Fujitsu fi-5220C Flatbed Scanner Review

The Fujitsu fi-5220C flatbed scanner does a great job combining the capabilities of a flatbed scanner and a sheet-fed scanner into one of the best scanners for the price. Let’s look into its details, shall we?



  • 9 in. x 11.9 in. x 22.4 in.
  • 18.5 lbs.
  • great size for any cramped space. It’s long, but otherwise not too bulky or heavy.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Pretty great. Of course, you can opt for lower resolutions to increase scan speed, but the option of 600 DPI is nice.
  • Your text documents will look excellent, and your pictures will be good (but not great).


  • Normally I’d just give you numbers, but turns out there’s a great graph that explains it much better!

fi-5220c speed graph

  • Basically, it’s not the fastest of scanners. In black and white, it’s mediocre, and in color, it’s somewhat slow.


  • Maximum scan size of 8.5 in. x 34 in.
  • Because it’s a flatbed scanner, you can also scan 3D objects that fit on the flatbed.
  • This scanner gives you a lot of versatility in what you can scan.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 50 pg. capacity.
  • Embossed card scanning capability (ie: credit cards).
  • Auto page size detection.
  • Convenient function buttons.

Overall Rating: 9/10

The fi-5220C is a fantastic scanner. It would be a wonderful asset to any business or home for many reasons. Its highlights are pretty great:

  • Size! It’s a great size. It’s not too big or heavy, making it easy for even the most cramped of workplaces to store.
  • Resolution! For a small scanner, it has great scan resolution. When you need high quality scans, the fi-5220C won’t let you down.
  • Versatility! A flatbed scanner and a sheet-fed scanner combined means you have the best of both worlds.

You must be asking, then, why did I not give it a perfect 10/10? One word:

  • SPEED. The fi-5220C is painfully slow if you want to get a quality scan. Granted, some businesses only have a few sheets of paper to scan every hour or so. If that’s the case, this scanner is for you. But, many businesses need a scanner that can handle tons of scans per hour. I couldn’t, in good conscience, give it a perfect score when this major component is so lacking.

Basically, if your business needs a scanner but it isn’t an intricate part of everyday life at the office, the Fujitsu fi-5220C flatbed scanner would be perfect. If you’re looking to buy one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Fujitsu fi-4750C Flatbed Scanner Review

The Fujitsu fi-4750C scanner is a flatbed and sheet-fed scanner all rolled into one. It has great features that could prove to be perfect for your business.

fujitsu fi-4750c


  • 27.4 in. x 20.6 in. x 9.2 in.
  • 48.4 lbs.
  • Definitely not the smallest of scanners, but it’s not a behemoth either. You’ll probably want some space just dedicated to the scanner, though.

Scan Resolution:

  • 400 DPI.
  • Not amazing, not awful. Your text documents will look crisp and clean. Your images, though, might not be so fantastic.


  • 50 PPM in black/white.
  • 24 PPM in color.
  • Pretty fast! Averaging about one sheet per second, you definitely won’t be stuck in line for the scanner.


  • Minimum scan size of 2.1 in. x 2.9 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 11.7 in. x 17 in.
  • Because it has a flatbed, you can also scan 3D objects. Basically anything that fits on the glass can be scanned.

Other Features:

  • Page-end Detection.
  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 100 sheet capacity.
  • Infrared document double feed detection, which prevents misfeeds.
  • Digital display with easy-to-use buttons.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

The Fujitsu fi-4750C is a fantastic scanner for basically any business. It has amazing high-points that will enable your business to work better and smarter. Some of those highlights were:

  • The fact that it’s a flatbed scanner and a sheet-fed scanner. The scanner allows for so much versatility. Have a stack of papers to scan? Use the ADF and walk away while it scans. Have a book page that you want to scan without ruining the book? The flatbed has you covered.
  • ALL the little “extras.” The digital display, the ADF, the infrared detection to keep your scanner jam-free. All of those “little” things add up! They make using the scanner easier and more enjoyable.
  • The speed. Though it’s not the absolute fastest scanner there is, it’s still pretty dang fast. Even in color, it’s putting a sheet out every other second. It could definitely save you some time if you have a heavy scan-load.

