About My Ricoh Aficio MP161SPF Multifunction Printer
Ricoh Aficio MP161 Review
The Ricoh Aficio MP161 is a 4 in 1 (print, copy, scan, and fax) unit that is compact, yet provides superior paper storage capabilities. The device, while considerably sluggish by today’s standards, is capable of executing a notably wide variety of document processing functions, all in vivid black and white.
With a maximum copy resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch, the Ricoh Aficio MP161 is the go to device for run of the mill black and white document copying. The unit’s first page out time of 7.5 seconds means that, while the device is considerably behind the curve when it comes to volume printing, the device can compete with the best of them when dealing with single pages of copy material.
Its warm up time of 30 seconds is not quite as impressive, but still within an acceptable range considering that the energy efficient device could be left on at all times without incident. The unit’s automatic document feeder boasts a sufficient capacity of 50 sheets, which is more than can be said about many of the much more compact 4 in 1 small copiers on the market today.
Basic copy functions such as zoom ratios of 50% to 200% are present in the machine as expected, while the unit’s memory capacity varies depending on which model version is purchased. The Ricoh Aficio MP161F comes complete with 128 MBs of shared memory, while the upgraded Ricoh Aficio MP161SPF gets a boost up to 384 MBs of memory, as well as a few additional pieces of hardware attached.
When dealing with the base model Ricoh Aficio MP161, users are limited to the device’s 250 sheet internal paper tray and 100 sheet bypass tray for storage, but variations on the hardware can bring total paper storage all the way up to 850 sheets. With this much additional storage, the device also becomes tall enough to be used as a floor standing model.
The Ricoh Aficio MP161SPF model’s key difference is its PC connectivity, allowing the device to be doubled and tripled as a printer and scanner. Without host PC connectivity, the unit is reduced to a stand alone copy/fax machine, and it is therefore best to consider the SPF model. With this model, the additional memory goes to work storing a fax page memory and fax number phone book for speed dialing.
When it comes to copy speed, the Ricoh Aficio MP161 is far from the top of the line. The unit’s pathetic 16 pages per minute place it firmly at the bottom of the performance category for, more or less, any laser copy device that could still be operating today. The unit’s 600 dot per inch resolution is also less than something to be excited about.
The unit is only capable of making 99 copies from a single source at once. While this may seem like plenty of volume for single copies, current machines no longer suffer from continuous copy problems caused by ancient double digit quantity indicators, making the Ricoh Aficio MP161 seem like what it is: an old piece of hardware.