Large Business 51+ cpm

41PPM Colour & 55PPM B & W Colour Multifunctional Printer

Full-Colour Productivity for Today's Busy Office Environments.



Need a way to keep pace with today's increasing document demands?

The MX-5500N offers a powerful colour-capable solution for maximum office productivity and more.

Perfect for offices that mass-produce documents, the MX-5500N features a sturdy frame and streamlined paper feed system, boasts an extra-large paper capacity and offers a variety of productivity-enhancing finishing options.  With impressive output speeds of 41 ppm in colour and 55 ppm in B/W, documents are ready when you need them.  What's more, if you're in need of an office-wide network printing solution, just add the optional Fiery® Print Controller.

In addition to sporting a solid design and fast output, the MX-5500N provides outstanding image quality with Sharp's new toner, while advanced features like integrated document management optimise workflow and powerful multi-layered security functions protect your sensitive information.  Built to meet the demands of today's business world, the MX-5500N offers new levels of efficiency and reliability.

Advanced Functions Made Easy

The MX-5500N is easy to use, regardless of experience.  A large, easy to read 10.4 inch colour touch-screen LCD control panel allows users to easily locate the MX-5500N's advanced functions.  In addition, user-specific customisable "home" screens allow quick access to frequently used functions.

 Key Features:

  • Exceptional Productivity 
  • Superb Image Quality 
  • Multi-Faceted Colour Performance 
  • Versatile Operation 
  • Multi-Layered Security
  • Environment and User-Friendly

Network Printing

  • Speedy Printing and Data Processing  
  • Fiery® Print Controller
  • Large Paper Capacity 
  • High-Quality Imaging with New Toner
  • Twin Black Toner Cartridges  
  • Automated Job Finishing  
  • Network Tandem Function
  • Proof Printing 
  • Supports PCL5c/PCL6 and PS3 Printer Languages
  • USB Memory Direct Print
  • Various Print Applications 
  • Network Ready:  Supports Most Office Environments


  • Speedy Copying and Quick First Copy Time 
  • Productive Collated Output from Memory 
  • Duplex Single Pass Feeder (DSPF)
  • Built-in Stackless Duplex Module 
  • Enhanced Sharp Auto Colour Mode
  • Job Build for Large-Volume Scanning
  • Auto Colour Selection
  • Image Editing Functions
  • Various Copy Applications

Image Sending

  • Multiple Distribution of Scanned Files 
  • LDAP Support
  • A3 Colour Network Scanning
  • High-Speed Super G3 Fax Operation
  • Automated Fax Finishing
  • PC-Fax/PC-Internet Fax
  • Internet Fax
  • Fax:  Duplex Transmission and Reception
  • Multi Access Function

Document Management

  • Document Management on the Hard Disk 
  • Easy Access to Stored Files
  • Quick Filing 
  • Advanced Filing Function 
  • Sharpdesk™ for Total Document Management 


  • Industry-Leading Multi-Layered Security
  • Data Security Kit
  • Encrypted PDF with Password Protection
  • Document Control Function
  • IP/MAC Address Filtering
  • Print Hold and Confidential Print
  • Secure Socket Layer
  • User Authentication

Environment & User-Friendly

  • Environmentally Conscious Supplies
  • Full-Grip Short Vertical Paper Path
  • Environmentally Conscious Design
  • 10.4 inch Colour LCD Panel
  • Customisable Keys on the LCD Control Panel
  • Job Status Screen
  • Printer Status Monitor
  • Integrated Web-Based Device Management  
  • Device Cloning
  • Sharp OSA (Open Systems Architecture)

Available Peripherals include

  • MXFNX3: Finisher
  • MXFNX4: Saddle-stitch Finisher
  • MXCFX1: Inserter
  • MXRBX2: Paper Pass Unit
  • MXPNX2A/B/C/D: 2/3/4/4-wide Hole Punch Modules
  • MXFXX1: Fax Expansion Kit
  • MXFWX1: Internet Fax Expansion Kit
  • MXLCX2: 3,500 sheets (A4) Large Capacity Tray
  • MXLCX3: 3,000 sheets (A3) Large Capacity Tray
  • MXPEX2: Fiery® Print Controller
  • MXPKX1: PS3 Expansion Kit
  • MXFRX3U: Data Security Kit (non CC version)
  • MXFRX3: Data Security Kit (Common Criteria validated)
  • MXAMX1: Application Integration Module
  • MXAMX2: Application Communication Module
  • MXAMX3: External Account Module
  • MXUSX1/5: Sharpdesk 1/5 License Kit
  • MXUS10/50/AO: Sharpdesk 10/50/100 License Kit
  • ARPF1: Barcode Font Kit 





