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Fujitsu fi-4220C2 Scanner Review

The Fujitsu fi-4220C2 scanner is a compact and lightweight multi-use scanner. Its flatbed combined with its sheet-fed capabilities, as well as tons of great features, make it a great asset for any small business!

Fujitsu fi-4220C2

Dimensions:

  • 9 in. x 22.9 in. x 22.4 in.
  • 17.6 lbs.
  • Really compact and lightweight, making it perfect for a cramped office.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Pretty great scan quality. Text documents will look crisp and professional. Images will be a decent quality.

Speed:

  • 25 PPM.
  • Not great, but not awful. If you have a ton of scanning to do on a daily basis, though, you may want to look elsewhere for your scanning needs.

Media:

  • Minimum scan size of 2.1 in. x 2.9 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 8.5 in. x 14 in.
  • The fi-4220C2 has a flatbed, making any 3D object that fits on it scan-able!

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 50 sheet capacity.
  • Double feed and auto page size detection.
  • Hard card scanning capability.
  • Long document scanning.

Overall Rating: 9/10

This scanner basically has everything. It’s small and lightweight, yet still gives great scan resolution and versatility. Its flatbed and ADF combo make it usable for basically any situation, and its features make it an efficient choice. Really there’s only one reason that it didn’t get a perfect 10/10: its speed. It’s not awful, but it’s also not great. At just 25 PPM, it can be a deal breaker for offices that have a high daily scan-load.

Overall, the Fujitsu fi-4220C2 scanner is a great, versatile scanner that doesn’t break the bank. Its one flaw (its scan speed) is one that can be over-looked by many businesses that don’t have hundreds upon hundreds of sheets to scan every day. All in all, it’s a great machine for a great price! What more could you want? If you’re interested in buying one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Panasonic KV SS905C Scanner Review

 The Panasonic KV SS905C scanner is a bulky, yet high-speed, high scan resolution scanner. It doesn’t have many “extra” features like some of its counterparts do, but its high points are incredibly high! It could be just right for your scan-heavy business!

Panasonic KV SS905C

Dimensions:

  • 24.7 in. x 21.5 in. x 16.3 in.
  • 114 lbs.
  • It’s a fairly large scanner, and definitely heavy.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Pretty great resolution. Text documents will look flawless, and images will be decently good.

Speed:

  • 98 PPM.
  • Super fast. Like, 2-5 times as fast as most other scanners. Compared to other scanners, its in the 99th percentile for sure.

Media:

  • Maximum scan size of 11 in. x 17 in.
  • Paper products, as there’s no flatbed to give you more versatility.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder with 1000 sheet capacity.
  • Additional software available for long paper scanning (up to 180 feet).
  • Advanced Panasonic Image Enhancement Technology including Dynamic Threshold Technology.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The Panasonic KV SS905C scanner got a pretty high rating even though it leaves a lot to be desired. No, it’s not perfect, but this is clearly a scanner that was designed for a specific purpose: high-volume scanning. Some businesses only need to scan a few times a day. This is not the scanner for you. Its incredibly fast speed and its automatic document feeder with 1000 sheet capacity combined with its high scan resolution makes it perfect for any business with a lot of text scans to do. It’s lacking in the “extras” department, sure, but like I said, this scanner was made for businesses that don’t really need those extras anyways.

Overall, the KV SS905C has some great high points while also having some areas that leave you wanting more. However, if you just need a scanner that’s quick and gives a great scan, this Panasonic model could be perfect for you. If you’re looking to buy one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Fujitsu M3096E Scanner Review

 The Fujitsu M3096E scanner is an inexpensive, versatile flatbed scanner with sheet-fed capabilities. Its price and reliability could make it the perfect scanner for your small business!

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Dimensions:

  • 27.4 in. x 19.7 in. x 6.8 in.
  • 38.6 lbs.
  • It’s smaller than most flatbed scanners, and would probably fit in any small office without issue.

Scan Resolution:

  • 400 DPI.
  • Not amazing, but not awful, either.  Your text documents will look great, but if you have a lot of image scanning to do, you may want to look elsewhere.

Speed:

  • 22 PPM.
  • That’s pretty slow. The median for scanners is in the upper 30’s, so the M3096E is definitely lacking in this area.

