Sharp MX-6500N and MX-7500N Review

Good: Excellent paper-handling features, ample security, optional Fiery Color Print Server.
Bad: Bypass trays are only available as options - users have a choice of either the 100-sheet bypass or the 500-sheet bypass.
Bottom Line: Light production machines that utilize the optional Color Fiery Print Server.
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Product Overview

The Sharp MX-6500N ($42,000) and MX-7500N ($50,760) are high-volume machines intended for the in-demand production market that need color copying and printing. They support standard copying, printing, and scanning.  The MX-6500N has a speed of 65ppm in both black and color, while the MX-7500N supports a 75ppm speed. Warm-up time is less than two minutes, and first-copy-time in color is 5.6 seconds and 5.1 seconds for the MX-6500N and MX-7500N, 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 15.4″color touchscreen that works like a tablet; users can add a custom background or add shortcuts for popular features. For ease of accessibility for users, there is a titling display panel and a keyboard for data entry needs.

Sharp offers an optional MX-PE10 Color Fiery Print Server ($22,400) for more professional finished jobs. It includes features, such as the Adobe PDF print engine, variable data tools, automating manual tasks, and variable data printing.

More details are found in our Features section below.

With its ample paper handling, advanced multifunctional features, and its optional Color Fiery Print Server, the MX-6500N and MX-7500 are ideal for the light-to-mid-production market, such as printing plants and publishing companies.


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 13,500 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. First, there is the 5,000-sheet high-capacity stacker for $23,500. 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), a face trimmer ($6,700), a GBC SmartPunch Pro ($15,000), and a multi-folding unit ($15,700).

Finally, there is the Plockmatic Production Booklet Maker system that supports up to 120 pages of square-fold booklets ($19,300).

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 devices, the bypass trays are only available as an option, not as a standard feature. Users have a choice of either a 100-sheet bypass or a 500-sheet bypass.


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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on 2015-08-30 13:36:02

Just heard they are still pushing this machine into the market place and truing to say it is a production print unit which is total rubbish. i have been in the business for 36 years and would support anybody who has fallen foul of this rubbish machine - see my comments of 6 months ago below
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6 months ago
I was wondering if anybody in this group has had any experience with the new Sharp MX 7500 production print system. We had one for 10 months and it was by far the worst purchase we have made in 36 years in this business, digital production print.
Any feed back would be most welcome as I heard today that they are still selling these units despite not being fit for purpose with 6 admitted major faults from sharp officials