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 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 Epson Workforce ES-300W Portable Wireless Duplex Document Scanner at PCMag[amazon_link asins=’B01MFBVS1E’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’04d0390c-c708-11e7-b853-29b62cc485c1′]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).[amazon_link asins=’B01MFBVS1E’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1fa76847-c708-11e7-b8dd-715bdc597307′] Like the Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner [amazon_link asins=’B00LPRQW86′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’369c544d-c708-11e7-9b2b-aba642f75dd1′], 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 Epson WorkForce ES-500W Wireless Duplex Document Scanner at PCMag[amazon_link asins=’B01M686HSS’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cab4c9e1-c70c-11e7-bc3f-b7afa91455ca’]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 [amazon_link asins=’B01M686HSS’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d8b70fb7-c70c-11e7-a65d-b3deb3184632′] 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 [amazon_link asins=’B01M4NANZ6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ed087a40-c70c-11e7-aa5d-a79c18d37e22′], 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 [amazon_link asins=’B00LBVUIV8′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’001bbf3c-c70d-11e7-8a67-8311d4929f34′] 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.[amazon_link asins=’B01M080546′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0e6c4c8a-c70d-11e7-ad5e-cb61bcc6f5da’]

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