My review of the high-volume Panasonic KV-S1057C-MKII Desktop Document Scanner



Wired and wireless networking. Three-year warranty. Competitively priced. Excellent OCR accuracy. Fast at scanning and saving to image files and searchable PDFs.

  • CONS

    Incomplete software bundle. Lacks wireless networking.


    Fast and accurate for OCR work, the network-ready Panasonic KV-S1057C-MKII is a solid sheet-feed document scanner, but its software bundle needs bulking up if your business doesn’t have a document-archiving back end in place.

An update to the Panasonic KV-S1057C we reviewed back in early 2015, the KV-S1057C-MKII ($1,089) is a high-volume sheet-feed document scanner for small and midsize offices, as well as large enterprises with medium-to-heavy scan workflows. This upgrade adds Ethernet support and an enhanced ability to scan thick plastic cards, passports, and mixed media. Like 2015’s KV-S1057C, the KV-S1057C-MKII is fast and accurate when converting to editable text. A few formidable heavy-duty desktop scanners that have hit the market recently, such as the Editors’ Choice Kodak Alaris S2060w, offer up some mighty stiff competition, however. The KV-S1057C-MKII is a solid alternative for demanding document-scan situations, but it falls just short of dislodging the Alaris as our top pick.

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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.


    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, 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

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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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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