Sharp FO-DC535 Review
With a tilting LCD display and 400 dot per inch ultra fine fax transmission quality, the Sharp FO-DC535 is a facsimile processor that provides users with a little extra. This stand alone fax machine allows fax page and phone number storage and is equipped with a set of dedicated buttons so extensive that fax management can be handled quicker than ever when using this device.
While many fax machines have a maximum scanning width of an effective 8.3 inches, or something in that neighborhood, the Sharp FO-DC535 can scan 10 inches of width, allowing for large format material to be scanned as well as copied. While copies can only be made at a speed of 16 copies per minute, faxes at this speed are perfectly acceptable because that is about as fast as faxes can be received through a phone line.
Transmission of faxes is made possible by way of the devices built in Super G3 33.6 Kbps fax modem. This modem, along with the Sharp FO-DC535’s internal hardware, makes transmission speeds of as fast as 2 seconds per page possible. This means that faxes sent with the Sharp FO-DC535 will arrive potentially 33% faster than those sent from other machines.
The machine’s auto dial setup is unique in design, and is broken into 20 possible auto dial phone books that can store up to 75 numbers each. Once a personal phone book is accessed, single touch dialing becomes active as well as regular speed dialing. A grand total of 1500 numbers can be stored in the Sharp FO-DC535, while its sister unit, the Sharp FO-DC635, can hold a solid 3000.
The Sharp FO-DC535 also outperforms the majority of fax machines available with its extra fine quality levels. Resolutions can be selected from 200 x 100 dot per inch standard quality, 200 x 200 dot per inch fine/halftone quality, 200 x 400 dot per inch super fine quality, and ultra fine 400 x 400 dot per inch quality. With 400 dpi, this device’s scan and print quality is about as good as it gets when dealing with fax machines. Additionally, an automatic document feeder capable of holding up to 50 sheets of standard paper sits atop the Sharp FO-DC535 and makes sending large fax projects simple and easy to manage.
The semi automatic duplex scanning is certainly a welcome addition to the Sharp FO-DC535’s hardware set and allows double sided input material to be faxed and copied to single sided output. The strange thing about this unit’s duplex capabilities, however, is that they are not extended to printing, as the device can print only to single sided output.
As the Sharp FO-DC535 is an older unit, it is slightly too large for what is it capable of doing. Its dimensions of 21.5 x 16.2 x 17 inches (W x D x H) and weight of almost 50 pounds place it well on the enormous side of stand alone fax machines and ensure that it will take up more space than a more current multifunctional machine that may very well also include scanning and printing abilities.