With all these amazing features, why didn’t I give it 10/10? Well, there were a couple of red flags…

  • The size. I know, I know. I’m sure plenty of businesses have the room for a somewhat bulkier desktop scanner. And that’s great. But not everyone does. This one is larger than many, and it’s about 50 pounds, making it not the easiest to move around. Is it a huge issue? No, probably not.
  • The scan resolution. It’s not terrible, don’t get me wrong. But it’s also not at the same level as many other similar scanners. It’ll give you a good black and white text document, but a scanner with so much more capabilities should have a scan resolution to match, right!?

Overall, the Fujitsu fi-4750C is a great scanner, especially because it is less expensive than many other similar scanners! It could be perfect for your business!
If you’re looking to buy one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz! Happy scanning!

How a Microfilm Reader Works

The mysteries of technology are endless. Well, okay, maybe they’re not so much “mysteries” as “things I don’t know about (yet),” but still. I’m around microfilm readers every single day at Imaging Systems, yet they have always been a bit foreign to me. I’ve certainly never actually used one, only ever looked at its parts in the warehouse or rolled one back to one of our technicians so they could work on it. It seemed about time I learn more about the thing I’m constantly blogging and tweeting about. With the magic of Google and a few pertinent questions to the experts, I think I’ve got a pretty good understanding now! Allow me to elaborate.

Microfilm readers are basically glorified overhead projectors. Ya know, those things from elementary school?
Overhead ProjectorRinging a bell, now? Basically if you made a hybrid between an inexpensive overhead projector and a top-of-the-line movie projector, you’d end up with a microfilm reader. But how, exactly, do they work? I’m going to do my best to explain.

The must-have components of any microfilm reader is a (powerful) light source, mirrors, and a projection screen. And, of course, the microfilm itself.
Like an overhead projector, the film is illuminated as its image is sent through a series of mirrors to then project a larger version of itself onto a white screen.

Overhead projector 2

However, a microfilm reader uses film (or fiche) instead of a plastic laminate. In this, it’s like a movie projector that also uses film. A movie projector works in a very similar way to an overhead projector, in that it uses mirrors and a light source to project the image onto a white screen. A movie projector, though, is constantly flashing through the images on its film reel to give the illusion of movement. A microfilm reader does the same thing, except without automatically going through the microfilm. It allows whoever is using the machine to look at each image at his or her own pace, and then to wind the reel to look at the next image (usually by pressing a button on the machine).
microfilm reader 2The microfilm reel is loaded into the machine, and then pulled along the feeder until you get to the image you want. You can go backward and forward through the microfilm reel, making your research run a little bit smoother. Some readers are equipped with printers that allow you to print the image that you have projected onto your screen, too!

Hopefully my expert sleuthing of the internet has provided you with enough information to be an absolute expert in microfilm readers. Or, ya know, just not sound completely moronic when talking about them. Anywho, happy microfilming!

Pansonic KV S1025C Scanner Review

 The Panasonic KV S1025C scanner is a great little scanner that packs a big punch. It could be perfect for any small business! Let’s get into the details!

Panasonic KV S1025C


  • 12.5 in. x 8.5 in. x 7.8 in.
  • 9.3 lbs.
  • This scanner is perfect if you have very limited space. It’s compact and lightweight, making it easy to move around.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Great resolution, especially for such a small scanner.
  • Any text documents will look clean and crisp. Images will be good, but not great.


  • 26 PPM
  • Not super quick. Still, one page every other second is acceptable.
  • If you have mountains and mountains of papers to scan every day, then the KV S1025C may not be right for your business. If you just have casual scanning, though, the speed won’t make a difference.


