Re: It's all good news except...
I agree with you but as I mainly deal with Ricoh I can confirm that the vast majority of their machines support SSL encryption for SMTP connections.
Enabling SSL for SMTP Connections
Use the following procedure to enable SSL encryption for SMTP connections.
1Log in as the network administrator from the control panel.
2Press [System Settings].
3Press [File Transfer].
4Press [SMTP Server].
Operation panel screen illustration
5In "Use Secure Connection (SSL)", press [On].
If you are not using SSL for SMTP connections, press [Off].
When "Use Secure Connection (SSL)" is set to [On], the port number changes to 465.
If the option is not shown ask a Ricoh tech to update the firmware / takes around half hour. Unfortunately / officially only Ricoh certified techs can get access to the FW files as it is quite easy to damage the machine and can be expensive to rectify if it is not done properly. The most common machine that is still in the field that does not support it from new is the MP C305 but it can be updated. All machines from around 4 years ago should be fine.