Introduction, Design, Features
As we’ve remarkable before, there are a lot of single-function and multifunction, or all-in-one (AIO), monochrome laser printers in a world. Over a past year or so, we’ve looked during several from Brother, Canon, HP, Dell, Oki Data, Samsung, and Xerox, and haven’t come tighten to reviewing them all. And there are still some-more models from other manufacturers not listed above, one of them being a long-established builder of laser printers and other bureau apparatus worldwide—Ricoh. Today’s examination model, a $455-list Ricoh SP 377SFNwX Black and White Laser Multifunction Printer, is a initial of a few of a Tokyo wiring giant’s machines that we’ll be reviewing over a entrance weeks.
Paying usually underneath $500 customarily gets we a midrange, medium-volume monochrome laser AIO. The 377SFNwX’s cost positions it between Brother’s MFC-L5700DWCanon’s ImageClass D1550; however, a Ricoh’s 30,000-page limit monthly avocation cycle suggests that it’s reduction able by several thousand pages than these and other closely labelled monochrome laser AIOs, including a Brother MFC-L6800DW and Canon ImageClass D1520. Unless, that is, we weigh them from a opposite number, a recommended monthly volume, that in many cases is a many some-more applicable figure. The Ricoh model’s 5,800-page endorsed volume is some-more than a integrate of thousand pages aloft than many of a other monochrome AIOs mentioned here.
Despite a reduce avocation cycle, as you’ll see in a Cost Per Page territory later, a 377SFNwX delivers reduce using costs than many other midrange monochrome laser AIOs, which, if you’re copy thousands of pages any month, is a really critical consideration. Also critical is how good a AIO prints. Although during a tests a Ricoh examination territory topsy-turvy out graphics and photos rather darker than we like, a altogether imitation peculiarity is utterly good, generally when copy text.
As you’ll see in a Design Features territory entrance adult next, a 377SFNwX is also significantly smaller and lighter than many of a AIOs mentioned here so far. In fact, a distance is closer to that of an entry-level model, such as, say, Canon’s $300-list ImageClass MF249dw. Even so, it comes with usually about any prolongation and preference underline we can get on a laser AIO in this class, including an auto-duplexing involuntary request tributary (ADF) and a engorgement of customary and mobile connectivity methods.
Not as stylish as Canon’s latest turn of monochrome lasers, nor as volume-capable and expandable as Brother’s stream midrange black-and-white laser AIOs, a Ricoh 377SFNwX yet has a charms, to a border that if a altogether imitation peculiarity were usually a diminutive bit better, it would have simply walked divided with a Editors’ Choice nod. Otherwise, it is an ideal mid-volume workhorse for your tiny office’s or workgroup’s inner communications, as good as frontline situations, such as a front desks during doctors’ and dentists’ offices, automobile correct shops, and anywhere else quick, brief content papers are required.
The 377SFNwX’s two-tone framework (black with a white front and ADF) is sincerely stylish…
But some-more considerable is a comparatively compress distance and light weight. It measures 15.9 inches high by 15.9 inches opposite by 15.5 inches from front to behind (making it a sincerely equally sided cube) and weighs usually 37.5 pounds. Canon’s D1550, a rather higher-capacity (but reduce list-priced) model, is 2 or 3 inches bigger in any dimension and weighs 10 pounds some-more than a 377SFNwX, as does the Canon MF419dw, that measures a same as a D1550. Brother’s MFC-L5700DW is also incomparable (19.1 by 17.7 by 16.8 inches) than a 377SFNwX, yet it weighs about a bruise and a half less. Our point? Based on cost alone, a Ricoh AIO is many some-more expected to fit absolutely on your desktop beside we than many of a competitors.
As mentioned, a 377SFNwX comes with a 35-sheet auto-duplexing ADF for promulgation two-sided originals to a scanner yet we flipping them manually…
This is a “reversing” auto-duplexer, definition that after a scanner scans one side of a page, a ADF pulls a piece behind in, flips it, and afterwards scans a other side, as against to a “single-pass” duplexer with dual scanning sensors that concede for scanning both sides simultaneously…
Most of a machines mentioned here, solely a Brother MFC-L5700DW (its 70-sheet ADF can’t indicate both sides of a page automatically during all), also come with reversing ADFs. The some-more costly Brother MFC-L6800DW, on a other hand, comes with an 80-sheet single-pass auto-duplexer.
