Ricoh MP C501SP Review

Good: 10.1" Smart Operation panel, motion sensor that wakes up the device from sleep mode, versatile paper-handling.
Bad: Ledger-size (11" x 17") paper is not supported.
Bottom Line: Strong features that support an office with high-volume multifunctionality.
Intended Users:
Large, Enterprise
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
50 ppm
50 ppm
1.75 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The MP C501SP is a new high-volume device in Ricoh’s color MPF lineup. It prints and copies at up to 50 ppm, and has standard printing, copying, scanning and optional faxing features.  Warm-up time is 24 seconds, and first-copy-time is 5.7 seconds in color.

The MFP includes a 10.1″ Super VGA Smart Operation Panel for access to workflows. Users can access information with the same flick-swipe functionality commonly used on smartphones. They can also customize the user interface with one-touch workflows for common tasks, such as printing, scanning or accessing the document server.

The device includes a 1.75 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory and 320 GB hard drive. Ricoh offers an optional memory extension of up to 4 GB. PCL printing language is standard, while PostScript is optional. USB and Ethernet connectivity is standard. Wireless connectivity is optional. Mobile printing is supported.

There’s also a motion sensor that senses when a user is approaching the device and automatically wakes it up from sleep mode.

More details are in our Features section below.

In addition to fast engine speed, the MP C501SP includes strong features that support an office with high-volume multifunctionality.


Paper handling: The MP C501SP comes with two 550-sheet trays and a 100-sheet bypass. Users have the option of adding a tandem of two additional 550-sheet trays for a maximum capacity of 2,300 sheets. The standard trays support up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper size, while the optional trays support up to letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″) paper.

There’s a 220-sheet single-pass document feeder that scans both sides of a page in one pass. Its speed is 110 ppm simplex and 180 ipm duplex.

Output capacity is 500 sheets. There’s an optional 125-sheet one-bin tray. There’s also a 500-sheet internal finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling. A 2/3-hole punch unit can be optionally added to the finisher.

Multifunctionality: Scan-to functions include email (with LDAP support), folder (SMB and FTP), and URL. Scan-to-media is supported with a standard USB/SD card slot, which gives users the capability to scan to a USB flash drive and other similar devices. Ricoh offers optional OCR scanning for creating searchable PDFs.

There is 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.

The optional fax kit runs at 33.6 kbps with 4 MB of memory. An additional 64 MB of memory can be added as an option. LAN fax and Internet fax is supported.

Ricoh’s optional Cloud Workflow Solutions let users download a range of applications to be placed on the Home Screen of the display panel. Users can then quickly access those apps. They also can access files from cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox for printing.

Security features: Ricoh offers a wide range of built-in security features, such as LDAP, user authentication, IP filtering, hard disk drive overwrite and unauthorized copying and printing prevention.

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


Ledger-size (11″ x 17″) paper is not supported.


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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