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Sharp AR-157E Toner Cartridge (AR157E Copier) - 6,500 Pages
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Sharp AR-157E Toner Cartridge (AR157E Copier) - 6,500 Pages
  OVER 50

Price:  $38.89
Product Description
Sharp AR-157E Toner Cartridge (AR157E Copier) - 6,500 Pages

This Toner Cartridge prints 6500 pages with an average 5% page coverage. The amount of pages can vary depending upon the amount of ink printed onto each page. (5% page coverage is a standard Sharp specification)

This product comes with a 6 month Warranty against any defects (including free replacement). We stand behind our products 100%, as these are not manufactured by Sharp.

Why toner? Why not call it ink? Regular ink dries quickly, which is why cartridges for inkjet printers do not last long. Laser Printers use toner, which is ink in the form of powder. A sealed toner cartridge can be stored for 2+ years prior to usage.

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Sharp AR-157E - Replacing a Toner Cartridge

The Sharp AR-157E has an indicator light that features six dots in a triangle pattern that represents toner cartridge replacement needs. When the indicator light is solidly lit, this means that toner replacement will be needed soon. When the light starts to blink, the cartridge MUST be replaced before any more copying can be done.

Open the multi purpose bypass tray of the Sharp AR-157E and then press the release button on the side cover of the copy machine to open it. Next, press gently on both sides of the front cover and open it as well. Once everything has been opened, the toner cartridge release lever can be pressed and the toner cartridge slowly removed from the machine.

It is best not to tip the old cartridge and to store it in a plastic bag to be sent off for recycling, this way leftover toner cannot spill out and stain clothes.

A new cartridge can now be removed from its packaging and must be shaken several times back and forth while holding the cartridge level. After shaking loose the toner inside, the toner seal can be removed by its pull tab. Slide the cartridge into the machine as the old one was while holding the lock lever and make sure it secures itself in place.

AFTER the cartridge is secured in the machine, pull the tab at the end of the unit out to release the shutter and discard it. Close the front cover by lifting it, then the side cover. At this point, the low toner indicator light should go out and the multipurpose tray can be closed if necessary.

Sharp AR-157E - Cleaning the Sharp AR-157E Glass and Transfer Charger

It is especially important to keep the scan glass and cover of the Sharp AR-157E clean due to the fact that when these elements are dirty, it severely affects copy performance. The transfer charger is another area of the copy machine that must be maintained regularly for maximum copy performance.

Turn the power off before cleaning AND unplug the power cord. This is to prevent electrical static shock and damage to the machine.

The outside of the machine can simply be wiped with a clean, dry cloth. This method sometimes works for the document glass as well, though sometimes glass cleaner will need to be applied. When cleaning the document glass, it is important to remember to also clean the inside of the cover and the roller on the document feeder. If any of these elements are dirty, it will be reflected in outgoing copies.

To clean the unit’s transfer charger, open the multipurpose bypass tray and then open the side cover by pressing its release button. Inside the machine, a small transfer charger cleaning utensil can be found in a storage pocket. This item is what must be used to clean the transfer wire.

To clean the wire, begin on the RIGHT end of the charger and insert the cleaner. Slide it to the LEFT end. DO NOT slide it back to the right, but instead lift it out and repeat the process five times. When finished, replace the cleaning utensil in its holder and close the side cover. The power to the machine can now be safely restored and a test copy printed.

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Sharp AR-157E Review


With single pass reversing and an array of magnification settings, the Sharp AR-157E is a stand alone personal copy machine that is capable of producing unique results and cutting back on user operation requirements. This simple but powerful machine is designed to keep copying efficient and user friendly, as well as add a touch of style to the desktop.


The Sharp AR-157E is equipped with an automatic document feeder that is capable of single pass reversing. While most reversing automatic document feeders are capable of mechanically flipping pieces of input material over so both sides can be scanned and copied, single pass RADFs scan both sides at once. This means that scanning double sided input will take no longer than it will for single sided input; a critical difference in speed for those who often deal with two sided copies and faxes. The reversing automatic document feeder can hold up to 30 sheets of input at once.

The machine is capable of holding an extensive amount of paper in a quite impressive three separate paper trays. Two 250 sheet standard trays can be loaded with different types of paper and programmed for automatic switching, while a third 50 sheet multi purpose tray is compatible with special media types such as envelopes and transparencies.

Output quality of the Sharp AR-157E tops out at only 600 dots per inch, so image copying is not especially great on this machine, but basic text will replicate just fine, and a 300 dot per inch quality is also selectable for increased copy speed.

Multifuntionality is made possible with the inclusion of print and scan capabilities, though the Sharp AR-157E also functions quite well as a stand alone copy machine. It should be noted that a fax modem is not included in the hardware, nor is a dedicated keypad, so the hardware is restricted to being a 3 in 1 device.

When scanning, resolutions of up to 600 x 1200 dots per inch are attainable, while interpolated scanning can bring even higher numbers. Printing, like copying, is restricted to 300 and 600 dot per inch settings, and USB and Parallel ports allow host PCs to attach to make these functions operational.


The Sharp AR-157E is only capable of copying at a rate of 15 pages per minute. While this rate is not necessarily crippling, it is just plain unnecessary to tolerate in a market where 30 page plus page per minute copy machines can be purchased for less than 100 dollars. While these less expensive machines do not use laser technology, it is still important to recognize that the Sharp AR-157E has become dated and is just about ready for retirement.

As if the Sharp AR-157E’s 15 page per minute copy speed wasn’t slow enough, when used as a printer the device is even slower. Only 12 pages per minute can be produces by this rapidly aging piece of hardware, and it really cannot keep up with the current speed of business as a printer alone.

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