The video below just gives you an idea of how fast the Ricoh printer spits out dye sublimation prints, at high quality settings.
Those of us who have been printing using Epson D88, Epson 1290, Epson R1800 and so on, will appreciate just how quick the Ricoh GXe3300N prints.
We have a number of large format Epson printers, and we recently started to use the Ricoh A4 printer for dye sublimation printing for smaller items, including mugs, mouse mats, coasters, and the smaller jigsaw puzzles.
As well as the speed – the quality of the prints are very good, very vivid colours. The ink costs are higher for the dye sublimation ink cartridges, but there is a lot less ink wastage with the Ricoh printers, so it’s probably not hugely different all things considered. On average we’ve worked out that an A4 print cost between £0.50 – £1.10, depending on coverage etc. These are rough estimations though, it’s impossible to work out an exact costing. Printing on the small format Epsons is cheaper per print, but as we all know – general running of the Epson printers can waste quite a bit of ink, every time you have to do a head clean some of that lovely dye sub ink is wasted. The small format Ricoh printers are less wasteful, and so far we’ve never had to perform a head clean on our Ricoh printer, which is refreshing!