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Better Ways to Spend Your Money Than a Crazy-Expensive Scanner

Scanners are expensive. The price of a new scanner, though, is downright ridiculous. For example, a new Bell & Howell Ngenuity line scanner can run you upwards of $33,000! Insane. We’ve got some ideas for other, we think better, ways to spend that money.

As I said, a new Ngenuity scanner can cost you $33,000. On the other hand, Imaging Systems offers professionally refurbished (that means working like new!) Spectrum XF line scanners for $6,000–this price also includes a Windows 7-compatible workstation AND assisted set-up!

So, that leaves you with $27,000 left over. We have a few ideas of great ways to spend that extra cash…

1. $27,000 buys you 27 Sibesiberian husky puppiesrian Husky puppies! TWENTY SEVEN. Just look at those faces. NOW MULTIPLY THAT BY 5 (and add two more)! Definitely better than just one Ngenuity scanner. Although. Puppies are a lot of work, and no human has enough energy to tire out 27 Husky puppies. Trust me.

2. $27,000 buys you about 3 of Crazy Expensive Cocktailthese “The Maestro” drinks. That’s right. Each drink is almost $9,000. It’s made with cognac, Kummel Liquer, Dubb Orange Curacao, and Angostura Bitters, and, I’d assume, a dash of Unicorn tears and stardust.

3. $27,000 buys you this red high heel Giant Red High Heel Sculpturesculpture. It’s a steal at 24,000! Why is this even a thing? On the bright side, with that extra 3 grand, you can buy a couple of those Siberian Husky puppies! Or 3,000 boxes of Mac ‘n Cheese. Your choice.

4. $27,000 buys you FOUR more of an Imaging Systems refurbished Spectrum XF line scanner (again, including a Windows 7-compatible work stat8120DBion and assisted set-up). And that leaves you some cash left over, if you really want an office puppy. Think about it. You could have a quick scanner in every room (or, every floor) AND a few cute little friends to hang around the office. Case closed. No contest.

Case in point, there are so many better things to spend your business’ money on than a crazy expensive scanner, especially when there are other similar-quality options out there for literally a fraction of the price. Call us up at Imaging Systems at (608) 276-5559 or check out our online store if you want to know more!

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Bell and Howell 8125DB Scanner Review

 The Bell & Howell 8125DB duplex scanner is the JJ Watt of scanners. Big, bulky, yet terrifyingly quick. If you’ve got a little extra room in your office and a need for an ultra quick scanner, the 8125DB is calling your name!

Bell and howell 8125db

Dimensions:

  • 18 in. x 23 in. x 27 in.
  • 103 lbs.
  • A pretty big machine. It’s heavy and semi-bulky, so if you’re super strapped for space it may be a tough fit.

Scan Resolution:

  • 400 DPI.
  • Not amazing scan resolution, but will still give you a great text scan. Images, though, won’t look amazing.

Speed:

  • 125 PPM.
  • Holy cats. That is so fast. That’s more than 2 sheets EVERY SECOND!
  • If you need an incredibly fast scanner, the 8125DB is your new best friend.

Media:

  • Maximum scan size of 11.7 in. x 40 in.
  • Plain paper products, as it’s a sheet-fed scanner.
  • Since there’s no flatbed, 3D objects are out.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder with 500 sheet capacity.
  • Easy-to-use buttons and digital panel for quick and easy scanning.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Though there are some things about the Bell and Howell 8125DB scanner that leave you wanting more, it still got a high rating because its high points are so incredibly high. It has a decently good scanner resolution, which when paired with its unbelievable quickness and huge 500-sheet automatic document feeder makes it perfect for any business with a high scanner load.

The 8125DB scanner is big, bulky, and doesn’t have a ton of the “extra” features some businesses are looking for. However, any business with a lot of scans to do should seriously consider this scanner as it is one of the fastest, most efficient scanners available. If you are looking to buy one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

 

Bell and Howell 730DC Scanner Review

 The Bell and Howell 730DC scanner is a bulky sheet-fed/flatbed hybrid scanner that will give you an incredibly crisp scan. It could be perfect for a small business that needs a reliable, high-quality scanner!

Bell and Howell 730DC

Dimensions:

  • 23 in. x 21 in. x 10 in.
  • 61 lbs.
  • Short and stubby. This is not a huge scanner, but it’s definitely not small either.
  • It’s semi-wide and long, but doesn’t stand very tall. It’s decently heavy, too.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Great resolution for any text document. They’ll come out crisp and clean!
  • Image scans will be good but not great.

Speed:

  • 38 PPM in black and white.
  • 26 PPM in color.
  • Right around the median (maybe a little on the low end) for scanning speed. It’s not going to be lightning fast, but it also won’t be excruciatingly slow.

Media:

  • Minimum scan size of 4.1 in. x 5 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 11.7 in. x 78 in.
  • It has a flatbed scanner, making 3D objects fair game. Anything that can fit on the glass can be scanned.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder with 50 sheet capacity.
  • Wow are there really no other features?

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Am I being too harsh? I don’t think so. To be fair, the Bell and Howell 730DC does have some really great things about it that would fit in well with a lot of businesses. Some of those things are:

  • Scan resolution. It will give you really great looking scans. Your images will be a little less great, but text document will look perfect.
  • Versatility. The 730DC has both short and (very) long paper scanning capabilities, along with a flatbed that allows for any 3D object (that can fit on the glass) to be scanned, too. Basically, anything your business needs to scan can be scanned, within reason.

There are some downfalls to this scanner, though.

