Sharp MX-M2630 Review

Good: Flexible paper input and finishing options, mobile and cloud printing and scanning. strong security features.
Bad: PostScript is optional and not a standard feature; not intended for offices with high-volume printing needs.
Bottom Line: Monochrome MFP that includes robust features for the small workgoup.
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MX-M2630
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Small workgroups
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26 ppm
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1.4 GHz
5 GB

Product Overview

The MX-M2630 is the latest entry into Sharp’s monochrome MFP lineup. With a copy and print speed of 26 ppm, this device targets the small offices and workgroups that need a full multifunctional printer. The MX-M2630 includes standard printing, copying and scanning features, and optional faxing. Warm-up time is 27 seconds, and the first copy time is 4.5 seconds from the platen glass.

Similar to Sharp’s other devices, the MX-M2630 supports the Sharp’s OSA interface technology, which allows you to extend the functionality of the control panel with third-party applications. There’s also a 7″ customizable color touchscreen for accessing specific workflows.

The MX-M2630 includes a 1.4 GHz processor, 5 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard disk drive. PCL printing language is standard, while PostScript is optional. USB and Ethernet is standard, while wireless connectivity is optional. Mobile printing is supported. Direct printing of JPEG and PNG files are standard, while direct printing to PDF and select Microsoft Office files is optional.

More details on the MX-M2630 is in our Features section below.

The Sharp MX-M2630 includes robust features and a flexible configuration for small offices that need full multifunctional features, but don’t require color printing or copying.

Features

Paper handling: Paper handling starts with a 550-sheet paper drawer and a 100-sheet bypass tray. Users have several input options for a maximum paper capacity of 6,300 sheets. They include a single 550-sheet drawer, two 550-sheet drawers (1,100-sheet capacity) or three 550-sheet drawers (1,650-sheet capacity). There’s also a 550-sheet and 2,100-sheet split tandem paper drawers, as well as a 3,000-sheet large capacity tray.

With the exception of the 2,100-sheet drawer (which accepts letter-sized paper only), the drawers accept up to 11″ x 17″ (ledger size) paper. There’s a 100-sheet reversing single-pass document feeder with a speed of up to 80 ipm. Duplexing is standard.

Standard output is a 250-sheet tray. Sharp offers several finishing and output options. First, there’s an inner finisher that staples up to 50 sheets. Then, there’s the 1,000-sheet finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling.  There’s also the same finisher but includes saddle-stitching.

There’s also a 3,000-sheet finisher with 65-sheet multiposition stapling. Users can also purchase the same finishing unit with saddle-stitching capability.

An optional 3-hole punch unit is available for each finisher.

Finally, there’s an optional 100-sheet job separator and a 100-sheet right-side exit tray.

Scanning features: Network scanning is standard. That includes one license for SharpDesk scanning software, which is a utility allowing 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.

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 offers its Cloud Portal Office for storing and sharing documents and content in the cloud. Users can also access cloud apps such as Microsoft OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Box and Google Drive.

Security features: Security features include account management, 256-bit encryption, user authentication, SSL encryption and confidential printing. There’s also an optional data security kit that includes data overwrite, incorrect password lockout, document filing access control and restricted list printing. Sharp includes an end-of-lease feature that erases all data at the time the device is traded in.

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

Shortcomings

PostScript is optional and not a standard feature. Also, it’s not intended for offices that need high-volume printing. Those offices can check out our other Sharp MFP reviews.

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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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