Sharp AR-M235 Printer Review
With the ability to scan, copy, fax, and print all in one multifunction laser machine, the Sharp AR-M235 certainly has a wide range of features. It is a bit slow on speed, however, at only 23 pages per minute, it doesn't come with a document feeder in its standard configuration. Inexpensive Sharp AR-M235 printer toner supplies are the saving grace that makes it worth consideration.
The AR-M235 features a modular design that allows for a lot of expansion, both at the time of purchase or sometime later. For example, the base model is only equipped for basic printing via USB port, but a network printing controller can be added at any time for easy sharing across an ethernet network.
Network scanning is also available as an upgrade, with options for emailing digital scans or saving to network storage locations. Although the print engine has a resolution of 1200 dpi, scanning is limited to 600 dpi, though OCR capabilities can help users convert their paper documents to editable, searchable text.
Although the AR-M235's control panel is fairly easy to use, the small monochrome LCD is a bit of a disappointment, especially compared to devices with a large, full-color touchscreen display. Still, menus are easy to navigate, and it provides the necessary information, including job status and remaining Sharp AR-M235 toner levels.
Replacing Sharp AR-M235 toner cartridges is a simple operation, with an easy access panel. The single Sharp AR-M235 toner cartridge also provides a very high page yield, at around 25,000 pages, ensuring a low cost per page that will keep an office under budget.
The Sharp AR-M235 provides decent output speeds and sharp print quality. The base model is only particularly good at making copies, but the modular design leaves plenty of room for upgrades, and toners aren't expensive to replace.