Sharp AL-1010 Review
This multi-function model was discontinued in 2002. Consumables such as toner cartridges and drums are still available for purchase. Replacement parts are also available. The AL-1010 is a desktop unit that can handle small copy and print jobs. It is ideal for small businesses and home offices that don’t have exceedingly high printing needs.
Weighing in at almost 40 pounds, with dimensions of 20.4” x 17.5,” this unit is a bit too large to fit on a desk, but will sit nicely on a shelf or credenza.
The AL-1010 uses a stationary platen design, rather than a sliding platform. This allows the unit to keep to its physical size, without needing extra space. The unit comes with a ‘scan once, print many’ function; this means the internal memory of 6 MG will scan the original copy once, and then print as many copies as you need, up to a maximum of 99 copies. The copies are printed at a rate of 10 pages per minute.
The automatic, or default resolution for the AL-1010 is 400 x 600 dpi (256 grayscale levels.) The magnification range is 50% to 200% and can be changed in 1% increments, or in preset jumps.
This model has the option of a printer upgrade kit, which includes a printer board, printer driver (CD-ROM,) and an interface cable. This lets you copy and print with just a click of your mouse.
The AL-1010 is capable of two-sided copying, using the manual bypass option, (single sided originals only.)
The paper tray can hold up to 250 sheets, of either legal size (8 ½” x 14”,) or letter sized (8 ½” x 11.”) Non-standard sized paper can be used as well, with the minimum size being 3 ½” by 5 ½”
The control panel on the AL-1010 is fairly straightforward, and most users will be able to navigate it without having to go to the manual often. There are indicator lights to indicate when it’s time to change the toner cartridge and drum. You’ll also be notified when there is a paper jam, although you won’t be told exactly where the jam is located. The control panel also allows users to indicate quantity, exposure and magnification.
There is no automatic document feeder with this unit, which can make large printing projects cumbersome and time-consuming.
There are no options to increase the size of the paper capacity or internal memory; nor can you add any network capabilities.
When this unit first came on the market, it was considered a top-of-the-line model; by today’s standards, however, it is woefully lacking, both in technology and speed. The 8 pages per minute printing speed and 10 pages per minute of copy speed is definitely slow compared to newer models that are available. It’s not unheard of to buy multi-function units that can accomplish up to 20 pages per minute. If you have large copy and print jobs that are needed on a regular basis, you may find it quite slow.
The AL-1010 has only one paper tray, so when you need to switch from legal size to letter size, you’ll have to do it manually. This can become time consuming if you find you need to switch paper sizes on a regular basis.
The 250 sheet paper tray capacity may also be less than ideal, depending on how large your print jobs are, and how often you print. Packages of paper are typically 500 sheets. It would be much more convenient and time-saving if you could place the entire ream of paper into the paper tray, without having to separate it.
While this printer may have been fast and up-to-date when it was first put on the market, it is woefully lacking in modern technology and functionality by today’s standards. It is suitable for a small business with users who don’t have large printing needs; or, for a home office where just the occasional print job is needed.