Sharp AR-M270 Printer Review
Out of the box, the Sharp AR-M270 multifunction laser device offers full-featured copying and basic single-PC printing. With a few upgrades, however, it can support faxing, and both network printing and scanning, so it is a machine that can grow with an expanding business. Sharp AR-M270 toner prices are very affordable, and the unit can reach speeds of up to 27 pages per minute.
In its basic configuration, the AR-M270 only includes a flatbed scanner, so many buyers will want to upgrade to the 100-sheet automatic document feeder. With support for single-pass scanning of duplex documents, it is possible to scan or copy a lot of paperwork in a short time with this upgrade. With the network scanning upgrade, scanned documents can be shared to email, FTP, or a network location right from the control panel, or managed through the included Sharpdesk software for PC or Mac. Using digital workflows also has the benefit of saving paper and Sharp AR-M270 printer toner.
The standard resolution for most prints and copies is 600 dpi, which should be enough for most basic needs. The unit also has a Super Photo mode, however, which bumps the resolution up to 1200 dpi for sharper output, though speeds will be a bit slower.
Replacement toners only come in one size, but luckily, they have large capacities. Each black Sharp AR-M270 toner cartridge has an average yield of around 25,000 pages. Even with heavy workloads, this ensures that Sharp AR-M270 toner cartridges won't run out often and require frequent replacement.
Whether buyers need a dedicated copier or a more robust multifunction device, the Sharp AR-M270 can deliver. Its network scanning feature and ADF are worthwhile upgrades for embracing a digital workflow and saving on supplies, and its low running costs make it an excellent value.