  • Minimum 1.9 in. x 2.8 in.
  • Maximum 8.5 in. x 100 in.
  • Basically, you can scan anything as long as it’s not too thick or wide.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 50 sheet capacity.
  • Ability to handle many different types of paper.
  • Double feed prevention roller system.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The KV S1025C has so many great qualities that are perfect for any small business. Here are its highlights:

  • Super compact. The dimensions and weight of this scanner are unbeatable. It can fit anywhere, and is light enough that anyone can move it around with ease.
  • Scan resolution. It can be hard to find a scanner that has great scan resolution while not taking up an entire room by itself. The KV S1025C does just that. At 600 DPI, this scanner will give great text (and image) scans.
  • Freedom to scan! For not having a flatbed glass to scan on, you still have incredible freedom in what you’re scanning. Yes, it still needs to be paper-based, but the length you can scan is crazy.

Why didn’t it get 10/10? A couple issues:

  • The speed. I know I said that unless you have mounds of paperwork, it won’t make a difference. And I stand by that. But maybe you do have mounds of paperwork. Or maybe you’re just really impatient. Either way, 26 PPM is definitely on the low-end and can’t be overlooked.
  • The lack of fun extras. It’s a straight-up scanner, and I can respect that. But lack of OCR software, a digital display panel, or basically any other “fun” add-on brings it down a notch. Competitors have some of these fun things, so it’s another issue that, though small, can’t be overlooked.

The Panasonic KV S1025C scanner could be perfect for your business. It has tons of great things going for it, with only minor issues to get around. If you’re looking for one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!

Unconventional Ways to Use a Scanner: The Teachers Edition!


It’s time for another edition of Unconventional Ways to Use a Scanner! So. Exciting. But really, it is. This time, we’re going through some ways that our most important work-force, educators, can use scanners to better their classrooms. There are endless ways to utilize scanners in the classroom, but we’ve picked our favorites for you!

  • Use your scanner to build up kids’ self-esteem. Once a week, make a child in your classroom feel special by scanning their amazing drawing (so they can have the original) and hanging it in your room. By the end of the year, you’ll have a wall full of artwork that will make everyone in your class feel special and valued!

child artwork

  • Use your scanner to keep parents informed and involved. Incorporate projects from the week into a newsletter or email to give parents a more in-depth look at what’s going on in the classroom. Using a scanner allows you to do this without ruining little Cindy’s project!
  • Let your kids have fun exploring small objects while learning. Scan and enlarge a leaf so they can see the up-close details during science. Scan and enlarge a quarter, dime, nickle, and penny when learning about money. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a great way to get kids interested!

close-up of pennyclose-up of leaf





  • Keep yourself organized and ready for parent-teacher conferences by creating a folder on your computer for each child at the beginning of the year. When they have a great (or not so great) quiz, homework, art project, you name it, scan it and throw it in the folder!
  • Show the kids how they’ve grown by scanning their hands at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year. They’ll love it, and it’ll be a great way to say goodbye for summer!

child handprint

We know teachers are on a tight budget already, but scanners can be extremely economical, especially when you won’t need a super high-tech one for the classroom. Check out our online store for refurbished scanners that are less expensive and still work like new!

Panasonic KV-S2026C Pass-Through Scanner Review

The Panasonic KV S2026C pass-through scanner is a compact, high-resolution scanner. It could be just right for your business, depending on what you’re looking for. Let’s get into it!

Panasonic KV S2026C


  • 13.5 in. x 19.2 in. x 10.6 in.
  • 18.7 lbs.
  • The S2026C is the perfect size for any small business. It’s compact and light-weight, making it easy to move and find space for.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • That’s pretty good. Any text document will look great. Pictures are doable and will look professional, but if you’re always scanning photos you may want to upgrade.


  • 40 PPM (B&W)
  • 18 PPM (Color)
  • The black and white is O.K. The color is kind of slow. I mean, I guess 1 sheet every 3ish seconds is fine, but there are other scanners with much higher speeds.


  • Minimum scan size of 2.0 in. x 2.8 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 8.5 in. x 14 in.
  • Plain paper, between .05-.51 mm thick.
  • The S2026C can handle most of your scanning needs, so long as they consist of plain paper. Business cards and over-sized sheets are fair game.

