Ricoh Alficio 2015 Review
With a speed of only 15 copies per minute paired with bland copy and print resolution, the Ricoh Alficio 2015 is not exactly at the top of its game. This older model does offer a wide range of expansion options, but its hardware has simply become dated in an age of 50 page per minute mid sized machines in the machine’s category.
A single 250 sheet paper tray is the base paper storage for the Ricoh Alficio 2015 but this versatile device is expandable with multiple additional trays including a high capacity tandem style tray. A 100 sheet bypass tray is also incorporated and is the perfect way to print to media such as #10 envelopes, custom letterhead, card stock, and small sized media. The standard trays only accept paper types such as letter or legal.
One area where even older devices seem to maintain their usefulness is in fax functionality. Because of the limitations of phone lines, the 33.6 Kbps with auto shift down is of the same speed that we use today. With G3 transmission speed, the device takes about 3 seconds to send a page of material and about 1 second to scan it.
3 MBs of fax page memory are included separately from standard memory, which is good enough for up to 160 sheets of data storage. This ensures that incoming faxes that cannot be printed right away will not be lost. In the event of a power outage, the backup memory can be stored for up to 1 hour thanks to a short life backup battery. Other features include 32 quick dials, 150 speed dials, and 10 group dials with a maximum of 100 people per group.
The scanner for the Ricoh Alficio 2015 is optional, but it is network compatible which makes it stand out from host PC only scanners. The optical resolution, however, is awful at only 600 x 600 dots per inch which, while acceptable for printing, is not so for a scanner. The redeeming factor is that the scanner is Ledger sized so it is capable of accepting larger input, such as full magazine spreads, that others could not handle.
While 600 x 600 dots per inch is a bare minimum print and copy quality, it would be preferred if the device operated at the, now much more common for mid sized machines, 1200 x 1200 dot per inch resolution. 600 x 600 is plenty of print quality for plain black and white text but, as a stand alone copy machine, the Ricoh Alficio 2015 should be able to better handle image reproduction.
With a copy speed of only 15 copies per minute, the Ricoh Alficio 2015 has fallen well behind the curve in the area of performance. It can somehow still pull off a 6.5 second first copy time, but this is not enough to redeem this overall sluggish piece of hardware. Its memory capacity is also only 16 MBs, meaning that complex material may slow the machine down even more when printed.