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RICOH INTRODUCES AFICIO GX E5550N GELSPRINTER COLOR PRINTER  News pressrelease also available in pdf

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


West Caldwell, NJ, March 15, 2010 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today introduced the new Ricoh Aficio GX e5550N, the latest installment in its GelSprinterTM 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.”

To learn more about the Aficio GX e5550N and Ricoh’s full line of products, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

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.

For more information and specs, please vist the GX e5550N product page.

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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Linda Montefusco
Ricoh Americas Corporation
973-882-2172
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.com

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