Other Features:

  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with 120 sheet capacity.
  • SCSI and USB connectivity capabilities.
  • Windows compatibility.

Overall Rating: 5/10

The Panasonic KV S2026C has a lot of really great qualities. However, it’s got a few that make me raise an eyebrow. Why only 5/10? Well, let’s start with the high points.

  • The size of this scanner is perfect. It’s small and easy to move, making it a home run for any business that has limited space.
  • The scan resolution for the S2026C is pretty good, especially for its size. All your text documents will look phenomenal, and your pictures will be decent enough.
  • The ADF is a great feature with a huge capacity!

Now on to some of the lower points.

  • This scanner is slower than most others like it. If you have heavy-duty scanning needs, this could potentially double or even triple your time at the scanner.
  • Though this pass-through scanner is good, it doesn’t give you the freedoms that flatbed scanners do. You’re much more limited in what you can scan.
  • In general, the features of the scanner are underwhelming. There’s no buttons or panel on the scanner to make for easy one-touch scanning, there’s no automatic sensors. It’s a standard scanner. Which would be okay, except the price of this scanner doesn’t match up with other scanners with the same features.

Overall, this is a good scanner. It does the job and will give you a quality scan. If it were a lower price, it would be amazing. However, compared to other scanners in a similar price range, some of its features just don’t match up. That being said, maybe all you want is a no-fuss, reliable scanner. If that’s the case, you could be very happy with the KV S2026C! If you’re looking to buy, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Ricoh IS330DC Flatbed Desktop Scanner Review

The Ricoh IS330DC Flatbed Desktop Scanner is one of the best scanners for its price. It comes with great features, versatility, and gives a great scan for a price much lower than more steeply priced scanners. Let’s get into the details.

ricoh IS330DC


  • 23.2 in. x 21.5 in. x 10.4 in.
  • 61.7 lbs.
  • The IS330DC is big, but not huge. You’d probably want some counter space cleared for it, and maybe a coworker to help you lift it.

Scan Resolution:

  • Optical resolution of 600 DPI.
  • That’s pretty good. Any text document will look great. Pictures are doable and will look professional, but if you’re always scanning photos you may want to upgrade.


  • 26 PPM (color).
  • 38 PPM (B&W).
  • A perfectly acceptable scan speed. It’s not crazy fast, but also not crazy slow.


  • Maximum scan size: 11.7 in. x 17 in.
  • It’s a flatbed scanner, so you have the ability to scan 3D objects as well.
  • The maximum scan size is pretty big, which means you can probably scan literally anything you need.

Other Features:

  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with 50 sheet capacity allows you to leave your papers to be scanned without the hassle of loading each one individually.
  • Auto document size detection makes your documents come out looking professional every time.
  • Digital operations panel allows you to easily follow instructions and prompts to make scanning easier.

Overall Rating: 9/10

The Ricoh IS330DC scanner literally has everything. Almost. It would work amazingly well in almost any small or big business. Here’s why:

  • Its scan resolution will work well for almost any of your scanning needs. Crisp, clean scans is what you’re looking at.
  • It is a flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder. You get the best of both worlds. The freedom of scanning anything on the flatbed, yet the convenience of an ADF that allows you to do other things while the scanner does its job.
  • The extra features (like the digital panel and the auto document size detection) make your scanning process quick, easy, and painless.

However, the bulky size and low-end of the speed spectrum made the IS330DC not a complete home run. That being said, if you have ample space and aren’t worried about the speed, by all means this scanner could be perfect for you!

If you’re looking to buy the Ricoh IS330DC Flatbed Desktop Scanner, it’s sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Canon CD-4070NW Digital Document Recorder Review

The Canon CD-4070NW Digital Document Recorder is one of the best business-oriented scanners around. It’s compact, quick, and can handle pretty much all of your scanning needs.