Engine speed*1

Colour: max. 41 cpm/ppm, B/W: max. 55 cpm/ppm

Paper size

Max. A3 wide, min. A5R

Paper capacity

Standard: 3,100 sheets (1,200 sheet tray, 800 sheet tray, 2 x 500 sheet trays, 100 sheet multi-bypass tray), maximum: 6,600 sheets

Warm-up time

Less than 295 sec.*2


[Copier memory] Standard 1GB


[Printer memory] Standard 896MB, 80GB HDD *3

Power requirements

230-240V AC, 50/60 Hz

Power consumption (max.)

1.84 kW

Dimensions (W x D x H)

795 x 715 x 1,225 mm


Approx. 209 kg


Card shot, Edge/Centre erase, Job build, Pre-heat/auto power shut-off modes, User authentication (1,000 accounts)





Original paper size

Max. A3

First copy time*4

Full colour: 8.4 sec., B/W: 4.5 sec.

Continuous copy

Max. 999 copies


Scan: 600 x 600 dpi; 600 x 300 dpi;


Print: 600 x 600 dpi 


Equivalent to 256 levels

Zoom range

25 to 400% (25 to 200% using DSPF) in 1% increments

Preset copy ratios

10 ratios (5R/5E)


Auto paper selection (mixed/random size feeding), Auto magnification selection, Paper type selection, Auto tray switching, Rotation copy, Electronic sorting, Network tandem copy, Book copy, Margin shift, Dual page copy, Multi-shot (4-in-1, 2-in-1), Cover/transparency/tab page insertion, Pamphlet copy, 2-sided Copy orientation change, XY zoom, B/W reverse, Mirror image, Duplex copy, Toner save mode, Reserved copy, Job programme, Image repeat, Irregular original/paper size input, Stamps (date, page number, text, stamp), Multi-page enlargement, Tab copy, Centering, Proof copy, Document control, Auto colour selection, Enhanced Sharp auto colour mode, Auto calibration



Network Scanner


Scan method

Push scan (via operation panel), Pull scan (with TWAIN-supporting application)


Push scan: 100, 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi
Pull scan: 75, 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi
50 to 9600 dpi

File formats

TIFF, PDF, encrypted PDF, JPEG (colour only)

Scanner utilities


Scan destinations

Scan to e-mail, desktop, FTP server, network folder, USB memory


Internet fax*6 PC-Internet fax transmission*6, Enhanced Sharp auto colour mode, Mixed size original scanning, LDAP support, Direct entry (address/subject/message), 999 one-touch dials, 500 group dials, 48 job programmes, Broadcasting, Long original scanning (max. 800mm), Auto colour selection



Document Filing


Document Filing capacity

Main and custom folders: 30GB, 4,200 pages*7 or 3,000 files
Quick file folder: 10GB, 1,400 pages*7 or 1,000 files

Stored jobs

Copy, print, scan, fax transmission*8

Storage folders

Quick file folder, main folder, custom folder (max.500 folders)

Confidential storage

Password protection



Network Printer



600 x 600 dpi

Enhanced resolution

600 x 1,200 dpi for B/W printing with PS Expansion Kit


USB 1.1 (Windows®98/Me/2000/XP,Windows Server™ 2003),                                             USB 2.0 high-speed (Windows®2000/XP)

Supported OS*9

Windows®98/Me/2000/XP,Windows Server™ 2003, Mac OS 9.0 to 9.2.2, Mac OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.8, 10.3.3 to 10.3.9, 10.4

Network protocols*9

TCP/IP, IPX/SPX (NetWare), NetBEUI, EtherTalk (Appletalk)

Printing protocols

LPR, Raw TCP (port 9100), POP3 (e-mail printing), HTTP, Novell Printserver application with NDS and Bindery, FTP for Downloading print files, EtherTalk printing, IPP

PDL emulation

Standard: PCL6/5c
Option*10: PS3 emulation

Available Fonts

80 fonts for PCL, 136 fonts for PS3 emulation*10


Network tandem print, Rip Once/Print Many, Job retention (print hold, proof print, confidential print), Direct PDF/TIFF/JPEG printing, Carbon copy print, Duplex print, Printer administration utility & status monitor, IP/MAC address filtering and port/protocol management, Font and form download, Pamphlet style, Binding edge, N-up (2/4/6/8/9/16), Paper/output tray selection, Cover insertion, Transparency interleave, Fit to page, Watermarks, Offset output, Form overlay, Auto configuration, Barcode font compatibility, Tab print, Poster print, Document control 



