Sharp MX-C407F MX-C507F Review

Good: Ability to scan to and print from the cloud and mobile devices, robust security, 2,300-sheet maximum paper capacity.
Bad: The hard drive is only available as an option.
Bottom Line: New color MFPs with flexible workflow solutions that improve productivity.
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Sharp
MX-C407F/MX-C507F
$4,997-$8,330
Medium and large offices
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40 ppm-50 ppm
40 ppm-50 ppm
1.2 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The MX-C407F ($4,997) and MX-C507F ($8,330) color MFPs are among several new devices in Sharp’s A4 lineup, and prints and copies at up to 40 ppm and 50 ppm, respectively. Both devices include a first-color-copy-time of 12 seconds and a 7″ color touchscreen with accessible settings, such as the Easy Mode feature that’s displayed in large, visible tiles. In addition, there’s a 2.4 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory (expandable up to 4 GB) and an optional 500 GB hard drive (although it’s standard on the MX-C507F).

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 all Sharp MFPs, 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 550-sheet drawer and a 100-sheet bypass tray. Companies can optionally add on up to three 550-sheet drawers for a maximum capacity of 2,300 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.

Users can scan black and color documents. There’s also an optical character recognition (OCR) functionality that converts scanned documents into files, such as PDFs and Word. Note that this feature is optional on the MX-C407F. Users can scan to desktop, to folder, to FTP and to USB. There’s the Email Connect feature that lets users scan files to their Microsoft Exchange/Office 365 or Gmail accounts. File formats supported include TIFF, PDF and JPEG, and compact PDF.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression and up to 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 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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