Last updated on February 14th, 2020 at 02:51 pm

Introduction

The Epson v700 and Epson v800 Perfection photo scanners are flatbed scanners that were intended to provide users with professional-quality scans that are highly detailed and have unmatched color accuracy. Both these scanners help users to digitally archive their original photos which they would consider to be priceless. However, these two scanners have often been compared in different circumstances which has resulted in a debate that doesn’t seem to be ending. Which of the two scanners is a better scanner? We are of the opinion that these two scanners are effectively the same; however, we shall compare the scanners on several fronts to help you decide on which one is the best one for you.

Comparison at a Glance

Epson v700Epson v800
Scanner TypeFlatbedFlatbed
Resolution Up to6400 dpi9600 dpi
Duplex Scan FunctionNoNo
Scanner Depth48 Bit48 Bit
Scanner ConnectivityHi-Speed USB 2.0Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Automatic Document FeederNoNo
Dimesion6 x19.8 x12.1 in.7 x19.8 x12.1 in.
Weight13.2 lbs.14.6 lbs.
Price

Epson v700 Vs V800 Key Specifications

Specifications is the most significant and key section when comparing different device, and it is our starting point today especially considering that the Epson v800 is the successor of the Epson v700 photo scanner. The two scanners possess a significantly large variance as far as specifications go. For example, the V700 offers a scanning resolution of 6400 dpi and a 4800 optical resolution while the V800’s scanning resolution is 9600 dpi and a 6400dpi optical resolution. This difference in the scanning and optical resolutions makes a significant difference in the output of the scanned images. The two scanners have a similar scanning range of 216 mm x 297 mm (Horizontal x Vertical) that can accommodate up to A4 sized papers.

Moreover, they also share the optical density which sits at 4 Dmax and a 48-bit color depth for both input and output. As the new generation scanner, the Epson v800 excels as a film scanner a fete that can be due to the fact that its matrix CCD optical sensor has a microlens that is not present in the V700 scanner. The Epson v800 is equipped with a digital ICE feature and can support films that range from35mm up to those that are 8 by 10 inches big. The V700, on the other hand, can support 35mm strip film, 35mm mounted film, 120/220 Medium format, 5 x 4-inch films, as well as a 203 x 254mm if the film area guide is being used.

Epson v700 vs V800 Basics

The Epson v800 has dimensions that measure at 6 (height) by 12.1 (width) by 19.8 inches (depth) and has a weight of 6.6 kilograms which makes it much bigger and heavier than the standard flatbed scanners. The Epson v700 scanner, on the other hand, has similar dimensions but weighs slightly less than its counterpart. As both scanners are the typical plug and play type of scanners, setting them up is easy and straightforward. Both scanners include the LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE software; however, the Epson v700 has a few other software such as ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Epson Scan with Epson Easy Photo Fix technology amongst others which are included as part of the package.

To use the scanner users, must simply insert the media they wish to scan and place it on the flatbed and then start the scanner either using the provided program or by pressing a button on the scanner. Epson typically included a variety of film holders for scanning the different films and as well as an independent film area guide for the larger films such as the 8 x 10-inch films used in the V800. Both scanners have three unique scanning modes, i.e., Full Auto mode, professional mode, and home mode that you can choose from.

Epson v700 vs V800 Scan Quality

Both these scanners have a dual-lens system which means that depending on the media you are scanning; the scanner will automatically use the lens with highest resolution that can work for that media. With the V800 having replaced the V700 scanner it has more advanced features/ capabilities. This also applies to the quality of the scans as the V800 produces better and clearer scans than its counterpart, especially when scanning films.

Additionally, the V800 can scan negatives which is something that the V700 is incapable of. Both scanners have Digital ICE technology which facilitates the process of scanning extremely old films and photos as it makes them much clearer by removing scratches and dust that were clearly visible on the original photos. Should you decided to use the feature because your photos have some wear and tear on them it’s important to note that the Digital ICE technology significantly slows down scanning speeds. Even though this is something that we did not test personally, several sources claim that the V800 is also faster than the V700. Should you get a chance to test out the speeds of both scanners do let us know if that is the case.

Epson v700 vs V800 Pros and Cons

Epson v700 Pros

  • It replicates the gradation and tonal range of the original film or photo being scanned.
  • It has both an IEE1394 and USB connection port.
  • It has Digital ICE technology that can be used to restore old photos and films that have scratches.
  • It is cheaper than the V800

Epson v700 Cons

  • The printer does not have any wireless connectivity options.

Epson v800 Pros

  • The scan quality is extremely high in comparison to its counterpart.
  • Its software features are more advanced.
  • It has wireless connectivity options via Wi-Fi as well as USB connectivity.

Epson v800 Cons

  • Users do not get a photo editing software like they do with the V700
  • It costs more than the V700
  • It can be too much, especially for novice users.

Final Thoughts

The Epson v700 was discontinued and replaced with the V800, which is more improved in a lot of the aspects including functionality and capability. It’s for this very reason that we would opt for the V800 scanner. Nevertheless, the V700 is a pretty decent scanner that does its job well just not as good as the V800. Since there are still a few pieces that are available in the market for purchase, if you are strapped for cash, it is something that you can consider. But if you are not cash conscious then the V800 is your best bet.

Published on August 26th, 2019 at 05:50 pm

Also referred to as a handheld scanner, a portable scanner is a device used to scan documents and transforms them into the high-resolution digital formats of the same documents that users can edit, email, transfer and even store them digitally. The portable scanner works similarly to the flatbed scanner with the key differences being the ease of moving the scanner from point a to b and the size of the devices.

A portable scanner is much smaller than the flatbed scanner. Typically, the portable scanners are usually shaped like a bar and run on batteries. Like with the flatbed scanners, most portable scanners are fitted with control buttons and a display screen on which users can choose the mode that they wish to work in.

If you are looking to pick up a portable scanner of your own, you should read our comprehensive guide: The Best Portable Scanners (Rechargeable and Battery Powered)

How It Works

Like the flatbed scanners, portable scanners work by changing electronic signals produced by the device into digital data. A detector array forms the core of the scanner, and it is fitted with several small light sensors which run across the length of the scanner and illuminate a document that is being passed through the scanner. While the document is being passed through the scanner, the text, as well as images on it, are picked up as a set of light points that are converted into grayscale and color signals to create the digital data. To maintain the correct image scale, the scanner’s rollers measure the length of the documents as it passes through. The conversion of light points into grayscale and color signals mentioned above can be attributed to the scanner’s electronic circuitry. For every color combination level, i.e. RGB or gray colors, the scanners circuitry assigns a numeric value and stores the numbers as digital data records in a secure digital card or any other portable storage device.

