Ricoh Aficio SP C232SF - Colour Laser All-in-One - Print Speeds & Running Costs

By Simon Williams



Our Score:


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Print Quality 8
  • Print Speed 8
  • Features 8


February 14, 2010, 1:55 pm

This almost sounds like what I want. Can you answer 2 questions please:

1) I know it cannot duplex copy - does this also mean it cannot duplex scan? This would be the deal breaker for me.

2) Does it use transfer belt technology? I ask as it has been the Achilles heel of my Dell 3100cn.


February 14, 2010, 10:13 pm

Simon Williams

What is the difference between the Ricoh Aficio SP C232SF and the Kyocera FS-C1020 you reviewed a few weeks ago?

They both look almost identical except for color.

The data sheets are also almost identical, just a few minor differences like the replacement toner. (The Kyocera uses the high capacity toner only.)

The Kyocera’s overall score was 6 and the Ricoh’s score is 8, what’s with that?

From what I understand, Ricoh makes the Kyocera FS C1020

Please clarify and thanks for your hard work


March 15, 2010, 1:01 pm


The Kyocera FS-C1020 MFP (all in one) is nothing to do with the actual Kyocera 1020 mono printer and does not appear from our investigation to be made by Kyocera at all. I'd be interested if anyone knows who actually makes these engines. The difference between vendors will be in cosmetics and firmware. Ricoh is generally quite good at firmware, but one never knows how much effort has been put into cheap printers.

Retset - laser printers use transfer belts. Cheap inkjet printers use rollers. Expensive inkjets use transfer belts. I think that should pretty much tell you the answer to your question. Transfer belts are by far the best technology for printers, but some implement them better than others.

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