Ricoh 2228C Printer Review
The Ricoh Aficio 2228C is both flexible and inexpensive, offering a 4-in-1 design that can print, scan, fax and copy documents for a low price tag. Output speeds aren't as quick as models like the 2232C and 2238C, but the 2228C's maximum rates of 28 pages per minute for monochrome documents and 20 pages per minute for color are satisfactory for medium volumes. In addition to its output speeds, this unit's long-lasting Aficio 2228C printer toner, multifunction capabilities and intuitive user interface make it a good fit for small offices.
One of the 2228's best elements is its media handling, which is built to handle a standard input of up to 500 pages. Users that wish to increase this capacity can do so by adding optional trays, which in total can support up to 3,100 pages. The unit also benefits from an 80-sheet automatic document feeder that can scan large unattended jobs, double-sided printing to conserve paper and finishing options such as a stacker, stapler and hole puncher.
While the unit's standard USB port and ethernet interface will enable users to either print directly from their computer or through the office network, other features such as its versatile front control panel allow for standalone use. One such element on the control panel is its color touchscreen LCD, which provides icon-based access to quickly access frequently used features, check Ricoh 2228C toner levels and navigate through menus. A set of dedicated copy and fax features will allow them to be used independently of a computer, providing option to duplicate a job up to 999 times and speed dial buttons for quick faxing.
This printer can handle monochrome and color jobs, printing each with sharp detail and a resolution of 1200x1200 dpi using Aficio 2228C toner. The machine can duplicate jobs that closely mirror the original project with a crisp resolution of 600x600 dpi using black and color toners.
With yields of up to 10,000 pages for cyan, magenta and yellow Ricoh 2228C toner cartridges and a maximum of 19,000 pages for the black supply, users should have not problem expanding their workflows. To reduce costs, users can choose remanufactured Ricoh 2228C toner cartridges that are less expensive than OEM supplies.
The 2228C incorporates many features that separate it from more simplistic small office units, such as an easy-to-use touchscreen interface, network connectivity and an expandable media input. Those willing to look past its somewhat slower output speeds stand to benefit from this affordable laser printer's versatile all-in-one features.