We are getting ready to put a bunch of color laser printers into the field, and the SPC 242DN printer has the highest consideration at the moment. Do any of you have a lot of problems with this printer? I don't want to deal with this model if it's a piece of crap.
I only installed one of these and got it returned a few days later because the customer wasn't happy with the performance - it's poabably not the machine to blame if it was below the expectations one might get satisfied with more pricey printers. I think the print quality is somewhat average - probably not recommendable for photo prints (I know that there's officially no ricoh MFC targeting professional colours but mid-range MPC can do quite a good job). I noticed slight streaking across running direction in even half tones during testing in the job so again I'd say it's not really something to recommend if the customer expects the quality en par with a mid range MPC.
Unfortunately I can't report any long-term experience, like how the printout quality looks like if the units (I think it uses AIO cartridges) has been done 75% of the lifetime - usually the printouts doesn't look better compared to a freshly installed machine^^
The SPC430's are quite a hardy machine. They weigh a bloody ton tho, either put them on a cabinet or a very well supported desk.
Oh oh - now I realize that I was accidently talking about a different machine (SPC320) in my previous post That one isn't relly heavyweight so I was curious and looked it up.
I think we have a few SPC430 out there - no serious issues so far but most customers used to have the SPC411 or SPC420 before and the machines are quite related engine-wise. The only call I had to made on these was a humming controller fan.