Ricoh MP C2003 and MP C2503 Review

Good: Stapleless finisher option, Ricoh's Smart Device Print&Scan app
Bad: Optional PostScript (most competitive machines offer it as standard)
Bottom Line: Compact machines that are good for the small to medium offices.
Intended Users:
MP C2003/MP C2503
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
Speed Color:

Product Overview

In 2014, Ricoh has released two color MFPs for the small or medium-sized offices. Both machines offer standard copying, printing, and scanning features, plus optional faxing. The MP C2003 ($6,890) runs at 20ppm in both black and color, while the MP C2503 ($9,330) has a speed of 25ppm in both modes. Warm-up time for both devices is a speedy 19 seconds. First-copy-time is 7.6 seconds in color for the MP C2003 and 7.5 seconds (color) for the MP C2503.

There is a 600MHz processor and 1.5GB of standard memory with the option to add up to 2GB maximum. There is a standard 250GB hard drive. Both devices also include a tiltable, 9″ Full Color Control Panel that includes a customizable home screen.

More details on these devices’ features can be found in our Features section below.

Aimed at offices that need color but not the full range of high-end features, the MP C2003 and MP C2503 are good bargains with strong-enough capabilities for many offices. We especially like the unique stapleless finishing option.


Paper handling:

  • Ledger-sized (11″ x 17″)
  • Standard dual 550-sheet tray and 100-sheet bypass
  • Optional 550-sheet paper bank (price not available)
  • Optional two-tray paper bank of 550 sheets each (price not available)
  • Maximum paper capacity is 2,300 sheets
  • Standard 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder
  • 500-sheet output tray standard
  • Optional 125-sheet bin tray (price not available)
  • Optional 250-sheet internal shift-sort tray (price not available)
  • Optional internal finisher with 500-sheet capacity and 50-sheet multiposition stapling; 2/3-hole punch kit can be added as an option.
  • Unique optional stapleless finisher that binds up to 5 sheets of paper with no staples; this feature can lead to improved productivity, clear up additional document storage space, and lower costs.

MFP features:

  • PCL, XPS, PDF, and printing from USB and SD card are standard
  • Optional PostScript
  • USB and Ethernet standard; wireless optional
  • Scan-to-functions: scan-to-email, to folder, to URL, and to portable USB and SD card media
  • File formats: JPEG, TIFF, PDF, high-compression PDF, and PDF/A
  • Ricoh’s Smart Device Print&Scan app for mobile printing/scanning; one unique function is that it allows users to select finishing options, duplex settings, switch from color to monochrome and more.
  • Optional faxing utilizes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. Its standard memory is 4MB with an option to add up to a maximum of 28MB
  • Document server where users can store up to 3,000 documents with the maximum of 2,000 pages per document

Security features:

  • DataOverwrite
  • Security System (DOSS)
  • HDD Encryption
  • User Codes
  • SNMP v3 Support
  • Encryption
  • Locked Print
  • User Authentication
  • 802.1.x Wired Authentication
  • WPA/WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protect Access Support)
  • Digitally Signed PDF


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


PostScript is only an option; most competitive devices at this level of the market includes it as a standard feature. Wireless connectivity is also available as an option.


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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