Sharp MX-C357F Review

Good: Flexible paper handling features, intuitive 4.3" touchscreen, Synappx Go mobile app.
Bad: The hard drive is only available as an option.
Bottom Line: Compact color MFP with scalable features for medium workgroups.
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Sharp
MX-C357F
$3,997
Medium workgroups
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35 ppm
35 ppm
2.4 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The new MX-C357F ($3,997) color MFP joins Sharp’s A4 (legal-sized) lineup with standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions. It prints and copies at up to 35 ppm (black and color) and has a first-copy-time of 10 seconds in color. The MX-C357F includes a 4.3″ color touchscreen with accessible settings, such as the Easy Mode feature that’s displayed in large, visible tiles. In addition, there’s a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory (expandable up to 6 GB) and an optional 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.

More details is in our Features section below.

Features

Paper handling starts with a standard 250-sheet drawer and a single-sheet bypass tray. Companies can optionally add on a 550-sheet paper feed unit or a 650-sheet dual paper feed unit. The maximum capacity is 1,451 sheets. In terms of output capacity, there’s a 300-sheet center exit tray. There’s also a 50-sheet reversing single-pass document feeder that scans up to 60 ipm.

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-C357F has both black-and-white and color scanning. There’s also an optional 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, and the compact PDF feature is optional.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression and up to 18 MB 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 hard drive is only available as an option.

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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