My review of the Panasonic KV-N1028X Desktop Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Superb OCR accuracy. Customizable touch screen. Comprehensive software. Competitive speed when scanning to image files and searchable PDF. Wired and wireless networking. Three-year warranty.

  • CONS

    Individual workstation licenses sold separately. A bit pricey.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Panasonic KV-N1028X is a snappy and exceptionally accurate networkable document scanner, designed primarily for enterprise environments.

A direct competitor to our Editors’ Choice Kodak Alaris S2060w, the Panasonic KV-N1028X Document Scanner ($1,495) is a strong effort for a networkable sheet-feed scanner. It’s designed for light to moderate scanning in a small or midsize office, or as one of several data-collection stations in a larger enterprise. Like the Alaris S2060w$1,056.85 at Jet.com, it has a touch screen on the front panel for operating the scanner without a PC or mobile device, as well as both wired and wireless networking. While it’s a little slow at converting scanned text to editable text, it managed some of the highest optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy scores to date. We found little to fault in the KV-N1028X, but nothing about it quite topples the Alaris from its top-choice spot. That said, the KV-N1028X is a fine network-ready scanner and a strong alternative to our current Editors’ Choice model.

My review of the Panasonic KV-N1028X Sheet-Feed Desktop Document Scanner at PCMag



My review of the Panasonic KV-S1037X document scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Wired and wireless networking. Three-year warranty. Excellent scanning software. Good OCR accuracy. Fast scanning and saving to image files or searchable PDFs.

  • CONS

    Software bundle could use bulking up. Short on mobile connectivity options.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Panasonic KV-S1037X is a fast, accurate network document scanner, but a more comprehensive software bundle would make it a better data-collection solution.

Panasonic’s KV-S1037X ($795) is essentially an updated version of the company’s KV-S1026C-MKII document scanner we reviewed a few months ago. The enhancements here include network connectivity, support for USB 3.1, and a few other notable upgrades. One of the KV-S1037X’s most direct competitors, though, is an Editors’ Choice pick, Brother’s formidable ADS-2700W Wireless High-Speed Desktop Document Scanner, which is slightly less expensive and a bit faster and more accurate—emphasis, though, on the slightly. Still, on the whole, the entry-level KV-S1037X is speedy, good at OCR, and reliable as document scanners go, making it suitable for light-duty scanning in small offices, home offices, and workgroups. We’d just like to see some tweaks to its software bundle.

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Review of the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Comparably low price. Quick scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Very accurate OCR. Good software bundle.

  • CONS

    Lacks wireless or mobile options. No business card software.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-410 is a great value for offices that need a fast and accurate document scanner, but don’t require it to be network-ready.

Designed for low-volume small to medium-size offices, the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner ($329) is a low-cost sheet-feed scanner. It’s comparable in features with our Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s a little slower and costs $100 less. Feature- and price-wise, the DS-410 is a terrific value, but it’s up against formidable competition, including models that support networking and don’t cost much more. For offices that don’t require networking from a document scanner, though, the Epson DS-410 is a tough contender among entry-level desktop document scanners.

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Review of the Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF at PCMa

  • PROS

    Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Comprehensive software bundle. 20-page single-pass ADF.

  • CONS

    Lacks battery. No wireless connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-320 is a fast and accurate portable document scanner, but its slightly more expensive sibling offers more road-ready features.

The Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF ($249) is fast and accurate, much like its higher-end sibling, the Editors’ Choiced Epson WorkForce ES-300W. This smaller, less-expensive iteration mimics the ES-300W in appearance, volume, and functionality in most ways, but the $50 list-price difference means giving up wireless networking and a built-in battery. If you don’t need these features, though, you can save the 50 bucks and still get a highly capable portable sheet-feed document scanner for the road.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Comprehensive software bundle. Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning, processing, and saving to both image and searchable PDF.

  • CONS

    Lacks built-in wireless, mobile options, and networking.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson WorkForce DS-770 desktop document scanner is fast and highly accurate, helping it stand out from a crowded pack of competitors.

The competition in the midrange sheet-feed desktop document scanner genre, where the Epson WorkForce DS-770 Color Document Scanner ($549) fits squarely, is fierce. Designed for small- to medium-size offices and workgroups, or perhaps as a busy personal scanner, the DS-770 costs a little more than the Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s also a bit faster and somewhat more accurate. The Epson’s excellent mix of features and performance knocks the ScanJet Pro 3000 from its top spot perch in our lineup of midrange non-networkable document scanners.

