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Canon DR 3080C Scanner Review

The Canon DR 3080C sheet-fed scanner is a small, light-weight scanner that is perfect for small businesses with limited space. It has some areas that could be better, but for its low price, it could be juuuustttt right for you and your small business!

Canon DR 3080C

Dimensions:

  • 13.5 in. x 11 in. x 7.5 in.
  • 18 lbs.
  • Really compact and light-weight. It’s perfect for cramped offices and tight spaces.

Scan Resolution:

  • 300 DPI.
  • Your text documents will look pretty good.
  • I wouldn’t recommend too much image scanning, as the resolution won’t do your images justice.

Speed:

  • Black and White: 43 PPM.
  • Color: 10 PPM.
  • While not lightning fast, it’s not super slow, either. The black and white is a respectable speed, and for many businesses, black and white scans will make up 99% of all their scanning.

Media:

  • As it’s a sheet-fed scanner, plain paper products (or paper products that aren’t too much thicker, such as business cards) are compatible with this scanner.
  • Minimum scan size of 2.2 in. x 2.8 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 10.1 in. x 39.4 in.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 100 sheet capacity.
  • On screen “scan panel” for easy operation.

Overall Rating: 7/10

The Canon DR 3080C scanner leaves a lot to be desired. Its scan resolution is OK, but nothing amazing, just like its scan speed. It doesn’t have many extras, and it doesn’t have the versatility that a flatbed scanner would provide. However, it is a fairly inexpensive scanner that is very light-weight and compact, and more importantly it will get the job done. For its low cost, it could definitely be an asset to a company that has a small budget but a need for a reliable scanner.

Like I said, the Canon DR 3080C scanner isn’t for everyone. Some businesses need faster speed or higher resolution. However, if you need an inexpensive scanner that is reliable, it could be just right for your small business! If you’re interested in buying one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

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Canon CD-4050 Scanner Review

 The Canon CD-4050 scanner is a compact sheet-fed scanner with tons of cool features to help your office and business run smoothly.

Canon CD-4050

Dimensions:

  • 14 in. x 18 in. x 9 in.
  • 46 lbs.
  • The scanner is pretty compact, but slightly heavy. It’d fit most places in a small office, but might be a hassle if it needs to be moved around.

Scan Resolution:

  • 300 DPI.
  • Your text documents will look clean and crisp. Your images…Ehhhh. If you do a lot of image scanning, this probably isn’t the scanner for you.

Speed:

  • 37 PPM.
  • Definitely not super fast, but it’s not slow either.
  • This scanner hits right around the median of scanners like it when it comes to pages per minute.

Media:

  • Maximum scan size of 11 in. x 14 in.
  • It’s a sheet-fed scanner, so you’re mostly dealing with plain paper.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder with 100 sheet capacity.
  • Scan to e-mail capabilities.
  • OCR software.
  • Barcode recognition.
  • Easy-to-use LCD touch screen.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The CD-4050 scanner has some really great features that make it more user-friendly and hassle-free than most other scanners like it.

  • The large LCD touch screen is downright amazing. It is a high resolution touch screen that enables users to control all scanning operations and create customized filing systems easily and efficiently. The LCD screen also allows you to preview all scanned documents. It’s connected to the scanner by a semi-long cord that allows you to bring the touch screen to your desk with you, making scanning even easier and more efficient.
  • All the software additions. The OCR, barcode recognition, and scan-to-email capabilities make it, again, an incredibly user-friendly scanner.
  • The size. It’s incredibly compact, though a bit heavy. It’ll fit in any nook or cranny with no problem. Yes, it’s heavy, but because it has that movable LCD screen, you probably won’t be needing to move the scanner around too much anyways.

You’re probably asking yourself why, if it has so many wonderful features, it didn’t get 10/10? Well…

  • The scan resolution. It’s not bad, but it’s also not great. You’re limited in your scanning options, as image scans will not look as good as you might want them.
  • The speed. Again, it’s not bad, but it’s also not great. It’s not crawling, but some companies have mounds and mounds of papers to be scanned. Those companies should look elsewhere for a scanner.
  • You’re also limited in your scanning due to the fact that it does not have a flatbed. Sheet-fed scanners are great, but sometimes you need to scan 3D objects or thicker paper or something that can’t be put through a sheet-fed scanner. Those are the times that it’s nice to have the versatility that a flatbed scanner offers.

The Canon CD-4050 scanner is a great, compact scanner that has tons of extra features that make it one of the easiest scanners out there. Its huge LCD screen is a huge bonus when it comes to working smarter. If speed and amazing scan quality are the most important things for your business, you’re probably better off choosing a different scanner. However, if they’re not as big of a priority, this scanner could be perfect for your business. If you’re looking to buy one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.biz!

