Kodak Digital Science 3520D Scanner Review

The Kodak Digital Science 3520D Pass-Through scanner is a paper-heavy-business’s dream. Though lacking in some areas, it holds its own (and more) in many others. Let’s get into the details.

Kodak Digital Science 3520D

Dimensions:

  • 21 in. x 27.6 in. x 12.5 in.
  • 64 lbs.
  • Definitely a bigger machine, but at least it’s not too heavy, right? You’ll definitely want to designate a table just for this scanner.

Scan Resolution:

  • 300 DPI.
  • Not great. But this scanner is a powerhouse, meant for massive scan loads of (usually) black and white text documents. If that’s what you need it for, it’ll do the job.

Speed:

  • 86 PPM.
  • Yes, I typed that correctly. 86. Pages. Per. Minute. Like I said, this scanner is a beast meant for heavy-duty scanning. That mound of 500 pages to be scanned? 5 minutes later you’re pretty much done. Amazing.

Media:

  • Maximum scan size of 25.5 in. x 12 in.
  • Capable of handling A3 paper.
  • Needs to be plain paper, as it is a pass-through scanner and not a flatbed.
  • Basically, scan to your heart’s content so long as it’s not some funky paper from God-knows-where.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 250 page capacity.
  • Kodak Perfect Page scanning technology (the scanner automatically deskews scanned images, making for more consistent, him-quality images).
  • It’s quiet. Which speaks for itself. If you’re scanning all day, it’s nice not to have that constant humming-whooshing sound.

Overall Rating: 8/10

That number may seem high to you, especially when looking at my other reviews. Let me explain myself. This scanner isn’t pretending to be anything it’s not. It’s made for, and marketed towards, businesses that have a high production of daily scans, and those scans are almost exclusively text-based. Yes, it’s bulky. Yes, its scan resolution isn’t great. But, its high points totally outweigh those negatives, especially for its target audience.

  • It is SO fast. Almost 1.5 pages per second. For anyone with hundreds of scans to do every day, this scanner will save you so much time (and thus, money).
  • Its Kodak Perfect Page technology makes it a no-fuss, easy to use machine that helps guarantee great images. Yeah, the resolution’s low, but with this technology added in, that scan resolution doesn’t matter quite as much.
  • The ADF is huge. 250 sheets is a lot. Again, this machine was made for businesses that are scanning all day.

If you’re looking to scan pictures here and there and a few sheets of paper every day, this is not the machine for you.  You’d do much better to invest in a less-expensive, smaller, high-resolution scanner. But, if you are constantly at the scanner with stacks of documents, the 3520D could probably be a great investment for your business. They are sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

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