  • The size. It’s not a huge issue, but it is kind of bulky and heavy. Not super small-office friendly.
  • The speed. Again, it’s not a huge issue. But for a scanner that has a lot of versatility in what you can scan, it’d be nice for it to not take so long.
  • The total lack of “extra” features. I like extras. An LCD display, OCR software, barcode recognition, something! The 730DC is definitely lacking when it comes to a “wow” factor.

Maybe you’re not as picky as me. Maybe you don’t need all the sparkle and shine, just a versatile, high-quality scanner. If that’s the case, the Bell and Howell 730DC is a great scanner for you! If you’re looking for one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Spectrum XF Windows 7 Installation Package

If you have’t already read our post on it, a little over a year ago one of our technicians, Sauron (yes, that’s pronounced exactly how you think it is, Lord of the Rings fans), figured out a way to make the Bell & Howell 8000 Spectrum XF Scanner Series compatible with Windows 7.  Hooray, Sauron!

That was absolutely fantastic then, but even more fantastic now. Why? Because in April of 2014 (just a couple short months away), Windows will no longer support Windows XP. If you’re currently running XP and use a Spectrum XF scanner, updating to Windows 7 could cause a problem or two (or ten).

Luckily, we at Imaging System (and of course, Sauron), are here to help. We’re offering a Spectrum XF Windows 7 Installation package to help you have a smooth transition into Windows 7. Here are the details:

What am I buying? You are paying for the hour of service including the guided installation of VRS 4.5 on Windows 7 (32 bit), which will enable you to use your Spectrum XF scanner with a computer running Windows 7.

How much does it cost? The cost is $400.

What is included? A PDF of complete instructions to ensure that this process can be repeated, a VRS 4.5 installation disk with file and folder names that match the installation instructions, and one hour of guided service.

How soon can I start? After you purchase the software, we’ll ship you the installation disk and email you the PDF.  Once you receive them, you should call (608) 276-5559 and ask for Sauron or send an email to sauron@scannerparts.biz to make an appointment.

What do I need? Besides the PDF instructions and the installation disk that we send you, you will need:

  • Windows 7 (32 bit) with no previous version of VRS installed
  • Fully functioning Bell and Howell Spectrum XF Scanner
  • Functioning Kofax Adrenaline 650i PCI card
  • Fully operational SCSI cable
  • Administrative rights to the target computer.

How do I buy this? Great question. You can call or email Sauron! If you have any questions, he’s your go-to guy too! If you forgot already, the phone number is (608) 276-5559 (ask for Sauron) or his email is sauron@scannerparts.biz

Microfilm Scanners VS Microfilm Reader/Printers

We understand how difficult it can be, if not just plain confusing, to decide what kind of equipment to purchase when it comes to document storage. We also understand that it’s an expensive investment and Imaging Systems wants you to make the most informed decision before you take the plunge.  So the question remains—should you invest in a microfilm scanner or a microfilm reader/printer?

Below are some helpful pros and cons of both machines in order to point you in the right direction.          

 Microfilm Scanners

PROS:

  • Microfilm scanners allow you to create digital images (i.e. digitization) of microfilm and microfiche giving you instant access to your documents via your computer. So instead of digging through filing cabinets and archival boxes, your documents are stored directly on your computer for immediate retrieval.
  • Digitization as a technological storage method is a huge space saver – you no longer have to worry about boxes upon boxes of archives taking over every square inch of your storage.
  • Digitization of documents also allows you to make your documents readily available to the public. For example, the Census Bureau recently digitized millions of the 1940 Census Records electronic distribution.
  • Data that was previously stored on film can now be converted to various formats including PDF, Adobe, TIFF, and others.

CONS:

  • When stored properly, microfilm can have a life expectancy of up to 500+ years , whereas the life expectancy of a hard drive is unpredictable.
  • Because the life expectancy of a hard drive is unpredictable, you have to create digital forms of back-up to ensure the security of your documents.
  • If you store digital documents on an online database, they are susceptible to being compromised by hackers.
  • Keep in mind that most microfilm scanners do not support OS upgrades. For example, Bell and Howell Spectrum XF machines will no longer support Windows XP in 2014.  Fortunately one of our technicians found a solution, otherwise these particular machines would have become obsolete.

 Microfilm Reader/Printers

PROS:

  • As stated above, microfilm has a longer life expectancy than computer hard drives.
  • Companies have been using these machines for years; its proven technology that people can rely on.
  • Because microfilm scanners are now in the forefront of document digitization, these analog machines are no longer manufactured which makes them much cheaper than their digital rivals.
  • They are often easier to operate because they require fewer programs to operate.

CONS:

  • These machines generally take up more space – they’re heavy, large, and the hard copies of your documents need to be properly stored somewhere.
  •  Although microfilm has a longer life expectancy than digital documents, the drawback is that they are susceptible to natural damage such as fires, water, and general wear and tear.
  • They are analog machines so microfilm reader/printers cannot digitize information
            MS7000 Micro Scanner                                         ABR2600 Reader/Printer

Windows 7 Update for Bell & Howell Spectrum XF Scanners

Our technician Sauron is receiving quite a bit of approbation around the office today — he discovered a way to make the Bell & Howell 8000 Spectrum XF Scanner Series compatible with Windows 7, something that hasn’t be done until now.

Beginning in 2014 Windows will no longer support Windows XP, which until yesterday was the only operating system that Spectrum XF scanners would support.

Thanks to Sauron, Imaging Systems has become the first company to find a solution! Companies no longer have to worry about their expensive scanners becoming altogether fallow. We will be offering customers with software updates along with tech support in order to make the switch to Windows 7 as easy and painless as possible before 2014.

If you an Spectrum XF scanner in need of the Windows 7 update,  call us at 1-800-830-9934 for further assistance.

UPDATE : We are offering an installation package to assist you in the transition from XP to Windows 7. For details, visit this link.