Sharp MX-6240N and MX-7040N Review

Good: Excellent paper-handling features, ample security, Sharp OSA technology.
Bad: Bypass tray is only available as an option.
Bottom Line: High-volume machines with strong paper capacity and security features.
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Product Overview

The Sharp MX-6240N ($26,500) and MX-7040N ($32,500) are high-volume machines intended for the production market that need color copying and printing. They support standard copying, printing, and scanning. Fax is an option. The MX-6240N has a speed of 62ppm in both black and color, while the MX-7040N supports a 70ppm speed. Warm-up time is less than a minute, and first-copy-time in color is 5.6 seconds and 5.1 seconds for the MX-6240N and MX-7040N, respectively.

These models support Sharp’s OSA interface technology, which allows you to extend the functionality of the control panel with third-party applications. They also support the 10.1″ LCD touchscreen that has the “flick, tap, and slide” functionality, much as you’d see on a smartphone. For ease of accessibility for users, there is a titling display panel and a keyboard for data entry needs.

More details are found in our Features section below.

This series has advanced multifunctional technology, solid features, and good productivity. We are especially impressed with the wealth of paper input and output options offered.


Paper handling: These models have excellent paper-handling capabilities. Automatic duplexing is standard. Standard paper capacity is 3,000 sheets. There is a two-drawer tandem compartment, one tray holding 1,200 sheets and the other tray holding 800 sheets. There are also two 500-sheet trays that hold up to 12″ x 18″ paper. There is an optional 100-sheet bypass tray ($1,470) for the devices themselves, as well as a 500-sheet bypass tray ($1,760). The 500-sheet bypass tray must require the 3,500-sheet tray. For other options, you can choose between a 3,500-sheet letter-size tray ($1,570) and a 3,000-sheet ledger-size tray ($3,050). There is also the 5,000-sheet large-capacity tray ($6,700) that accept up to ledger-sized paper handling. The maximum paper capacity is 8,500 sheets.

There is a standard single-pass duplexing document feeder– it has a 150-sheet capacity and can scan paper up to 150ipm.

Aside from the standard 250-sheet exit tray, the machines offer optional finishers. The first finisher ($3,050) has 50-sheet multiposition stapling, with a 4,000-sheet stacking capacity. You can add a booklet maker with saddlestitching to this unit for $4,725.

There’s also a finisher with 100-sheet multiposition stapling with a 4,000-sheet stacking capacity ($7,550). You can also add a bookmaking unit for $10,720. The finishers support several additional options, such as a two-tray inserter unit ($3,860) and a multi-folding unit ($15,700).

MFP Features: These machines has a 1.8GHz processor and standard 5GB of memory. A standard hard drive holds 1TB. PCL and PostScript is standard, and XPS is optional. USB and Ethernet connectivity is standard.

The models offer standard network scanning, along with optional PC fax and Internet fax. That includes one license for SharpDesk scanning 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.

Security features include account management, 256-bit encryption, user authentication, SSL encryption, and confidential printing. There is also the Tracking and Auditing feature to help users track control of each device on the network. Finally, as an option, there is the Data Security Kit that includes features such as Data Overwrite on-demand, restricted status display, and Incorrect Password Lockout.

These devices also have strong emphasis on energy-saving features. They are Energy Star certified and RoHS compliant. Sharp also offers its toner recycling program for all Sharp cartridges, drums, and bottles.

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


Unlike most other devices, the bypass tray is only available as an option, rather than as a standard feature.


Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the
advanced, color MX Pro Series document systems that 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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