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Best New Scanners 2015 - Review the Latest

Updated on January 14, 2015

Top Rated Scanners for 2015

A review of today's most popular document scanners with all the need-to-know information for each.

As someone who was formerly in the financial industry a good scanner is essential in making sure that information is not only stored correctly, but also in a timely and efficient manner.

Below I'll review a few of the top rated scanners, according to consumers, and give you the pros and cons of each.

Fujitsu Sheet Scanner
Fujitsu Sheet Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

When you have a lot of scanning to do, your goal is usually to do it as fast as possible. Heck, even if you don't do a lot of scanning, it is still nice to have a fast machine. This device will do 20 pages per minute in color, grayscale, or black and white with 300 dpi resolution.

The feeder tray will hold up to 50 documents at one time as well, so you can set it and forget it. This scanner did very well with double letter size documents but I did notice that it did not scan pictures as well as I would have liked.

It was also a convenience to be able to scan to the cloud when I needed to. This is not a very quiet scanner, so you might want to consider that, depending on where you will be putting the machine.

The software included is not the most updated, or the best, but it was relatively easy to use and was adequate. You should also consider that this device does not have a twain driver. For the price, this scanner is a good choice for many business professionals or home users.

Canon Image Scanner
Canon Image Scanner

Canon CanoScan LiDE110

This is one of the more affordable scanners out there that seems to be very popular. This scanner has a max resolution of 2400 x 4800 optical dpi.

I like that it adjusts the settings automatically once it detects the object I am scanning. It is kind of slow however, so I would recommend this to people who don't do a lot of scanning every day. It takes about 20 seconds for one color scan.

I also like that it is powered by USB instead of an AC adapter, but the cord is actually kind of short; I had to rearrange my desk/office to make it work.

A Convertible Scanner

The lid is designed to be able to scan large items out of textbooks or notebooks and the machine position can be changed to be an upright scanner for more convenience. Since this is surely not the most top of the line scanners, you do need to be aware of some things when scanning.

For instance, if your document is even slightly lifted off the surface, the image gets blurry. If you have a wrinkly object, you might want to press down on the lid to help avoid this issue.

NeatDesk Desktop Scanner
NeatDesk Desktop Scanner

NeatDesk Desktop Scanner

Ok, this thing just looks really cool! I like the small footprint it takes up on my desk. This is one of the most popular scanners right now because it is a duplex scanner, and has software that recognizes dates, sales tax or credit cards used.

The software was nice to use because of it being so intuitive; however I did notice that in every scan job, that there would be a few numbers mis-read. It would be wise to just double check everything anyway, but that makes this feature kind of pointless.

I don't have tons to scan however, so double checking totals isn't too much of a problem for me, but someone who has more sensitive scanning to do, might not appreciate this glitch. The paper guide is not adjustable which can be a problem if you frequently have large documents to scan. Yet again, I would not recommend this scanner for someone wanting to do photos; the quality is really subpar.

The best features about this machine are the fact that it is very easy to set up and to operate, it scans one document in approximately 5-10 seconds, and it is very durable.

Epson Document Scanner
Epson Document Scanner

Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50

This is the fastest scanner I have ever used; it scans up to 25 pages per minute and it does both sides of a document in just one pass. The feeder holds 75 documents at one time which is more than any we've discussed today. I also really like that it does documents up to 8.5x36". It is very easy to use with just a few simple buttons on the machine instead of a ton of them to boggle the brain. The tray is adjustable, which is a major plus, along with the output tray. I would recommend this machine to a busy office with loads of scanning done since it can easy handle up to 1200 sheets per day. I also recommend it for people who need to scan photos; the quality of such is actually quite good.

It does include twain drivers along with business card management software. A drawback is the software that comes with it; I ended up uninstalling most of it. There really isn't a lot of major issues with this scanner and I was impressed that the price wasn't higher since it works so very well.

Fujitsu Mobile Scanner
Fujitsu Mobile Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

As a more moderate scanner, this mode by Fujitsu will do up to 8 pages per minute. I have to say that I liked how it detects each document and will make corrections for images and orientation. It can be powered with an AC adapter but also USB if desired; even though I am a strict USB user, I like knowing I have the option. It is supported by both Mac and PC which many will find useful. The way it handles business cards is very efficient but it will only do about 5 at a time. Occasionally, documents will go in crooked but for the most part, I don't have to babysit my scanning jobs. Receipts were a little harder however; I did need to make sure they went in straight.

One Push of a Button

The best feature is the one step process. After inserting your document(s), just press scan and you are good to go. It only weighs 3 pounds too, so it is very portable. Though, buyers should be aware that the software is not truly portable; the software is big and it takes a while to install. It has been very durable and long lasting with some big jobs I've thrown at it.

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