Sharp AR-M5625 Printer Review
The Sharp AR-M5625 is a multifunction laser printer, scanner, and copier in one. Its speed of 25 pages per minute is merely average for its class, but the low cost of Sharp AR-M5625 toner might be its best asset, especially for smaller budgets. Its paper capacity might be a bit small for some, but upgrade options are available.
The unit comes with automatic duplexing built in, for easy two-sided printing. It can also automatically sort and collate copies and prints, saving users some manual labor. One downside to its paper handling is the flatbed scanning platen, but it can make up to 999 copies from a single original.
Buyers can also upgrade to a 40-sheet automatic document feeder that scans two-sided pages in a single pass. This is particularly fast for scanning documents to network locations, which is a cost-saving alternative to faxing, reducing paper and Sharp AR-M5625 toner costs.
Speaking of paper handling, high-volume offices may find the input paper capacity a bit limited, with only a 500-sheet main tray and a 100-sheet bypass feeder available. The ability to upgrade to 1,100 sheets leaves some room to grow, but the AR-M5625 isn't likely to be able to support large, high-volume offices.
Replacing toners doesn't have to be a frequent habit. The Sharp AR-M5625 toner cartridges have a yield of around 25,000 pages each. Tally that up with a low purchase price, especially for compatible Sharp AR-M5625 toner cartridges, and you have an extremely low cost per page.
Overall, the Sharp AR-M5625 finds a sweet spot between small and medium office machines. It is affordable enough for the busy office to purchase and slowly upgrade in the future as the workload expands. Best of all, users benefit from affordable supply costs right from day one.