Ricoh SP 4520DN Review

Good: Compact, decent paper handling, tiltable touchscreen.
Bad: Not ideal for companies that want ledger-sized paper handling, no information to calculate cost per page.
Bottom Line: Good buy for midsize workgroups that want a dedicated printer but does not require color.
Intended Users:
SP 4520DN
Midsize workgroup
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
Not applicable

Product Overview

The new Ricoh SP 4520DN joins its multifunction sibling, the MP 401SPF, in the lineup that handles only up to legal-sized paper. It is aimed at the midsize workgroup that does not need ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) handling.

At $1,025, the SP 4520DN prints at 42ppm. There is a 533MHz processor, 512MB of memory (that is upgradeable to 1GB), and an optional 320GB hard drive. Warm up time is 17 seconds and the first-page-out time is 5 seconds. The maximum duty cycle is approximately 150,000 pages per month, although the recommended volume is 10,000 pages.

There is also the tiltable 4.3″ touchscreen control panel where users can create shortcuts for commonly-used features. Users can optionally add the web browser to access the web directly from the control panel.

More details are found in our Features section below.

The SP 4520DN is a compact printer that is a good buy for midsize workgroups that don’t require multifunctionality or color.


Paper supplies: A 500-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass tray are standard. You can optionally add a second two-tray bank for 1,100 more sheets or a two-tray bank that totals 500 sheets. Maximum paper input is 1,600 sheets. Output consists of a 250-sheet internal tray. There are no finishers.

Other features: PCL, PostScript, and direct PDF printing are supported as standard; XPS is optional. USB and Ethernet connectivity is standard. Wi-Fi is optional. Ricoh offers its Smart Device Print&Scan app for smartphones and tablets.

Other printing features include scheduled print, toner saving mode, and locked print, to name a few.

There is a variety of security features, including password protected, user-specific authentication, address book encryption, and data overwrite.

At the time of the review, we don’t have the information to calculate cost per page – however, the yield of the print cartridge is 10,400 pages (both shipped with device and aftermarket).

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


This device only accepts up to legal-sized paper, so companies that want ledger-sized paper handling should check out Ricoh’s other monochrome and color printers. Also, we don’t have the information at this time to calculate cost per page for consumables.


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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  1. After giving Stratix another chance – my only suggestion to you is to avoid this company like the plague. Also, do not ever purchase any printers from Ricoh as they will not stand behind their products. After having this printer for less than 1 year, a Stratix employee told us we needed a new drum unit and they wanted to overcharge us for it. We purchased a certified Ricoh drum unit from a much better reputable company for much less, however, when the unit arrived, it was slightly off in the design, just enough to break the machine. Whenever we ordered toner or any maintenance part for this printer , it would be slightly off, which is another reason not to buy Ricoh printers. The other company stepped up to the plate and tried to help us , but the printer was beyond their scope. I called Stratix and not only did they not help us, they charged us for a service call. I then called Ricoh who said that they would replace the unit under warranty, but they never did. Now after months of waiting for a replacement, they will not replace the printer. DO NOT USE STRATIX OR RICOH!!!!

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