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February 5, 2010

Sharp Wins BLI’s 2009 “Line of the Year” and
BERTLSM’s Best 2009 Awards

Sharp Digital MFPs Given High Praise from American Independent Evaluation
Organizations BLI*1 and BERTLSM*2

Sharp Corporation was awarded the prestigious 2009 “Line of the Year” by Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), a New Jersey-based independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. BLI’s “Line of the Year” is awarded once a year to the vendor whose product line is determined to be the best overall. Seven Sharp digital MFPs also received Fall 2009 “Pick of the Year” awards recognizing the best models in each category and class.

Six Sharp digital MFPs were also awarded BERTLSM’s BEST 2009 from Business Equipment Research & Test LaboratoriesSM (BERTLSM), another independent evaluation organization based in New Jersey. Those Sharp products were given high marks for their basic performance in the areas of image quality and operability as well as for their productivity, reliability, and network functions.

Sharp will work towards taking product performance to the next level and strengthening its approach to document solutions, thereby continuing to improve customer satisfaction.

BLI Award Descriptions

2009 “Line of the Year”

This is awarded once a year to the vendor whose product line is determined to be the best overall. Sharp received acclaim for bringing to the market an outstanding line of MFPs that includes both color and monochrome models.

Fall 2009 “Pick of the Year”

These awards, given twice a year to products tested by BLI during the preceding six months, recognize the best in each category and class.

Category Model Number of models
A3 monochrome digital MFP MX-M283, MX-M363, MX-M453, MX-M503 4
A4 digital MFP MX-C401, DX-C401, MX-B401 3
    Total 7

BERTLSM Award Descriptions

BERTLSMs Best 2009

Given to products tested by BERTLSM during the preceding six months, these awards recognize the best in each category and class.

Category Model Number of models
Best Digital Imaging
A3 Mono MFP Range
MX-M283, MX-M363, MX-M453, MX-M503 4
Best Value for Price
for Small Office Mono Series
MX-M260, MX-M310 2
    Total 6

*1 BLI: Buyers Laboratory Inc. is a leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate that has been rating business-use office equipment for more than 45 years. BLI publishes the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, based on months of exhaustive in-house testing. The company's databases covering more than 10,000 copier, printer, fax machine, and MFP products have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for information on specifications, pricing, and evaluation.
*2 BERTLSM: Business Equipment Research & Test LaboratoriesSM is an independent evaluation organization that has been testing and evaluating digital imaging products such as copiers, printers, fax machines, and MFPs for more than 15 years.

Awards from BLI and BERTL (2007 to 2009)

BLI

Line of the Year 2007 Most Outstanding MFP Line
2009 Most Outstanding MFP Line
Outstanding Achievement Award 2008 Innovation in Sharp MFPs
Pick of the Year Spring 2007 Monochrome MFP
MX-M850, MX-M950
2 models
Fall
2007
Monochrome MFP
MX-M450U/N, MX-M700U/N, MX-M1100
3 models
Spring 2009 A3 Color MFP
MX-2600N, MX-3100N, MX-4101N, MX-5101N
6 models
Mid-Size Workgroup A4 Color MFP
MX-C311, DX-C311
Fall
2009
A3 Monochrome MFP
MX-M283, MX-M363, MX-M453, MX-M503
7 models
Mid-Size Workgroup A4 Color MFP
MX-C401, DX-C401
Mid-Size Workgroup A4 Monochrome MFP
MX-B401

BERTLSM

BERTLSMs Best
(category awards)
Spring 2007 Most Secure MFP Range
Spring 2008 Best Digital Imaging Product Line
Most Secure MFP Range
Best Development Platform
Sharp OSA®*3
Best Departmental/Enterprise Color MFP
MX-6201N
1 model
Best Light Production*4 B&W MFP
MX-M1100
1 model
Spring 2009 Most Secure MFP Range
Best Device Management and Integration
Technology for MFP Series
Best Color A4 MFP Series
MX-C311, MX-C401, DX-C311, DX-C401
4 models
Best Color A3 MFP Range with Outstanding
Scan Feature Set
MX-4100, MX-4101, MX-5001
3 models
Best Workgroup Monochrome A4 MFP
MX-B401
1 model
Fall
2009
Best Digital Imaging A3 Mono MFP Range
MX-M283, MX-M363, MX-M453, MX-M503
4 models
Best Value for Price for Small Office Mono Series
MX-M260, MX-M310
2 models

*3 Sharp’s original open development platform. Sharp OSA® is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation.
*4 A generic term for printing that is simpler and less expensive than offset printing.




The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subjected to change.


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