Sharp Earns Six Top Awards From Buyers Laboratory

Sharp Also Earns Highly Recommended Ratings for 12 Document Systems

08/06/2015

MAHWAH, NJ-August 06,2015

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned six Summer 2015 Pick awards from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world's leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. Sharp received top accolades across the multifunction printer (MFP) product spectrum, including the flagship Pro Series, for superior quality and high reliability in their respective categories.

BLI's semi-annual awards are given to the hardware and software offerings judged to demonstrate the most important performance factors for buyers. With its Pick awards, BLI gives special recognition to those products with the most outstanding performance across its exhaustive lab tests. The Outstanding Achievement awards acknowledge products or capabilities that exhibit attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy efficiency, reliability or value.

"Sharp's A3 Pick winners prove that there doesn't have to be a cost trade-off for high performance," said George Mikolay, BLI's Senior Product Editor for A3 Copiers/MFPs. "These Pick winning models are among the lowest cost of their peers, and exhibited excellent reliability over the course of nearly 1 million combined impressions. Add in innovative features which including tandem printing, an integrated keyboard to simplify data entry, Sharp Cloud Portal Office integration, and in the case of the Sharp Pro Series, integration of EFI Fiery Command WorkStation into the control panel and full-bleed booklet printing, and you have an overall value offering that's hard to beat."

Sharp's Flagship MX-6500N / MX-7500N Pro Series

Equipped with the advanced MX-PE10 EFI™ Fiery® Server controller, the Sharp MX-6500N and Sharp MX-7500N models won the Pick for the "Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Color MFP" and "Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Color MFP" categories, respectively. Ideal for Print On-Demand environments, the Pro Series models were noted for their competitive price, high reliability and excellent feature set–including the optional air-feed system and industry-first integration of EFI's Command WorkStation into the touch-screen display of the device.

The Pro Series provides multifunction versatility with unique key features that enhance operability and maintain consistent results page after page, job after job, with stunning image quality and increased reliability.

Sharp MX-564N / MX-M754N Monochrome Workgroup / High-Speed Document Systems

Sharp's monochrome MFP models also received top marks. Part of the Sharp Essentials Series delivering excellent value for busy workgroup environments, the MX-M564N was awarded this summer's Pick in the "Outstanding Entry-Level 51- to 60-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP" category. Designed with cost-conscious customers in mind, the MX-M564N provides full multifunction capability (copying, network printing and network scanning) at a speed of 56-ppm.

Also recognized was the high speed Sharp MX-M754N which was selected as the recipient of the Pick in the "Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP" category. Designed for large workgroups and departmental environments with demanding workflow requirements, the MX-754N delivers high productivity and strong versatility, along with powerful multitasking workflow features and exceptional image quality at speeds up to 75-ppm.

Sharp MX-C301W Color Desktop Workgroup Systems.

The MX-C301W color MFP received the Pick in both the "Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-Size Workgroups" and "Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency" categories. Offering exceptional color output combined with flexible workflow capabilities, the MX-C301W has a compact footprint that fits on a small desk. BLI also praised the model's superior energy efficiency with energy consumption rates roughly 51 percent lower than the competitive average.

Sharp's Highly Recommended Document Systems

In addition to the six best in class wins, all twelve of Sharp's document systems reviewed by BLI were given "highly recommended" ratings–the highest mark a product can receive from the industry evaluator."Sharp is proud to receive six Summer 2015 Pick Awards from BLI for outstanding MFP performance," said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "Our mission is to continuously enhance our R&D to provide customers with the industry leading productivity and reliability. These latest awards from BLI re-affirm our commitment to that goal."

About Buyers Laboratory LLC

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products' strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI's web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI's unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI's test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers' literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call 973-797-2100, visit www.buyerslab.com or email info@buyerslab.com

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, MX Series multifunction printers (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. Sharp® MFPs feature the Sharp OSA® development platform, which seamlessly integrates network applications to create a personalized MFP that can meet virtually any business need, and Scan2 technology, which scans two-sided documents in a single pass to enhance scanning reliability and preserve document integrity. To keep documents safe from unauthorized users, Sharp is a leader in the MFP industry in security by offering the most secure suite of MFP applications.

For more information on Sharp's business products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, 1 Sharp Plaza, Suite 1, Mahwah, N.J., 07495-1163. For online product information, visit our web site at siica.sharpusa.com.

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