With fast speeds and a compact design, the Sharp AR-5120 laser copier is undoubtedly impressive. The fact that it lacks printing, scanning, or faxing capabilities might turn away potential buyers, however. It can make up to 20 copies per minute, with quick response times, but users will pay a lot for Sharp AR-5120 printer toner compared to competing models.
The AR-5120 sports a straightforward design that functions well, without unnecessary bells and whistles. As an upgrade from the similar AR-5015N model, it includes two 250-sheet main paper trays instead of one, with a 100-sheet bypass tray that is perfect for card stock, labels, and other media.
For copying, users are provided with a standard flatbed scanning surface, or they can upgrade to a single pass feeder that can hold up to 30 sheets at a time for automatic feeding. This is a nice upgrade for busy users, but buyers can find models with a feeder included for less than the cost of the AR-5120 plus the upgrade. Another issue is the discrepancy between the scanning resolution of 400 dpi and the printing resolution of 600 dpi. This could result in slightly fuzzy copies in some cases.
The unit comes with a Toner Save mode that can reduce the amount of Sharp AR-5120 toner applied to each page. This can help reduce the overall usage and result in fewer Sharp AR-5120 toner cartridges per year, but supplies are still expensive. Each Sharp AR-5120 toner cartridge has an estimated yield of up to 9,000 pages, but the cost per page is still high, due to expensive prices.
Overall, the AR-5120 has impressive speeds and a low purchase price to make it appealing to small office users. The high cost of supplies and lack of multifunction features erode its value, however, making competing models a better deal.
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