Media:

  • Minimum scan size of 6.8 in. x 8.3 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 11.7 in. x 17 in.
  • Flatbed scanner allows for 3D (and smaller paper) scanning capabilities.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder with 50 sheet capacity.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The Fujitsu M3096E is a great scanner for many businesses. It’s lacking in a lot of areas, as I’m sure you noticed, so why did it get a whopping 8/10? Price. This scanner is incredibly inexpensive, coming in at around 1/3 of the price of many other flatbed scanners. Yes, it leaves much to be desired, but if you just need a versatile scanner with a decent scan resolution that’ll get the job done without breaking the bank, this scanner is perfect.

Obviously if your business needs a faster, higher resolution, more gadget-y scanner, then the M3096E is not for you. But, I know there are plenty of businesses that just need a reliable scanner for a good price, in which case this Fujitsu model could be perfect. If you’re 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!

Panasonic KV-S7065C Scanner Review

 The Panasonic KV-S7065C flatbed scanner is a great marriage between a sheet-fed scanner and flatbed scanner. It has great features, good speed, and high scan resolution, meaning it could possibly be great for your business!

Panasonic KVS7065C

Dimensions:

  • 29.7 in. x 20 in. x 11.4 in.
  • 65 lbs.
  • Though not necessarily considered huge, it’s definitely not small, either.
  • You’ll want a table/desk specifically for the scanner, and moving it around could be a pain.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Really great! All your text documents will look crisp, clean, and professional. Your images will be alright, too.
  • If your business is centered around images (and scanning those images), I’d recommend a scanner with higher resolution capabilities. If not, go for it!

Speed:

  • 60 PPM.
  • Pretty fast! It can definitely handle high volumes of scans without making you wait.

Media:

  • Minimum scan size of 1.9 in. x 2.75 in.
  • Maximum scan size of 11.7 in. x 25 in.
  • It has a flatbed, making 3D objects fair game. If it fits on the glass, you can scan it!

Other Features:

  • Automatic Document Feeder with 200 sheet capacity.
  • Switchable black or white flatbed background.
  • Ultrasonic double-feed, size, and jam detection.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Obviously the Panasonic KV-S7065C is a great scanner. It has some great features that make it great for any business. Those include:

  • Scan resolution. The KV-S7065C will provide you with great, crisp, professional-looking scans.
  • Speed. At 60 PPM, it will keep your office running smoothly by not having anyone waiting around for the scanner.
  • Versatility. The flatbed feature combined with the sheet-fed makes this scanner usable in basically any circumstance. 3D objects, long pages, stacks of pages, anything goes!

There were just a couple setbacks, though.

  • The size. Like I said before, it’s not a huge issue. The scanner is somewhat big and semi-heavy. Maybe that’s okay for you, but maybe it’s not. In terms of finding space for it and having the ability to relocate the scanner, it could’ve done better.
  • The “extras.” Granted, there are some extras that are pretty great. But, it’d be nice to have a few more to sweeten the deal. I’m talking digital panel that allows you to edit your scans more easily. Something that “wow-ed” me would’ve been nice.

Despite its small shortcomings, the Panasonic KV-S7065C is a fantastic scanner worthy of a place in any scan-heavy office. Its high points largely outweigh its setbacks, and it could be a great asset for your business! 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

Dimensions:

  • 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.

Speed:

  • 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.

Media:

  • 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!

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

Dimensions:

  • 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.

Speed:

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

Media:

  • 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!

Fujitsu fi-4860C Sheet-fed Scanner Review

The Fujitsu fi-4860C sheet-fed scanner is a compact color scanner that can serve the needs of any small business with scanning needs. Let’s get into the details.

fi-4860c

Dimensions:

  • 20.5 in. x 17 in. x 20.6 in. and weighing in at right around 100 lbs.
  • The fi-4860C could fit in even the most cramped of workplaces, but you might break your back if you ever have to move it.

Scan Resolution:

  • Optical resolution of 400 DPI.  Not too shabby, but not amazing either.
  • It’ll be fine for text-based documents, but you should probably go a different route for image scanning.