Scanner Software

Portable scanners typically function with the help of two different software and internal inbuilt software and external software. The internally installed software ensures every internal aspect of the device, such as memory organization is running smoothly. The software ensures that the scanner delivers the best scan quality, prompting users to rescan documents in case issues are detected during the scan. The internal software also conducts other activities such as processing images captured by the detector array into file readable formats such as JPEG amongst others.

The second internal software is what users install on their computers and acts as an operational interface between the two devices. The external software facilitates users to conduct additional processing tasks such as cropping, color correcting, editing, brightening, and fixing contrast issues on the digital files. Different portable scanners have different operational capabilities, and while some only conduct the basic processing functions, others can perform more complex tasks such as an image to text conversion and OCR type processing.

Conclusion

Portable scanners function exactly as their desktop versions, with some even exceeding the basic functions of some of the larger counterparts. If a portable scanner is something you were considering and you were worried about the functionalities, you can rest be assured that you’ll not be shortchanged as far as functionality goes.

Published on August 26th, 2019 at 05:35 pm

Scanners typically work by optically scanning documents and converting them into high-resolution digital files that users can store, share, and even edit accordingly. Some of the documents that a lot of users typically try to scan are films. The market is typically saturated with a myriad of scanners from the standard single frame scanners to the more advanced and costly drum scanners that are fitted with a transparency feature that enables users to directly scan photos from films.

Most of the regular scanners are usually incapable of producing good quality film scans as they reflect light off them during the scanning process, and film typically requires illumination from behind.

There are scanners made exclusively for film, see our reviews of the Top Film Scanners for this year.

However, this does not mean that it is entirely impossible to scan film on a regular scanner. If you own a regular scanner, you can either purchase a transparency adapter or transform your scanner into a film scanner with the help a graphics editing app such as Adobe Photoshop and simple locally available materials.

Converting A Regular Scanner to Scan Film

The first step into transforming your scanner requires that you clean your films and separate each image from the film roll by cutting them individually. Once your film strip is ready, ensure that your film and the scanner’s glass edge are aligned and then cover it with a white letter-sized paper. The letter-sized paper should then be illuminated from above using a desk lamp or any other source of light with a bulb. The lamp should be placed about four to six inches overhead.

While illuminating the white paper, launch your computer application of choice and preview or scan the film adjusting the final image accordingly using the crop feature to ensure that only the film’s inverse image can be seen.

Once the film frame is the only thing in view, run the scanners software again to perform a proper high-resolution scan so that the image on the film appears as needed. Users can repeat this process as many times as they deem necessary until they are satisfied with the image they are seeing. If a user is satisfied, they can proceed to save the scanned image in JPEG or GIF format.

The saved file can then be edited using any graphic editor software. The software will allow the user to invert the scanned image or give it a positive exposure so that the photo displays in its true colored or black and white photo format.

Finally, a user can save the inverted film image on their computer.

Conclusion

Scanning film on a regular scanner can be daunting, particularly if one wishes to scan color print films. However, there are several techniques such as the one discussed above or even the triangular wedge cardboard adapter by Andrew Lewis that can be used to achieve the proper result when films are scanned on the regular scanners. Even then when working with regular scanners and films we would recommend that you don’t get your hopes too high as while the results are achievable, they are not as sharp as if you were using a high-end scanner with a transparency adapter.

Published on August 7th, 2019 at 02:27 am

You’ve been struggling to digitize your films and analog prints, and you are finally ready to purchase that very high-grade flatbed scanner that will help you achieve your intended goal, but you cannot seem to decide between the Epson perfection V800 photo scanner and the V850 Pro photo scanner.

Do not worry; this happens a lot more frequently than you would think as a lot of individuals are not knowledgeable about high-grade scanners. To help you understand which of the two models provides you with the most value and benefits, we discuss elements of the two models of Epson scanner that will give you the confidence you need to make your decision.

Summary Table

For a quick version, take a look at this handy table below.  All of the points are discussed in detail further down the article.

Epson V800Epson V850
Image QualityUp to 6400 DPIUp to 6400 DPI + High Pass Optics
Scanning SoftwareLaserSoft Imaging SilverFastLaserSoft Imaging SilverFast Plus
Calibration SoftwareNot IncludedIncluded
Film Holders1 set of 42 sets of 4
Price*~$800~$1,000

Image Quality

Images scanned by the V800, and V850 scanners typically look alike even when you pay extra attention to them. This likely because of the fact that apart from their identifying names, they are very similar, even down to the physical casing.

Both scanners are fitted with dual-lens systems.  For regular documents, the default optical resolution of 4800 dpi is applied.  However, when scanning films in the film holders, the scanner automatically upgrades the scan resolution to another “super optical resolution” of 6400 dpi.

However, the V850 scanner takes the image quality a notch higher with its “high pass optics”, which are intended to push the scanner to its limits via some internal design enhancements that minimize optical distortion.

The design enhancements include high-reflection coatings for the mirrors and anti-reflective coatings on the optics which work together to minimize the quantity of stray light getting into the lenses while increasing the amount of light bouncing off the mirrors. It’s all a very fancy way of saying that this will increase the quality of the scanned image.

Winner: Epson V850

Scanning Times

Do not let the identical casing and component of these two scanners fool into thinking that they have similar scanning speeds as this is not the case.

Several tests conducted proved that the V850 completes its scan much quicker than the V800. According to Mark Rolson, a Senior Product Manager at Epson America, the V850’s processor can recognize when the items being scanned are much cleaner and require less processing to ensure the image is precise and as such the scanner does its job faster.

Several other sources verified our results with some even going ahead to state that the V800 was 33% slower than the V850.

Winner: Epson V850

Scanning Software

The scanning software in these two printers is completely different and nothing alike. Upon purchase of either of the scanners, users receive the standard Epson scan software that is included with all the scanner models in the Perfection photo scanner line.

Additionally, a copy of LaserSoft Imaging’s SilverFast software that is specific to the purchased scanner is included in the package. In our case, the V800 includes the SilverFast SE software while the V850 include the Silverfast SE Plus software (notice the subtle, yet significant difference).

The main difference between the two softwares is that the “regular” SilverFast SE software is a basic entry-level software for beginners while the “plus” SilverFast SE Plus software is an advanced software for advanced users and professionals.

The software also varies on several other elements, including multi-exposure, Kodachrome capabilities, auto frame alignment, and printer calibration.

