Sharp AR-207 Review
With 600 sheets of paper storage space standard, the Sharp AR-207 is ready to move high volumes of copy and scan material right out of the box. This multifunctional unit features hardware upgrade options and an easy to use control panel, making it as versatile as it is easy to operate.
Small touches such as a bright indicator light that can be seen across the room and lights when a fax has been received give the Sharp AR-207 a personal feel. It is important to note that this unit is compatible with large format paper up to 11 x 17 inches in size.
Optional hardware additions for the Sharp AR-207 include additional paper storage trays and a G3 fax option. When a fax modem is added to the package, the copy machine is actually converted into a very respectable fax machine as well. Its maximum transmission resolution of 400 x 400 dots per inch is absolutely outstanding, and an additional 2 MBs of memory included in the fax package ensures that memory will not be stolen from other areas to accommodate phone number storage and fax page memory.
Another expansion kit that is available for the device adds network capabilities (AR-NB3 kit). This network kit also includes its own memory of 64 MBs which is expandable up to 320 MBs via a 256 MB DIMM slot. When network printing is activated, an entire office can also enjoy network scanning functions such as scan to e mail, scan to desktop, and scan to FTP.
At heart, the Sharp AR-207 is a copy machine and, in this category, it delivers. Its dual 250 sheet paper trays and 100 sheet bypass tray can be expanded by one or two additional 250 sheet trays. Zooming can be done within the range of 25% to 400%, which also allows 2 in 1 and 4 in 1 copying to take place.
A first copy out speed of 7.2 seconds is just about middle of the road when compared to other units, as is its 45 second warm up time. The unit can produce up to 99 copies at one time from a single source, and copy jobs can quickly and easily be repeated if more copies are required.
The optical scan resolution of the Sharp AR-207 tops out at a mere 600 x 600 dots per inch. While scanning can be done in full color, this lukewarm resolution means that photo quality imagery cannot be properly converted to a digital format.
Its print and copy speeds of 20 pages per minute, while not completely crippling, are very slow and, more or less, unacceptable in today’s market place. The Sharp AR-207 shows its age when it comes to raw performance, and also lacks the user friendly touches of more current machines such as a color touch screen, and instead relies on the older style dedicated buttons and LCD text display.
Other questionable copy speeds include 9 copies per minute for 11 x 17 inch paper and a mere 10 copies per minute for legal sized paper.