Sharp’s New Printers with Simple Touch-screen Menu Can Multi-task

August 11, 2011 / Russell Legato, Residential Property Analyst

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has introduced four mid-volume workgroup products, increasing the company’s portfolio of multifunction printers (MFPs) that leverage its smart-screen user interface.

Sharp’s New Printers with Simple Touch-screen Menu Can Multi-task

The Sharp MX-4110N, MX-4111N, MX-5110N and MX-5111N workgroup color document systems combine the simple touch-screen menu navigation with multi-tasking workflow features – with print speeds up to 41 PPM and 51 PPM.

“We are pleased with the incredibly popular reception our document systems’ user interface has generated with dealers and customers,” said George Grafanakis, senior product marketing manager, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America.

“Our MFPs build on our strong legacy of industry innovations that include advanced security, dual-head scanning, and Sharp OSA Technology, among many others. We will continue to innovate and deliver the features and capabilities that help our dealers make our end-user customers more productive.”

Sharp’s new MFP user interface was first introduced earlier this year. It delivers interactivity and customization to the document management experience.

The user interface, similar to that of today’s advanced smartphones, provides easy access to all MFP features, each of which are viewed as familiar icons. Users can perform all tasks in real-time using “flick”, “tap”, and “slide” and “drag” gestures on a large 10.1-inch color Sharp LCD touchscreen.

Additionally, icons perform the real-time tasks users expect them to, and the system guides the user based on the previous command to help them quickly execute the desired function. The Sharp MX-4110N, MX-4111N, MX-5110N and MX-5111N can be customized such that users can personalize the home screen by adding backgrounds, icons or language in just minutes. A full-size, retractable keyboard enables easy data entry.

The new Sharp Color Series has been built on the latest Sharp OSA Development Platform, integrating with hundreds of network applications and cloud services. In addition, these newest MFPs feature Sharp’s latest addition to its security platform, an “End of Lease” security feature.

In just one push of a button, this feature erases all personal and confidential information stored by the machine, essentially restoring to virtually the same condition as when it first left the factory floor. This provides businesses of any size, with the peace of mind, knowing that its confidential and/or protected information is secure – even at trade in.

Also available as a standard feature, is a new “persistent security” mode, which leverages both 256 bit encryption as well as overwrite protection to ensure that the customer’s data is protected continuously, and not just at trade in.

The new series also feature an energy-efficient belt-fusing system that offers low power consumption, fast warm-up and enhanced print quality. They are also ENERGY STAR qualified and have an innovative energy-saving mode that can automatically adjust to changing usage patterns.

The Sharp MX-4110N, MX-4111N, MX-5110N and MX-5111N also help reduce waste with a virtual proofing feature. Users can see and proof the entire document on the MFP’s 10.1″ high-resolution color touch-screen before printing. Output settings that include page layout and staple or hole-punch locations are also demonstrated onscreen to minimize mistakes when printing.

Sharp’s second-generation micro-fine toner technology enables these MFP models to offer high-quality images page after page. The 1200 x 1200 dpi printing capability provides clear, crisp images even on jobs with fine detail. The Sharp MX-4110N, MX-4111N, MX-5110N and MX-5111N also feature support for paper up to 110 lb. index stock and “heavy media” (up to 140 lb. index stock).

Sharp’s ImageSEND technology enables printing of up to 50 images per minute both in black and white and color. Easy search and identification of documents stored on these models is made possible by an 86 GB document filing system with thumbnail view and image preview.

In addition, the models are available with a super G3 fax option that has intelligent inbound routing to email. The new MFPs also feature a network-ready PCL6 and PS3 printing system with direct print function and an XPS option.

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