Winner: Epson V850

Film Holders

While both the scanners are equipped with film holders that flatten and straighten your films for making it easier to scan them, the V850 includes additional film holders.

Unlike the V800 which has only one set of four film holders, the V850 has double the number of film holders. Epson modified and improved the film holders in the scanners, making them more rigid and perfect for holding the films in place as you scan.

The two film holder sets in the V850 scanner increase a user’s productivity levels because while one set is being used in the scanner, the user can be preparing the other set for scanning which saves on time since they can instantly scan the next batch of films as soon as it finishes with the first one. The different holders included are a 35mm film strip that holds three strips and up to 18 frames, a medium-format strip that holds a single frame, a 4 x 5-inch frame that holds a single frame and 35mm mounted slides that hold twelve frames.

Noticing a trend here?

Winner: Epson V850

Scanner Calibration Software

Our final difference between these two scanners has to be the inclusion of the “X-Rite i1Scanner with reflective/transparent IT8 targets” that you receive together with the V850 scanner.

Yes, we know all this is quite confusing.  Let us explain a bit…

No, you are not getting an additional piece of hardware. The “X-Rite i1Scanner” is software that works with “IT8 targets” to ensure the color accuracy of your scanner.

Basically, the X-Rite i1 Scanner is a monitor calibrator that analyzes a scanned document and thereafter likens it to a reference file linked to your color target. In case there is any difference between the two files, the discrepancy is mapped into a “color profile” that is assigned to your scanning software.

The X-Rite i1Scanner software works with the Epson V800, but unlike with the V850, it is not included with the V800 scanner upon purchase.

Winner: Epson V850

Conclusion

We hope that our article was able to clarify the difference between the two scanners and clear any doubts you may have had when trying to decide which of the two scanners you should purchase. Even though the end decision comes down to you as the user, we believe that the Epson V850 is the better scanner of the two as it takes the crown in virtually every area, we compared them in except for the price. The Epson V850 is slightly more expensive than the V800, but we think the couple extra hundred dollars are worth all the additional features and scan quality that you get from the V850.

If, for whatever reason you still want the V800, you can view it here.

Last updated on January 2nd, 2020 at 09:55 pm

Introduction

Every minute around the world somewhere, documents are being scanned. Whether it’s the receipt for the meal, you just paid for on your business trip that needs to be reimbursed when you get back, or it’s the college certificates that are needed as part of your job application. Such may look trivial, but without the best document scanners, scanning quality documents wouldn’t be possible.

In this digital age, most people and businesses are becoming paperless. To achieve this, they are investing in the best document scanners available in the market to assist in making the process a lot more seamless. Unlike before, when you’d walk into multiple offices and find stacks of paper, today, it’s pretty easy for someone to scan those important documents and shred the paper pieces.

Beyond document scanners being a life saver, they are also important in helping you keep your home or office neat. Most document scanners today are even compatible with some accounting and receipt software that helps create a seamless workflow for accounting teams, especially when they need to do reimbursements or keep track of expenses.
There’s also no denying that smartphones can also be used to scan documents thanks to the different scanning applications that can be downloaded. However, the major drawback with using your phone to scan is that you might have to compromise on the quality of your scan, especially if you are using a low-end smartphone. With that, let’s take a look at some of the best document scanners that you can get yourself today.

 

1. Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W Scanner

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Intro

Brother scanners are well built with excellent features and rarely will you miss one of their scanners in any best scanner reviews. This scanner has multiple features that make it stand out as one of the best document scanners.

Pros

  • Has a lot of connectivity options for users to send their documents to cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
  • Easily scan your documents at speeds of 30 ppm on a resolution of 300 dpi which is pretty fast compared to other scanners
  • The 3.7-inch display lets you set your own speed so as to get your desired quality
  • Scan at a resolution of 1200 dpi for cleaner and sharper documents
  • Ability to scan documents that have different sizes such as business cards and IDs as well as different materials and textures
  • The document feeder can hold 50 sheets of paper
  • This scanner has an excellent build that’ll last you some years
  • Has the optical text recognition feature
  • Ability to scan unlimited pages into one file
  • Compatible with Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems
  • Comes with a one-year limited warranty and free phone support as well as chat with the technical team online for as long as this scanner is usable

Cons

  • The scanner is both large and bulky
  • Not suited for a desktop scanner due to its weight

2. NeatConnect

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Intro

If you’re looking for a small scanner for your documenting scanning needs, consider getting the NeatConnect scanner. This scanner is great for home use because of his small size, as it won’t take up much of your desk space.

Pros

  • It is quite small hence doesn’t take up much of the desk space
  • The small size makes it suitable for home use as well as for use in offices that don’t have a lot of space
  • Despite the small size, this scanner has multiple connectivity options and rivals the larger scanners when it comes to specifications
  • Given the size, moving this NeatConnect scanner around when you need to clean is very easy unlike with the Brother scanner that is heavy and bulky
  • Its paper tray can hold 50 sheets of paper
  • The printer allows for double-sided scanning and has the text identification software
  • Easily process your 30-inch receipts especially for those who need to keep track of their spending records
  • Has a scan speed of 24 ppm
  • You can create searchable PDFs once you have scanned your documents and organize them
  • Enjoy a free trial of NeatConnect’s cloud service for 90 days

Cons

  • It doesn’t have the straightening features that are important for scanning
  • NeatConnect’s cloud-based service is a paid for feature
  • Slow compared to the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W

3. Kodak ScanMate i1150

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Intro

The Kodak ScanMate i1150 is one of the fastest high-speed document scanners. This is made possible by the different features that the scanner comes packed with.

Pros

  • Ability to scan different types of documents such as IDs and business cards
  • Has high scanning speeds which means you can be done with your scans in no time
  • Easily scan 40 pages per minute at a dpi of 200 and 300
  • Ability to scan 40 ppm for the first ten pages which then slows to 30 pages making this Kodak scanner one of the fastest scanners in our review
  • Has the capacity to create different types of files that you can then create searchable PDF files or send for storage to your cloud
  • Has the ability to detect spreadsheet information and barcodes which can be important for businesses
  • It has a smaller slot that is separate that can be used to feed through cards of different textures
  • It has a 75-page tray that makes it easy for you to scan your documents as you don’t have to keep on adding more papers to the tray
  • Has a feature that helps fix documents that don’t appear straight during scanning
  • Easily export your documents using a USB cable
  • Suitable for people who don’t care about multiple connectivity options

Cons

  • Doesn’t have the most recent features such as mobile device connectivity
  • You can only connect to your device via USB only

4. Visioneer RoadWarrior 4D Document Scanner

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Intro

If you are constantly on the move and are looking for a good document scanner to travel with on your next trip, then consider getting the Visioneer RoadWarrior 4D. This scanner is not only affordable but is also lightweight.

