PCMag’s “The Best Sheetfed Document Scanners for 2021”

Need to scan multipage documents in a hurry? A sheetfed scanner will do the trick. Here are our favorites among the many products we’ve tested, plus some tips for finding the fast document scanner that’s right for you.

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william harrel – September 28, 2021

I’ve covered the document scanner industry for well over 20 years, and each year I find myself even more impressed with the sheer number of machines. There’s everything from tiny single-sheet portables capable of scanning and processing just a few pages per minute (ppm) up to high-volume workhorses rated at a few hundred pages per minute or more. These sheetfed document scanners are on the workhorse end of the spectrum. If you’ve only worked with the relatively slow scanners on all-in-one printers, you’ll be amazed how quick a dedicated sheetfed scanner can be.

Every multi-sheetfed document scanner has an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending page after page into the machine and a relatively compact build. Unlike a flatbed scanner, a sheetfed scanner processes only individual pages and can’t be used to scan objects such as books. Most sheetfed scanners have two scanning sensors for simultaneously scanning both sides of a two-sided page. These top-notch fast document scanners, the best we’ve tested, are optimized for scanning lots of text quickly, accurately, and efficiently.

Three scanner types

Three types of scanners, clockwise from top left: desktop, portable, and flatbed.

This roundup focuses primarily on desktop document scanners, but to keep it comprehensive, we’ve also included PCMag’s favorite multi-sheetfed portable document scanner and our top pick for a flatbed scanner with an ADF attachment. Our goal is to help you choose the best possible scanner for your needs, and there are plenty of factors to consider. Let’s start at the beginning.

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