The Panasonic KV-S1026C is a throwback to a simpler time when all scanners were beige and manufacturers were not yet expected to focus on things like user experience.

You can see where this review is going.

The KV-S1026C does, in fact, scan things, but I cannot think of a single reason to recommend it to you. It is not a bad scanner. It is just unremarkable.

What I like about the Panasonic KV-S1026C

The most positive thing I can say about this scanner is this: it functions. Although it does not always function in the way you might wish it would. Still, you can put things in the document feeder and scan them. Here is what I scanned (pdf).

Also, it has TWAIN support, which is nice to have.

What I don’t like about the Panasonic KV-S1026C


The name, for starters, which appears to have been spit out at random by an old computer. The design, for another thing. It looks like Panasonic just sort of averaged out a bunch of old fax and printer designs rather than hire someone who knew what they were doing. It’s just — beige.

The price is not great, either. For $475 (on Amazon), you could get a ScanSnap iX500 and have $50 left over for beer.

Let’s just keep going down the list of things in the order that I noticed them. The installation software appears to have been written 10 or 15 years ago (check out that lens flare!). It even has typos, just for fun:


It’s also annoying to install. It takes forever, and the installer constantly steals focus from whatever else you are trying to do (which you will want to do, since you will be at it for a while).

Once you install the bundled software, you will want to scan a file. I have been trained to just push the Scan button on a document scanner. On most scanners I have reviewed (the Canon imageFormula DR-C125 being the only other exception), that does the trick. It does not work with the Panasonic KV-S1026C. The software that is supposed to connect the button to my computer does seems not to be translating properly. The only thing that happened when I tried to change the settings were some incomprehensible error messages.

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The KV-S1026C unfolds fairly flat, as well. It takes up nearly twice as much space on your desk as a ScanSnap or Neatdesk.

Note that the document I scanned does not contain text. That is because, as far as I can tell, the Panasonic KV-S1026C does not do OCR. It did install something called OCREngine, but I couldn’t see any way to recognize text in the Image Capture Plus software or launch OCREngine independently. That’s effectively no OCR.

In short, the Panasonic KV-S1026C is unremarkable in almost every way. Except for a few ways in which it isn’t very good.

Who should buy the Panasonic KV-S1026C?

Nobody. Get a ScanSnap. Or if you want a no-frills business scanner, get the Epson GT-S55. Otherwise, check our best scanner picks for other good options.


Panasonic KV-S1026C

Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The Panasonic KV-S1026C is unremarkable in every way. For less money, you would be much better off with a ScanSnap.

Score: 2 (out of 5)