Pros

  • Lightweight which is ideal for people who are constantly on the move
  • It is small and can fit into most backpacks
  • Being a color scanner, this document scanner can easily recognize whatever document it is you are scanning and capture both grayscale and color scans as well as monochrome
  • The One Touch software makes it easy for you to send your scanned documents to multiple locations such as your email, hard drive or cloud in various formats
  • Ability to scan both sides of your documents with one single pass
  • Creates searchable PDFs for all your scanned documents
  • Built with the best document management and OCR software
  • USB powered hence no AC power needed
  • Compatible with both Windows and Mac
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • It can only scan one page at a time
  • Some users have reported some connectivity issues

5. Ambir DP667 Document Scanner

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Intro

If you are a business executive or sales professional with lots of business cards and wondering what the best document scanner is that will help you scan all your cards, then look no further than the Ambir D0667 scanner.

Pros

  • Easy to transport thanks to the small size and how lightweight it is
  • Best suited for scanning business card given the size as well as documents that measure 4 by 10 inches at a resolution of 600 dpi
  • Easily convert your receipts into PDFs using this scanner making it a go-to scanner for different kinds of businesses
  • Enjoy scanning documents such as embossed cards, driving licenses, insurance cards, etc.
  • You don’t need an AC power adapter or batteries as this scanner is USB powered
  • Given the size, weight and powering option, this is another excellent scanner for those who are constantly on the move
  • It’s a professional scanner that is very affordable

Cons

  • Compatible with Windows only
  • Might have to do a bit of hard work as there is no option for customizing the setting for the documents you want to scan to your preference and will be forced to crop them later

Final Thoughts

Document scanners are a must-have for both businesses and individuals as well. Documents scanners are a good investment for people who always find themselves carrying loads of receipts or business cards and badly need to digitize them. That said, when looking to buy a good document scanner, you need to consider the speed, accuracy, and connectivity.

While connectivity may not be important for everyone, it is for some as it enables them to share their documents immediately, they scan them. Accuracy and clarity are important, especially if you are scanning receipts for accounting purposes. Depending on how many documents you have to scan in a day, speed is another feature that you must pay attention to.

Your scanner’s speed will determine whether you have to wait for ages or just for a few seconds. Also, ask yourself whether you want a double-sided scanner that automatically scans both sides of your document with one single pass. Lastly, consider your budget. You can get a quality document scanner without needing to break the bank. Just ensure that it will do the job you need it to do.

Last updated on January 2nd, 2020 at 09:56 pm

Introduction

The best photo scanners make it easy for you to digitize your photos. Today, thanks to technology, you are able to scan your old photographs and save them as digital files to different locations such as Dropbox, Evernote, etc. In addition, you can also scan your old photographs and share them to your social media networks for family and friends to see.

But to achieve this, you need a good photo scanner that will essentially enable you to extract every detail of your photo and provide you with a high-resolution digital photo. Most scanners available in the market today come with multiple features that can allow you to scan high-resolution photos, negatives, or slides.

If you’ve owned or operated a photo scanner before, then you can agree with us that most of them come with photo-friendly software that helps you retouch your photo scans and even remove scratches. While the best photo scanners are largely designed for this purpose, most of them can be used for other standard scanning. Some scanners also have the optical character recognition (OCR) for clear scans.

The OCR software is especially important if you have very old photos that you want to digitize as it helps extract every detail of your original photo. It’s also perfect for those who want to frame their scanned photos. That said, there are lots of photo scanners in the market today. That means that choosing a good photo scanner may not be a walk in the park as most people think.
For that reason, we’ve reviewed some of the best photo scanners for your consideration. Take a look.

 

1. Epson FastFoto FF-680W Scanner

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Intro

The FastFoto FF-680W from Epson is a high-speed wireless photo scanner that provides fast scanning of up to one photo for every second at a dpi of 300.

Pros

  • Inbuilt SafeTouch Technology that offers worry-free scanning of photos that are 8.5-inches wide, Polaroid photos, panoramas as well as postcards
  • Has different modes that make it easy to archive, share and enlarge your photos
  • Enjoy a double-sided scanning thanks to the Single-Step technology software that helps you capture any handwritten notes at the back of the photo as well as the image
  • Enjoy different dpi modes depending on the use, i.e., for sharing, archiving and enlarging you get 300 dpi, 600 dpi, and 1200 dpi respectively
  • You get flexible connectivity with wireless and USB options
  • The second-generation FastFoto software by Epson makes it easy to scan photos as well as make edits and organize your scanned images with the smart file organization tool
  • Considered as the world’s fastest photo scanner
  • Ability to scan a variety of documents

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • Doesn’t produce the best scans for old black and white photos
  • Not to be used to scan curled or folded photos as it’ll easily jam the printer

2. Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Scanner

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Intro

This CanoScan LiDE220 scanner from Canon is one that can be relied upon for quality scans when it comes to digitizing your photos. Also, thanks to its small size, the scanner is a lot more portable than other heavy options making it a great but for those on the go.

Pros

  • It has a small build making it a good scanner for both home and small business use
  • It has five different EZ buttons that let you scan, copy, create multipage or single page PDF document and send to the cloud so you can directly save your scanned images to cloud services such as Dropbox, Evernote, etc.
  • It has an auto scan mode that that is able to detect what is being scanned and automatically adjust the settings
  • Ability to scan a letter-sized document in about 10 seconds
  • The auto document fix feature offers area by area correction for your images automatically for a beautiful and easy to view photo scan
  • Compatible with various Windows and Mac versions
  • Ability to scan two photos at a go

Cons

  • The software can scan two photos at a go but as one image unless the photos are well spaced
  • Some users have reported that the software in this Canon model is a little bit complicated compared to the older version
  • The 4800 dpi scanning option is limited

3. Doxie Go SE

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Intro

Doxie stands out for making some of the most portable scanners for people who are constantly on the move and need to share their scanned documents or photo. The Doxie Go SE is a good photo scanner that is lightweight, portable and can fit in most backpacks.

