Sharp MX-5070N Series Review

Good: Walk-up motion sensor, 200 ipm scanning speed on document feeder, wide range of finishing options.
Bad: Standard paper capacity is low, but companies can add additional paper options for a maximum capacity of 6,300 sheets.
Bottom Line: Color MFP series with powerful features that help businesses improve workflow.
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MX-5070N Series
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Product Overview

Sharp’s Color Advanced Series is a redesign of its color multifunction printer (MFP) line. The Color Advanced Series are feature-rich models intended for workflow-intensive environments. Unlike that of the MX-5050 Color Essential Series, the Color Advanced Series include a dual-head document feeder than scans up to 200 images per minute, a walk-up motion sensor as well as enhanced workflow features.

Sharp continues to upgrade its color MFPs with newer features and faster engines. The MX-5070N Series is intended for all organizations that need color and multifunctionality at a reasonable cost.

The MX-5070N Advanced Series consist of five devices. They are: the MX-3070N ($12,925), the MX-3570N ($15,675), the MX-4070N ($18,425), the MX-5070N ($20,625) and the MX-6070N ($22,825). The MX-3070N copies and prints at 30ppm, the MX-3570N runs at 35ppm and the MX-4070N has a speed of 45ppm. The MX-5070N copies and prints at 50ppm, while the MX-6070N runs at 60ppm.

The speeds are for both black-and-white and color.

Copying, printing and scanning features are all standard. Fax is optional. These devices have a 1.9 GHz processor, 5 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. There’s also a 10.1″ customizable LCD touchscreen that has “flick, tap and slide” functionality, much like you’d see on a smartphone. Sharp also includes a built-in retractable keyboard for entering email addresses, messages in the body and other pertinent data when scanning documents.

Warm-up time is 15 seconds or less. First copy time (in color) is 6.7 seconds on the MX-3070N, MX-3570N and MX-4070N, while it is 8.1 seconds on the MX-5070N and MX-6070N.

More details are in our Features section below.

The MX-5070 Series provide strong features for mid-large size workgroups that need an efficient multifunction device with color output.


Paper handling: These models have excellent paper-handling capabilities. Automatic duplexing is standard. Paper input starts with a 550-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass for 650 sheets. There are many options to bring the maximum capacity to 6,300 sheets. Users can purchase a single 550-sheet drawer ($885), two 550-sheet drawers ($1,130) or three 550-sheet drawers ($1,570). There is also a split tandem paper drawer option that consists of three drawers ($2,000), with one drawer at 550 sheets and the split tandem paper drawers that hold 2,100 sheets. Finally, there’s the 3,000-sheet large capacity tray for $1,570 that requires purchase of any of the 550-sheet drawers.

There’s a standard single-pass duplexing document feeder. It has a 150-sheet capacity and can scan paper up to 200 ipm.

Aside from the standard 250-sheet exit tray, the machines offer optional finishers. There’s an inner finisher that staples up to 50 sheets ($2,000). Then, there’s a 50-sheet stapling finisher with a 1,000-sheet tray ($2,600). In addition, there’s a 50-sheet saddle-stitching finisher with a 1,000-sheet tray ($3,050).

Sharp also offers a finisher that stacks up to 3,000 sheets and staples up to 65 sheets for $3,050. At $6,000, companies can purchase a saddle-stitching finisher that stacks up to 3,000 sheets and staples up to 65 sheets. A three-hole punch unit is available for each finisher at $735.

There’s also a 100-sheet job separator for $55 and a 100-sheet right-side exit tray for $160.

MFP Features: PCL and PostScript are standard. Users can also directly print PDF files and select Microsoft Office formats. USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity are standard. Mobile printing and scanning are supported via the Sharpdesk Mobile App.

The models offer standard network scanning as well as optional PC fax and Internet fax. Also included is a single user license for Sharpdesk desktop document management software, which is a utility that allows you to program the models with email addresses, FTP servers and network PCs as destinations for scanned documents using a networked PC. The scan function includes both LDAP support and network authentication. File formats include TIFF, PDF, XPS, PDF/A and encrypted PDF.

These models can also (OCR) scan to Microsoft Office formats such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

There’s a compact PDF feature that can reduce the size of scanned color documents, making it more manageable to scan and save those documents.

Sharp also offers Cloud Portal Office service for storing and sharing documents in the cloud. Users can also access cloud apps such as Microsoft OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Google Drive.

Security features include account management, 256-bit encryption, user authentication, SSL encryption, end-of-lease and confidential printing.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


The standard paper capacity tends to be low since each device comes with one 550-sheet paper tray and a 100-sheet bypass tray (650 sheets). However, companies can scale up to the maximum capacity of 6,300 sheets by including additional paper options. The pricing for each paper option remains competitive.


Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, color MX Pro Series document systems to help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity.

Sharp document systems 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 offers the most secure suite of MFP applications.

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