July 17, 2013 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions, today announced its Summer 2013 “Pick” awards in the A3 and digital duplicator categories. BLI’s semi-annual “Pick” awards are given to the hardware and software offerings that measure up as the best in BLI’s comprehensive evaluations, which assess a wide range of the most important performance factors for buyers.
Sharp Earns Two A3 Picks
Sharp earned “Picks” in the higher-end color and monochrome spaces for the 70-ppm Sharp MX-7040N and the 90-ppm Sharp MX-M904, respectively.
Remarkably, the two models produced more than 1.2 million impressions in the tests with just three misfeeds and no malfunctions—just one scheduled preventive maintenance visit—between them.
“These modular devices are very versatile,” said BLI Manager of Lab Testing Pete Emory. “They can be configured for typical office use but can scale up to serve very well in light-production environments thanks to excellent paper-handling capabilities.”
These include high maximum paper capacities, support for heavy paper weights, and a wide range of output options, including the MX-M904’s ability to stack up to 10,000 sheets. The drawers and optional large-capacity decks support several measures to prevent misfeeds and downtime. Among these are sensors that detect if paper has been loaded above rated capacity, and an air-feed system and temperature and humidity sensors in the large-capacity decks.
Noting that both models are priced well below the average for their respective groups while offering robust feature sets, Mikolay said, “You just can’t beat the value these devices offer.”
“Sharp is proud to have our new high-volume mono and color MFPs recognized by BLI as best in class,” said Mike Marusic, senior vice president, Sharp Electronics Corporation.
“The MX-7040N has earned high marks for its outstanding color-consistent output, while Sharp’s unique triple air-feed technology and advanced finishing features make both the MX-7040N and the monochrome MX-M904 ideal for the most challenging departmental, print-for-pay and print-on-demand environments. Being recognized by a leading industry organization like BLI truly validates Sharp’s position in the light-production space and is a tribute to the world-class products we provide.”
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