Pros

  • Has a rechargeable battery that helps you to digitize your photos from anywhere without the need for a computer
  • Scan up to 400 photos with one single charge
  • One of the simplest scans to use as there are no special drivers needed
  • Has an efficient and compact design which means you can take it anywhere you want
  • The auto adjust feature has smart cropping, automatic contrast, and de0skew to make your scanned images look nothing short of amazing
  • The inbuilt software allows you to easily organize and save your photo scans as JPEG or PNG
  • Doxie has incorporated the ABBYY OCR technology in this scanner that helps recognize any text in your photo images
  • The Doxie app included lets you scan and share your images to your favorite apps
  • Its memory lets you store about 4,000 scans before you can sync
  • Get more storage space by adding your own SD card
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • It doesn’t have room for duplex scanning hence you have to put your images back through the scanner in case there are any handwritten notes at the back
  • Doesn’t support all types of SD cards but special ones only

4. Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner

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Intro

The Perfection V600 from Epson is a photo scanner that offers you with an absolute photo restoration solution thanks to the features that have been integrated into this scanner.

Pros

  • It has a dpi resolution of 6400 by 9600 and can scan images of up to 17 by 22-inches
  • The higher resolution ensures that every part of your image is scanned as needed
  • The DIGITAL ICE feature enables you to remove any creases or tears from any damaged photo for excellent scans
  • The DIGITAL ICE feature also lets you get rid of scratches and dust from your film
  • The optical character recognition software makes it easy to extract every detail from your photo
  • The ReadyScan LED technology by Epson is excellent energy efficiency and increased productivity
  • The printer is designed with four buttons that can be customized for scan, create PDFs, scan to email and copy
  • Compatible with certain versions of Windows and Mac OS

Cons

  • This scanner is huge and heavy
  • Owners can easily miss the on/off button as the location isn’t as central as you’d wish

5. Brother DS-620 Mobile Photo Scanner

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Intro

The Brother DS-620 is another great choice for a photo scanner as it lightweight and isn’t long hence a good choice for people who need a scanner that they can carry with them. It’s also USB powered.

Pros

  • Enjoy great scan speeds with this scanner from Brother
  • Very affordable
  • Pretty lightweight as its weight is less than a pound making it easy to carry around
  • Has several software solutions such as OCR management, business card, and desktop document management
  • Compatible with Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems
  • Choose between 600 by 600 dpi resolution or 1200 by 1200 dpi resolution
  • Easily scan your photos to your email or shared folder

Cons

  • It doesn’t have a Wi-Fi connectivity option

Final Thoughts

Choosing a good photo scanner, whether for scanning photos or documents is a worthy investment. However, to avoid buyer’s remorse, it’s important that you do your research before settling on the scanner to buy. The market is oversupplied with different types of scanner. Some come packed with excellent features and may need you to dig deeper into your pocket while others will get the job done but without a hefty price tag on it.

When choosing a photos scanner, you want to be sure that it scan every detail of your photo. If you have handwritten notes at the back – say date, place, etc. you’d also want that scanned as part of your image unless that doesn’t matter to you. As such, opting for a duplex scanner may be a much better option for you. You can also consider scanners that come with auto corrective features as well as dust and scratch removal.

While you can choose to buy a scanner that only handles photo scanning, most all-in-one flatbed scanners can still help you digitize your photos. So, if you own a multifunction scanner, you don’t have to buy another scanner but can just use that to scan your photos as long as it offers you the must-have features for scanning your photos.
Remember, no one scanner is a fit-all scanner. And selecting the correct one will depend on several factors. As such, don’t buy a scanner that a friend has. Instead, research and find out what is best and has the features that’ll help make your life easier.

Last updated on January 2nd, 2020 at 09:57 pm

Introduction

Laser triangulation technology was launched at the end of the 1970s, paving the way for new 3D scanning technology that we get to enjoy today. Typically reserved for industrialists, 3D scanners have progressed over time, thus facilitating the design and creation of cost-effective 3D scanners. Today, 3D scanning has been applied in multiple fields, including 3D figurines and 3D selfies, dental, architecture, reverse engineering, and metrology/inspection. For each of these applications, there are different forms of scanners such as desktop 3D scanners, handheld 3D scanners, 3D body scanners, and even 3D scanning mobile apps. Each of this is different in functionality as well as features as they can either scan the surface of the object or the dimensions and distance of the object. When it comes to 3D printing, 3D printers, are a lot more popular than 3D scanners, scanners are an essential component in the ecosystem of 3D printing. The market is flooded with many types of 3D scanners, including 3D desktop scanners, and 3D handheld scanners,

Finding the best 3D scanner can be challenging. We conducted some thorough research so we could help you on your journey to find the best 3D scanner for your needs. With this option of the best 3D scanners available in the market, we aim to overcome the problem and provide a guided but brief overview of the options you can consider.

 

EinScan-Pro+

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Intro

EinScan Pro+ is today one of the best 3D Scanners available on the market because of its powerful features. Its design is like no other we have seen before, and we were pleasantly surprised. When scanning an object, it’s lightweight, easy to grip and move around. We were also impressed by the easy configuration of its hardware and software. This 3D scanner is compatible with both the hardware and software of third parties, and as such, capturing, the exact details, size, color, and texture of the object is effortless. This 3D scanner also facilitates modeling through CAD (Computer Aided Design). Our favorite thing about the EinScan Pro+ has to be its multi-functional nature. With four versatile scanning modes, the portability and accuracy of this scanner are outstanding. Thus, you can quickly and conveniently scan objects irrespective of their size and functionality to achieve excellent results.

Pros

  • Users Have four different modes of scanning, namely handheld HD scan, handheld rapid scan, automatic scan, and the fixed scan that they can use.
  • Users receive 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • Its Sleek and lightweight design facilitates users being able to use it for more extended periods

Cons

  • High-end hardware is required when using the scanner, and this only piles to the cost of the scanner.
  • It is difficult to scan in daylight or light.
  • It is expensive

3D Systems SENSE2 3D SCANNER

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Intro

This scanners characteristics and potential makes it one of the best 3D scanning digital tools you can find in the market. Not only is it quick and practical to use, but this handheld 3D scanner also collects and processes data engendering a comprehensive mesh of polygons. Finally, it accelerates the process of data acquisition by more than 60 %. The Sense 3D scan can edit via the touchscreen to improve the design, color, dimensions, and shape of your images to produce imitation models. However, to use this feature, you need a computer, which means that you must carry both items when scanning. Unlike other types of scanners, this one is USB-powered. If you wish to create high-quality 3D models from large objects quickly, Sense is the scanner for you.

Pros

  • For this scanner, portability is a matter of excellence, because as transportation is light and easy.
  • The scanner is wholly integrated with Cube 3D printer.
  • It is very affordable in comparison to its competitors.

