So why is the choice there? If it were a lot less expensive it would be worth considering. The setup itself includes the usual steps of removing packing materials, loading paper, plugging in cables, and then installing the software. If you generally print at 10 and 12 points, the SP SF will give you acceptable output for most business needs, but don’t plan to use it for anything with small fonts, or for any desktop publishing application that needs to look fully professional. View All 4 Photos in Gallery. Although a confirmed generalist, with writing credits on subjects as varied as ape language experiments, politics, quantum physics, and an overview of a top company in the gaming industry.

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Ricoh Downloads – Aficio SP SF

More Multi-Function Printer Reviews: Standalone copier and fax machine? Fastest Mobile Networks Hint to printer manufacturers: The setup itself includes the usual steps of removing packing materials, loading paper, plugging in cables, and then installing the software. However, only three fonts qualified as well formed at 6 points, and three couldn’t qualify as well formed even at 20 points, including one that you might use in typical business output.

Alas, not so much. Faxing from your PC? This is a case where written instructions could have helped. Scans to and faxes from a PC. Setup is a little less straightforward than it should be, however.


There’s also an additional, unusual step. Standalone copier and fax.

Ricoh Aficio SP SF Specs – CNET

Its engine is rated at just 16 pages per minute ppmwhich is slow by today’s standards, even for a personal AIO. PCMag reviews products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page.

That said, the real issues with ricih SP SF remain its poor speed and output quality. Check, check, and check. And a good feature set doesn’t translate here to good performance.

Graphics and photo quality are on the low end of typical for a monochrome laser, and text quality is subpar, although good enough for most business use. Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

View All 4 Photos in Gallery. Get Our Best Stories! And since it weighs only 29 pounds, one person can easily move it into place.

If you don’t use them on a regular basis, you’ll probably have to stumble through them every time you use a USB key with the AIO. More than half the fonts in our test suite were easily readable at 6 points, with some easily readable at 5 points, and two highly stylized fonts with thick strokes needing 20 points. Subpar text quality ssp1000sf a monochrome laser. The slow speed might have been acceptable if the SP SF made up for it with, say, aifcio output quality, but it doesn’t.


Without them I had no idea whether this was supposed to happen Ricoh says it wasand whether or not to cancel the wizard, knowing that it might be necessary to rich it, but also knowing that with some AIOs letting it run could cause problems. What’s on your list?

Aficio SP 1000S/1000SF

David is also an expert in imaging technologies including printers, moni If I had been installing the software on a working system, however, I would have been stuck at that point, needing to call Ricoh’s tech support to verify that indeed I should run the wizard. The Best PC Games. The result is an AIO with a highly attractive set of features but far less than ideal riclh.

Other Ricoh All-in-One Printers. The similarly priced MF, by contrast, took just 7: A picture isn’t worth 1, words if it doesn’t tell you what you need to know.