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 SP C830DN and C831DN series

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The Way We See It
Setup 9.3
Print Quality 9.4
Speed 9.9
Paper Handling 9.8
Supplies 10.0
Service/Reliabilty 9.6
TOTAL 58.0

In Short:
The Aficio C830DN and C831DN are the latest large-format color laser printers from Ricoh and replace the very successful C820DN and C821DN series. The new C830DN and C831DN combine outstanding 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution with even faster print speeds and improved paper handling. In addition to being the top performer, the new C830DN and C831DN also have the lowest operating cost of the current 11X17 capable color lasers industry wide. The printer set-up and install was quick and easy. The Ricoh C830DN/ C831DN ship with the drum units pre-installed. The four toner cartridges easily install from the front of the printer. Setting the printer up on our network was also simple and quick. The new front panel, touch screen display is one of the upgrades from the previous model. The new Ricoh C830DN and C831DN both feature great looking 1200 x 1200 DPI output and a fast, high-powered print engine that can handle higher volume. Both text and color images from these models rated consistently at the top in our testing compared to similarly equipped printers. The color and quality of gradation produced by the C830DN and C831DN looked especially good. Our throughput speed test results were also impressive for both models though the C831DN did edge out all other printers in most all categories. Paper handling is another area that was upgraded. The C830DN /C831DN can handle paper as heavy as 90lb. cover from any source and can feed card stock as heavy as 300g/m2 from the by-pass feeder. The Ricoh C830DN series print up to 45PPM in full color or black & white while the C831DN series can print up to 55PPM. All configurations include at least two (2) 550-sheet feeders plus a 100-sheet by-pass tray for three independently addressable input sources totaling 1,200 sheets. Also standard are 512MB RAM, auto-duplex, a fast 600MHz/ 1GHz processor with Adobe PostScript Level 3, PCL5c, PCL6, PDF direct print, USB, and Ethernet 100 Base TX interfaces. The 250GB internal HD is standard on all C831DN configurations and can be added to the C830DN at any time. The HD enables some of the more complex paper handling functions and is required with any finishing options. All models have the ability to handle up to 12”x18” or even 12”x 49” banner paper through the by-pass feeder. Additional paper feeders are available as options to allow for multiple configurations for a maximum of 3200 sheets. Several finishing options are also available including stacking, stapling, and booklet making.

The Bottom Line: Ricoh has one-upped everyone yet again on overall top speed, paper handling, and operating costs.
The new Ricoh C830DN and C831DN series give you the biggest bang for the buck in the 11X17 color laser printer world. All configurations work well with the Mac OS, UNIX or the Windows environments. The combination of great print quality, versatile paper handling, top speed, and a super low cost per page are hard to beat. The new Ricoh C830DN and C831DN are a resounding editor’s choice.
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