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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!

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!

Hewlett Packard HP 9250c Digital Sender Review

It’s our first review for the blog! We’ve filled you in on all the confusing scanner lingo, how to choose the right scanner, some of the best scanners for your budget, and even how a scanner works.

It’s time for some legit in-depth reviews of specific scanners that we are big fans of here at Imaging Systems. Without further ado, I give you the HP 9250C Digital Sender.

hp 9250c

She’s a beaut. But beyond her natural good looks,  the 9250C has got basically anything and everything you could need for basic office or home scanning. Let’s go over the specifics.

Dimensions:

  • 17.8 in. x 28.5 in. x 13.4 in. (with the keyboard extended) and 45 lbs. The depth of it would shorten up by say, 6 inches or so, when it’s retracted back inside the machine.
  • Basically, it could fit on most desks comfortably, but you’d probably rather have it on a table not designated to a specific person.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 x 600 DPI. Perfectly great for any text-based documents you’re scanning.
  • If your workload involves heavy volumes of pictures, it’ll still do the job, but maybe not as crisp of a picture as you’d prefer.

Speed:

  • 55 PPM, with an ADF sheet capacity of 50 sheets.
  • Pretty dang fast. That’s almost one sheet every second.

Media:

  • The maximum horizontal scan size is 8.5 in., and the maximum vertical scan size is 14 in.
  • What that means is you can scan things a bit larger than a standard piece of printer paper.

Other features:

  • As already mentioned, the 9250C has a pull-out keyboard that allows you send scans straight to emails, your address book, etc.
  • USB connection.
  • Easy to use and intuitive scanning buttons and digital screen.

Overall Rating: 9/10

  • The 9250C Digital Sender is a great asset to any small business. It’s size and capabilities make it perfect for any business (or home, even) with a moderate to large amount of scanning needs. It’s easy to use, gives a great finished scan, and is capable of handling any heavy-duty volume of scans.
  • The downside to this scanner is that it’s picture image isn’t amazing. It’ll still give you a good scan, and its resolution for text documents is way more than needed, but if you’re doing tons of picture scanning, the 9250C could fall short.

Where to buy:

  • Brand new ones would cost you around $3000.
  • Scannerparts.Biz and eBay both have professionally refurbished ones for sale for just $1000.