Sharp has launched a range of affordable, high performance black and white multifunctional printers (MFPs) aimed at helping medium to large-sized businesses improve their workflows. The new MX-M MFPs, which are intended for everyday use in busy offices, include some of the most advanced features that have been successful in Sharps colour MFPs, such as a remote operation facility (VNC) and a customisable touch-screen display.
The range comprises seven new models, meaning customers can choose the device that best suits their business requirements, including their financial resources. The high performance MX-M503N, MX-M453N and MX-M363N, have output speeds of up to 50, 45 and 36ppm (pages per minute) respectively. These high performance models also offer an advanced Duplex Single Pass Document Feeder (DSPF) designed to make scanning and copying fast and effecient, an 8.5 inch colour touchscreen with thumbnail previews and, they all come with printing at a true 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution and colour scanning as standard. In addition, these models offer the options of faxing as well as Sharps award winning integrated retractable keyboard.
In addition to these three high performance models, Sharp is also introducing the MX-M283N, which copies and prints at 28ppm. This model emulates its bigger brothers in all aspects except one - the DSPF has been replaced by an RSPF (Reversing Single Pass Document Feeder), which is designed to help reduce costs in less intensive scan environments. Also included in the range are the MX-M503U, MX-M453U, and MX-M363U. The MX-M503U, MX-M453U and MX-M363U models print and copy at speeds of up to 50, 45 and 36ppm respectively. All three devices come with an RSPF as standard, an 8.1 inch black and white touchscreen, and are designed to support specific customer requirements by offering optional printing at 600 x 600 dpi print resolution, optional black and white scanning and optional faxing.
All models are ideal for busy offices that produce large volumes or that regularly have to cope with urgent deadlines, and with the addition of three optional finishers it gives the customer complete flexibility for a greater return on investment. All MFPs in the range feature Sharps contemporary grained exterior design for increased aesthetic appeal. Sharp reports that it is committed to raising workgroup productivity by making MFPs as easy-to-use as possible and this approach is evident in the latest MX-M devices.
Customers told us they were looking for increased functionality in black and white MFPs and the new MX-M range was created with this in mind, said Marc Brion, Product Manager at Sharp. We hope that these new products provide businesses with all the productivity features they need to deliver maximum benefit in their workplace.
The MX-M range are all Energy Star certified and support Sharps commitment to green principles. A manual power save button has been added to help save energy and reduce running costs. Night energy consumption is just a single watt (the amount required to receive faxes) and all machines are fully RoHS-compliant which means that they are free from harmful chromium and lead.
Easy-to-use and manage
IT administrators will be assisted by the intelligent design, which features a new remote operation utility. This simplifies support by allowing technicians to view and operate the machines front panel display from across the network, letting them take control, change settings, fix problems and even provide ad-hoc user training, without attending the MFP in person.
Finishing options include a high capacity 4,000-sheet finisher, a 1,000-sheet bi-folding saddle stitch finisher (booklet-maker) and a space-saving 500-sheet inner finisher which provides basic sorting, stapling and offset stacking capabilities.
Integrated device management
Like all Sharp MFPs, the new MX-M range are easy to configure, deploy and support. Multiple devices can be managed from a single remote location, configuration settings can be copied from one machine to another, the operating status can be monitored remotely and automatic email alerts are generated when action is required to prevent downtime.
The new machines also share many of the other innovations that feature in Sharps high-end MFPs including Sharp OSA (Open Systems Architecture). Third party software developers have harnessed this platform to create applications that automate everyday office tasks, plus advanced security options safeguard sensitive data and harden the MFP against unauthorised attempts to access or compromise it.