The Ricoh Aficio CL3500N is a colour laser printer designed for small offices and workgroups. Offering built-in networking capability, fast print speeds, and a 530-sheet paper tray, the Ricoh Aficio CL3500N is a well-built machine that can help make your work environment more productive.
The Ricoh Aficio CL3500N also includes Adobe PostScript 3.0 compatibility. And if that's not enough, Ricoh offers a variety of customisation options available for purchase: you can soup up the Ricoh Aficio CL3500N with extra RAM, a duplex printing unit or an attachable scanner, among other parts.
Setting up the Ricoh Aficio CL3500N can be difficult. We recommend reading all of the instructions before getting started rather than following them step-by-step. The Ricoh Aficio CL3500N weighs a mighty 33kg, so at least two people are required to unpack it safely.
The setup process involves installing a waste toner cartridge, two photo conductor units and four toner cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). You must be very careful when installing the Ricoh Aficio CL3500N's photo conductor units: exposing them to too much light could potentially compromise print quality and might cause certain colours not to print. Ricoh's documentation includes illustrations that should guide you smoothly through the setup process.
The CL3500N is reasonably fast. It includes 128MB of RAM (customisable to 512MB) to handle complex print jobs. In our testing, the Ricoh Aficio CL3500N took 47 seconds to print a 10-page Word document, 22 seconds to print a one-page Word document, 2 minutes and 21 seconds to print a 22MB Photoshop image, and 1 minute and 13 seconds to print a four-page PDF.
These speeds are sufficient for a small office, but they lag behind the Oki Data C6100dn, another laser printer designed for small offices and workgroups. However, the C6100dn is more expensive.
If the CL3500N's speed doesn't impress you, its print quality will. Our panel of experts gave the CL3500N's text quality a rating of Superior. Fonts, even at small sizes, appeared crisp, smooth, and clean. The printer also performed well when printing graphics, with unbroken fine lines and smooth colour gradients, earning a Very Good rating. For photos, the Ricoh Aficio CL3500N's reds were a little strong, but overall the test image looked very pleasing, earning another Very Good rating.