Ricoh IM 430Fb Series Review

Good: Improved operation panel with customizable workflows, optional offline stapling finisher, high-yield toner cartridges that contribute to lower operating costs.
Bad: Adobe PostScript is only optional.
Bottom Line: Black-and-white MFPs with workflows that help automate everyday processes.
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IM 430Fb Series
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Medium, Large
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37 ppm-45 ppm
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1.46 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The IM 430Fb Series join Ricoh’s line of Intelligent Devices that allow businesses to access the latest technological features without having to buy a new MFP. Administrators simply download any new application, feature, or upgrade from the device as soon as they’re available, thanks to Ricoh’s Always Current technology.

The series include three black-and-white MFPs that offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing. The IM 350F prints at up to 37 ppm, while the IM 430F and IM 430Fb has an engine speed of 45 ppm.  The first-page-out time is 5.4 seconds on the IM 350F and 4.5 seconds on the other two MFPs.

All three devices has a 10.1″ Smart Operation Panel, which includes improvements such as an upgraded processor for faster access to applications. The panel can be personalized with the client’s logo, and also includes web-help and how-to videos for guiding end users.

Ricoh also offer customized applications or workflows that can be standardized throughout the company or within cloud-hosted user profiles (so individuals or departments can access specific workflows). Those settings or workflows can be rolled over to the new device once the current MFP reaches end of life.

More details is in our Features section below.

Features

Paper input/output: Standard paper capacity is 500 sheets. Users can optionally add a 250-sheet tray or up to three 550-sheet trays for a maximum capacity of 2,100 sheets. The trays support up to legal-sized (8.5″ x 14″) paper. There’s also a standard 50-sheet single-pass duplexing feeder. Standard paper output is 250 sheets and Ricoh offers an offline stapler.

Multifunctional features: All three devices include a 1.46 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory and a 320 GB hard drive. PCL and a PostScript emulation is standard. Genuine Adobe PostScript is optional. UBS and Ethernet connectivity is standard, and wireless is optional. The devices support mobile printing and scanning via Ricoh’s Smart Device Connector app, Mopria and Apple AirPrint.

Scan-to functions include email, folder (SMB and FTP) and USB, and the devices support PDF, JPEG, TIFF, high-compression PDF and PDF/A file formats. The IM 430Fb includes a standard server for document management functionality that stores up to 3,000 documents, 2,000 pages per document and a maximum of 200 folders.

Faxing features include a 33.6kbps modem with a 40 ppm scanning speed and up to 4 MB of memory.

Toner cartridges: Ricoh offers different cartridges for each device. The IM 350F comes with a 14,000-page toner, while the IM 430F includes a 17,000-page cartridge. The IM 430Fb ships with a 6,000-page cartridge, but users can choose from either a 3,000-page or a 14,000-page cartridge when they need to purchase new toner.

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

Shortcomings

The Adobe PostScript is only offered as an option. This can be a shortcoming to some users as most MFPs offer this feature as standard.

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’s known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and its 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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