Cons

  • It needs quite some effort for users to achieve their first-time scan, which makes it less than ideal for beginners.
  • You must have a computer when conducting your scan; otherwise, it will not work.
  • The scanning of small objects does not deliver quality outcomes as the scanner has trouble gathering details and cannot process objects that are transparent or shiny.

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner

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Intro

The Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner by MakerBot is the kind of scanners that beginners will have a field day with. It is ideal for individuals on a budget who are looking for efficiency and ease of use in a 3D scanner. In less than 10 minutes, you should be able to produce an excellent 3D model as the scanner is fully assembled and inspected to confirm functionality upon delivery. The MultiScan technology included in the Digitizer software, lets you make many scans of an object from different angles. It also allows you to scan hidden components that the scanner does not otherwise have access to. You can also merge various views and create a complete object scan, and after a couple of tries and run-throughs, you should be able to create an impressive 3D scan item.

Pros

  • The scanners assembly is done for you, thus taking away the hassle of reading and configuring the scanner.
  • The scanner is capable of scanning objects several times in any angle.
  • It is affordable, and users get free software to boot.

Cons

  • We have seen better scanning resolution.
  • You cannot operate it without a computer, and this can be rather inconveniencing.

Matter & Form Mfs1V2 3D Scanner

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Meant to be a perfect 3D printing companion, you can pair your favorite 3D printer with the Matter & Form Mfs1V2 3D Scanner. In three easy steps, i.e., mesh, scan, and export, you can effortlessly integrate the scanner to your workflow. This scanner has a smart and foldable design that facilitates neatness and order maintenance in the work area. It is an excellent tool for digital art and creative design processes, and it is also a valuable tool for the archiving, research and education through the convergence of the arts, science, and technology

Pros

  • Users get a 2-year warranty when they purchase the scanner.
  • You have complete control of your scanning setup.
  • It functions effortlessly when conducting multiple scans.
  • In terms of quality results, it can compete with professional 3D scanners

Cons

  • The scanner requires users to be knowledgeable enough with 3D printing and editing, and as such, it may not be ideal for beginners.
  • Requires 4 GB of high-resolution scanning graphics card memory which is not available on your typical laptops.
  • The scanner is relatively slow and takes long durations to complete a model.

Xbox One Kinect Sensor

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Intro

Even though the Xbox One Kinect Sensor is a gaming accessory, it is a fully-fledged 3D scanner capable of achieving 3D scans. However, to enable the Kinect Sensor as a 3D scanner, you must have the dedicated software provided by Microsoft. The user can then specify the dimension and resolution once they are ready. This scanner’s capabilities are quite impressive as it can scan both a handheld and a stationary object. It’s in our opinion one of the best budget scanners on the market, given that it doubles as a 3d scanner and gaming accessory. When using this scanner, we would recommend that you use it on a non-reflective background that will not interfere with the scan.

Pros

  • The scanner is affordable and reasonably priced.
  • It is equipped with a high-quality color VGA video camera as well as a multi-array microphone
  • The scanner is straightforward to set up.

Cons

  • The scanner is much bigger and bulkier than it seems.
  • To use this device as a 3D scanner, you need to download its specific software.
  • Only functions with windows 10.

BQ Ciclop 3D scanner

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A fully open source laser scanner, the BQ Ciclop is another affordable option you can consider without having to break the bank. It has a simple design with the basic features you need to scan an object. Its simple design should not fool you as this printer can get tricky very fast. For example, to convert your files into printable STL files, you will need multiple 3d scanning software.

Pros

  • You can be part of a huge community of users especially if you are familiar with coding
  • It is affordable and versatile
  • It applies open source for its functionality.

Cons

  • This scanner is not ideal for beginners as it requires effort, prior experience, and knowledge.
  • To convert your files, you need several 3D scanning software.

Conclusion

The application of 3d scanning varies from field to field, and as such, the features essential to generate a great 3D model are different. When choosing a scanner, you must do so in accordance with the desired use and results. The scanning technologies used in the printers is what makes them different. Some scanners utilize Photogrammetry, triangulation, and contact while others function using structured light that is projected to a series of light linear pattern onto an object. Alongside with your budget and intent, be sure to consider the scanner’s functionality.
We hope that you found our list to be helpful.

Last updated on June 9th, 2019 at 07:48 pm

Introduction

Whether in the office or at home, people often find themselves in need of converting images, handwritten, or printed text documents into digital file formats. The electronic device that is used to achieve this task is known as a scanner. The scanners use image sensors to detect whatever it is that needs conversion.

Depending on the scanner that you buy, the image sensor varies, but the two common ones you’ll find in the market include: Contact Image Sensor (CIS) and charge-coupled device (CCD).

Scanners simplify a lot of tasks both at home and in the office, but it can be overwhelming to make a decision on the type of scanner you may require. The market as it is today is flooded with an array of scanner options, but the key thing to remember when choosing a scanner is that it should meet your needs. Below we take a look at different types of scanners that are available and what you can get out of them.

Sheetfed Scanner

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Intro

Loosely resembling a compact laser or inkjet printer, sheetfed scanners are the type of scanner where the device draws from the sheet feeder tray and passes the paper across the machines image sensor and then to the output tray. It comprises of three key elements, including the scanning module, calibration sheet, and the sheet feeder. In the same manner that an optical mark reader functions, the scanner, through its software, identifies printed characters and images, converting them into digital ones. The sheetfed scanners are ideal for situations where a lot of single page scanning is necessary as the whole process is automated. This scanner varies from other scanners in that the image sensors in the scanner are stationary, unlike with other scanners where the sensor and source of light move across the glass pane.

Pros

  • The scanner automates the sheet feeding process, thus facilitating not only quick reproduction of documents but also the volume of scans that can be achieved.
  • The quality and clarity of the image/texts when using a sheetfed scanner is excellent since the printer remains stationary and only the paper is moving.
  • It is smaller in size, thus occupies less space.
  • Most of the sheetfed scanners are capable of duplex scanning.

Cons

  • The scanner is only ideal for scanning single sheets of paper. So, if you’re a college student or an individual who wishes to scan book pages, you would not be able to do so with this scanner.

