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Scanner Reviews

Updated: Jun 25, 2017 22:08
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#1
alaScore 100

Brother ADS-3600W

With an $800 list price, the Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W delivers a more robust set of connectivity and other features than its more-expensive competitors, primarily the pricier ScanFront 400 and the ScanJet 7000. (The ScanJet lists for $150 more...

3 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 98

Brother PDS 5000

The Brother PDS-5000 is fast and it comes with very robust software. Accuracy is acceptable for most business applications, but it's slower than several competitors when scanning to searchable PDF. If you need more exacting accuracy and faster...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#3
alaScore 97

Fujitsu Scansnap IX 100

Both the Xerox and Visioneer scanners are also bigger and heavier than the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, making them less convenient traveling companions. I'd like the iX100 even more if its software were fully a match for the programs that come with the...

12 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

Brother ADS2000E

The Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000e created and saved searchable PDFs a bit slower than both the Canon DR-C225 and the Fujitsu iX500, but it also costs less. And it allows you to scan to flash memory via a built-in USB port. Unlike the Fujitsu model,...

1 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

HP Scanjet PRO 2500 F1

Conclusion The HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 Flatbed Scanner is a good fit for very small offices in need of a light-duty scanner that can handle a variety of material, from books to business cards to multipage documents, and includes a robust software suite....

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500

If you prefer a workflow that uses a standard driver you'll be better off with the Canon imageFormula DR-C125. If not, these two are so close in capability that you could flip a coin to choose between them and be happy with either one. The Fujitsu...

10 expert reviews | 2817 user reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Canon DR M160

Overall, the Canon imageFormula DR-M160II did well on our tests, except for a couple of paper jams when scanning in simplex mode. Otherwise, it scanned accurately and the software did a terrific job of converting scans to searchable text, even though...

5 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

Genius Colorpage SF-600

If you've somehow made it to the end of this review, need a good SFX unit, and are still wondering if you should buy one of these; let me make this real easy for you: YES!!!

5 expert reviews | 158 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

HP Scanjet 7000

Compared with competitors costing more than $1,000, the $850 HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner is a good value. Like its slightly less-expensive sibling, the ScanJet 5000, it comes with a complete software bundle, including document...

3 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#10
alaScore 94

Fujitsu Scansnap S1100

The smallest scanner the company has ever made, Fujitsu's $199 ScanSnap S1100, fits perfectly into tight spaces and has a unique paper output tray that guides documents over the top of the scanner back to the user. And with some of the fastest scanning...

32 expert reviews | 611 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

Most people look at scanners as a commodity that sometimes comes for free in the form of a printer/scanner combo [...]

35 expert reviews | 3958 user reviews

#12
alaScore 94

Canon DR-C225

Conclusion If you don't need to scan over a network or scan to a mobile device, consider the Canon DR-C225, which costs significantly less and offers all the same features as the Canon imageFormula DR-C225W except for Wi-Fi. If you need Wi-Fi, however,...

4 expert reviews | 136 user reviews

#13
alaScore 94

Canon Canoscan LIDE 220

If you need an inexpensive photo scanner that can scan photographic prints well enough for casual use—like sending digital photos to friends and family or printing additional copies at snapshot quality—consider the Canon LiDE 120 or the Epson V19. For...

7 expert reviews | 1037 user reviews

#14
alaScore 94

HP Scanjet Professional 3000

In all ways—capacity, speed, and software bundle—except OCR accuracy, the ScanJet 3000 matches or improves upon the Canon DR-C225. This is enough for it to replace that model as our current Editors' Choice for personal desktop document scanner. We have...

4 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

#15
alaScore 93

Avision AD125

Brilliant for the purpose I brought it, however may need to upgrade, will definitely use the same company who produce this product because of their service.

1 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#16
alaScore 93

Kodak ScanMate i1150

The Kodak ScanMate i1150 is clearly a strong contender for its intended market of medical offices and the like. For general-purpose office use, be sure to check out the Editors' Choice Canon DR-125, which offers essentially the same scan speed for...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#17
alaScore 93

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 / S1300i

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 offers duplexing and an automatic document feeder in a portable scanner.

27 expert reviews | 2954 user reviews

#18
alaScore 93

Epson WorkForce DS-510

Unless you need to scan a lot of business cards, this scanner has a lot to recommend it. Its speed for scanning to various formats, its OCR accuracy, and its ability to scan to assorted destinations, including the cloud, let it stand toe to toe with...

