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BERTL HONORS RICOH COLOR MFP SERIES WITH PRESTIGIOUS FIVE STAR RATING

Aficio® MP C2550 and Aficio MP C5000 Also Receive BERTL’s Best Awards


West Caldwell, NJ, August 4, 2009 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that its Aficio® MP C2550, Aficio MP C3300 and Aficio MP C5000 color multifunction products (MFPs) were awarded Five Star Ratings from BERTL. In addition, the MP C2550 and MP C5000 were awarded BERTL's Best awards. BERTL’s Galaxy® Star Rating intends to help consumers identify high-performing document management products. In its 14th year, BERTL’s Best Awards recognize the most innovative and highest-quality products in the printing industry.

Across the board, the products received high marks for print and copy productivity and speed for both color and monochrome jobs. The devices each outperformed competitors via superior finishing capabilities and image quality suitable for presentations, graphics, proposals and office documents. The functionality of the MFPs earned accolades from BERTL’s analysts due to intuitive full-color W-VGA control panels with clear, crisp graphics, easy troubleshooting instructions for misfeeds, and the ability to manage documents from both a walk-up and desktop point of view. The Aficio MP C2550 stood out especially for a wide array of features including internal finishing and scan to USB and SD cards, all within a smaller footprint, while the Aficio MP C5000 earned high marks for professional finishing options such as saddle stitching, booklet making, multi-position stapling and hole punch.

“It’s a great honor to have three Ricoh MFPs qualify for BERTL’s Five Star Rating. Exceeding industry standards is our goal for every one of our products, and Ricoh is proud to have achieved that with the Aficio MP C2550, Aficio MP C3300 and Aficio MP C5000,” said Michael Hunter, director, Product Marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We continually strive to create the best products and solutions for our customers and to be recognized by an industry leader such as BERTL supports our objective of providing high-quality products.”

Ideal for small and mid-sized businesses, the Aficio MP C2550 boosts productivity and efficiency with 25 ppm (pages per minute) color and monochrome printing. To enhance organizational efficiency, the MP C2550 can store up to 3,000 frequently used documents in its Document Server, a repository that can be instantly accessed for reprinting, re-faxing or re-scanning without having to connect to a computer. Users can also prioritize job lists by automatically moving the most critical jobs to the head of the print queue to ensure they are finished first.

The versatile Aficio MP C3300 offers enhanced productivity with 33 ppm printing in full color and black and white, benchmark image quality via the latest version of Ricoh’s patented PxP™ Toner technology, and print resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi). Ideal for businesses of any size, the Aficio MP C3300 enables customers to complete more jobs in-house, reducing the need to outsource color projects and lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO). Continuing Ricoh’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Aficio MP C3300 has superior energy and supply-saving features, which include fast warm-up and first copy out times, duplex and combine copy modes, energy-saving PxP Toner, low noise levels and minimal ozone emissions. The device is restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) compliant.

Ideal for mid to large-sized workgroups, the Aficio MP C5000 allows customers to expand their digital imaging resources and capabilities with 50 ppm color and monochrome printing, up to 4,400 sheet paper capacity and worry-free security features. Professional-grade documents can be produced in a snap with crisp 600 dpi resolution and multiple finishing options, including saddle-stitched booklets, stapling and hole-punching, that help customers to make an excellent first impression. Customers can cut down on postage and shipping costs with features such as Scan-to-Email, which enables users to scan documents and instantly deliver them anywhere in the world, right from the MFP.

To qualify for Five Star Ratings, products must undergo stringent testing by BERTL analysts and meet a variety of criteria, including security, workflow, image quality, ease-of-use and price, among others. BERTL’s Best winners are selected after a thorough testing process by BERTL analysts who distinguish the best products and solutions in the marketplace.

For more information on Ricoh products, visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About BERTL

BERTL® Inc. is a leading source for objective, independent product evaluation reports and comparative analyses on digital imaging devices and workflow solutions. BERTL’s evaluation reports, customer satisfaction research, awards and product ratings are undertaken entirely at BERTL’s expense for the benefit of its international subscriber base.

At all times, BERTL’s primary focus is the end user. Covering all major digital imaging manufacturers, BERTL publishes the world’s most extensive Web site of evaluation reports, comparisons data, vertical market research, news and more on copiers, printers, MFPs, production and workgroup scanners, fax machines, color and production equipment and wide format devices. BERTL reports, research and other industry informative services are available in a range of specialized subscription services. To learn more about BERTL, visit www.BERTL.com or telephone 1.973.882.0200.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 73-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2008 sales in excess of $20 billion.

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.

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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoAlyson Buck
Ricoh Americas CorporationPeppercom
973-882-2172212-931-6122
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.comabuck@peppercom.com
 

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