Canon DR-9080C Sheet-Fed Scanner Review

The Canon Dr-9080C is a freak of nature.
It has amazing scan speed, great resolution, and is overall one of the best sheet-fed scanners you’re gonna find!

canon dr-9080c

Dimensions:

  • 12.2 in. x 18.1 in. x 20.7 in.
  • 55 lbs.
  • Not tiny, not huge. It will fit snugly in a small office, but you may break your back trying to move it if, like me, you have zero upper body strength.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Great text document scans and decent image scans. It’ll for sure get the job done.

Speed:

  • 90 PPM.
  • HOLY CATS. Better check your socks, because I think they have been blown off. This is ridiculously fast.
  • The DR-9080C is an animal.

Media:

  • Minimum scan size of 2.2 in. x 2.8 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 12 in. x 39.4 in.
  • Basically, all paper things are scan-able. You even have the option of doing an exceptionally long scan.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 500 pg. capacity.
  • Ultrasonic double-feed detection, which helps to avoid paper jams and keeps your scans running smoothly.
  • Staple detection, which, again, helps prevent paper jams and keeps those scans a-comin’.
  • Canon Multistream technology. It’s able to support simultaneous output of color, black-and-white, gray-scale, or color dropout images for a unique level of flexibility.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

To be blunt, the Canon DR-9080C is amazing. It hits high marks on basically everything you could want in a scanner for your office.

  • THE SPEED. Probably its biggest high point is just how fast this scanner is. It blows its competitors out of the water in this respect. For many businesses, the speed of a scanner is a huge selling (or not) point. There will be no lines at the scanner if the DR-9080C is in your office.
  • The ADF perfectly complements the speed of this scanner. A 500 pg. automatic document feeder means you’ll have a little more than 5 minutes between pressing “scan” and needing to return to the scanner to reload. But really, most people don’t have 500 pages to scan in one sitting, so it’ll be as easy as pressing scan and walking away.
  • Scan resolution. Most scanners have to make a trade-off: will they be faster, or will they have a higher quality scan. The DR-9080C, though, has both! It allows you to have great scans in an incredibly short period of time. What more could you want?

Well, there were just a couple minor setbacks for this scanner that made it lose the .5 points. They were:

  • Its size. It’s a little bulky. It’s not awful, but definitely not the easiest of machines to move around or store.
  • It has limitations because it’s not a flatbed scanner. Granted, many businesses don’t absolutely need a flatbed scanner, but it’s a nice option to have.

Obviously these two points are incredibly small, and overall the Canon DR-9080C is a fast, high-quality scanner that would rock your office’s world. Unless you have a teeny tiny office or you’re constantly scanning 3D objects, you can’t find a better scanner than this one. If you’re looking for one, they’re 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.

canon-cd-4070nw-1

Dimensions:

  • 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.

Speed:

  • 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.

Media:

  • 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!

The Best Flatbed Scanners for any Budget

You know when you go to the grocery store, and there’s a million different pasta sauces? Different brands, different ingredients, organic or not, you get the picture. It’s exhausting. I just want some red sauce to put on my spaghetti. We’ve all been there. Shopping for scanners is basically the same, except you don’t get a delicious meal at the end of it.

I’m breaking down some of the best flatbed scanners out there based on price points in hopes that you can forego the endless research and headaches associated with buying electronics. Don’t worry, I’ll scale ’em for you by prices from $$$$$$.

Canon Canosccan LIDE 210$: For a low price, just $60, the Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 still packs a punch.  If you won’t be doing too much heavy-duty document scanning then this could be a great option for you. They have great image quality and a sleek design, are lightweight and easily stored, and can scan any of your basic needs. The negatives? Well, some reviews say its software can be finicky and not always as intuitive as some might like. Additionally, its OCR is said to not be up to par. To be fair, it’s only $65 for a fully functional scanner. As they say, beggars can’t be choosers.

