Ricoh Aficio CL1000N Driver
The Ricoh Aficio CL1000N’s price ($700 street) puts it in the “personal” category for color lasers, but you wouldn’t know that to look at it. At 15.2 by 18.9 by 16.5 inches (HWD), it’s a little large to share a desk with, and at 61 pounds, you might want some help moving it around.
Along with its size, however, it offers some hefty features. The four-pass color engine claims a 31-page-per-minute (ppm) speed for monochrome and 8 ppm for color; the base price includes a network port and both PCL and PostScript drivers (as well as Ricoh’s proprietary RPCS driver).Options include a duplexer ($500 list) and a paper tray ($350) that raises input capacity from 250 to 780 sheets. Setup is straightforward, including a QuickInstall option for installing drivers and for automatically handling network setup.
Where it falls short of other printers is with text quality and running costs. You can’t easily compare claims from different manufacturers, because there’s no definitive standard for determining cost per page. But Ricoh’s claimed costs are high enough to be worth mentioning, at 2.8 cents per monochrome page and 14 cents per color page. The $600 Samsung CLP-550, in contrast, claims 1.1 cents per monochrome page and 2.1 cents per color page.
was impressive for a four-pass printer. Its total time on our business applications suite was 14 minutes 40 seconds. The $500 HP Color LaserJet 2550L took 45:06 and the $1,000 single-pass Oki C5200n took 10:35. The Cl0000N did particularly well on files with graphics and photos, indicating that its processor can easily keep up with the engine.
Output quality was mixed. Graphics and photos rated as good, which is solid for a personal color laser and better than the Oki C5200n. Text, however, was just short of very good, which is at the low end of what we expect from a laser. The problem was primarily with the stylized fonts in our suite, one of which required 12 points for easy readability. Most standard fonts were easily readable at 4 points. All this makes the CL1000N a more-than-reasonable pick, but not a compelling first choice for everyone.