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.
The Doxie Go is one of the best gadgets I have reviewed (despite the fact that I have no clear need for one), and it just got exponentially better with the addition of Eye-Fi for wireless file transfer. I show you exactly what that means in the video above, but here’s the gist: You run a document through the Doxie Go, and the Eye-Fi card sends the scan straight to your iPad, smartphone, or computer.
It’s not perfect, but if you scan on the go, I think you’re going to want the Eye-Fi to go with your Doxie Go.
Doxie just updated its sweet Doxie Go portable scanner by adding an Eye-Fi card that lets you wirelessly deliver scans to your iPad, smartphone, computer, or Evernote. People were already doing this, as we discovered in the LAB; Doxie just made it easier. So I could try it out and report back, Doxie sent me an Eye-Fi card to play with.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy. The Eye-Fi experience is clunky, and so far, broken for me. The instructions for connecting the Eye-Fi to an iPad leave out a crucial step (my iPad wants a passcode that I can’t find anywhere). So for the moment, at least, I’ve got the tools, but I can’t make the wireless scanning happen. When I finally figure it out, I’ll record a video so you can see the results.
The new S1500 is better-looking, faster, comes with updated software, and sticks to the ScanSnap formula: efficient and easy to use. For solo practitioners or small offices, a ScanSnap (or a few of them) is still the best option.
The NeatDesk document scanner is an attractive, consumer-grade document scanner that is up against stiff competition, including the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, which has become incredibly popular with lawyers and includes a copy of Acrobat for a tough-to-beat value proposition. But the NeatDesk has its own software package and at least one feature the ScanSnap lacks: TWAIN.
So can the NeatDesk measure up to the ScanSnap? Read on to find out!
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is forget-you-have-it-in-your-bag tiny, a document scanner for lawyers on the go. But it is also—at just under $200—a great second scanner for the home office. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its bigger siblings, the S1300 and S1500, but it retains a surprising number of features in a seriously portable package.
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