Best scanners of 2014: Scanner reviews, scanners buying advice - what's the best scanner for my business?
The best scanners you can buy in 2014
By Matt Egan | PC Advisor | 06 August 14
Brother should be complimented for creating a versatile compact document scanner that creates multiple opportunities to disseminate digital data but it's let down by poor paper alignment.
The price tag demands that you think carefully before buying this model, but its performance and features are right at the top edge. If your company have a need for mass-production of important files at sensational speeds, this is an amazing performer.
The DS-30 is severely limited by its lack of an ADF and by its simplex-only scanning. However, if what you need is an ultra-light and portable model that can perform good quality scans using a wide variety of media, then it makes a lot of sense, especially if you're snapping it up for £100.
The 4700 is certainly the best A3 scanner we've looked at, and one of the very best flatbeds overall, in terms of performance and quality of output. It's not cheap, but then no A3 flatbed is. A slightly increased price with an ADF would have made it truly indispensable. However, if you have a compatible Xerox DocuMate nearby, this will become an outstanding acquisition.
Next to many smaller models, the price tag may seem prohibitive. But this is an extremely powerful device that looks up, instead, to more industrial models – the majority of which cost and weigh even more. For many serious businesses, the price tag won't be much of an issue given the stunning performance. Whether you're feeding in 200-plus page bundles, or scanning books, this is a fantastic option for the office with very high aspirations.
The Canon and Fujitsu scanners have stiff competition indeed from this handy little Epson. Robust but ruthlessly effective, it's reasonably fast and comes with powerful software. The standard DS-510, in particular, is very good value for money for serious businesses who have lots of paperwork to convert to a digital format.
The Canon DR-M1060 does lack a few of the more advanced features (direct network support, barcode detection as standard) that you might get from the highest end models. However, those do tend to be considerably more expensive again. For larger businesses needing simply to convert capacious A3 bundles, this model offers a mix of price and performance that's simply unmatched on the market at this time.
The Kodak Scanmate i1150 is powerful and easy to use. Results are smooth and the quality is good. For many serious businesses, the price tag won't be much of an issue given the stunning performance. Whether you're feeding in 200+ page bundles, or scanning books, this is a fantastic option for the office with very high aspirations.