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Sharp MX-4070V Review

Sharp MX-4070V Review
Credit: Sharp Electronics Corporation

Sharp produces professional document systems that are designed specifically for business use. Its products range from multifunction printers and copiers to advanced document systems and digital displays. It also offers a range of consumer appliances such as microwaves and air purifiers.

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The MSRP for the Sharp MX-4070V is $18,425. It's available for purchase for qualified resellers and distributors, and leasing options are available.

The Sharp MX-4070V multifunction color copier and printer is packed with enterprise functionality. It's part of the Sharp Advanced Series, which Sharp says offers exceptional color output and ease of use. It is fast – printing and copying 40 pages per minute in both color and black and white. You have your choice of six paper sources. Input trays range from 550 to a 2,100-sheet-capacity drawer, with a 3,000-sheet capacity cassette. And, like most modern printers, duplexing is automatic.

The touchscreen is bigger than those of other color copiers, measuring 10.1 inches. It comes standard with a built-in, retractable keyboard. These features are designed to help users of all backgrounds and technical skill levels use the machine. The touchscreen features a highly graphical and simple interface, walking users through every option. For some tasks, users can pick Easy Mode, an option that allows for fast, simple operation. If you want to print or scan directly from your cloud service, the MX-4070V is capable of connecting to Box, Google or SharePoint, just to name a few file-sharing services.

The MX-4070V offers several additional features designed to simplify document management. For example, you can scan documents and then convert them into searchable PDFs. In addition, it offers different finishing options for your documents, such as saddle stitching.

Sharp has included a number of energy-efficient features with this color copier, including a sensor that detects when someone walks up to the machine. After a few minutes of inactivity, the copier will enter sleep mode to save energy.

The MX-4070V features robust security features, all standard. For example, it offers 256-bit encryption, data overwrite and data erasing at the time your lease is over. Administrators can see user-level details, like usage logs, click counts and more. This can help with budget control and reduces wasteful printing. For documents that are highly sensitive, users can require a PIN code to be entered before they can be printed.

On Sharp's website, you'll find FAQs, plus you can download drivers or order additional accessories. In addition to the FAQs, technical support is available through the My Sharp website. There you'll find video demonstrations, product manuals and more.

The MX-4070V may be too pricey for many small businesses to manage, though leasing can put this in a more affordable range (not to mention you could count the expenditure as an operational expense versus a capital expense).

Another drawback is that while the number of choices, flexibility and control are all good things, many small to medium-sized businesses may not need these features.

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Joanna Furlong

Joanna Furlong is a freelance writer and content strategist based in Southern California. Her background is in digital marketing, but she’s been writing professionally for more than 10 years. She loves to report on the intersection where business, management and technology collide.