Ricoh P 501/P 501TL Review

Good: Ability to print labels (on P 501TL), ease of setting up printer with installation wizard, integrated solutions that streamline printer maintenance.
Bad: Ledger-sized paper is not supported.
Bottom Line: Intuitive and easy-to-maintain devices for offices with mid-volume printing needs.
Intended Users:
P 501/P 501TL
Medium workgroups
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
45 ppm
Not applicable
1.3 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The P 501 and P 501TL printers join Ricoh’s new lineup of Value Devices that provide intuitive and easy-to-maintain features. Users can easily set up the printers, using the installation wizard, as well as use Ricoh’s integrated workflow solutions for efficient printer maintenance. The Value Devices also offer long-life drum and higher-yield toner cartridges that contribute to lower operating costs.

The P 501 and P 501TL prints at up to 45 ppm and include a tiltable LCD control panel. The P501TL differs from the base model in that it includes the ability to print labels and wristbands.

Both printers have a fast 19-second warmup time and a first-page-out time of five seconds. There is a 1.3 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory (not expandable) and an optional 320 GB hard drive. PCL and PostScript printing languages are supported. USB and Ethernet is standard, while wireless is optional.

Mobile printing is also supported via Ricoh’s Smart Device Connector, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print apps. For Android device users, the Near Field Communication (NFC) feature is standard.

More details is in our Features section below.


Paper input starts with a 500-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass tray. Ricoh offers the option of adding up to three 500-sheet paper trays for a maximum capacity of 2,100 sheets. There’s also an optional caster table for a floor-standing configuration. The maximum duty cycle is 150,000 pages.

The bypass tray supports envelope and banner printing, while the other trays supports paper up to 8.5″ x 14″. Automatic duplexing is standard. The output paper capacity consists of two trays: a 250-sheet tray and a 500-sheet tray. There are no finishing options.

The P 501/P 501TL printers have a wide range of security features, such as locked print, hard disk drive data overwrite, LDAP authentication, address book encryption and IP filtering.

The printers ship with a 3,000-page toner. Ricoh offers a choice of two aftermarket toners: one with a 3,000-page yield and the other with a 14,000-page yield.

We don’t have prices of the consumables to calculate the cost per page. However, Ricoh has history of providing low operating costs, but users can help minimize them by using the printer’s environmental features (e.g., duplexing).

Finally, the P 501/P 501TL printers include the Ricoh Device Manager NX Lite software that helps offices track printer usage and other settings from a computer.

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


The P 501/501TL printers don’t support ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) paper.


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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