Sharp AR-M310 Printer Review
The Sharp AR-M310 multifunction laser printer has faster speeds than its M260 counterpart, at up to 31 pages per minute. This should make it a bit more appealing in a fast-paced work environment and it still offers the same great features like automatic duplexing and expandable paper handling. Prices for Sharp AR-M310 printer toner are also similarly affordable.
With printing, scanning, faxing, and copying functions, users will certainly need this unit's fast 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder, which can churn through scans and copies quickly. Copying and printing are the only standard features, with the rest available as upgrades. The unit starts with only a USB port for printing, in fact, so the network print upgrade will be essential for multi-user office environments.
In addition to solid speeds, the AR-M310 is quick to respond. It has a first copy out time of 4.5 seconds, and a warm-up time of only 25 seconds. The standard paper capacity includes 1,000 sheets divided between two trays, with an extra 100-sheet bypass tray for convenience. Adding one or two extra drawers can expand the machine to a maximum of 2,100 sheets.
The optional network scanning function is worth consideration, especially if an office uses digital document workflows. Sending scans to email, desktops, and even sharing them to an FTP server or as a URL are excellent ways to reduce the usage of Sharp AR-M310 toner and also save time.
Affordable toners might be the machine's main advantage over other models in its class. Sharp AR-M310 toner cartridges come at a very affordable price given their large capacity. Each Sharp AR-M310 toner cartridge can provide around 25,000 pages, keeping the cost per page very low.
With flexibility of features and a user-friendly design, the Sharp AR-M310 would already be an appealing choice for the medium-sized office. Add to this its cost-effective operation, however, and it is one of the better devices in its class for the office looking to trim the operating budget.