Ricoh aims at cost-conscious businesses with two laser printers offering a host of security features and an ink cartridge design enabling a low TCO.
Digital office equipment and document management solutions specialist Ricoh
Americas announced the release of two color laser printers, the Aficio SP
C430DN and SP C431DN-network printer systems that offer a broad range of media
support. The SP C430DN and SP C431DN offer two printer engine options, allowing
users to choose the print speed that works best, and they turn out full-color
and monochrome prints at 37 pages per minute. The SP C431DN addresses busier
workgroups with a color and black-and-white output speed of 42 pages per
Users can install up to three optional 550-sheet paper feed units for a
maximum 2,300-sheet capacity that supports up to 120 lb. index. For increased
versatility, the system also accepts up to 140 lb. index through its 100-sheet
bypass tray, which is capable of handling special media such as static cling,
waterproof and coated papers. The SP C430DN has suggested price of $1,499,
while the SP C431DN is priced higher, at $1,999.
As users look to minimize expenses, Ricoh has driven down the cost per page
by employing three color cartridges that yield 21,000 prints each and one black
cartridge that yields 24,000 prints. Additionally, Ricoh's Economy Color modeis designed to help businesses save on consumables by reducing the amount of
toner used while still producing legible documents.
Businesses demanding reliable document security can look to the device
access and data protection options the SP C430DN and SP C431DN offer. The SP
C430DN provides network data encryption and user authentication. For increased
security, the SP C431DN comes standard with additional features, including an
80GB hard drive and 768MB of RAM for
increased document storage and queuing, Enhanced Locked Print-NX (ELP-NX)
for password-protected print release on any ELP-NX-enabled
networked device, and Card Authentication Package (CAP)
for device access via user identification card swipes. These features on the SP
C431DN are also available optionally on the SP C430DN at an additional cost.
"Speed, versatility and reliability are important business requirements when
looking for printers to maintain a productive office environment," said Shun
Sato, senior vice president of marketing for Ricoh Americas. "Whether you are a
small business in need of a secure and dependable network printer, or a larger
enterprise looking to enhance the productivity of individual workgroups, the
Aficio SP C430DN and SP C431DN color laser printers are designed to fit into
any setting and produce high-quality output while realizing savings for our
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