What would the document scanner do of your dreams? Perhaps it's very small, maybe it automatically rotates your documents, or maybe it scans a stack of paper with light speed. Whatever you dream about, we have a little for everyone here.
Are you trying to digitize 10 years of financial paper or a stack of handwritten stories? Do you need to scan business cards, photos, receipts or other troublesome shaped paper? Not all scanners are created alike, and only a few are a jack in all business.
If you need to scan any receipts or digitize your overflowing archive cabinets, you'll need a dedicated document scanner to do the job right. Therefore, we have collected the best scanners for all homes and less office needs.
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 ($ 420)
If you need to digitize an impossible mountain of documents, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 can be your only hope. This is the desktop desktop workhorse. It can scan and digitally organize up to 25 double-sided pages per minute (it's 1500 pages per hour). Thank you, you do not have to manually crop and rotate the thousands of pages you want to scan, because Fujitsu can automatically rotate, automatically crop and balance each page it digitizes.
Fujitsu can automatically turn a stack of paper into a multi-page PDF image, high resolution (600 dpi). It can also organize a stack of scanned receipts, legal papers or photographs. If you need your documents on the cloud, you can set up Fujitsu to sync with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote.
Although Fujitsu is perfect for scanning piles of documents and receipts, it's not good to scan books, journals, and art. If you do not try to plow through your inflated file cabinets or work with many paper documents, check out the other options here. SnapScan is best on what it does, but its repertoire is narrow.
Xerox DocuMate 3220 ($ 269)
If you need a versatile document scanner with the Fujitsu speed, look at the Xerox DocuMate 3220. It can scan both sides of a page at once, it can handle 15 pages per minute and it doubles as a flatbed scanner. It is a great option for people who need to scan a variety of formats, such as business cards, notes, photographs and plastic IDs or credit cards.
This scanner is quite bare legs in comparison to Fujitsu. The Xerox DocuMate 3220 has no robust automatic auto-rotation or automatic rotation, it can not upload documents directly to the cloud and can not be connected to your computer via Wi-Fi. It is also not the best scanner for high quality photographs or drawings, as it only has a resolution of 300 dpi.
Although the Xerox DocuMate 3220 is an effective and flexible scanner for most office environments, it can be concise for people who want cloud connectivity, robust scanning, or high resolution images.
Brother ADS1000W Compact Scanner ($ 174)
One of the most frustrating things about paper documents is that they take place. So why should you sacrifice a ton of your desktop properties for a document scanner? Brother ADS1000W Compact Scanner is a small, effective alternative to a bulky desktop scanner. It can handle up to 16 pages per minute, and it simultaneously scans both sides of a document. Unlike the Xerox DocuMate 3220, Brother ADS1000W has Wi-Fi connection, and it has software that can automatically rotate, crop and balance your scanned documents. It scans with a resolution of 600 dpi, so all your documents look super sharp.
Brother ADS1000W is a compelling part of scanning hardware, but it's not good for everyone. This item will not play well with your receipts or business cards, and it has no flatbed scanner for sensitive photos and paper. In fact, you should only consider Brother ADS1000W if you specifically need to scan standard-sized documents without giving up a lot of desktops.
Canoscan LiDE220 ($ 75)
Canoscan LiDE220 is a flatbed scanner, which means it works slowly and gives you some high quality images. This is the go-to scanner for high-resolution scans of documents, books or images. You can also scan your face as a bored lawyer. Just make sure you look good before scanning your face because Canoscan produces images with a maximum (and massive) resolution of 4800 dpi.
Canoscan takes at least 10 seconds to scan and it can only scan one side of a piece of paper at a time, so do not buy this case if you try to get through a receipt. In fact, you do not even have to worry about a flatbed scanner if you do not need digital scans in extremely high resolution (or scanning rarely makes sense with a labor-intensive but budget-friendly option).
CZUR ET16 Book and Document Scanner ($ 429)
CZUR ET16 Book and Document Scanner is the most atypical and niche document scanner that you'll ever come across. Have you ever xeroxed a library book so you can keep it forever? You know how it really does not work so well? If you had used a CZUR, it would have worked perfectly.
Let's say you wanted to digitize a textbook with CZUR. All you need to do is place the book in the scanner's fire extinguisher and turn the pages of the book while scanning. This sounds boring, but CZUR can scan a page of 1.5 seconds (it can read much faster than I can), and automatically organizes and edits scanned material on multiple pages. It can also change your fingers from any shot it takes. Because CZUR has a resolution of 4608 x 3456, it's perfect for anyone who wants high-quality digital reproduction of books and documents. It can be connected to your computer via USB or Wi-Fi, and there is actually a dedicated CZUR button that comes with 10GB of free storage.
It is obvious that CZUR is the strange duck in the document scanner family. You can not feed a stack of paper to CZUR, it's not the best companion for personal finance, and it takes up a lot of desktop space. But it's worth watching if you're an archivist, book enthusiast, artist or educator.