A few months ago, I was able to view the Ricoh MP 305SPF video on youtube. I completely mis-understood how valuable this system will be for our clients, especially those clients in the AEC (Architects, Engineers & Construction)industry!
For years, I wanted an MFP that would allow us to scan, print & fax 11x17, but only print letter and legal size. I thought that this would be an excellent seller because of the small foot print since it would be an A4 (prints letter & legal documents only) device bur would scan & fax up to 11x17.
Who would have thought that Ricoh would develop an A4 MFP size device that could actually print, copy, scan and fax 11x17 (tabloid size) paper!!! Must I say AWESOME!!!!!
I don't have the size dimensions of the system yet, well actually I do, but those dimensions are in metric. I've not been able to locate the US version of the brochure yet. Thus, I'll give it a go with converting the metric dimensions for us.
K, I think I got it, it's WxDXH, which will be 13.77"x19.4"x19.88". Amazing right?
So, we're going to have a 30 page per minute print/copy speed for letter size paper, color & black scanning at about 30 pages per minute, along with a 50 page document feeder. Seems in order to scan, fax and copy legal & 11x17 size, you'll need to use the document feeder since the size of the platen glass will only accept a letter size document.
For those that know me, I'm a huge fan of selling wide format, because the AEC market values IT, they understand time is money, they invest in technology and most of them need a wide format MFP along with an MFP that can print/copy/scan up to 11x17. For those of us that are Ricoh dealers selling the new MP W6700, we realized early on that Ricoh is no longer providing an 12x18 paper tray for the MP W6700. I'm thinking the MP 305SP and the MP6700 is an awesome bundle that other manufacturers can't match, and we have now have a lock out device/bundle for our clients.
As I get additional information, I'll write a spec review within a few days. Really, really excited to start offering this system to our clients. Kudos to Ricoh!!!