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Scanner Reviews

Updated: Dec 5, 2016 00:00
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#1
alaScore 100

Brother ADS-3600W

Keenly priced for SMBs with loads of physical documents to scan, the ADS-3600W from Brother is equipped with most, if not all, the features a small business might want.

2 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 98

Fujitsu Scansnap IX 100

Are you still chasing the "paperless" dream? If you are anything like the millions of us who dream of a clear inbox with simplified capture and filing system,...

11 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#3
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....

3 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 96

Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500

The Fujitsu iX500 ($495) is a capable and likeable document scanner for personal or small office use. It met its rated speeds in our tests and lost almost no time when saving files to searchable PDF. The scanner did well in both text recognition and...

8 expert reviews | 2816 user reviews

#5
alaScore 96

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!!!

4 expert reviews | 158 user reviews

#6
alaScore 95

Canon DR-C225

The Canon imageFormula DR-C225W ($549) is likely to be either of no interest at all or exactly the scanner you're looking for. If you don't need either a shared scanner that you can connect to your network by Wi-Fi or a personal scanner you can connect...

4 expert reviews | 136 user reviews

#7
alaScore 95

Canon Canoscan LIDE 220

You can think of the Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Color Image Scanner ($89.99) as either a low-end photo scanner that can't scan film, or as a high-end model for people who don't need to scan film and don't want to pay extra for a feature they'll never use....

7 expert reviews | 1000 user reviews

#8
alaScore 94

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....

5 expert reviews | 174 user reviews

#9
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

#10
alaScore 93

Kodak ScanMate i1150

The Kodak ScanMate i1150 ($495) is aimed at scenarios like the front desk in a medical office that needs to scan documents from incoming patients into special-purpose software throughout the day. Indeed, there are some touches that will be particularly...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#11
alaScore 93

iVina BulletScan S300 Duplex Color Sheetfed Scanner with Detachable Mobile...

The iVina BulletScan S300 suffers from some minor oversights, but offers fast scans and reasonably capable software that includes the option to scan directly to the cloud.

3 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

#12
alaScore 93

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 | 253 user reviews

#13
alaScore 93

Epson WorkForce DS-510

Epson lists the Epson WorkForce DS-510 on its website under workgroup scanners, and, indeed, it offers enough capability for a small office or workgroup. However, the low price and small size make it a strong candidate for a personal desktop scanner as...

7 expert reviews | 958 user reviews

#14
alaScore 93

Plustek eScan A150

The Plustek eScan A150 ($599) is one more entry in the growing list of network scanners meant for a micro office, but it's also a little different from most. Unlike its competition, it's designed to let you handle the entire scan process—from changing...

3 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#15
alaScore 93

Brother PDS 5000

A professional unit for any office that has demanding document scanning needs

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

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

#17
alaScore 92

Epson Perfection V 800 Photo

Although the Epson Perfection V800 Photo ($739.99) is a flatbed scanner—and can scan photographic prints— its real value is as a film scanner. It can handle both positive and negative film (including slides) in sizes ranging from 35mm to as large as 8...

3 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

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

34 expert reviews | 3958 user reviews

#19
alaScore 92

Epson Perfection V19

Epson has long offered a wide range of choices for both photo and document scanners, but the Epson Perfection V19 ($69.99) extends the company's reach downwards into entirely new territory. Small enough to literally get lost under a stack of papers,...

1 expert reviews | 185 user reviews

#20
alaScore 92

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 / S1300i

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 combines a reasonably portable size and weight with an automatic document feeder and the ability to scan both sides of a page at once.

26 expert reviews | 2954 user reviews

#21
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Impossible Instant LAB

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

2 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#22
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

#23
alaScore 91

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

#24
alaScore 91

Epson Perfection V 850 PRO

Designed for professional photographers and only the most serious amateurs, the Epson Perfection V850 Pro ($949.99) is arguably the scanner of choice if you want the best possible scan quality for photosand don't mind paying for the privilege. The...

1 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

#25
alaScore 91

Canon P-215II

Conclusion If you put a premium on even a little faster speed, be sure to consider the Kodak i940. Alternatively, if you want a lighter, more portable scanner than the Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner, but still need...

1 expert reviews | 181 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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