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Scanner Reviews

Updated: Jul 30, 2014 23:59
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#1
alaScore 100

Kodak i3250

Next to many smaller models, the price tag may seem prohibitive. But this is an extremely powerful device that looks up, instead, to more industrial models – the majority of which cost and weigh even more. For many serious businesses, the price tag...

3 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

4 expert reviews | 116 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Brother ADS-1100W

Brother should be complimented for creating a versatile compact document scanner that creates multiple opportunities to disseminate digital data but it's let down by poor paper alignment.

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#4
alaScore 96

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

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

36 expert reviews | 4487 user reviews

#5
alaScore 96

HP Scanjet 5000

The next step up in HP's document scanner line from the HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2 Sheet-feed Scanner, the HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-feed Scanner delivers only slightly faster scans, but stands ready for heavier duty use. Among other...

3 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

Xerox DocuMate 4700

The Xerox DocuMate 4700 is a flatbed scanner that can scan documents up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches). Although it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF), it can be used in combination with any Xerox DriverPlus ADF scanner to add flatbed...

3 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 94

Xerox Documate 4440

The Xerox DocuMate 4440 is a color duplex document scanner with a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF). It provides one-touch scanning from 9 preset and customizable scan profiles, either from your computer or the scanner itself. It showed good...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#8
alaScore 94

Canon imageFORMULA P-208

As its name implies, the Canon imageFormula P-208 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner has a strong family resemblance to the Editors' Choice Canon imageFormula P-215 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner. As the lower price suggests, it's a step down in...

7 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#9
alaScore 93

Fujitsu Scansnap S1100

The bottom line. The quality of photo scans stumbles, but for all sorts of text-based documents, the ScanSnap S1100 is a mighty mini scanner.

25 expert reviews | 609 user reviews

#10
alaScore 93

Eastman Kodak Company 1433283

A big step up in Kodak's scanner line in both price and capability from the Editors' Choice Kodak i2600 that I reviewed in late 2011, the Kodak i2900 rotary scanner offers a slightly faster rated speed, at 60 pages per minute (ppm) and 120 images per...

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#11
alaScore 93

Panasonic KV-S5055C

The Panasonic KV-S5055C is a sheet-fed scanner that can scan documents at up to tabloid (11 by 17 inches) size. It sports a 200-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and blistering rated scan speeds. Although it fell a little short of its rated speeds,...

2 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 93

Xerox Travel Scanner 150

The Xerox Travel Scanner 150 is a compact, no-frills, USB-powered portable scanner that can scan to a variety of document types and destinations, including the cloud.

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 92

Fujitsu Scansnap IX 500

It may seem expensive for a scanner, but it's the document management features that makes the Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 a great buy. If you only need to scan the occasional document you may be better off with an MFP, but if you have either years of...

4 expert reviews | 202 user reviews

#14
alaScore 92

Canon 6218B002

Both versions of the scanner offer ScanGear, which is an extended scanner driver, providing a good range of pre-scan image adjustments. It’s not the same though, as having quality bundled image editing software. Some customers will have their own...

2 expert reviews | 121 user reviews

#15
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.

10 expert reviews | 440 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

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.

21 expert reviews | 1117 user reviews

#17
alaScore 91

Iris Iriscan PRO Office 3

A good hand scanner combined with a good mouse

5 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#18
alaScore 91

Brother ADS-1500W

How you feel about the Brother ImageCenter ADS-1500W will depend largely on whether you want to scan to the cloud services it supports and also whether you're perfectly comfortable using a Wi-Fi connection to do that. If so, the scanner makes it easy...

2 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#19
alaScore 91

IRIS USA 457485

As it titles indicates, the IRIScan Mouse Executive 2 offers dual functionality. It can be used as a regular pointing device which can seamlessly switch to fulfil the role of a hand-held scanner. Unlike the previous version of the product, which was...

2 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE

The next step up from the Plustek OpticFilm 8100 in the company's line of dedicated film and slide scanners, the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE ($449) offers the same 7,200 pixels-per-inch (ppi) resolution, the same set of scan utilities, and essentially...

2 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

#21
alaScore 91

Plustek SmartOffice PS456U

The Plustek SmartOffice PS456U is a compact desktop document scanner with a very high rated speed—at least for grayscale and black-and-white scanning—and an 8,000-page daily duty cycle. It effectively matched its rated speed in scanning to image PDF in...

2 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 91

Plustek Opticbook A300

The Plustek OpticBook A300 book scanner is more expensive than the Plustek OpticBook 4800, but it can scan much larger books. It can scan right up to a book's spine, and its software makes it easy to scan facing pages without having to rotate alternate...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#23
alaScore 90

Epson Perfection V370 Scanner

A significant upgrade from your typical MFD’s scanner function, the V370 offers very good quality for a sub-£100 model. It can handle slides, and the lid can even cater for thick books. It doesn't look great, and the protruding wires could be an issue...

1 expert reviews | 491 user reviews

#24
alaScore 90

Plustek Opticfilm 8100

The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 ($349) is Plustek's least expensive dedicated film and slide scanner. It's also the only one without hardware-based dust and scratch removal, offering a less robust, but still welcome, software-only version instead....

2 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

#25
alaScore 90

Kodak ScanMate i940

Kodak recently launched its ScanMate i940 Scanner for Macintosh Computers, the OS X counterpart to the Windows-based Kodak ScanMate i940 Scanner, an Editors' Choice. It's a welcome addition, as Mac-specific scanners are not easy to find. In our...

7 expert reviews | 16 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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