Ricoh Color Laser Printer

Ricoh Aficio SP C242DN Review & Rating

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At first glance, the Ricoh Aficio SP C242DN ($450 street) seems like it can do its job as a color laser printer well enough, but doesn't seem to offer anything to separate itself from the pack. Its speed and output quality are suitable for the small office or workgroup that it's meant for, but the speed is on the slow side for the price, and output quality is a touch below par overall. What should catch your eye, though, is a low claimed running cost that can translate to a bargain price for the total cost of ownership. That alone may be enough to put it on your short list.

Like the Dell 2150cdn ($399.99 direct, 4 stars) that's the Editors' Choice in this category, the SP C242DN is a little too big to comfortably share a desk with, but small enough so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding room for it. At 12.6 by 15.7 by 17.7 inches (HWD), it's a little shorter than the Dell printer, but it has a bigger footprint. As with the Dell printer too, it's heavy enough, at 52.5 pounds, that you may want some help moving it into place.

Other than the low running cost, the printer's best feature is its paper handling, with a 250-sheet tray, a duplexer (for printing on both sides of the page), and a one-sheet manual bypass tray, so you can feed an envelope or a different paper stock without having to swap out the paper in the tray.

This should be enough for most small offices and workgroups. If you have heavier duty print needs, however, or need a second type of paper available for printing—so you have both legal and letter size available, for example—you can also add an optional 500-sheet tray ($149 list) for a total 750-sheet capacity. Few small offices will need more than that. And note that although the 2150cdn matches the SP C242DN point for point in standard paper handling, the SP C242DN has the higher maximum capacity.

Setup and Speed
Setting up the SP C242DN is typical for this class of color laser. For my tests, I connected it to a network, using its Ethernet port, and installed the drivers on a Windows Vista system. The printer's speed is appropriate for a small office, but very much on the slow side.

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