Sunday, December 19, 2010

This Week in Ricoh "TWIR Notes"

- More info on the new Ricoh A4 color laser MFPs, the Aficio MP C300 and MP C400 offering:

o while are A4 (meaning letter/legal size paper only), the main engine is so large, apparently it is designed to be a floor standing unit only

o 30ppm and 40ppm top speeds respectively

o Maximum recommended volume of 20K/month

o Document feeder scans at 30opm

o 8.5” color touch screen LCD display that tilts up and down

o 600x600dpi as copier and 1200x1200dpi as printer (1, 2 or 4 bits per pixel)

o Comes standard with single 550 sheet paper drawer and 100 sheet stack bypass

 Maximum paper capacity with options of 2,300 sheets

 Can handle up to 256gsm

 Auto duplex standard up to 163gsm

o Uses Ricoh PxP polymerized toner w/4 tandem OPC drum design

o 60 second warm up time with 15 second first color copy out time

o Optional fax board (up to 400dpi with optional RAM)

o Optional internal stapling finisher with hole punch

o Built-in print controller: (actual maker unknown)

 1.5GB RAM/160GB hard drive

 Intel Celeron 1GHz processor

 XPS, PCL and PostScript print drivers standard

 USB & 10/100BaseT ports standard

 Optional 1000BaseT gigabit Ethernet

 Scan to and print from USB thumb drive or SD digital camera memory card

 Scan to email/FTP/SMB/URL/NCP/TWAIN/LDAP/folder

• Optional File Format converter for user box like features

• Optional web browser

 Optional embedded software (uses UNIX and JAVA operating systems)

 Optional hard drive encryption kit and data overwrite kits

- Ricoh announced it will offer biometric readers in conjunction with Equitrac cost recovery options for its MFPs.

o “unlike card and password protected authentication, biometric characteristics can not be misappropriated through bullying”

o “this technology is the safest possible way to identify the user”

o As compared with proximity cards; “the replacement of cards and wasted paper is also costly”
- In a cost cutting move, Ricoh announced it is shrinking its wholesale division from 4 regions to only 2:
o Mark Conant (east) and John Stewart (west) are two RVPs left

o The district sales managers will now support all Ricoh, Savin & Lanier dealers, rather than having separate personnel for each brand

-=Good Selling=-


braxtoq said...

Does anyone know when these will launch officially? Also I have heard that these are A3 models that have been defeatured to use a maximum of legal size paper, not a true from the ground up A4, is that true?

Art Post said...

We're now looking at January 2011, they've already been released in Europe.

As far as defeatured A3, that's a negative, they are fully featured. Take a trip to the p4pfourms and you'll find everything you'll need.



David Tarvin said...

Now we just need a black and white A4 device. Not everyone needs color, and they shouldn't have to pay for it. It's a niche that needs filled.

Although I work at a Ricoh dealership, we also sell Sharps via a third party, and I fill that niche with Sharp MX-B402s, a B/W A4device. Much cheaper than going with an A3 or an A4 color. But I don't really have access to all the material I need to be a great salesman for those products, so I really need Ricoh to come out with something similar.