Review of the HP ScanJet Pro 4500 fn1 Network Scanner at PCMag

The flagship in HP’s line of flatbed ScanJet Pro document scanners, the 4500 fn1 Network Scanner ($899) ($694.95 at Amazon) is similar in many ways to the ScanJet Pro 3500 f1 (Check on Amazon at Amazon) Flatbed Scanner. Unlike its less-expensive sibling, though, the 4500 is networkable via both Ethernet and Wi-Fi, scans faster, and has a higher daily duty cycle. It’s also quicker than the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula DR-2020U (Check on Amazon at Amazon), as well as the comparably priced Epson WorkForce DS-6500 ($849.00 at Amazon)—especially when saving scans to searchable PDF files. Fast, single-pass scanning and swift saving to a usable file format, as well as built-in networking, easily elevate the ScanJet Pro 4500 to our Editors’ Choice for a flatbed document scanner for low-to-medium-volume scanning in a small office or workgroup.

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Review of the Epson Workforce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner at PCMag

A non-Wi-Fi sibling to the Editors’ Choice Epson ES-300W ($249.99 at Amazon) we reviewed recently, the Epson WorkForce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner ($199) ($199.99 at Amazon) is a highly capable portable document scanner. Like the ES-300W, it comes with a top-tier collection of optical character recognition (OCR) and document and business card management programs. And, like the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner ($216.96 at Amazon), both Epson models have automatic document feeders (ADFs) and the ability to scan two-sided multipage documents in a single pass. The ES-200 doesn’t support wireless scanning, nor does it have an internal battery (as does the ES-300W) for higher portability. It’s a less-expensive alternative to the wireless model for relatively high-speed scanning on the road, but at just $50 more, for many users, the higher-end ES-300W is a better value.

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Review of the IRIScan Book 5 WiFi at PCMagNot long ago, there were a fair number of handheld, or wand, scanners like the IRIScan Book 5 WiFi ($149) ($129.99 at Amazon) on the market, but they have become less common. The primary difference between these and most other types of scanners is that you move it over the material you’re scanning, rather than the machine itself moving the content over the scanning sensor. As with the Editors’ Choice VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Wi-Fi PDSWF-ST47-VP ($119.99 at Amazon), with the Book 5 you can scan without a PC, send your scans to mobile devices, and it comes with software for converting scanned text to editable text. Unlike the Magic Wand, the Book 5 includes a 4GB microSD card and it lets you scan directly to a PC or mobile device. These perks were more than enough to elevate the IRIScan Book 5 WiFi to our new Editors’ Choice for wand scanners.

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Review of the Epson Workforce ES-300W Portable Wireless Duplex Document Scanner at PCMag

Few peripherals are as convenient as portable document scanners, and few portable document scanners are as fast and capable as the Epson WorkForce ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner ($299.99).($249.99 at Amazon) Like the Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner ($216.96 at Amazon), the ES-300W has a built-in automatic document feeder (ADF), but the Epson model is faster than the P-215II, and it supports Wi-Fi, for completely cable-free operation when combined with its built-in battery. Like most Epson WorkForce scanners, the ES-300W comes with a complete suite of software, including document and business card archiving programs. A generous software bundle, fast performance, including quick PDF file conversion, and wireless connectivity are enough to unseat the P-215II Scan-tini as our Editors’ Choice for portable document scanners.

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Review of the HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner at PCMag

The HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner ($429.99) ($388.87 at Amazon) is a good value as a moderately priced desktop document scanner. An upgrade in capacity and features from the entry-level HP ScanJet Pro 2000 ($247.95 at Amazon) we reviewed recently, it is faster than the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula DR-C225 ($313.02 at Amazon) and the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000e ($249.99 at Amazon). The ScanJet 3000 includes a well-rounded software bundle, and, in testing, the hardware performed well. Optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy is about average, and speed is excellent. All this makes the ScanJet 3000 our new Editors’ Choice personal desktop document scanner, though it’s also good for a small or micro office or workgroup.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce ES-500W Wireless Duplex Document Scanner at PCMag

