The ScanSnap iX500 once again proves Fujitsu knows how to do desktop scanners better than everyone else. The iX500 improves the best features of its predecessor, and adds some killer new ones, like the ability to scan to any mobile device straight from the scanner, with no computer required.
Otherwise, the GT-S55 and GT-S50 are the same scanner. So, instead of doing a full review of the GT-S55, let’s just decide whether ultrasonic double-feed detection is worth $170, because that is the approximate difference in price between the two scanners on Amazon.
Correction: As far as I can tell, there is actually no difference between the GT-S50 and the GT-S55 on specs. I misread the above-linked spec sheet, which actually compares the GT-S50 to the GT-S80. If you want ultrasonic double-feed detection, you will need to get the GT-S80.
Compact desktop document scanners are an essential part of a paperless office, and nearly every major hardware manufacturer has at least one. The Brother ADS-2000 is the latest entrant into a crowded field led by the ScanSnap S1500 that includes the popular (but not very good) NeatDesk and the competent workhorse, the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50.
The Brother ADS-2000 has good looks, speed, and value — and one cool feature you won’t find on any other desktop document scanner.
According to the Wirecutter — which advice I generally follow — the Canon ImageFormula P-215 is the best portable scanner. Among its attributes: a 20-page document feeder, embedded software, duplexing, and speed. The Wirecutter called it close between the P-215 and the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i, but gave the edge to the Canon. I got a peek at the P-215 at ABA TechShow last year, but I never managed to get a review unit from Canon. Still, the Wirecutter makes a compelling case for it.
The Brother DSMobile 700D is a compact scanner that works as a light-duty desktop scanner as well as for scanning on the go. But although it promises portable duplex scanning at a compelling price point, it doesn’t do so well in practice.
If you were on the fence about the Doxie Go until now, you may want to wait just a little longer get it now. Doxie just announced an upgrade to its portable document scanner, which it will unveil at CES next week. The scanner itself will accept larger documents, including legal-size pages. The Doxie software adds a handful of new features, like document signing and faxing, integration with Dropbox and Basecamp, and more.
Here are the new features, from Doxie’s press release:
The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a compact, efficient, standalone portable scanner. You can leave your laptop at home, and scan to the included Eye-Fi card, a USB drive, or send files wirelessly to a nearby gadget. The Xerox Mobile Scanner is priced the same as the Doxie Go, which I gushed over, but it includes more in the box, and has a couple of extra features, as well. It’s definitely the best portable scanner value I have seen so far.
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