B/W Facsimile

(optional MX-FXX1 required)

Compression method


Communication protocol

Super G3/G3

Transmission time

Less than 3 seconds *12

Modem speed

33,600 bps to 2,400 bps with automatic fallback

Transmission resolution

Standard: 203.2 x 97.8 dpi
Extra Fine: 406.4 x 391 dpi

Recording width

A3 to A5


8MB Flash memory

Grey scale levels

Equivalent to 256 levels


Duplex transmission/reception, Quick on-line transmission, Error correction mode, F-Code compatibility (confidential, relay broadcast), LDAP support, 999 one-touch dials, 500 group dials, 48 job programmes, Broadcasting number registration, Polling, Memory transmission/reception, Auto reduction (transmission/reception), Rotation transmission/reception, Print actual size, 2-in-1 transmission, Long original transmission (max. 800 mm), PC-Fax transmission*12 , Timer transmission, Paperless faxing with inbound routing to e-mail, Activity report, Anti-junk fax, Dual page scan, Mixed size original scanning



*1: Copy mode: When copying same document continuously on portrait A4 plain paper in non-offset mode. Print mode: When printing same document continuously on portrait A4 plain paper in non-offset mode, excluding processing time.
*2: At rated voltage, 23°C.
*3: 1GB = One billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.  Actual formatted capacity is less.
*4: Portrait feeding of A4 sheets from main unit's 2nd paper tray (right-hand tandem tray), using document glass, without Auto Colour Selection and Auto Colour mode, polygon in rotation.
*5: Some features require option(s).
*6: Optional MX-FWX1 required.  Max. resolution is 400 dpi.
*7: Measured using Sharp’s standard chart (A4 with 6% coverage, B/W).  The Quick File Folder shares the HDD with the Job Build function: up to 10GB of data storage is available when using both functions. The storage capacity will be less for colour pages.
*8: Optional MX-FXX1 required.
*9: Optional MX-PKX1 required for Mac OS and EtherTalk.
*10: Optional MX-PKX1 required.                                                                                                                   *11: Some features are not available according to the printer driver used.
*12: Based on Sharp’s standard chart with approx. 700 characters (A4 or portrait) at standard resolution in Super G3 mode, 33,600 bps, JBIG compression.                                                                                        *13: For Windows environments only. 

Windows, Windows Server and Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  All other brand names and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The Energy star logo is a certification mark and may only be used to certify products that have been determined to meet the Energy Star programme requirements.  Energy star is a US registered mark.  The Energy Star guidelines apply to products only in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

  • Design and specifications are subject to change without prior notice. 

  • Some features require Optional items. Please consult with an authorised Sharp Reseller for details.

  • All information and technical details are correct as at machine release date.

Business Products Warranty Statement


This Sharp product is warranted against faults in material and manufacture for the period as stated in the table below.

In the event of any defect arising in the equipment during the warranty period, such repairs should only be carried out by the Dealer from which the unit was originally purchased or a Service Centre approved by Sharp to service this type of equipment These repairs would be carried out at no charge to the owner, subject to the conditions specified herein.

This warranty does not extend to defects or injuries caused by or resulting from causes not attributable to faulty parts or the manufacture of the product, including but not limited to, defect or injury caused by or resulting from misuse, abuse, neglect, lack of maintenance, accidental damage, improper voltage, liquid spillage, vermin infestation, software, or any alterations made to the product which are not authorised by Sharp.

Please retain your sales documentation, as this should be produced to validate a warranty claim. This warranty is in addition to and in no way limits, varies or excludes any implied rights and remedies under any relevant legislation in the country of sale.

This warranty does not cover transportation to and from the Sharp Approved Service Centre. Goods presented for repair may be replaced by refurbished goods of the same type rather than being repaired. Refurbished parts may be used to repair the goods. The repair of your goods may result in the loss of user generated data, please ensure that you have saved this data elsewhere prior to repair.

Australian customers: Our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure. The criteria of a major failure is defined in the Australian Consumer Law. Should you require any assistance with a major failure please contact Sharp Customer Care.



Data Projector 24 months (excluding lamps and air filters)
Copier / Printer   6 months
Electronic Cash Registers 12 months
Facsimile 12 months
Information Display Panel 36 months
POS Terminals 12 months
AL Copier 12 months
Calculator 12 months
Personal Organiser 12 months

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This warranty applies to products sold in Australia & New Zealand