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Scanner Reviews

Updated: Aug 22, 2019 07:04
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#1
alaScore 99

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500

Bottom Line: The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 is a well-built, accurate, and easy-to-use entry-level sheet-fed document scanner for home and small-office use.

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 99

Epson DS-870

Bottom Line: The highly capable Epson WorkForce DS-870 is a fast, no frills high-volume scanner ideal for heavy-duty scanning and document-archiving environments.

2 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Epson WorkForce ES-65WR Wireless Portable Document Scanner—Accounting Edition

Bottom Line: The Epson ES-65WR portable document scanner is a fast, accurate, and feature-rich lightweight machine designed for the road warrior.

2 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Epson WorkForce ES-55R Portable Document Scanner—Accounting Edition

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce ES-55R is a fast, accurate, and bare-bones portable document scanner with a major perk: its Accounting Edition software for scanning and processing receipts and other financial data.

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

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,...

17 expert reviews | 120 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Epson WorkForce ES-60W

Bottom Line: The Epson ES-60W is a fast, accurate, and lightweight portable document scanner designed for one- and two-page scan jobs.

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Xerox DocuMate 6710

Bottom Line: The Xerox DocuMate 6710 is a super-speedy, highly accurate high-end scanner designed for enterprises that require the fastest throughput possible.

2 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 96

Epson WorkForce DS-80W

Bottom Line: The Epson DS-80W is a fast and accurate single-sheet-feed portable document scanner ideally suited for scanning short jobs to your laptop or smartphone on the road.

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Epson WorkForce ES-50

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce ES-50 is a fast and accurate, if bare-bones, portable document scanner.

2 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 96

I.R.I.S. Iriscan A4

Bottom Line: The IRIScan Executive 4 is a highly accurate manual-feed portable document scanner, but its lack of battery and wireless connectivity limit its road-worthiness.

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon CanoScan LiDE 400

Bottom Line: The entry-level Canon CanoScan LiDE 400 is a software-rich flatbed photo scanner that also handles text documents with ease.

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce ES-300WR Wireless Document Scanner — Accounting Edition

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce ES-300WR is a fast, accurate, and feature-rich portable scanner with powerful software that can save your business hours of time each month.

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 95

Panasonic KV-N1028X

Bottom Line: The Panasonic KV-N1028X is a snappy and exceptionally accurate networkable document scanner, designed primarily for enterprise environments.

2 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce DS-770

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce DS-770 desktop document scanner is fast and highly accurate, helping it stand out from a crowded pack of competitors.

2 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 95

HP Digital Sender Flow 8500 fn2 Document Capture Workstation

Bottom Line: The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500, with its tablet control panel and built-in keyboard and hard disk, is a powerful, if expensive, network document scanner for midsize to large offices.

2 expert reviews

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Panasonic KV-S1057C

Bottom Line: Fast and accurate for OCR work, the network-ready Panasonic KV-S1057C-MKII is a solid sheet-feed document scanner, but its software bundle needs bulking up if your business doesn't have a document-archiving back end in place.

3 expert reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce DS-70

Bottom Line: The Epson DS-70 is a fast and accurate no-frills single-sheet-feed portable document scanner. It's easily portable and doesn't cost too much.

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 94

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...

15 expert reviews | 3737 user reviews

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Epson WorkForce DS-780N

Bottom Line: The networkable Epson WorkForce DS-780N scans relatively quickly and accurately, and it has a huge customizable color touch screen, but it's overshadowed by some less costly competition.

3 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Panasonic KV-S1026C-U scanner

Bottom Line: The Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII is a relatively fast and highly accurate entry-level desktop document scanner; all it really needs is a lower price.

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 94

HP Scanjet N9120

Bottom Line: The HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N9120 fn2 Document Scanner offers an excellent mix of features and performance for offices that do a high volume of scanning.

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Genius Colorpage SF-600

Cables. I literally came within a set of cables from giving out the first perfect score in quite some time since my scoring methodology tightened up to avoid giving out too many of those. The SF600 Platinum took what was already one heck of a good...

7 expert reviews | 158 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Alaris S2060w Scanner by Kodak Alaris

Bottom Line: The Alaris S2060w Scanner is reasonably fast and highly accurate, and it comes with an impressive software bundle, making it a good fit for medium- to heavy-volume workloads.

2 expert reviews

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Plustek ePhoto Z300

The Plustek ePhoto Z300 is very capable at scanning prints or documents and a most convenient means of digitising them. It offers another means of archiving receipts for your records. Flatbed scanners with lids may have more resolution but would be...

2 expert reviews

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Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF

Bottom Line: The Epson DS-320 is a fast and accurate portable document scanner, but its slightly more expensive sibling offers more road-ready features.

2 expert 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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