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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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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.

Read the entire review at About.com.


 

If you’re one of those professionals who travel from place to place, collecting piles of information, much of which would prove invaluable, if, that is, you had an easy way to collect and store it. You could, of course, collect business cards, product white papers, customer information, you name it, and then scan and save it all when you get back, but that could quickly turn into a long and grueling task. Besides, it’s better to save and catalog data while it’s still fresh.

Another option is, of course, is to take a scanner with you. Depending on the nature of your business travel (and, of course, the scanner itself), that idea can be anywhere from mildly inconvenient to downright inhibiting, maybe even somewhat ridiculous—unless, that is, you choose a portable scanner designed specifically for you road warriors, such as the subject of this review, Epson’s $179.99 (MSRP) WorkForce DS-40 Color Portable Scanner.

Read the entire review at About.com.