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I have worked in the photographic trade for over ten years, and in that time have used hundreds of bits of printing kit from dozens of manufacturers. Some of it you want to smash with a hammer and some of it just soldiers on doing its job quietly, to the point where you hardly notice it is there at all. The Ricoh GX7000 definitely falls into the second category.
This is an A3 sized inkjet paper which I use on a daily basis to produce high-quality inkjet images that are then used to produce photogifts such as mugs, t-shirts, mousemats, jigsaws etc etc. The colour reproduction is absolutely outstanding, I have only had to do a 'head clean' once in two years of ownership, the printer is quiet and only has 4 ink cartridges for simplicity. For an A3 printer it is remarkably compact.
I was initially a little wary of buying a Ricoh over such established brands as Epson, HP and Canon. The supplier (who I trust) swore to me that the Ricoh was the best option. He was right. This is a solid bit of kit. The machine is used in a busy hgh street retail environment and gives me no stress whatsoever. The printer I had previously gave me headaches constantly with blockages, print head failures and endless head cleaning cycles. No such problems with the Ricoh.
Negatives: Not cheap initially. Reloading paper is a slight fiddle. You have to pull a tray completely out and remove a lid to refill. Seems a little thirsty for ink. These are very minor gripes, and I would have rated 4-and-a-half stars if that was an option.
Positives: Reliable. Consistent. Looks good. Has paid for itself five times over.
As Douglas Adams wrote: “We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do. We notice computers, we don't notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books.” Again, the Ricoh falls into the latter category.
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