We’re going beyond the spec sheets to find product differences that truly stand out; breaking down performance so you can find the very best machine for your organization. This time, it’s Multi-Function Printers: the Ricoh 501SPF and the Xerox WC 4265. Both great machines on paper, but who stacks up to be the best?
Our competition has three components: 1) Usability 2) Productivity 3) Image Quality
People are a company’s most expensive asset. When they spend extra time trying to program a job or clear a jam, that’s wasted money. These are some of the usability items we look for during our analysis. The results are in:
Engine, Mainframe, Jam Clearance
the MP 501SPF and proved to dominate the Xerox WC 4265. It delivered faster results from the 1st page to the last and had advantages in ALL 4 major applications we tested. The MP 501SPF had almost 2.5x’s faster First Page Out (FPO) results than the Xerox when printing PDF documents. The Xerox paled in comparison and struggled in many areas of print testing, especially on longer jobs and with complex PowerPoint presentations and heavily saturated PDF files. Keep in mind that, technically at 55 ppm the Xerox WC4265 should perform at a faster rate than the MP 501SPF which is only 52 ppm.
The Ricoh also delivered strong efficiency ratings in ALL four applications that we tested. This face-off wasn’t even close, especially when it came to MS PowerPoint. The Xerox ran at almost half of its rated engine speed when printing various types of PowerPoint presentations. Overall, the Xerox posted less-than-favorable results during our testing and paled in comparison to the consistent and efficient MP 501SPF.
So while speed and efficiency in general printing (for both color and black/white), copying/scanning duplex documents was an area the MP 501SPF fell short. The document feeder on the Ricoh MP 501SPF is a dual pass, and the Xerox has a single pass. Dual pass feeders take much longer because they scan documents one side at a time whereas single pass feeders have the ability to scan both sides at the same time. As expected the MP 501SPF trailed behind the Xerox WC 4265 when scanning 2-sided originals.
The winner of this round is tough to call with the Ricoh dominating in most areas, but falling behind significantly for dual-sided copying/scanning. If duplex is important to you – go with the Xerox here. If you value overall performance, the Ricoh wins in all other categories and is significantly more efficient (and fast) for larger print jobs.
The image quality on both of these machines is really spectacular. The Ricoh MP 501SPF provided excellent results when copying various originals. Fonts looked good and copied images were virtually identical to the original. The Xerox WC 4265 results were good as well. The output from either one of these devices would look good when viewed in isolation. The MP 501SPF ultimately wins when the output is compared side by side.
THE RESULTS ARE IN:
Winning 5/7 rounds, including one draw, the RICOH MP 501SPF is the winner. Most notable advantages the Ricoh has when compared to the Xerox comes down to the technology. The mobile capabilities and the user interface are far superior on the Ricoh. It’s also more versatile than the Xerox.
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