Ricoh Unveils Aficio GX e5550N GelSprinter Color Printer

Business Inkjet Color Printer Offers Affordability and Convenience with the Speed and Durability of a Laser Printer


Ricoh Americas
Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today
introduced the new Ricoh Aficio GX e5550N, the latest installment in its
GelSprinter line of color-inkjet printers. Designed for business environments,
the GX e5550N replaces the previous Aficio GX 5050N to provide a high-quality
and affordable alternative to laser printing where speed and duplexing are
required to meet high-volume demands. With Ricoh’s GelSprinter technology, the
GX e5550N utilizes an enhanced viscous gel ink formula for better performance in
dry environments. With fast drying, waterproof properties, this improved ink
meets the realization of published yields while eliminating smudging,
bleed-through and page curling.

In high-volume settings, keeping up with demand while maintaining
high-quality results is critical.  The network-ready GX e5550N supports
workgroups with 30 pages-per-minute print speeds in both full-color and black
and white modes, a fast 40-second warm-up time, and first print speeds of five
seconds or less with the ability to print up to 999 sets per job. Print jobs
flow seamlessly through a standard 250-Sheet paper supply that can be expanded
by up to two 500-Sheet Paper Feed Units.  Standard automatic duplexing further
enhances productivity while saving paper as users can print double-sided at high
speed on plain paper.

A key enhancement of the GX e5550N over the previous model is the
use of bi-directional, motorized ink pumps, offering improved reliability and
ink yields.  Other essential features of the GX e5550N include a tilting LCD
control panel for improved operability, the ability to capture counter data
remotely with the option of Ricoh’s intelligent remote management solution
@Remote, and support for the latest networking standards including Macintosh,
host-based and PCL 5c/6 printing support.

The Ricoh Aficio GX e5550N not only addresses many users’ printing
needs, but helps businesses to meet their environmental goals.  An improved
Economy Color Mode produces crisp text and graphics that increase the longevity
of supplies.  ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 compliant, the GX e5550N does not require
heat to operate, using just 38 watts during normal printing and roughly 3.5
watts in Energy Saver Mode.  Additionally, the system is manufactured free of
hazardous materials and produces zero ozone emissions, resulting in a low carbon
footprint with minimal impact on the environment.

"Most businesses rely on laser printers to handle a lot of their
document output needs," said Matt
Sakauchi, vice president, Office Printer Business Group, Ricoh Americas
Corporation.  "The GX e5550N with GelSprinter technology offers the speed and
versatility of a laser printer in an affordable and reliable inkjet printing
solution that not only produces outstanding color documents, but further
demonstrates Ricoh’s commitment to helping our customers become more
environmentally friendly in their business practices."


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