Ricoh C250SF and C252SF 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: Compact color MFPs aimed at home offices and small businesses.
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Ricoh
SP C250SF Family
$599-$899
Small workgroup
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21ppm
21ppm
400MHz
256MB

Product Overview

Ricoh’s latest color MFPs are aimed at home offices, small businesses, and smaller workgroups within large organizations. The SP C250SF ($599) and the SP C252SF ($899) print at 21ppm in both black-and-white and color. They join their single-function cousins, the SP C250DN and the SP C252DN, in Ricoh’s color lineup. Both the SP C250SF and SP C252SF support standard printing, copying, scanning, and faxing.

The main difference between the two printers is that the SP C250SF is ideal for lower-volume environments with its aggressive price. However, the SP C252SF is a good buy for higher-volume environments as its high-yield consumables contribute to a low cost of ownership.

More details are found in our Features section below.

The SP C250SF and SP C252SF are affordable machines for the small 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 C252SF offers high-yield consumables for this level of the market.

Features

Each device has a 400MHz controller and 256MB of memory (not expandable). First-print-out time is 14 seconds. PCL and PostScript are supported. USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi are standard.

These MFPs 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 MFP supports standard duplex printing. Users can recycle their print cartridges via Ricoh’s take-back program. Also, Ricoh has reported electricity use of each MFP at 1.48 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 devices 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 a 150-sheet tray. There is also a 35-sheet automatic document feeder.

The scanning function includes JPEG and PDF compression, as well as single and multi-page TIFF, PDF, and single-page JPEG file formats. Scanning to email, to FTP, to folder, and to USB are supported. The faxing function utilizes a 33.6kbps modem and accepts up to 2MB in fax memory. JBIG compression is supported.

We calculate the cost per page for the C252SF (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.

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

Shortcomings

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.

About

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.

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/

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