7 expert reviews | 958 user reviews

#19
alaScore 93

Visioneer RoadWarrior

Conclusion As a portable, manual-feed scanner, the Visioneer RoadWarrior X3 offers a lot for its low price including speed and good OCR performance. Its software bundle includes capable programs that alone sell for several times the scanner's price....

6 expert reviews | 174 user reviews

#20
alaScore 92

Epson Perfection V 800 Photo

If price isn't an issue, you should also take a look at the Epson Perfection V850 Pro, which offers a somewhat higher-quality optical system than the Epson Perfection V800 Photo and comes with color-calibration software. However, the exceedingly small...

3 expert reviews | 134 user reviews

#21
alaScore 92

Canon P-215

Although big and heavy for a portable scanner, the Canon imageFormula P-215 Personal Document Scanner's fast speed, duplexing, and ADF make it well worth the extra size and weight.

14 expert reviews | 495 user reviews

#22
alaScore 92

Epson Perfection V 39

Conclusion If you're looking for a scanner primarily for photographic prints, any one of these four scanners—the Canon 120, the Canon 220, the Epson V19, or the Epson Perfection V39—is worth considering, with the Canon 120's low price making it the...

4 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

#23
alaScore 92

Impossible Instant LAB

The frog-tongue keeps newly-ejected shots out of direct light while they develop

2 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#24
alaScore 92

Brother DSMobile DS-920DW

The Brother DS-920DW is a device described as an “anywhere, anytime, portable scanner”. As the “DW” part of the product’s model number might indicate, this scanner offers both Duplex or double sided scanning and wireless connectivity.

1 expert reviews | 305 user reviews

#25
alaScore 92

VuPoint Solutions Magic InstaScan

Conclusion If you need a full-fledged scanner that's portable, take a look at the VuPoint PDSWF-ST47-VP or the VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand with AutoFeed Dock PDSDK-ST470-VP . Both can scan a full page in one sweep, and both can scan to memory, so you...

3 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Scanners

    Scanners used to be the exclusive domain of high-end graphics and publishing enterprises, but today they are a common feature of both the desktop and laptop computing landscape. Whether your primary computer is a laptop or a desktop, if you work from an office or while on the go, there is a scanner out there that will fit your unique requirements.



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    Scanner Categories

    Flatbed Scanners: These are the most common type of scanners. Due to their size, flatbed scanners are most appropriate for use with a desktop computer. Flatbed scanners typically rate higher than other models when compared for image quality and scanning speed, so they are preferred for professional applications.

    Sheet-fed Scanners: This category of scanners offers advantages in size and portability, making them the perfect companion for laptops and for mobile use. While they are slower and offer slightly compromised image quality compared to the larger flatbed scanners, the scan quality and speed is still more than adequate for most uses. For thrifty shoppers, sheet-fed scanners are generally less expensive than flatbeds.

    Pen Scanners: The ultimate in portability is provided by pen scanners, an increasingly popular choice for students and professionals on the go. This convenience comes with a compromise in speed and quality, and they require extra diligence on the part of the user in order to capture a clear scan.

    What to Look for in a Scanner

    Scanner Size – Most people are scanning letter-sized documents and pictures, and the standard 8.5” feed is sufficient. However, if you plan on scanning legal-sized documents or larger graphics print-ups, you will want a scanner that features a larger scanner size.

    Scan Speed – Scanner speeds are broadly similar across all models, but if you are using your scanner for bulk applications, you will want to select a model that is optimized for speed.

    Connectivity – Parallel port and SCSI connections have given way almost completely to the convenience of USB hookups. Almost all newer models also support wireless connectivity, which is an added convenience if your primary computer is a laptop.

    Software – The software that comes standard with the scanner is an important consideration, and one that is often overlooked. Basic models feature basic software that is good for storing and retrieving your images. As the scanner increases in sophistication and performance, so does the software. More robust software bundles can include automatic image editing and organizing features, upload streamlining that facilitates sharing your images, and repair/modification software that allows you to quickly and easily touch up photos and convert text documents.

    Popular Scanner Brands

    Many of the names of the most popular scanner manufacturers are very familiar, and have a long history of excellence in the printer market as well. Epson, Canon, and HP offer scanners of all categories and at a full range of performance levels and price points. Fujitsu is another brand that features a number of models that have been well-reviewed. Dane and NeatReceipts specialize in highly-portable pen scanners, and offer several different models.

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