Sharp AR-M316 Printer Review
The Sharp AR-M316 is the fastest of a pair of multifunction laser printers that includes the M256 model as well. At speeds of up to 31 pages per minute, it isn't the fastest in its class, but Sharp AR-M316 toner keeps operating costs low, and its customization options let buyers choose the functions they need without paying for unnecessary features.
The base configuration of the AR-M316 is enough to function as a standalone copier and only a basic printer, as it includes a USB port for connecting to a single computer only. Adding the network printing option makes it shareable by the entire office, however, with an ethernet port and support for both Windows and Mac operating systems. The network scanning option can help save on Sharp AR-M316 printer toner with options to send scanned documents via email, and may eliminate the need to add optional faxing entirely.
The machine comes with a flatbed scanning surface in its basic configuration, but a 100-sheet reversing single-pass feeder can be configured, saving a lot of work when scanning or copying multi-page documents. The initial paper capacity of 1,100 sheets is divided between two main trays and a 100-sheet manual bypass tray. The maximum paper capacity with upgrades is 2,100 sheets.
Replacing toners won't be a common occurrence, as Sharp AR-M316 toner cartridges have large capacities of 25,000 pages each. Prices are quite affordable, and compatible Sharp AR-M316 toner cartridges are available for even less, reducing the cost per page.
The AR-M316 may not be the most robust machine in its base configuration, but with a few customizations, it can handle just about any task users will need. Adding the document feeder and the network printing and scanning upgrades alone will fit the needs of most office environments, and its low-cost operation will be a welcome relief to the monthly budget.