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Key features to look for when buying a Sharp A3 MFP for business

London, 19.10.2016
If your business is looking to purchase a new A3 printer, the likelihood is you'll want to buy a colour device. Here we look at the key features your business can take advantage of.

If your business is looking to purchase a new A3 printer, the likelihood is you’ll want to buy a colour device. Research from analysts IDC suggests that by 2020 some 85 per cent of A3 office printers purchased in Europe will be colour as opposed to monochrome.

This trend is being driven by decreasing running costs, as well as the expectations of higher quality for end-users. For Sharp, this move from monochrome to colour is a key demand in the A3 printer space, one we’re responding to with our ever-expanding MX range of colour MFPs.

This can be seen with our latest additions to the Sharp A3 portfolio of devices in the form of the Essential series MX-5050N and MX-6050N and the Advanced MX-5070N and MX-6070N offering high-speed printer options of up to 50 and 60 pages per minute. These new A3 printers bring the range to a comprehensive 13 models with common options, consumables and interfaces so that the customer can choose the A3 MFP that best suits their business needs.

Sharp Essential printers offer everything you need to perform daily tasks today with a range of options making them adaptable to meet future needs as your business grows. The Advanced range lives up to its name, offering greater connectivity and flexibility options by adding features such as WiFi, cloud connectivity and immediate access to Sharp Optimised software solutions to help reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve security.

Sharp MX printers offer commonality of features

Whichever Sharp MX printer you look at you’ll find underlying each one the same parts and features – something that is central to the Sharp design strategy – so finding the perfect model is easier than ever.

So, if you’re an IT engineer you’ll be able to setup and manage the fleet centrally with ease, while for the typical salesperson it makes putting forward a recommendation for a configured product simpler and easier.

Then there are benefits for the channel, as this stream-lined design also applies across the range of paper-handing options (e.g. finishers and paper trays) and consumables we offer. By reducing the amount of stock required to be kept on hand, the amount of warehousing space that is required is also reduced, so helping keep costs down.

So what are the shared features across the Sharp MX MFP range?

We have one user interface with an easy-mode home-screen offering a fresh look, so you can do simple tasks very quickly. Being able to customise the interface is important too. If you have a particular work style, or there are certain jobs you tend to carry out regularly, you can change the home-screen to suit your needs.

With Print Release capabilities, users will be able to release documents from any available Sharp MFP on the network.  This empowers the user to avoid any bottle-necks caused by device maintenance or print queues while ensuring confidentiality because your documents are never left unattended.

The motion sensor on the Sharp Advanced MX range also increases efficiency. As you approach it, the device will detect you and will awake from sleep mode, ready to process any jobs when you are and with less waiting.

USB Direct Printing allows you to print from a USB memory stick by simply plugging it in to the MFP.  Easily find your file from a thumbnail preview in a pop-up menu.  Print a variety of file formats, including Microsoft office. Scanning to the memory stick is just as easy.

If you’re looking for the perfect finish to your output, then features such as manual and stapleless stapling bring new possibilities to the presentation of your documents.

While commonality works across the whole range, we have added special features to the Sharp Essential MX-5050N, MX-6050N and Sharp Advanced MX-5070N and MX-6070N to offer high-print volume environments the best experience possible. As well as faster printing, copying and scanning, the new 50-60ppm devices use a toner hopper that effectively keeps a reserved tank of additional toner – allowing you to replenish the toner without pausing the print run – helping to maintain high levels of productivity in the office.

The unified look and feel across the Sharp MX printer range is perfectly suited for your business. To discover more about the features and commonality on offer, check out the full range of Sharp MX Printers.


PR Manager CEE