Ricoh Aficio 2018 Review
Aimed at smaller offices and workgroups, the Ricoh Aficio 2018 is a multifunctional document processing solution that offers users a variety of expandability options to custom fit their individual needs. The unit’s inferior print speed make it undesirable for those who often require rapid, high volume output, but this large format machine is still sufficient for those in less of a rush.
A particular benefit to ownership of the Ricoh Aficio 2018 that should be mentioned is its incredibly low consumable cost. Its 9,000 page yield cartridges are exceptionally cheap, making the unit a great model for keeping around for the long term.
Aside from the inexpensive operating costs of the Ricoh Aficio 2018, it is admittedly a capable unit, be it a very sluggish one. The multifunctional device operates using monochrome laser print technology and offers optional network support. Print and copy resolutions top out at only 600 x 600 dots per inch, but this is a standard copy quality for machines of this era. Today, we find much higher print resolutions and even full color options, but 600 dpi is still plenty of res for basic black and white text.
While most smaller, desktop copy machines can handle paper of sizes up to 8.5 x 11 inches (Legal size), the Ricoh Aficio 2018 is compatible with 11 x 17 inch Ledger sized material. Large format printing opens up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to copying abnormal material such as magazines, and printing special output such as posters and flyers.
Standard paper storage is composed of a 250 sheet paper tray that is suited for Letter, Legal, and Ledger sized paper, and a 100 sheet special media tray that can handle #10 envelopes and a variety of other special media types. Large amounts of additional paper trays can be added to device; so many that it can be converted from a desktop unit to a floor standing one. (A wheeled stand is available for this configuration.)
The Ricoh Aficio 2018’s print and copy speeds may not be up to par, but its warm up time and first page out time are still competitive. It takes this copy machine only 15 seconds to warm up and, once hot, can crank out a first copy in only 6.5 seconds. With a 6.5 second first copy out time, the unit’s slow print speed is irrelevant to those who are printing primarily single page material.
The Ricoh Aficio 2018’s maximum print speed of only 18 pages per minute is single handedly the device’s downfall. With a print speed that is nowhere near that of even the most inexpensive desktop unit of today, the device falls far short of the current standard and sticks out like a sore thumb among its peers.
Held back by its older style of display screen, the Ricoh Aficio 2018 only has a double digit quantity display, which results in a maximum of 99 copies being made from a single source at one time. While the unit is certainly not equipped to handle speedy, high volume printing and copying, it would be nice if the hardware at least left the option open.