Sharp AR-156 Printer Review
Even small offices need good solutions for fast copying, and the Sharp AR-156 digital laser copier is just that. It can make up to 15 copies per minute, with sharp 600 dpi output quality. Its purchase price is quite affordable, and the cost of replacement Sharp AR-156 printer toner is low enough to keep even small budgets balanced.
The design of the AR-156 has a few nice features to keep things more compact, but it comes with a few caveats as well. The output paper tray is internal, rather than taking up more of a footprint, which is a nice space-saver. One downside of its compact size is a very limited control panel, with only a small, monochrome LCD for relaying information to the user.
Paper handling is surprisingly good for a small unit. It includes one 250-sheet paper tray and a second 50-sheet bypass tray for scanning, so users get both a flatbed scanning surface and an automatic document feeder, with support for duplexing. Exposure is set automatically, or users can choose manual exposure settings if they want specific results. The machine also offers a wide zoom range, from 50 to 200% of the original size.
Replacing toners is quick and easy from the front access panel, and Sharp AR-156 toner cartridges come in high capacities of up to 6,500 pages each. The Intelligent Consumables System gives an accurate reading of the amount of Sharp AR-156 toner remaining, so there aren't any big surprises. Buyers can save on OEM prices by shopping for compatible Sharp AR-156 toner cartridges for less.
The main drawback of the AR-156 may be its lack of multifunction features, but buyers who need a dedicated copier will find it fast and cost-effective to operate. Although a print upgrade option is available, it may not be preferable to choosing a model with the feature already included.