We’re seeing an increasing number of network-capable sheet-feed document scanners lately, including the $399.99 Epson WorkForce ES-500W Wireless Duplex Document Scanner ($329.99 at Amazon) we’re reviewing here. But the ES-500W is somewhat different in that it’s not often that we see network functionality on an entry-level scanner like this one. (Epson does offer a non-Wi-Fi version of the ES-500W, the ES-400 ($269.99 at Amazon), for $50 less.) The ES-500W is fast for its class, and it saves to image and searchable PDF at a good clip for the price. Optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy is a bit below average, though, but it comes with a well-rounded software bundle that includes document and business card archiving software.

Overall, we found the ES-500W impressive, but its mediocre OCR accuracy dinged it just enough to cause it to come up short in dethroning the Editor’s Choice Canon imageFormula DR-C225 ($313.02 at Amazon) as our go-to low-to mid-volume document scanner for a small or micro office. We also like it as a personal document scanner, though in that capacity its OCR accuracy falls short of the Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner.($388.87 at Amazon)

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Essentially a faster version of the Brother PDS-5000 ($1,319.95 at Amazon) we reviewed recently, the $1,399.99 Brother PDS-6000 High-Speed Color Desktop Scanner ($1,714.20 at Amazon) is a fast and accurate sheet-feed document scanner for high-volume use in small and medium-size offices and workgroups. Speed-wise, it’s rated slightly higher than its less expensive sibling and that model’s comparably priced competitor, the Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7000.($812.98 at Amazon) In testing, it did manage to scan faster and save to image PDF a little quicker than both the PDS-5000 and ScanJet 7000, but not enough to warrant the PDS-6000’s $500 price difference. Besides, when saving to the more useful searchable PDF format, it fell well behind the ScanJet 7000 and other competitors. Even so, if raw imaging speed is what you’re looking for, the PDS-6000 hardware is among the fastest we’ve recently seen in this class.

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A high-volume sheet-fed document scanner designed for heavy workloads in medium-to-large offices and workgroups, the $899.99 Brother PDS-5000 High-Speed Color Desktop Scanner ($1,319.95 at Amazon) is fast and accurate. But compared with the similarly priced Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Enterprise 7000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner ($812.98 at Amazon), it comes up somewhat short in performance and features. In testing, the PDS-5000 wasn’t quite as fast at saving to searchable PDF, nor as accurate, as the ScanJet, and the Brother model’s software bundle isn’t as well-rounded. The PDS-5000 does have a higher capacity automatic document feeder (ADF), though, and it’s more than quick and accurate enough to make it a serious contender for use in medium-to-heavy scanning environments.



A recent addition to the ScanJet family, the ScanJet Pro 2000 s1 Sheet-feed Scanner ($299.99) ($247.95 at Amazon) is a capable low-volume document scanner comparable in capacity and features to the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula DR-C225 ($313.02 at Amazon), as well as the adept Brother ADS-2000e.($249.99 at Amazon) The ScanJet 2000 is fast for the price, and its optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy is about average. It comes with a comprehensive software bundle consisting of top-drawer OCR and document and business card management programs, making it an exceptional value. In testing, it fell behind some competitors when saving to searchable PDF, but not enough to keep us from recommending it as a strong, inexpensive choice for small and micro offices and workgroups, or as a personal document scanner.

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There’s portable, and then there’s portable. With the $149 IRIScan Anywhere 5 WiFi ($149.99 at Amazon) manual sheet-feed document scanner, all you need to take with you is the scanner itself. No cables, laptop, tablet, or smartphone are required. The difference between it and its competitors, the Editors’ Choice Visioneer RoadWarrior X3 ($51.25 at Amazon) and Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner ($216.96 at Amazon), is that the Anywhere 5 runs on a rechargeable battery and scans to a MiniSD card. In scans quickly and accurately, but it falls just short of an Editors’ Choice nod.

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