Sharp MX-B355W MX-B455W Review

Good: 100-sheet single-pass duplexing feeder (on MX-B455W), mobile and cloud printing and scanning, flexible configuration.
Bad: Ledger-sized paper isn't supported on these devices.
Bottom Line: Strong black-and-white MFPs intended for offices that don't need color output.
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Sharp
MX-B355W/MX-B455W
Unknown
Small, Medium
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35 ppm-45 ppm
Not applicable
1.4 GHz
5 GB

Product Overview

Two devices join Sharp’s Advanced Series: the MX-B355W and MX-B455W. Both devices are monochrome MFPs that offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features. The MX-B355W prints and copies at up to 35 ppm and has a first-copy-time of 7.3 seconds, while the MX-B455W prints and copies at up to 45 ppm and includes a first-copy-time of 5.5 seconds.

Both devices include a 7″ color touchscreen, an 1.4 GHz processor, 5 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. PCL and PostScript printing languages are supported. USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity are standard. The devices also support mobile printing and scanning via the Sharpdesk Mobile app.

Users can also print from and scan to cloud services, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint and Box.

The devices are compact, so they can sit on top of desktops and tables. However, users have the option of purchasing a high stand for a floor-standing configuration.

More details on both devices is in our Features section below.

The MX-B355W and MX-B455W are compact devices that include strong features for offices that don’t need color output.

Features

Paper handling starts with a 500-sheet paper drawer and a 50-sheet bypass. Sharp offers an optional 600-sheet paper feed unit. The maximum paper input is 2,350 sheets. Each paper tray accommodates up to 8.5″ x 14″ (legal-sized) paper.

The MX-B355W has a 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder, while the MX-B455W has a 100-sheet duplexing single-pass document feeder. The 50-sheet feeder scans at up to 40 ipm, and the 100-sheet feeder scans both sides of a document in a single pass at up to 110 ipm.

There’s an optional inner finisher that includes 30-sheet multiposition stapling and holds up to 280 sheets.

Printing features include duplex printing, toner save mode, electronic sorting, N-up printing, image rotation, watermarks and job retention. The serverless print release feature lets users send a job to one device yet print it from another.

Some of the copying features are scan-once print many, electronic sorting, ID card copy and auto tray switching.

The MX-B355W and MX-B455W supports both black-and-white and color scanning. There’s also the optical character recognition (OCR) functionality that converts scanned documents into files, such as PDFs and Word.

Users can scan to email, to desktop, to folder, to FTP and to USB. File formats supported include TIFF, PDF and JPEG. Users can send scans up to 100 email addresses with a single touch.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. It has a built-in 1 GB of memory.

Security features include IP/Mac address filtering, user authentication with LDAP and Active Directory, port management and protocol filtering. There’s also an end-of-lease feature that erases all personal data from the hard drive before the device is traded in.

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

Shortcomings

The MX-B355W and MX-B455W doesn’t support ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) paper.

About

Sharp Imaging and information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets Sharp’s business products, including the advanced MX Series multifunction printer (MFP), that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity.

As a leader within the MFP industry, Sharp MFPs 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.

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