document scanner : William Harrel – Journalist

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.


  • 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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[amazon_link asins=’B01M0SUNLZ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2a2e56ea-c7d9-11e7-bb36-635353fb4428′]A recent addition to the ScanJet family, the ScanJet Pro 2000 s1 Sheet-feed Scanner ($299.99) [amazon_link asins=’B01M0SUNLZ’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’34eedfcf-c7d9-11e7-b469-991f50198c46′] is a capable low-volume document scanner comparable in capacity and features to the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula DR-C225 [amazon_link asins=’B00LBVUIV8′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’42d0571c-c7d9-11e7-9c97-8d29e6be9079′], as well as the adept Brother ADS-2000e.[amazon_link asins=’B00OCX06NM’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’56f35e31-c7d9-11e7-9669-77fcf503b6f1′] 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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[amazon_link asins=’B01AD7I6P0′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3e589807-c7de-11e7-b25a-334e0791e278′]A sheet-feed, network document scanner, the Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W ($799.99) [amazon_link asins=’B01AD7I6P0′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’56baf784-c7de-11e7-b819-bde5d46518c9′] offers excellent value, with a solid feature set and strong performance. It’s not as elegant, nor is its software as network-friendly, as the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula ScanFront 400.[amazon_link asins=’B01MXC2564′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’72ee5b9e-c7de-11e7-b658-afce30e8cfa4′] The ScanFront 400, however, sells for more than twice as much and is limited to Ethernet connectivity, while the ADS-3600W connects via USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC in addition to Ethernet. It’s an easy pick as Editors’ Choice for midrange to heavy-duty network scanning in small and midsize offices and workgroups.

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HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner review at PCMagA step up from the $50-less-expensive HP ScanJet Enterprise 5000 s4, the ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner ($849.99) scans faster and saves to image PDF quicker than many costlier competitors. But like many document scanners, including our Editors’ Choice, the Epson WorkForce DS-860, the ScanJet 7000 slows down considerably when saving scans to searchable PDF format—so much so that it’s not that much faster than the significantly lower-rated ScanJet 5000 when performing the same task. Even so, unlike some other competing models (including the DS-860), the ScanJet 7000 comes with both document management and business card archiving software, making it a terrific value and our new top choice for moderate to heavy-volume scanning in a medium-size office or workgroup.

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Brother ADS-3000N

Brother ADS-3000N, a 100ipm document scanner. Photo courtesy of Brother International

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I have to admit that prior to this gig; I honestly didn’t know that there were so many document scanners in the world—proof, of sorts, that the human race is still printing at an impressive rate. All of the major scanner manufacturers—Canon, Brother, Epson, and HP make several document scanners, ranging in different volumes and prices from a few hundred dollars to upwards of a thousand and beyond.

The good news is that most of them do a decent job, and most come with impressive bundles of optical character recognition (OCR) and document management software. Many Canon models, such as theimageFORMULA DR-M160II Office Document Scanner reviewed here last week, come with the company’s CaptureOnTouch software, as well as several third-party titles from Kofax and document management software from Nuance. Here, though, we are looking at a slightly lower-end machine, Canon’s $799 MSRP imageFORMULA DR-C240 Office Document Scanner.

The DR-C240 is a little slower DR-M160II mentioned above, and it lacks a document management program, per se (though it does come with PDF Pro Office for creating searchable PDFs), even so, it’ll get all butthe most demanding scan jobs done.

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Scan anything, even passports with Panasonic’s KV-S1027C Document Scanner.  Panasonic

The other day we looked at Panasonic’s screaming $1,295 (MSRP) KV-S1057C Document Scanner, one of the fastest and most accurate text digitizing and cataloging systems I’ve seen in its price range. At the same time Panasonic released the KV-S1057C, it debuted another cheaper, slightly slower model, the $995 (MSRP) KV-S1027C Document Scanner, which provides most of the features of the more-expensive model and about two-thirds of the performance.

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Today more than ever, banks, hospitals, car dealers, and so many others use dedicated document scanners to digitally preserve and file so many types of documents and data. To do so, of course, you need a scanner, and if you have many documents to scan, you’ll need a fast, high-volume scanner like the topic of this review, Panasonic’s KV-S1057C Document Scanner, to keep that blizzard of paper under control.

The fastest and most expensive in a pair of document scanners Panasonic released recently, the $1295 MSRP KV-S1057C is the fastest of the two. It’s less-expensive sibling, the KV-S1027C, is essentially the same scanner with an identical feature set—except that, as you’ll see in my review of the $895 MSRP KV-S1027C in a few days, it’s approximately two-thirds as fast as the $1300 KV-S1057C.

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If you’ve a backlog of documents you need digitized, or your business generates or receives hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of pages each month, a good document scanner is not an unreasonable purchase. The right machine and bundled software can all-but automate the entire process of digitizing and cataloging documents.

And that’s what we have here—a good scanner and bundled applications for scanning, converting to editable text (optical character recognition, or OCR), creating and saving a searchable PDF, and then cataloging with document management software—Epson’s $899-list WorkForce DS 6500 Document Scanner.

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Surely, you’ve seen those commercials for NeatDesk scanners designed to help you scan and organize the business cards, receipts, and other bits of paper in your life? As easily the most well-known document scanner and digital filing system, much of the proprietary NeatDesk application consists of online services with annual fees that increase the overall cost of the solution. (Although, often you can find it with up-to three-month trial periods.)

The $499.95 (list) NeatDesk and the other “Neat” scanner products are designed with a high-level of hand-holding involved, and are most likely advantageous for those with the discipline to diligently scan and catalog their paper business cards, receipts, bills, and other business-oriented bits of paper. For those who may not need this level of supervision (or perhaps the additional fees are off-putting), the topic of this review, Fujitsu’s $495-list ScanSnap iX500, provides an alternative solution.

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