We’ve listed the best sheetfed scanners in our comprehensive article, but you can view our favorite scanner below:

Flatbed Scanners

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Intro

A flatbed scanner functions by moving the charge-coupled device (CCD) across the document that you wish to scan. A user puts the document face down on the glass bed and then lowers the scanners cover for the scanning process to begin. Once the document is illuminated, the document encoding begins as the scan head moves on top of the document. An angled mirror reflects the document image to an opposite mirror that reflects it again towards the lens. Using a filter, the lens projects captured the image to the scanner’s CCD array and the computer then decode it converting it into the digital soft copy. Previously flatbed scanners were connected to the computer via a parallel port connection however most scanners today use the USB connection.

Pros

  • If you have a transparent media adapter, you can scan film negatives on your flatbed scanner.
  • Poor quality or non-standard weight paper can be scanned on a flatbed scanner.
  • The scanners are versatile, and you can scan a lot of things regardless of their size. Small things, thick bulky documents, if you can find it, you can scan it.

Cons

  • Flatbed scanners tend to be bulky and need a lot of space.
  • They are expensive; however, it is a one-time, big-time purchase.

Handheld Scanner

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Intro

Unlike in sheetfed and flatbed scanners, where you put the document is placed inside the scanner, the handheld scanner functions manually requiring the user to move it over the item they are scanning. The user will drag the scanner over the document, thus capturing the details. The handheld scanner requires a steady grip to capture the details accurately. Indeed, even the slightest change/movement of the user’s hand can result in inaccurate twisting of the picture. A standout amongst the most-used handheld scanner is the standardized tag scanner, ordinarily utilized in shopping stores to valuate products.

Pros

  • It is easy and straightforward to use.
  • It is highly portable.

Cons

  • It can get exhausting for the user, especially if they need to move the scanner over multiple items.

Photo Scanners

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Intro

Boasting unmatched high resolutions and color depth, a photo scanner is as the name proposes a device used to scan not only photos, but also scan artwork and other high resolution graphic materials. Photo scanners are necessary for the event that you may want to digitize, thus immortalizing slides and film negatives. Even though flatbed scanners can likewise scan your photos, they are not as effective and efficient as a dedicated photo scanner. What sets the dedicated photo scanner from other scanners is the scanner’s in-built software that aids in cleaning and restoration of old photographs.

Pros

  • Some scanners have the inbuilt software that helps restore and improve the appearance of tears and creases from damaged photos.

Cons

  • They can occasionally be costly, depending on the make and model of the scanner.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

The digital revolution has had far-reaching effects on many fields, including image making, and today, you can find many scanner options that you can choose from. The scanners mentioned in our list above is not exhaustive as there are other types of scanners including drum scanners, portable scanners amongst others. The creation of apps has made it easier to have a scanner on your phone meaning that you no longer need to get to a desk to get your work done as you can use these apps to scan documents, pictures and bar codes. In order to achieve crisp detailed scans, we recommend that you use the different scanners for its intended purpose.

Last updated on June 23rd, 2019 at 03:34 am

More people have begun taking care of their businesses while on the go which means they are no longer tied to their desks in their home or office workspaces. And while for some a laptop or tablet may suffice, others need a scanner to complete the work tools they need. You are probably wondering why anyone would think of carrying a scanner around. But that isn’t the case.

Thanks to technology and innovation, there are portable scanners that one can easily travel with allowing you to scan and deliver the needed documents while on the move. So, whether you need to scan your hotel or food bill and ask for a refund when you get back to the office or need to scan documents for your trip, below are some of the best portable scanners that you can consider buying.

1. Epson Workforce ES-300W Document Scanner

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Introduction

This Epson scanner offers some of the best scan speeds for its model that are 25 ppm/50 ipm. The scanner is also compatible with most software used in the office thanks to the TWAIN driver that lets you connect it easily to document management software.

Pros

Although slightly bigger, the scanner does not take a lot of space and does pretty much all the scanning that you will need it to do. The scanner is wireless and allows you to easily scan to your smartphone, PC, tablet or Mac devices. It only gets better from there. The scanners allow you to scan your documents straight to cloud services as it is compatible with cloud services such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

The scanner automatically feeds up to 20 pages at a speed of 25 pages per minute and doesn’t become slow when using a USB power source which is a problem that most scanners tend to encounter. There is a free software bundle that’s offered by Epson that makes it compatible with most of the office software besides its usual compatibility.

Cons

While its portable, it’s slightly bigger than most portable scanners.

2. Fujitsu SCANSNAP S1100i Scanner

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Introduction

What made the Fujitsu scanners stand out for us is the fact that it is compatible with both Mac and PC. This is a key feature that most scanners don’t have while others require long setup processes for the drives.

Pros

This printer has a 600 dpi printing which ensures that images printed are of high-quality. It also allows you to create PDF files from your scan that are searchable. Besides the PDFs, the printer gives you the freedom to create MS Word files from the scans that are editable which come in handy especially if you need to make edits to the document you have already scanned.

With this printer, you are able to scan documents or papers that measure an inch all the way up to 34 inches long. You can also create searchable keywords using a highlighter. You no longer need to take a photo of your receipts or business cards as the scanner comes with a scanning software for both business cards and receipts.

Cons

It is a single sided scanner.

3. Brother Mobile Scanner, DS-720D

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Introduction

If you have used the Brother DS-620D and are looking to upgrade your printer but want to stick with the Brother models, then you should get yourself the DS-720D model. Why? Because the two-sided printing feature makes all the difference.

Pros

If your work or the stuff you scan tends to be two-sided and are in the market shopping for a portable printer, you should consider buying this Brother printer. The duplex scanning makes such a huge difference.

The duplex feature makes this scanner fast especially when scanning two-sided documents when compared to other scanners that don’t have the feature. It can handle multiple types of media. This means you can easily scan photos, receipts, ID cards, documents, business cards among others up to 8.5 by 32 inches.
It has a compact, structured design that makes it sleek and weighs less than one pound making it lightweight.

Cons

The printer is powered by a USB cable, and lack of one will mean you won’t be able to print.

4. Doxie Q Scanner

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Introduction

Weighing less than two pounds, this scanner is quite compact and very slim. The scanner allows you to scan from anywhere without a computer.

Pros

The Doxie Q is an automatic document scanner designed for true mobility. It supports wireless connections as it includes an integrated Wi-Fi. It operates on a rechargeable battery, has a memory slot coupled with a collapsible automatic document feeder.

Its small size makes it easy to simply pack it in your bag when traveling or store it in your drawer when you finish your scanning business. It does not require any special drivers for it to function like most scanners do. All you need to do is open it, insert your papers and then scan. Its automatic paper feeder is able to scan eight full-color pages all at the same time with up to 600 dpi.

