Sharp MX-B557F Review

Good: 200-sheet duplexing single-pass document feeder that scans up to 150 ipm, intuitive 10" touchscreen with Easy Mode settings, Synappx Go mobile app.
Bad: May be too robust for smaller offices.
Bottom Line: Robust black-and-white MFP helps large offices streamline their printing and scanning workflows.
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Sharp
MX-B557F
$9,330
Large offices
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55 ppm
Not applicable
1.2 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The MX-B557F ($9,330) joins the Sharp A4 lineup as a black and white MFP with standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions. It prints and copies at up to 55 ppm, and it has a first-copy-time of 4 seconds. The device includes a 10″ touchscreen with accessible settings, such as the Easy Mode feature that’s displayed in large, visible tiles. In addition, there’s a 1.2 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory (expandable up to 6 GB) and a 500 GB hard drive.

PCL and PostScript printing languages are supported. USB and Ethernet connectivity is standard, and wireless is optional. Users can directly print files (e.g., PDF, JPEG, Microsoft Office) from a mobile device, file server or USB drive, as well as print from and scan to cloud services, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint, Dropbox and Box. In addition, the Synappx Go mobile app connects with the MX-B557F, so users can print from their smartphones and release print jobs at the device.

The MFP has a compact design to fit on desktops, but users have the option of purchasing addition paper trays for a floor-standing configuration.

More details on the MX-B557F is in our Features section below.

Features

Paper handling starts with two 550-sheet drawers and a 100-sheet bypass. Companies can optionally add a 2,100-sheet paper drawer or two additional 550-sheet trays for a maximum capacity of 3,300 sheets. Each paper tray accommodates up to 8.5″ x 14″ (legal-sized) paper.

The MX-B557F has a 200-sheet duplexing single-pass document feeder that scans at up to 150 ipm. There’s a standard 550-sheet output tray, and the printers has a few output options, including a 500-sheet inner finisher, an additional finisher with an optional hole punch unit and a four-bin mailbox (100 sheets per bin).

Additional printer features are toner save mode, power save mode, electronic sorting and driver delivery functions. There’s also accessibility features like shortcut keystrokes on numeric keypads, raised operator panel keys and magnification mode up to 200%.

Some of the copying features are advanced duplexing, advanced imaging, background removal and a multi-feed sensor.

The MX-B557F has 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.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression and 1 GB of memory.

Security features include IP/Mac address filtering, user authentication with LDAP and Active Directory, port management, firmware attack prevention, application whitelisting and self-recover capability (a malicious virus is identified and restored firmware to original state).

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

Shortcomings

The MX-B557F may be too robust for smaller offices.

About

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets Sharp’s business products, including its new Synappx™ family of collaboration applications that help address the workforce’s increased expectation of secure accessibility, ease of use and mobility; its full line of multifunction printers (MFPs); and professional display products, including the award-winning AQUOS BOARD® interactive display system.

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