Sharp MX-6580N and MX-7580N Review

Good: Mobile and cloud printing and scanning, wide range of paper-handling and finishing options, optional Color Fiery Print Server.
Bad: Not intended for medium-sized offices.
Bottom Line: New light-production machines with flexible and productive workflows.
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Sharp
MX-6580N/MX-7580N
$29,500-$34,500
Production
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65ppm-75ppm
65ppm-75ppm
1.9GHz
6GB

Product Overview

The MX-6580N and MX-7580N are newer entries in Sharp’s line-up of high-volume MFPs for the light production market. Both devices include standard printing, copying and scanning as well as optional faxing.

The MX-6580N ($29,500) prints and copies at up to 65ppm in black and color. It has a first-copy-time of 5.6 seconds in color. The MX-7580N ($34,500) copies and prints at up to 75ppm in black and color, and includes a first-copy time of 5.1 seconds in color. Both devices can warm up in less than 55 seconds.

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″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 Color Fiery Print Server ($6,800) 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 on the paper-handling and MFP features are in our Features section below.

Sharp continuously upgrades its machines with faster speeds and newer features. The MX-6580N and MX-7580N is intended for a light-production environment that needs an efficient device for color output and multifunctionality.

Features

Paper handling: These models have excellent paper-handling capabilities. Automatic duplexing is standard. Standard paper capacity is 3,100 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 a 100-sheet bypass tray for the devices themselves, as well as an optional 500-sheet bypass tray ($1,760). The 500-sheet bypass tray must require the optional 5,000-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 2000ipm.

Aside from the standard 250-sheet exit tray, the machines offer optional finishers. First, there is the 4,000-sheet high-capacity stacker with 50-sheet stapling ($3,050). You can add a saddle-stiching unit to that finisher for $4,725. There’s also a finisher with 100-sheet multiposition stapling with a 4,000-sheet stacking capacity ($7,550). It also has an optional saddle-stitching finishing unit ($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).

MFP Features: These machines has a 1.9GHz processor and standard 6GB of memory. A standard hard drive holds 1TB.

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, 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?

Shortcomings

As these machines are intended for the light production environment, they’re too robust for a medium-sized or even some larger offices. Those offices can check out other Sharp machines, such as the MX-5070N Series.

About

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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