Sharp SF-2530 Printer Review
Although its speeds are underwhelming, the Sharp SF-2530 laser copier could be a decent choice for a smaller office where speed is less essential. At only 30 pages per minute, it won't blow away the competition, but the affordability of Sharp SF-2530 printer toner supplies will probably be enough to appeal to bargain hunters.
The base configuration of the SF-2530 might not be enough for some office users, but upgrades are available in abundance. The meager starting paper capacity of 500 sheets can be upgraded with one or more additional 500-sheet drawers, or even a 1,000-sheet feeder, for example. Of course, the unit is already fairly bulky and weighs almost 150 pounds (including the Sharp SF-2530 toner supply), so small offices will need to consider whether adding extras will make it too large.
The standard copy features are included. Users can zoom from 50 to 200% of the original size for copies, with both presets and 1% increments. A 50-sheet automatic document feeder is included, with duplexing available in the reversing feeder upgrade. Warm-up time is a little sluggish, at around 60 seconds, but the first copy out time of only 4.1 seconds is the more important number for faster response.
Replacing toners for a large office machine doesn't have to be expensive, and the low cost of Sharp SF-2530 toner cartridges proves it. Each Sharp SF-2530 toner cartridge has a capacity of around 15,000 pages, giving it one of the lowest costs per page in its class.
Some buyers will probably dismiss the Sharp SF-2530 for its lack of speed. Digging a bit deeper, however, they may see its solid balance of features, performance, and price that make it a good value, especially for smaller offices and tight budgets.