Very nice, inexpensive copier for home office and small office use.
6 December 2013
Summary: We've had this AL-1631 for nine (9) years. It's used for copying at home. We've made hundreds of copies on the machine. Most are flawless and clear. Like any copier, you have to clean the corona wire from time to time when copies come out smudged or streaked. A small tool and instructions are included. It's very easy to do.
Summary: I have worked in offices for 34 years as office manager, secretary, etc., and I have used a multitude of copiers over these years including the big Xerox copiers that can nearly produce books to the little desk top copiers that printed 1 page at a time and took forever. Consider what you are buying a copier for.
Piece of CRAP .Sharp= LEMON. *Gorgeous Paperweight*
Barely There "Never regret anything that made..., Amazon
26 December 2007
Summary: IN a word..this is a LEMON. sharp=lemon Hey I bought this NEW unit for making just a few home copies. Quit...after fifty copies. Cost $140 plus shipping to fix. I picked this unit based upon the recommendation of a copier repair person. He said this Sharp AL 1631 was a terrific reliable unit. He said he refills toners on other sharp copiers and this should have a refillable toner soon. ON THAT I HAVE NO CLUE. This piece of crap made less than 50 copies and quit.
Summary: I have a dental office; so the copier gets occasional use--about maybe 10 copies per day. In the beginning, the quality of the copies is good, but the start up time is consuming. After two years, the quality of the copies declined--the ends of the page were illegible. Finding someone to service the machine was difficult. There were long waits on the phone with Sharp customer service.
Summary: That pharmacy guy's experience is atypical. I bought a Sharp AL-1631 after having lots of troubles with a cheaper brand and have been very happy. I do very heavy-duty copying and this machine performs beautifully. It's also very easy to learn. I recommended this to a few other friends and one of them bought 30 of these for his clients and none has failed so far. He tells me his clients are all very happy.
Summary: Sharp has THE WORST service I have ever dealt with. I had the AL-1551, and when I bought it I was told warranty would pay for repairs. What they instead do is send you a refurbished.... the refurbished I got was worse that the broken one I had. I had to sue them to get my machine fixed, which only needed a plastic piece in the document feeder (probably cost them $5 in parts).
Summary: Just got off the phone with Sharp. Have had a Sharp AL-1551CS for 2 years. Worked great then the Automatic Document Feeder broke. Called and asked if I could buy a new ADF. No way. For $275 plus shipping they will send me a refurbished copier but they do not release parts to the public. Guess I am now a loyal Sony or Canon cusotmer.
Slow Warm-up; Marks on Copies from Document Feeder
2 July 2007
Summary: Machine is slow to warm up: at least 30-40 seconds for first copy. To use the by-pass tray, must first hit button on control panel. To return to either single feed or document feeder, must hit the button again. The document feeder works very well, but have been unable to "clean" the transfer charger, resulting in streaks on documents sent through the document feeder.
Summary: We are a small start-up company and after one week without a copier, we were all getting frustrated so we looked online and found this gem. It is a great investment for the money. The copies are crisp, you can use the feeder or put directly on the glass - you can put letter or legal paper in = and when it is in "sleep mode" you hear nothing. The warm-up time is about one minute but then hit the button and you are off.
Summary: We are a small business and use the AL-1631 for small internal copy jobs (less than 20 pages) 1-4 times a week. We purchased this copier because our old Canon's document feeder died. It has a short delay before the first copy comes out - maybe 15 seconds. A series of sounds let you know when it is waking up from energy save mode.