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Review of the Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII at PCMag

    • PROS

      Great optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy. Comprehensive software bundle. Faster than manufacturer’s ratings when scanning and saving to image and searchable PDF. Three-year warranty.

    • CONS

      Pricey. No network connectivity. Slower than competitors that cost half as much. Neat Cloud Service expires after three years.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII is a relatively fast and highly accurate entry-level desktop document scanner; all it really needs is a lower price.

An update to the Panasonic KV-S1026C we reviewed back in 2013, the Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII ($600.99) is not only significantly faster than its predecessor, but it’s more accurate and comes with a better software bundle. This latest iteration really is a fine entry-level desktop sheet-feed document scanner, but it’s up against some stiff, less-costly competition, such as the Editors’ Choice Brother ADS-2700W Wireless High-Speed Desktop Document Scanner. The KV-S1026C-MKII is designed for use in home-based and small or micro offices or workgroups, or even as a personal desktop document scanner. While it is unquestionably well-suited for these environments, it simply costs too much to take its place among our top-choice candidates.

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Review of the Visioneer Patriot P15 portable document scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good OCR accuracy. Reasonably fast overall scanning. Robust software bundle. High duty cycle.

  • CONS

    Slower than competitors at saving to searchable PDF. Documents are rearranged during output. Slightly overpriced based on feature set.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Visioneer Patriot P15 scans quickly and accurately overall, and it has a huge daily duty cycle for a portable scanner, but comparable models offer better value.

The Visioneer Patriot P15 ($339.99) is designed for business professionals who need to scan multipage documents on the road. It’s light and compact, accurate, and reasonably fast, but comes up short against the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W’s higher-end feature set, which includes support for wireless networking and a battery for cable-free operation. The P15 is a bit overpriced compared with the ES-300W and its additional perks, but it’s still a fine little portable scanner, especially if you can find it on sale or Visioneer drops the price.
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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Fast scanning. High daily duty cycle. Robust software. Built-in tablet control panel, keyboard, and hard disk.

  • CONS

    Costly. Big and heavy.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500, with its tablet control panel and built-in keyboard and hard disk, is a powerful, if expensive, network document scanner for midsize to large offices.

High-end network document scanners continue getting slicker and more self-contained. The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500 fn2 Document Capture Workstation ($2,999.99) has sophisticated features including a built-in scanner interface and onboard hard disk for saving files. It may cost an eye-watering $1,000 more than the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula ScanFront 400, but it’s faster and richer in features, making it our top pick for high-volume scanning in a midsize to large office or enterprise setting.
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The Alaris S2080w Scanner by Kodak Alaris at PCMag

    • PROS

      Fast scanning. Saves to both image and searchable PDF reasonably quickly. Above-average OCR accuracy. Comprehensive, innovative software.

    • CONS

      Pricey. Accessories are expensive.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The top-of-the-line Alaris S2080w Scanner is fast, accurate, and feature-packed, but its high price makes it tough to recommend over its less-expensive, also-capable sibling.

The Alaris S2080w Scanner ($1,795) is the flagship model in Kodak Alaris’s line of S2000-series desktop document scanners. It’s essentially the same as the Editors’ Choice Alaris S2060w, which is just a bit slower and has a reduced daily duty cycle, but lists for $500 less. If you’re looking for a fast, accurate, networkable desktop document scanner designed as a mid- to high-volume data-capture point for large enterprises, the Alaris S2080w will do the job well. But if your business can sacrifice a bit on speed and duty cycle, the S2060w is a better value.
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Review of the Alaris S2060w Scanner by Kodak Alaris at PCMagAs networkable desktop document scanners increase in prevalence, their features become more slick, which is certainly the case with the Alaris S2060w Scanner ($1,295). It’s not only loaded with connectivity features, but it’s also slightly faster and more accurate than the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W. In addition, the Alaris S2060w comes with a powerful, highly productive scanner interface utility, Kodak’s own homegrown document-managing and indexing software, and a slew of other attractive amenities. These perks give the S2060w a solid push into our top position for medium- to heavy-volume document scanners for midsize to large organizations.

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