Sharp Wins Coveted BLI Reliability Award Plus Four Additional Awards For Its Highly Successful MFP Lineup

MONTVALE, N.J.July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), today announces that it has received a total of five awards from Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI), including the award for “Most Reliable Monochrome Copier MFP Brand.” Presented once every three years, this award honors the manufacturer whose product line is determined to be the most reliable based on the combined results of all models subjected to BLI’s rigorous testing.

In terms of monochrome reliability, Sharp was the clear choice, according to Joe Ellerman, Manager of Lab Operations for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “All of the Sharp monochrome copiers we’ve tested to date have excelled when it comes to reliability,” said Ellerman. “Over the past five years, Sharp’s monochrome models have completed millions of impressions without a single service call, making them the most reliable choice among their peers.”

Sharp also earned the 2018 Buyers Lab “PaceSetter Award in Ease of Use for Enterprise Devices.” The PaceSetter Award is based on research conducted in the enterprise market as well as testing in the BLI lab. The award recognizes manufacturers that have incorporated end-to-end ease of use, from loading paper and copying, to scanning, printing, misfeed removal, job management and more. Sharp offers nearly thirty models in its lineup with a common user experience and consistent feature set.

In addition to these two high profile awards, Sharp also earned three BLI Pick awards. Announced twice a year, the Pick awards acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in BLI’s extensive suite of laboratory tests in the previous six months. Sharp received Pick awards for “Outstanding 35-ppm Copier MFP” for its MX-M3570 Advanced Series monochrome workgroup document system and for “Outstanding 50-ppm Copier MFP” for its MX-M5070 Advanced Series monochrome workgroup document system. Sharp also received a BLI Pick award for “Outstanding MFP for Mid-size Workgroups” for the MX-B455W 45-ppm letter/legal size, Advanced Series monochrome workgroup document system.

Launched in late 2017, the monochrome Advanced Series models enable users to easily set up and execute workflow tasks. Sharp’s easy-to-use touchscreen display offers an intuitive graphical interface with Easy Copy and Easy Scan screens, as well as quick access to on-board user guides. These models also support popular mobile technologies, including Apple® AirPrint®, Android™ Print Service and Google Cloud Print. Multi-layered security features help ensure intellectual property and personal information is protected throughout the life of the device.

“As business process automation increases in popularity for enterprises, more and more employees are integrating scanning in their workflows—and they need to do so efficiently,” said George Mikolay, Associate Director of Copiers/Production for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “Sharp fits the bill, with a standard integrated keyboard, making data entry at the MFP as fast as it would be at a computer. In addition to the keyboard, Sharp offers the ability to store preset messages, extensions, and domains as one-touch keys to combat common lags in scanning. The scan preview is easy to navigate and supports onscreen editing.”

“Sharp is very proud to have received these high profile awards from BLI,” said Shane Coffey, Vice President, Product Management, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “In particular, earning the ‘Most Reliable Monochrome Copier MFP Brand’ award underscores our commitment to consistently deliver best-in-class products to our customers.”

About Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab

Keypoint Intelligence is a one-stop shop for the digital imaging industry. With our unparalleled tools and unmatched depth of knowledge, we cut through the noise of data to offer clients the unbiased insights and responsive tools they need in those mission-critical moments that define their products and empower their sales. For over 50 years, Buyers Lab has been the global document imaging industry’s resource for unbiased and reliable information, test data, and competitive selling tools. What started out as a consumer-based publication about office equipment has become an all-encompassing industry resource. Buyers Lab evolves in tandem with the ever-changing landscape of document imaging solutions, constantly updating our methods, expanding our offerings, and tracking cutting-edge developments.

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Lexmark introduces new line of mid-range monochrome devices

Lexmark Introduces New Generation of Mid-Range Monochrome Products

“Like all Lexmark products, these new devices are designed to be reliable, productive and secure additions to customers’ IT assets.”

Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, today announced the availability of a new generation of mid-range monochrome products. These intelligent devices are equipped with the latest capabilities, allowing users to focus on growing their business. This new single function and MFP series brings an unparalleled combination of reliability, productivity and security to desktop-sized devices built for medium and small workgroups.

“This new generation of Lexmark mid-range monochrome products brings the power and durability of a departmental printer or MFP to the desktop,” said Allen Waugerman, Lexmark senior vice president and chief technology officer. “The devices include powerful multi-core processors that enable speedy, convenient performance, plus the reliability and security features that customers across the globe expect from Lexmark. In addition, new productivity enhancements help organizations get more done.”

Reliability: Ready when you are
With sturdy metal frames and long-lasting components, the MS and MX 320, 420, 520, and 620 Series devices offer reliability, durability and duty cycles that minimize waste, enhance longevity and minimize the need for service and support. Long-life components, cartridge yields up to 25,000 pages*, and a maximum input capacity of 2,300 pages (with optional trays) keeps these devices working with fewer user interventions.

Productivity: Get more done 
Combining performance, simplicity and connectivity, these new devices enable medium and small work groups to get more done.

  • Performance: up to 50-page-per-minute printing** and a skilled scanner that can accurately capture up to 100 images per minute, even with mixed originals, helps users get what they need in a flash. A powerful multicore processor with up to 2 GB of standard memory simultaneously handles multiple tasks so users can send a fax while they print, for instance.
  • Ease of use: e-Task, Lexmark’s award-winning***, tablet-like interface, provides easy access to powerful, time-saving solutions like Scan Center and  Shortcut Center, enhancing productivity, accessibility, energy savings, and user experience.
  • Connectivity: Innovative connectivity options also boost productivity by integrating with networks, mobile users, and even cloud storage, meeting a wide range of user needs from standard Ethernet and Wi-Fi to optional interfaces like serial, parallel and fiber.

Security: Full spectrum security comes standard
Lexmark’s award-winning full spectrum security features help protect documents, devices and networks from unauthorized access and are fully integrated into every product in the series. Lexmark responds to multi-faceted security threats with a holistic approach, providing systematic security for the device, the fleet and across the network infrastructure, resulting in a safer, more productive environment.

Quality: Clear, accurate output from the desktop
The series’ new media handling capability supports a wider range of media types with better skew performance for more accurate print jobs. Double-sided scanning means less paper movement in the capture process. Font outlining on grays and new and improved printing algorithms enhance fine line resolution and overall print quality. Even complex files with images, charts, and small print emerge from these devices just as designed.

Mobility: Print from where you are
These new devices enable workers to complete tasks via approved mobile devices with the free Lexmark Mobile Print app. Output is also available via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria or Windows Mobile. A scan-to-mobile feature lets users scan pages on the Lexmark MFP, then view and share the scans from their mobile device.

Sustainability: Environmentally conscious
As expected from Lexmark, these devices meet the most stringent global environmental requirements, including the new ENERGY STAR® 2.0 certification and the EPEAT Silver rating.

“At the heart of this new generation of monochrome machines is a powerful multicore processor that supports true multitasking, and twice as much standard memory as previous-generation devices,” Waugerman said. “Like all Lexmark products, these new devices are designed to be reliable, productive and secure additions to customers’ IT assets.”

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