We should also plead the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5694, a monochrome inkjet AIO that Epson offers as an choice to laser printers. It, too, like a 377SFNwX, has a 35-page reversing ADF. Inkjet AIOs are mostly preferable to their laser counterparts in that they cost reduction and mostly cost reduction to use. In this case, a WF-M5694 is a tiny reduction costly than a 377SFNwX. As to possibly it costs reduction to use than this Ricoh, though, we’ll plead that after in a Cost Per Page section. Whether a machine’s ADF is reversing or single-pass, both methods concede we to make unattended two-sided copies; for both a Ricoh and Epson AIOs here, that would be adult to 35 two-sided copies, compared to a MFC-L6800DW’s 80 copies. The Canon AIOs we’ve been articulate about have 50-sheet ADFs.
As for connectivity features, a 377SFNwX supports usually about all of them, starting with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and joining to a singular PC around USB. You also get a dual renouned peer-to-peer networking features, Wi-Fi Direct and Near-Field Communication (NFC), that concede we to bond your mobile inclination to a printer yet possibly it or them being connected to a network. In addition, like many of a competitors, a 377SFNwX supports many other mobile and cloud connectivity features, such as copy from and scanning to a cloud or copy emails, yet instead of provision several opposite apps for executing these functions, Ricoh does it all in one app that a association calls Smart Device Connector.
You can also imitation from and indicate to USB ride drives around a pier located on a left-front corner of a chassis…
You can set adult and govern all these facilities from a unit’s built-in secure (HTTPS) Web server, shown in a initial picture below, or from a rather endless control row (shown in a second image) consisting of several buttons and a series pad, anchored by a 4-line monochrome LCD. Several of a additional buttons are by-pass keys dialing fax numbers and other programmable keys for executing facilities and workflows (such as, say, scanning to email or copy from a ride drive) that we use frequently. This underline is close, of course, to by-pass icons found on many of today’s printers with comparatively big, customizable, tablet-like reason displays.
Setup, Cost Per Page, Paper Handling
Setting adult a 377SFNwX is straightforward, and distinct many other laser printers this capable, a comparatively tiny distance and light weight make a pursuit all that some-more pleasant. Aside from stealing some fasten and other make-up material, stuffing a paper drawer, and installing a software, there’s usually not that many to it. We had a territory adult and printing, scanning, and duplicating in good underneath 30 minutes.
Recall that this AIO’s endorsed monthly imitation volume is good over 5,000 pages. If we devise to imitation thousands of pages any month, a cost per page (CPP) is really important. Keep in mind that if you do imitation 5,000 pages any month, a 1-cent disproportion between one printer’s CPP and another’s can cost we $50 per month. That’s $600 a year—well over a cost of this printer and many of a others discussed earlier.
That said, Ricoh offers usually one 6,400-page produce toner cartridge for a 377SFNwX, and it lists for $105. Using these advertised produce sizes and cartridge prices, we distributed this AIO’s CPP during 1.6 cents. We also shopped around and found a same cartridge for as low as $98, that reduced a CPP to 1.5 cents. As midrange monochrome lasers go, these numbers, while not rock-bottom, are low. The Brother MFC-L5700DW’s using costs, for example, are also 1.6 cents, yet afterwards a endorsed monthly volume is usually 3,500 pages per month.
Canon’s MF416dw, on a other hand, prints during 3 cents per page, and a rather reduction costly D1550 sibling, during 3.5 cents per print, is even aloft still. If we imitation thousands of pages any month, that 2-cent disproportion between a D1550 and a 377SFNwX adds adult fast. We should also supplement that a Epson M5694, that monochrome inkjet laser choice AIO we mentioned earlier, also prints during 1.6 cents per page, and, while it and many other inkjet printers use many reduction electricity than their laser counterparts (also saving we money), as you’ll see in a Performance territory entrance up, a Epson inkjet is significantly slower than Ricoh’s 377SFNwX.
Compared to many of a other monochrome laser AIOs discussed here, paper handling, or during slightest paper capacity, is one of a 377SFNwX’s weaker features. Its customary paper submit ability is 300 sheets, separate between a 250-sheet categorical drawer adult front and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray that pulls down from a front of a chassis, usually above a categorical drawer.
An engaging aspect of a 377SFNwX’s paper handling, though, is that when we extend a categorical drawer to reason legal-size paper, this AIO extends a tray out a behind of a printer instead of pulling out a cassette in front, as shown in a picture below. Not a large deal, yet different.
Printed pages land on tip of a printer itself, that doubles as a 50-sheet outlay bed, usually underneath a ADF (it’s that opening usually underneath a control panel). Given a volume capacity, 50 sheets is tiny for this category of AIO. Even so, during a tests we printed hundreds of pages and ran several stacks by a ADF—all yet a singular paper jam or any other hiccup; a 377SFNwX’s paper trail worked flawlessly, as did a printer itself.