The Ricoh Aficio MP-C4500a is another device is a series of releases from the manufacturing giant of over the past few years. This is a relatively inexpensive monochrome multifunction that performs well in all tests, and is well worth considering when looking for a workhorse device. It can duplex print, scan, and copy all from one chassis and does them all well.
The printer would suit a small to medium business with a medium-duty workgroup. It isn’t built to serve larger organizations, but excels in its own area. Functionality is the mainstay of this machine, and where its true strength lies. It can print good quality mono pages at a decent rate at 600dpi, scan from USB stick, it supports Windows and Mac and the copying isn’t bad either. Text and image printing are both good, with text being detailed and clear all the way down to 4pt. Charts were also well reproduced, grayscale was even and accurate, which is ideal for office use.
The MP-C4500a comes with a pair of 500 sheet paper trays, with the option of increasing that to much more with an extra tray or two. Toner cartridges are easily replaceable after they have served their 23000 page life. They are reasonably priced too at an around $59 each. This brings the cost per page down much lower than many of the other leading manufacturers. The large paper capacity and high toner yield is what makes the MP-C4500a such a good prospect. It can pretty much left to its own devices and be left to churn out document after document without having to worry about it. This is worth its weight in gold in the modern, busy office.
The control panel is straightforward with well-sized buttons and a clear blue LCD screen. The menu system is intuitive with commands easy to find.
The print, copy and scan qualities are excellent. Prints and scans are around 25 pages per minute according to Ricoh. Scans are an impressive 4 sheets a minute. Copy speed is one of the most impressive in its class, with monochrome copies coming out at 35 pages per minute.
The MP-C4500a is a solid performer. Ideal for the small to medium business who wants a good quality, high yield multifunction printer at a decent price. Consumables are reasonable and the printer won’t cost a fortune to run. Overall, this is a solid performer and well worth considering for the busy office.