Sharp AR-168D Printer Review
You wouldn't know it from its compact design, but the Sharp AR-168D is actually a very capable multifunction laser device. It can handle printing, scanning, and copying, with output speeds of up to 16 pages per minute, and it is an upgrade from the similar AR-168S model, as it includes automatic duplexing.
The AR-168D can handle duplex scanning as well as printing, with a reversing automatic document feeder that offers a 30-sheet capacity. Users can connect via USB or parallel port for PC printing and scanning, with a high-quality printing resolution of 600 dpi. An ethernet print server upgrade is available for those who wish to share it among several office users.
Although the machine is designed for smaller office spaces, users might need a little more room than they expect. It measures 18.3x20.4x19.8 pounds, and it weighs around 70 pounds, including the Sharp AR-168D printer toner supply, drum, and other components. The input paper capacity starts small, with a 250-sheet main tray and a 50-sheet bypass tray. An optional 250-sheet additional tray can be added at any time, for busy offices that are growing into increasing workloads.
Replacement toners are affordable, and the Sharp AR-168D toner cartridges are separate from the drum and developer units, so users can replace them individually. This is somewhat rare for a small office machine, and keeps the cost of Sharp AR-168D toner cartridges lower, which also means a lower cost per page.
With a duplexing document feeder and full-featured scanning and printing functions, the AR-168D goes beyond its seemingly simple and compact design. Best of all, its affordable purchase price and inexpensive Sharp AR-168D toner supplies make it one of the better values in its class of small office models. Upgrades for networking and extra paper capacity even give it some room to grow.