Sharp AR-651 Printer Review
The Sharp AR-651 multifunction laser copier has the quick speeds to handle larger offices, at up to 65 pages per minute. It also has optional printing and scanning features, and faxing can be added as well. Its purchase price and large paper capacity make it an expensive and bulky device, but savings on Sharp AR-651 printer toner supplies could sway even medium-sized offices to take the plunge.
Paper handling is one of the AR-651's best attributes. It includes two 500-sheet main drawers as well as a large 2,500-sheet feeder. Scanning and copying benefit greatly from the 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder, which can churn through large stacks of paper quickly, even double-sided sheets.
Of course, its paper handling comes at a price in extra bulk. Even when configured as a copier only, it measures 47.8x27.5x30.6 inches, with a weight of 463 pounds, which does include the Sharp AR-651 toner supplies. Needless to say, this could be a lot for smaller offices to handle.
Those who want more functionality will find a lot of upgrade options available, such as an advanced finishing kit with hole-punch, saddle-stitch, and center folding. When equipped with the optional embedded print controller, users can more easily manage network printing from anywhere on the network.
Low-cost toners are one of the machine's most appealing features, however, as each Sharp AR-651 toner cartridge is high-capacity and affordable. With up to 60,000 pages per Sharp AR-651 toner cartridge, buyers won't have to replace them often, even in the most heavy-duty printing and copying situations.
Large offices will love the immense paper handling capabilities of the Sharp AR-651, as well as its cost-effective operation. It may be a little too pricey and too large for smaller environments, but its fast speeds and great feature set make it a good value.