Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned six BLI Awards for their 2015 Summer Pick. BLI, also known as Buyer’s Laboratory, is the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. Recently, Sharp received 6 top accolades across the multi-function printer (MFP) product spectrum, including their flagship Pro Series, for superior quality and high reliability in their respective categories.
BLI’s semi-annual awards are given to the hardware and software offerings which they judge as demonstrating the most important performance factors for buyers. With its Pick awards, BLI gives special recognition to those products with the most outstanding performance across its exhaustive lab tests. The Outstanding Achievement Awards acknowledge products or capabilities that exhibit attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy efficiency, reliability and value.
“Sharp’s A3 Pick winners prove that there doesn’t have to be a cost trade-off for high performance,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s Senior Product Editor for A3 copiers/MFPs. “These Pick-winning models are among the lowest cost of their peers, and exhibit excellent reliability over the course of nearly 1 million combined impressions. Add in innovative features which include tandem printing, a retractable keyboard and Sharp Cloud Portal Office integration. The Sharp Pro Series features integration of the EFI Fiery Command WorkStation into the control panel with full bleed booklet printing. These awards prove that Sharp offers an unbeatable overall value that’s hard to beat, no matter the model series.
Outstanding 61 to 70ppm A3 Color MFP and Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Color MFP - Sharp MX-6500N & MX-7500N Pro Series
Equipped with the advanced Fiery Server Controller, the Sharp MX-6500N and Sharp MX-7500N models won the Pick for the “Outstanding 61 to 70ppm A3 Color MFP” and “Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Color MFP” categories, respectively. Ideal for demanding print environments, the Pro Series models were noted for their competitive price, high reliability and excellent feature set – including the optional air-feed system and industry-first integration of EFI’s Command WorkStation into its touchscreen display.
Outstanding Entry-level 51 to 60ppm A3 Monochrome MFP – Sharp MX-M564N High-speed Document System
Sharp’s Monochrome MFP models also received top marks. Part of the Sharp Essentials Series, delivering excellent value for busy workgroup environments, the MX-M564N was awarded this Summer Pick for “Outstanding Entry-level 51 to 60ppm A3 Monochrome MFP” category. Designed with cost-conscious customers in mind, the MX-M564N provides full multi-function capability (copy, network print, network scan) at a speed of 56 pages-per-minute.
Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Monochrome MFP – Sharp MX-M754N High-speed Document System
Also recognized was the high-speed Sharp MX-M754N, which was selected as the recipient of the Summer Pick for “Outstanding 71 to 80ppm A3 Monochrome MFP” category. Designed for large workgroups and departmental environments with demanding workflow requirement, the MX-M754N delivers high productivity and strong versatility along with powerful multitasking workflow features and exceptional image quality at speeds of up to 75 pages-per-minute.
Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-size Workgroups and Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency – Sharp MX-C301W
The MX-C301W color MFP received the Summer Pick for both “Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-size Workgroups” and “Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency.” Offering exceptional color output combined with flexible workflow capabilities, the MX-C301W has a compact footprint that fits in a smaller work space. BLI also praised the model’s superior energy efficiency with energy consumption rates roughly 51% lower than the competitive average.
BLI Awards – Highly Recommended Document Systems
In addition to six best-in-class wins, all twelve of Sharp’s document systems reviewed by Buyers Laboratory were given “highly recommended” ratings – the highest mark a product can receive from the industry evaluator.
“Sharp is proud to receive six Summer 2015 Pick Awards from BLI for outstanding MFP performance,” said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Our mission is to continuously enhance our R&D to provide customers with the industry-leading productivity and reliability. These latest awards from BLI re-affirm our commitment to that goal.”
Why BLI Awards Matter
Buyers Laboratory LLC is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses to make the best purchasing decisions. At the same time, industry professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning, sales and marketing.
Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally. This includes comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports and the – the results of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. Their services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturer literature and valuable tools for configuration products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage.
About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, MX Series of Multi-function Printer (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. Les Olson Company has a long-standing relationship with Sharp and is proud to be Utah’s only authorized Sharp dealer as well as a Sharp Platinum Service Provider. We warehouse many of Sharp’s award-winning products locally in each of our 7 locations from Logan to Las Vegas and always stock parts and toner supplies.