  • 10.4 in. x 13.9 in. x 16.2 in.
  • 33.1 lbs.
  • Super compact and not too heavy. The 4070NW could definitely fit into any small business’s cramped space.

Scan Resolution:

  • 300 DPI.
  • It’s okay. Not blowing anybody’s socks off, but it gets the job done.
  • If you’re mostly into text documents, 300 DPI is perfectly fine. If you’re always scanning pictures, though, this could be a deal-breaker.


  • 41 PPM (B&W)
  • It’s quick and won’t create a line at the scanner. Are there faster ones? Sure. Are there much slower ones? Definitely.


  • Minimum: 2.2 in. x 2.8 in.
  • Maximum 10.1 in. 14.3 in.
  • You can scan most anything paper-based and within the size restrictions.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 100 sheet capacity.
  • Large, high-resolution touchscreen panel that makes it easy to preview documents and scan with just a touch.
  • OCR capabilities that allow you to search within the scanned PDF file.

Overall Rating:  9.5/10

The Canon CD-4070Nw is a great scanner for basically any business, big or small. It’s size, speed, and other features make it a great asset. Its highlights, you ask?

  • It’s super compact and lightweight. You can comfortably fit it anywhere.
  • Need for speed. This scanner is fast enough for any business. No lines, no waiting, no problem.
  • OCR capabilities built in make it even better. You don’t have to hassle with finding software, installing it, or anything else. Just scan and search.
  • Its large digital display screen makes previewing and scanning the document so much easier. No wasting time between scans because it didn’t turn out perfectly. You can preview it and adjust with ease.

Why didn’t it get 10/10? One little bitty problem. The resolution is just a tad on the low-end of things. Yes, it’s great for documents, but scanning images could be an issue if you want a nice, clean picture.

Overall, it’s almost the perfect scanner. And if you’re not going to be scanning many pictures, it could very well be the perfect scanner!

If you’re looking to buy, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Hewlett Packard HP N8460 ScanJet Review

The HP N8460 Scanjet is a flatbed scanner with many features conducive to making your business run more efficiently. HP is a trusted name in printers and scanners, and you can get one for an inexpensive price. Though bulky, it could be just right for you and your business.

HP N8460 Scanjet


  • 24 in. x 16 in. x 10 in. and weighing 33 lbs.
  • Though this scanner isn’t massive or incredibly heavy, it takes up more space than others due to it’s incredibly long width. To be fair, that width gives it a nice, big window on which to scan.

Scan Resolution: 

  • Optical resolution of 600 DPI.
  • Perfectly great for any text-based document.
  • If you have a lot of images to scan, you may want to think about using a higher resolution scanner. For odds and ends images, the N8460 will be fine.


  • 35 PPM in black and white
  • 20 PPM in color
  • Not as fast as some other scanners, but also nothing to sniff at.


  • Maximum size of 8.5 in. x 14 in.
  • Because it’s a flatbed scanner, you can scan pretty much anything up to the maximum size. Any kind of paper, any size or shape, even 3D objects.

Other Features: 

  • ADF with 100 sheet capacity.
  • Ability to scan both front and back of a page in one pass.
  • Panel with 4 command buttons.
  • Hi-Speed USB connection.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The HP N8460 is a fantastic scanner for many businesses, small or large. Its versatility allows you to scan basically anything (within reason) quickly and without fuss. Why didn’t it get 10/10?

  • Its resolution is good, but not amazing. Again, for any text-based scanning, the scan quality will be great. Images, though, could be somewhat lacking.
  • It could be hard to store. It has a very long base, which might make it harder to place in an office that doesn’t have much room or counter space.
  • Its speed is good, but not great. Unless you’re scanning giant mounds of paper, it probably won’t matter, but the scan speed for the N8460 is literally half of other scanners.

Obviously these issues are small and probably won’t have an effect on many businesses. If you think the HP N8460 could be right for your business, it’s sold on eBay and ScannerParts.Biz!

More questions on this scanner? Leave a comment or give us a call at (608) 276-5559