Sharp AR-M355N Printer Review
The Sharp AR-M355N multifunction laser printer can scan, copy, and print, with an affordable price tag and solid speeds of up to 35 pages per minute that will appeal the busy small or medium office, and upgrades that can support larger workloads. It even doubles as a document storage solution with its built-in hard drive. The AR-M455 base model and AR-M455U model provide fewer features, without network printing and scanning included.
The AR-M355N isn't as heavy or bulky as some of the competition, measuring 44.1x37.9x26.2 inches and weighing just 129 pounds, including the Sharp AR-M355N printer toner supply. It starts with only a 500-sheet paper drawer that supports sizes up to 8.5x11 inches, which might feel a bit small for fast-paced work environments. Rest assured, a number of upgrades are available such as a 2,500-sheet feeder or 2,000-sheet letter-size drawer.
Print quality is sharp, though the limitation of 600 dpi printing means that graphics and photos might suffer a bit compared to 1200-dpi models. The Send-to-Email feature for optional network scanning may quickly become a favorite, and the unit can connect to the office's LDAP address book for quick access to important addresses, and to reduce the need to type in addresses manually. Documents can also be stored to the 40 GB hard drive and made available to network users immediately.
The level of toners, paper supply, and other aspects can be viewed in the Printer Status Monitor interface before a print job is sent. Sharp AR-M355N toner cartridges are rated for a yield of up to 35,000 pages. Affordable prices combine with this solid page yield to make the cost per page of Sharp AR-M355N toner cartridges very low.
Whether buyers are attracted to its quick scanning and digital document workflows or its fast and flexible network printing options, the AR-M355N is an impressive device worthy of consideration. Its integration of paperless workflows and affordable Sharp AR-M355N toner make it a very cost-effective device for the large office.