Sharp AR-157E Printer Review
The Sharp AR-157E functions mainly as a digital laser copier, but it also has a fairly useful print feature. It can output up to 15 pages per minute in either mode, and it has a compact frame suite for homes or very small offices. Its document feeder is an upgrade from the AR-153E model, but it still uses the same design for Sharp AR-157E printer toner supplies, making it just as affordable.
The AR-157E has the same compact footprint as the AR-153E model, at 20.4x19.4 inches, but it is taller, measuring 18.3 inches. This is mainly due to the extra paper feeder, with two 250-sheet trays, and the automatic document feeder, which can hold up to 30 sheets for faster scanning. As a result, the unit is also a bit heavier, weighing 50.7 pounds including the Sharp AR-157E toner.
A nice array of copy features are included, such as zooming from 25 to 400% of the original size, and both fixed and variable increments are available. The machine can handle automatic exposure settings, with the option for manual exposure as well. The downside is that the control panel is rather small, with only a two-digit display, so controlling the different features can be a bit of a challenge. The included software makes this a bit easier, but requires a computer connection. A model variation, the AR-157EN, does include the option for network sharing.
For such a small device, the capacity of replacement toners is impressive. Each Sharp AR-157E toner cartridge can supply up to 6,500 pages, and they are quite affordable to replace. If OEM prices are too high for buyers, there is compatible Sharp AR-157E toner cartridges available from third-party vendors as well.
While it has a lot to offer for its compact size, some users might find its small control panel to be a big drawback. Those who don't mind it will find it a good value for the price, especially with such an affordable cost per page.