Sharp AR-M205 Printer Review
Designed for single users or a very small office, the Sharp AR-M205 multifunction laser copier still includes a well-rounded range of features, including printing and color scanning. It's a bit faster than similar models in its line, at up to 20 pages per minute, and its 600 dpi resolution creates very sharp text. Buyers can save a lot on Sharp AR-M205 printer toner compared to other models in its class as well.
Without any upgrades, the AR-M205 is well-suited for personal use, and its color scanning feature requires a connection to a PC. Users can configure 6 buttons on the control panel to store their favorite scan locations. Considering the unit's compact frame of 20x23.2x21.2 inches, it can likely fit on most desktop surfaces. Its weight of 92 pounds might be a little more than expected, but this also includes the Sharp AR-M205 toner supply.
Paper handling is surprisingly robust, with two 250-sheet main trays and a manual bypass tray that opens up for up to 100 sheets of alternate media when needed. Users can upgrade to a maximum of 1,100 sheets of total paper capacity at any time. The flatbed scanner is probably enough for individual use, but a 40-sheet automatic feeder is available as an upgrade.
For such a compact machine, you wouldn't know it from the capacity of the replacement toners. Each Sharp AR-M205 toner cartridge has a 16,000-page estimated yield. This ensures that the Sharp AR-M205 toner cartridges won't need to be replaced very frequently, even under relatively heavy use, and it also ensures a low cost per page.
The Sharp AR-M205 may not have the fastest speeds or sharpest output quality in its class, but its compact size makes it a great fit for small spaces. Most appealing of all, however, are its low operating costs, which can save users a lot of money over time.