Sharp AL-1655 Review
With disappointing specifications all around, the Sharp AL-1655 is a mediocre multifunctional device that has not stood the test of time. While all its primary features are still very much intact, it is its overall sluggish print speed and excess size that makes it currently a fairly undesirable unit.
The Sharp AL-1655’s addition of a second 250 sheet paper tray is a welcome one in comparison to the single 250 sheet capacity of most Sharp AL units in the same line. Its document feeder’s 30 page capacity, while not as impressive, is still sufficient in handling multiple pages of input for copying and scanning.
The other major difference in overall hardware function found in the Sharp AL-1655 but not other AL models is its duplex copy capability. This copy machine can not only duplex print double sided output, but scan both sides of input material automatically as well. Scans can be done in full color and on both sides, though scan resolution is semi limited.
When the automatic document feeder is not needed, a standard platen document glass will do the trick for material up to 8.5 x 11 inches in size (Legal) and can also accommodate three dimensional objects, such as books, which the automatic document feeder cannot.
The already ample 500 sheets of storage found in the printer is supplemented by a 50 sheet bypass tray with its own unique function. In the bypass tray, users can load special media types that are incompatible with the standard trays. Transparencies, card stock, and envelopes can, and must, be loaded and fed through this tray. The good news is that the standard Letter and Legal sized paper stocks will not have to be unloaded for the occasional special print or copy task.
Copy functions are fairly bare bones, but do include basic reduction and enlargement capabilities, as well as various exposure modes. 3 preset reduction settings and 2 preset enlargement settings give users quick access to a few common zoom options and users can also adjust zoom levels in 1% increments to the degrees of 25% - 400%. 2 in 1 copying is made possible via reduction.
With 16 pages per minute as the Sharp AL-1655’s top speed for both printing and copying, it falls way behind the curve when it comes to the current print technology available. Its overall resolution for most of its functions is poor, with a maximum copy resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch maximum. While 600 dpi is acceptable for text, users will have a hard time printing and copying quality imagery with the device.
First page out times when copying are questionable. The Sharp AL-1655’s normal copy mode first page out time of 9.6 seconds is acceptable, but when the unit falls into warm up mode it will take a full 16 seconds from the time a copy is instigated to the time a reproduction falls into the output tray. From a complete shut off, it will take 23 seconds to see that page.