The Sharp MX-2300n toner printer is the entry model in the MX series, which Sharp intends for general office use. The major difference between the MX-2300n and its bigger brothers are their high-volume natures. Otherwise, the MX-2300n offers everything promised by the MX line. It's a network-ready workgroup-oriented multifunction colour and monochrome laser printer that also copies, scans, faxes and has a full range of PC-fax capabilities. It has a default capacity of 1,100 sheets, which is upgradable to 5,600 sheets. And the MX-2300n prints 600 x 600 dpi at a rate of 23 pages per minute for both mono and colour. It can also coordinate with any other MX printers on its network to handle large print jobs faster and more efficiently, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to innovative features.
The Sharp MX-2300N is a large office-style floor-model laser printer. Using the default base, it requires its own dedicated space. However, there are wheels as well, and with those installed, the unit is relatively easy to move. The wheels also lock into place so that the unit doesn't shift accidentally. Sharp uses your common business white with some touches of blue and medium grey to break up the scheme. Everything about the design feels substantial, sturdy and professional. The keypad control panel is elaborate, and it includes a large, clear LCD screen that displays graphics in addition to text. This powerful control panel can be a tad overwhelming at first.
The biggest benefit to the MX-2300N is that you get what you pay for. Office machines like this one are expensive, so you want high quality in all facets, and the MX-2300N delivers. Another important advantage is its low cost per page. Sharp MX-2300n toner cartridges are as cheap and as quality as they come at this class, which will lower your cost per page even further.
Like all office behemoths, this one requires a service contract. The downside to this one is that Sharp recommends maintenance at every 120,000 pages, which is quite a bit lower than most printers in this class require. So when considering the Sharp MX-2300N, something to factor in is the increased cost of the service contract. Another drawback is the 600 x 600 dpi limit. While fine for text, it does limit the printer's ability to output professional-grade graphics, which is something you'd expect from a machine at this price level.