Buyers Laboratory (BLI) have just announced their 2012 Winter Pick Selection and the award goes to Sharp MX-2310U the top performer in the entry level photocopier range. The remarkable A3 colour multifunction printer with 23 prints per minute outclassed every competitor in the segment. BLI is the independent tester in the imaging industry, performing regular tests popular business printing products.
Professional document management solutions present a delicate price to performance ratio, with only a limited number of products truly overcoming competitor features. Being released in 2011, Sharp MX-2310U is an affordable photocopier suitable for small to medium offices. A series of early positive reviews prompted the newcomer as one of the better choice on the multifunctional printer market due to its extraordinary print quality, fast A3 printing capability and energy saving features. But the strengths of Sharp MX2310 lie with the great range of extras which provide high end printing, facsimile and copy capability, document scanning, filing and even receiving faxes. Beyond good quality for the price you will discover features like network scanning, multi-layer security, data and document protection, as well as a remote access interface for easy support interventions.
BLI are in the habit of testing the full range of multifunctional printers while charting out the best responses and it was here that the superior printing quality of the Sharp photocopier became apparent. The test revealed flawless print quality even on large volumes, while running at the advertised speed of 23 prints per minute, on large format A3 in both colour plus black and white. BLI assistant managing editor Lynn Nannarielo acknowledged that "colours were bright and saturated, yet fresh tones remained natural-looking. Output was also smooth and sharp, and colour halftone range exhibited distinct separation between all levels."
Special relevance even among Sharp photocopiers is MX2310 resilience while running extensive print jobs. BLI revealed that the standard test involved printing 100,000 impressions in a test sample that represents a monthly workload for a rather busy office photocopier. There were precisely no misfeeds or print flaws. These numbers are well within recommended usage and it is good to see that Sharp copiers do not need technical assistance and servicing on stress tests. Sharp MX 2310 presents the Open System Architecture enabling hassle free connections to third party applications like managed print services and document management solutions. For the outstanding price level, this office VIP has distinguished itself among photocopier candidates. BLI recommends it as a prime candidate for any company that requires a monthly print volume in excess of 13,500 impressions.