Sharp AR-M208 Printer Review
The Sharp AR-M208 laser copier might be a bit slow, with a maximum speed of only 20 pages per minute, but its 600x1200 dpi enhanced resolution produces sharp text and graphics. Expansion options include network printing, faxing and scanning capabilities, and the large capacity of the Sharp AR-M208 toner supplies makes it one of the more cost-effective choices in its class.
For fast copying, the AR-M208 is hard to beat, especially given its 40-sheet reversing automatic document feeder that can handle two-sided originals efficiently, keeping things moving in the office. The input paper capacity starts at 1,100 sheets, with two 500-sheet trays and a separate 100-sheet bypass tray for alternative media. Two extras trays can even boost it up to a total of 2,100 sheets when needed.
Adding Super G3 faxing is an option, but the optional network scanning option will likely be more beneficial in today's digital work environments. Users can easily scan documents and send them to a network location, or even send them as email attachments. This provides more flexibility, higher-quality output, and reduces long distance charges compared to faxing.
Savings on Sharp AR-M208 printer toner might be the jewel in this device's crown, however. Each Sharp AR-M208 toner cartridge can provide up to 25,000 pages, which makes for a very low cost per page. Replacing toners is also quick and easy, though users won't be doing it very often.
The limited speed of the Sharp AR-M208 might be enough to make some high-volume office buyers look elsewhere. Its fast document feeder, numerous expansion options, and solid paper handling capabilities certainly make it worth a second look, however, and inexpensive Sharp AR-M208 toner cartridges might be its main attraction.