Speed:

  • 63 PPM for color scans
  • 74 PPM for black and white scans
  • Obviously that’s super fast. More than 1 per second means you aren’t standing in line at the scanner all day.

Media:

  • Minimum scan of 2.9 in. x 2.9 in.
  • Maximum scan of 11.7 in. x 17 in.
  • Scans plain paper. It can scan small business cards to large, A3 pages, so long as they are plain paper.

Other Features:

  • SCSI connectivity.
  • 500 page ADF (automatic document feeder).
  • Page-end detection.
  • Compatible with PC.

Overall Rating: 6/10

The fi-4860C scanner could be a 10/10 for so many businesses. It has a plethora of great features such as fast scanning, huge ADF capacity, small storage space needed, the list goes on. However, there are some short-comings to this scanner that make it only a 6/10 for me.

  • It is a sheet-fed scanner. Which could be perfectly great for your business. But, I think flatbed scanners allow for more versatility and options when it comes to your scanning needs. Sheet-fed scanners are more prone to paper jams and complications than flatbed scanners, but flatbed scanners generally take up more space.
  • It’s incredibly heavy. Okay maybe that’s just my incredibly weak upper-body talking, but for something so small, how does it weight that much? It could end up being a total hassle to move around.
  • The scan resolution is pretty low. Again, maybe you’re only ever scanning text documents. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to produce a crisp image scan should a situation arise where you needed to?

This scanner really is a great scanner. But, as far as an “all-around” scanner goes, there are probably better ones to be had. That being said, if all your business needs is a quick, text-heavy scanner, then the fi-4860C could be perfect for you.

If you think the Fujitsu fi-4860C is a match made in heaven for your business, we’ve got you covered. You can find it on eBay or ScannerParts.Biz!

Unconventional Ways to Use a Scanner: The Art Edition!

Scanners are neat. They help so many homes and businesses to work more efficiently, stay organized, and in general just operate successfully. But, all work and no play makes a scanner a dull toy. Pretty sure that’s how the saying goes. Anywho, did you know that there are so many cool things to do with your scanner that don’t involve billing reports and memos? In particular, creating art and all things artsy with flatbed scanners is becoming more and more popular. Actual artists are showing their work with flatbed scanners. It’s a thing.

You can absolutely use your scanner to make your own art, too. Whether you’re just bored at the office or trying to get an image that will go perfectly with the wallpaper in your bathroom, your scanner is there for you. We’ve got three techniques to use to achieve your own personal masterpiece!

Technique #1: Still life. This isn’t your norm painting an apple on the stool still life. You can put any background you want (think sheets, blankets, scarves, anything that could give your scan the feeling of depth), and arrange any 3D thing(s) you want. Take a scan. Don’t like it? Rearrange and scan again! I mean, come on. How great would the pears and banana smiley look in your kitchen? Or the shell in your nautical-themed bathroom? So easy, and so inexpensive. And you have complete bragging rights when anyone (and everyone) asks where you got that picture from.

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Technique #2: The more refined selfie. Okay, before you move on to technique #3, hear me out. I know, selfies don’t have the best rep, seeing as the word has attached itself to pre-teen middle schoolers who have mastered the duck face. But, you can legitimately take some pretty cool self-portraits using your scanner. No, I’m not talking about the office prank of scanning your butt, though I’m not against it either. I’m talking refined, modern scans of your most noticeable and remembered feature: your face. Look at these amazing face images captured from flatbed scanners. Totally worth trying. If it doesn’t work out, resort back to butt scans.

Warning: KEEP YOUR EYES CLOSED if you’re going to do this. Just trust me.

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Technique #3: Paint! Like, on the scanner itself. Obviously this technique is only to be used if you’re completely done using your scanner for any “normal” activities. Let’s say you bought a new, amazing scanner and have an old one that’s just lying around collecting dust. You can put it to good use by getting creative and painting on it. Watercolors are probably your best bet–you want to be able to clean it up after you’re done and do it again, of course! Just get your brush, some paint, some water, and go to town! They can look very intergalactic and/or psychedelic, but obviously super cool anyways.

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scanner art

Feeling inspired? Good, go use your scanner for something fun! Not that office memos aren’t fun. They totally are. Got another unconventional way to use scanners? Let us know down in the comment section!

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!