The basic Sharp DM-4551 multifunction laser model excels at basic printing and copying, and other models in its line offer even more functions. It can provide up to 45 pages per minute and uses affordable Sharp DM-4551 printer toner cartridges, though its 5 GB hard drive is a bit anemic.
The DM-4551 base model is commonly referred to as the DM-4551N for its network printing functionality. The DM-4551S adds scanning, while the DM-4551F also adds faxing capabilities, rounding out the major functions for a more comprehensive office solution. The scanning feature especially is worth the upgrade, with great digital workflows that have the added benefit of reducing the amount of Sharp DM-4551 toner and paper used.
Whether for scanning or copying, the 50-sheet automatic document feeder comes in very handy, and it can scan a two-sided sheet in a single pass for faster speeds. For input, the unit comes with a capacity of 2,000 sheets, which should be enough for high-volume use without the need for constant refills. With the scanning upgrade, users can send a scanned document directly to an email address, an FTP server, a network folder, and lessen the reliance on printed pages and the expense of replacement toners.
The system uses Sharp DM-4551 toner to produce output at up to 1200 dpi, with smoothing technology. With yields of up to 35,000 pages, the Sharp DM-4551 toner cartridges have a very low cost per page that will continue to save money for the life of the machine.
While some buyers might find the base model a bit limiting, others will find the DM-4551 to be a great value at a great price without having to pay for unnecessary features. The scanning features are worth upgrading to the "S" model, and can likely replace the need for faxing altogether.
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