Ricoh debuts two lines of printers aimed at graphics-heavy environments and businesses that require advanced security features.
Digital office equipment provider Ricoh Americas has announced the
availability of its Ricoh Aficio SP C820DN and SP C821DN color laser printer
series, an upgrade over the previous Aficio CL7200 and SP C811DN models.
The new printers boast an upgraded engine design based on the CL7200 engine,
which the company said produces faster warm-up times and first print times. The
Aficio SP C820DN and SP C821DN are available for $3,699 and $4,669, respectively.
Ricoh said its color laser printers are the ideal solution for
graphic-intensive workgroups like marketing departments, print-for-pay vendors,
prepress departments and design agencies looking to produce full-color
documents in-house. The SP C820DN and SP C821DN Series comes equipped with
finishing options like the 1,000-sheet booklet finisher and 3,000-sheet
finisher, which allow users to produce full-color marketing materials at a much
lower cost than outsourcing, the company argues.
The printers' multi-bit printer engine uses laser technology to achieve
high-quality prints: The SP C820DN and SP C821DN support Pantone, ColorSync,
and custom ICM and ICC profiles to help give
users flexibility to keep a wide range of jobs in-house. Ricoh said Pantone
Color Palettes will be available in mid-August 2009.
The machines print up to 9,600 by 600 dpi and 1,200 by 1,200 dpi at a rate
of up to 40 pages per minute for the Aficio C820DN and up to 50 pages per
minute for the Aficio C821DN.
"Ricoh realizes that in today's economy, our customers demand speed,
productivity and reliability to keep their businesses performing at high
levels," said Matt Sakauchi, vice president of the Office Printer Business
Group for Ricoh Americas. "Our new color laser printers ensure that our
customers can continue to optimize their productivity with new technology that
is cost-effective and efficient."
In addition to printers for graphic-intensive environments, the company also
announced a line of digital imaging systems, the Ricoh Pro 907EX/Pro 1107EX and
Pro 1357EX line, which feature enhancements to the Ricoh Pro 906EX/Pro 1106EX
and Pro 1356EX series that launched in May 2008, including advanced performance
and improved finishing features.
The Ricoh Pro 907EX/Pro 1107EX/Pro 1357EX offers print speeds of up to 135
pages per minute (ppm), and faster performance due to its enhanced memory
architecture, which includes a standard 512MB RAM
(upgradable to 1.5GB) and a 320GB hard disk drive. The Pro 907EX/Pro 1107EX/Pro
1357EX can create perfect-bound books of up to 400 pages (duplex) using its
in-line Perfect Binder, and the company's ring binder unit can produce
ring-bound booklets that are punched and bound online.
Ricoh has also loaded the printers with advanced security to help customers
protect sensitive customer documents-and the system itself-by requiring
identification confirmation of individuals prior to system access. Internal and
external authentication, along with access restriction, control which features
authorized users can employ. Users can prevent denial-of-service attacks,
reduce the risk of virus relay and defend against user name/password theft with
the Network Protocol On/Off function. Protecting data from interception,
analysis and tampering with encrypted transmission is supported by Secure
Sockets Layer (SSL) technology.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.