DN and SP C252DN are affordable machines for smaller businesses that need a compact, easy to use device. We especially like that they support Wi-Fi and mobile printing – and we also like that the SP C252DN offers high-yield consumables for this level of the market.


Each printer has a 350MHz controller and 128MB of memory (not expandable). First-print-out time is 14 seconds. PCL and PostScript are supported. USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi are standard.

These printers also support mobile printing. With the Ricoh Smart Device Print&Scan App, users can print from their iOS or Android devices. Ricoh also improved its energy-saving features. First, each printer supports standard duplex printing. Users can recycle their print cartridges via Ricoh’s take-back program. Also, Ricoh has reported electricity use of each printer at 1.37 kilowatt-hour per week. And finally, Economy Color Mode helps reduce the cost-per-page factors by printing images at lower density while retaining full density of all text.

Both printers have decent paper handling features. There is a 250-sheet standard tray and a single-sheet bypass, which accept up to legal-sized paper. Users can add an optional 500-sheet tray for a total of 751 sheets. Output is limited to a 150-sheet tray.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


These devices are aimed at home and small offices that don’t mind the low speed volume; businesses that want faster speeds may need to look at other Ricoh devices.

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Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The majority of the company’s revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives. Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

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