Epson Perfection V370$$: Moving on up, the Epson Perfection V370 could be perfect for your home or office if you’ve got a little more cash to spend. At just $119.99, this flatbed scanner is still incredibly affordable. It’s great because it can scan a full-sized sheet of paper as well as photos and film. It also is incredibly easy to scan to cloud services (Google Docs, Evernote, etc.). Some drawbacks: the scanner has had some issues with software compatibility. Some say that it doesn’t work with Macs, others say it’s Windows 7 that’s the problem. It could just be that reviewers aren’t tech-savvy and couldn’t figure out the set-up process, but be aware that your computer might have some issues with set-up and getting started with this scanner.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i$$$: In the middle of the road, we have the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i. It comes in at $249.99. It features an automatic feeder, OCR capabilities that can convert to editable Word, Excel, and PDF documents,  and the ability to scan 12 double-sided pages per minute. It’s very lightweight at just 3 pounds and is compatible with both Mac and PCs. What more could you want?! I’ll tell you. Some shortcomings: There is no TWAIN, WIA, or ISIS support, which means that the scanner isn’t able to work with any 3rd party application interface. This can be tricky for office use. If you don’t need those things, though, this scanner otherwise comes very highly recommended.

Visioneer OneTouch$$$$: Beginning the higher-end scanners we’re going with the Visioneer OneTouch 9520. It goes for about $349, give or take. The OneTouch has amazing image quality, and can scan more than 281 trillion colors. Yes, that’s with a “tr-“. Its scan density is insane, making it possible to scan film and film negatives without any degradation in quality. It also supports optical character recognition (OCR) so, like the ScanSnap, it can create editable documents from your scans. It also is a great option for anyone doing 3D scans. Any downfalls? Although it is compatible with Mac and Windows, there have been reports of it not being very “user-friendly.” It also is said to have a short lamp life, but you can always buy another lamp and replace it.

HP Scanjet n6350$$$$$:  The granddaddy of them all. Okay, we may have made a little bit of jump. At $1,099.99 we have the luxe HP Scanjet N6350. This is the scanner you think of when you envision an office scanner. It’s big, has an automatic document feeder (that holds a whopping 50 sheets), and is mostly used for plain old paper. What makes this (possibly) worth your wild is that it’s consistent. HP is a trusted name in scanners and printers, and their customer service is top-notch. If something goes wrong, you will most likely be helped. It gives great image quality, is compatible with Macs and PCs, scans quickly and efficiently, and is dependable. What’s not to love? Well, it is somewhat bulky, which means you’ll need to have enough space to actually store it. Its product description says it’s primarily for your paper scanning needs, but you can absolutely use it for more than that.

Have another scanner that you love and are dying to tell us about? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you! Happy scanner hunting!

Scanner Lingo Breakdown

By now, you’ve hopefully figured out which type of scanner you’re looking for. If not, not worries, just click here and you’ll be well on your way to answering that question! 

Are you back now? Great. Now we can move on to the trickier steps in figuring out your perfect scanner. The lingo used for different features can be a little daunting, and their meanings not always clear. Here are the basics:

bit depthBit Depth is the number of bits a scanner picks up from the pixels of an image when it’s scanned. The technical way to think of bit depth is it affects how many bits of data are used to encode each pixel of data. The larger the bit number, the better quality, but also the bigger the image. Basically, it’s one of the key components in deciding the scanner’s image quality. 

  • If you are mostly scanning text documents, look for a bit depth of at least 24.
  • If you will be scanning slides or negatives, look for a bit depth of at least 30.
  • If you will be scanning pictures or color images, look for a bit depth between 36 and 48.

scanner resolutionScanner Resolution is measured in Dots Per Inch (DPI). Again, it’s another key component in deciding image quality. The higher the DPI, the more detail in your scanned image. Many manufacturers will give you an interpolated resolution quote, but the most important is optical resolution.

  • If you will be scanning text documents, look for a DPI of 300 or higher.
  • If you will be scanning slides or negatives, look for a DPI of 1200 or higher.
  • If you will be scanning pictures or color images, look for a DPI of 1200 or higher.

Speed is usually measured in Pages Per Minute (PPM). This one’s pretty straightforward. If you’re not scanning all that often, don’t even worry about the PPM. If scanning is an intricate part of your day, choosing a higher PPM so you’re not wasting time waiting around for your scans is probably going to be beneficial for you and your business.

Connectability is something that many people may not even think of until after they’ve bought a scanner. Most scanners will come with a USB connection option so you can just hook it up to your computer and be set. However, if you want to be able to connect multiple computers to one scanner, you may want to look into scanners that have an Ethernet port so you can connect wirelessly.

Once you’ve figured out what bit depth, DPI, PPM, and type of connectability you need, along with the type of scanner you’re looking for, the last thing to do is just research to find the perfect scanner for you! Popular scanner manufacturers include Canon, Fujitsu, Kodak, and Minolta, but there are many, many brands from which to choose. If you’re in the market for a scanner but are experiencing sticker shock, check out our online store that has tons of professionally refurbished scanners.