The direct feed slot can be used to scan fragile items, cards, photos, and receipts. The printer is compatible with both PC, Mac and iOS apps. You can also sync scans via USB cable or Wi-Fi directly to your desktop as well as create and organize different searchable PDFs using the OCR technology. In addition, you can save scans directly to cloud services like OneNote, Dropbox, iCloud Drive and Evernote.

Cons

You have to figure out the finer details of this printer so as to get it to work as efficiently as you’d want it to.

 

5. VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Scanner

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Intro

The VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand is another option that you have if you’re looking for a scanner that you can carry around with for scanning when on the move. It has some features that make it worth considering and is also affordable.

Pros

  • It’s affordable
  • Easily digitize your documents as well as photos
  • You have the option of scanning your documents in both black and white or color
  • Works with both Windows and MacOS operating system
  • Comes with a USB cable that allows you to connect this scanner to your laptop to transfer or view your scanned documents
  • The optical character recognition (OCR) featured in this scanner allows you to organize and scan your documents into searchable and editable files that can be opened software run on Windows
  • Has a slot for a microSD card
  • Easily scan your documents in just three seconds
  • Ability to scan documents of different sizes with widths of 8.27-inches and a length of 90-inches
  • This scanner offers you three different resolution options of 300dpi, 600dpi, and 900dpi for quality scans

Cons

  • An SD card has to be purchased separately as this doesn’t come with the scanner
  • The searchable and editable software only works with Windows and not MacOS

Final Thoughts

No one would have thought that technology would evolve and we’d have portable scanners. Well, we do right now. Whether you are employed or are a freelancer, investing in one of the best portable scanners can be one of the best decisions you ever make especially when your work involves dealing with lots of documents.

Whether you want a simplex or a duplex, choose a scanner that will get the job done in the shortest time possible.

Published on January 1st, 2019 at 08:02 pm

Anyone working in the business world will tell you how important it is to have all the business cards backed up digitally. Being able to back up your business cards digitally means that you won’t have to worry in case you lose a vital contact and won’t have to walk around with several business card holders as well.

While the flatbed scanners were considered the most amazing technology innovation, they are not only expensive but also bulky which means carrying them from one place to the other for simple tasks like scanning business cards might be tedious. Besides, with flatbed scanners, you have to ensure that the document is well placed on the scanner lest you end up with a skewed document.

Thanks to technology and innovation, there are now business card scanners that you can purchase. Some of the best business card scanners not only produce high-quality scans but are also portable. So, if you are shopping for a business card scanner, below are some options you can consider.

1. The NeatDesk Desktop Scanner

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Introduction

A product from The Neat Company, the NeatDesk desktop scanner is an excellent buy for your business cards scanning needs. This scanner is a high-speed desktop device that requires you to connect it to a power outlet and a computer.

Pros

This scanner will not only support your business card scanning but will also help you eliminate all your paper mess by scanning other critical items like your receipts and other important documents all in one batch. Besides, you can easily access all your scanned files from anywhere using your computer or mobile device.

Thanks to this scanner, you can easily organize all your information in one secure place, and you can easily send your data to Outlook, Excel and other applications. The scanner has a unique paper tray that is able to scan documents of various sizes. The tray’s capacity can allow you to easily scan 15 business cards, 15 letter-sized documents (A4) and 15 receipts at a go. This means that you will save time when scanning your documents.

Should you need to scan a standard document, you can also do that without necessarily using the paper tray. This way, you’ll be able to scan a 50-page document. The best part is that the scanning process is fully automated and once you place your documents, all you’ll need to do is press the start button.

Cons

Most users have reported issues with the software stating that it doesn’t support the scanned files and users are expected to pay a monthly fee to access their scanned documents.

2. The Plustek Photo Scanner

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Introduction

Plustek is a well-known brand in the scanner industry. The Plustek photo scanner is a scanner that scans more than your business cards. It also scans your photos and documents and does it in a matter of minutes.

Pros

To start with, this scanner works well with both Mac and Windows computers. The Deskew technology combined with the automatic cropping feature ensures that your scanning process is so much simpler than it ever was. All that is involved is just placing the needed paper inside the feeder, and the scanner will then transfer the documents to your computer’s screen using the CCD sensor.

The scan results come out perfectly, and you won’t need to do any adjusting, processing or filtering once you have your scans. This scanner also lets you easily share your scanned business cards on social media with just one tap. The software that’s used in making this designer will ensure that you get the best results possible.

This device also comes with a compact design that’s perfect for its build. It’s also light and has some great powerful enhancement functions.

Cons

Produces some quality scans but can be noisy with heavy use.

3. The Penpower WorldCardColor Scanner

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Introduction

This scanner by Penpower has been designed specifically for the scanning of business cards and allows for a USB 2.0 connection for fast and easy data transfer.

Pros

The most amazing feature of this scanner is its ability to recognize up to 14 different languages thanks to its Support Unicode that is able to display multiple languages. Its fantastic synchronization ability enables users to seamlessly transfer contact information, and the information can then be entered into any contact manager including Outlook Express.

You can also import or export any contacts that you need using Microsoft Access, Excel, CSV, vCard, and Text. The scanner also recognizes the information on the card and automatically saves it to the correct fields. Being a color scanner, you won’t have to worry about the details and look of your cards being compromised.

Besides business cards, you can also scan baseball cards and four by six-inch photographs. You can also share your scanned contacts with your smartphone contact, social media contacts as well as other platforms.

Cons

Users have reported issues with the drivers as well as with the functionality of this device.

4. Ambir Technology PS667 Scanner

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Introduction

The scanner is equipped with Ambir’s technology which ensures that you don’t waste time scanning as the scanner offers great scanning speeds of three seconds for each side.

Pros

While being a decent scanner for your business card, the scanner can also be used to scan different kinds of cards such as your driving license, insurance cards, laminated cards and cards with embossed characters and design.

The device only weighs 8.6 ounces which means you won’t have issues setting it up or moving it around. It also doesn’t require a power adapter which makes it very convenient for use with your laptop, tablet or PCs regardless of where you are.
It results in high-grade scanning and has a compact design that makes your scanning much easier. With all the amazing features it comes bundled with, this is a great scanner that’s worth your money.

Cons

It can only deal with a maximum card thickness of 1.4 mm.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are great at networking or your job requires you to be in the field and network and establish important contacts that will help boost your company’s sale. Having a reliable scanner that can easily and quickly scan your business cards is a must have as it’ll save you from having thousands of business cards in every corner of your home. We hope that your review makes your life much easier and you can quickly make up your mind on what to buy.