A good multi-page scanner can help drastically reduce paper clutter in your business or home office. These scanners allow you to make digital copies of all of your invoices, receipts, business cards and files. But what are the best multi-page scanners, and which machines should you avoid? Start by figuring out your needs, your space concerns, and how much you want to spend.
What Kind of Scanner Do You Need?
If you're working from home or a small office, it's likely that you don't need a large scanner. A relatively inexpensive single-sided multi-page scanner with a 20-page self-feed tray will meet your needs, as it will fit on your desk or a shelf and can process a small number of documents at a time.
If you need to scan a lot of documents, or if you work in a busy office that routinely converts paperwork to electronic files, invest in a larger double-sided multi-page scanner that can self-feed more than 20 pages.
What Can You Afford?
Compact desktop scanners start at £32 and, depending on image quality and resolution, can go up to £650. Most quality double-sided desktop scanners start at around £195.00. Larger duplex scanners can range in price from £130 to £1,950. Expect to spend around £286.00 for a well-reviewed and reliable model.
Recommended Multipage Scanners (By Price)
NeatDesk Scanner (From £214.5)
The Neat Company's NeatDesk Scanner can scan up to 50 single-sided documents, and it comes with bundled software that allows you to send your scanned files to Excel, or save them as text files that you can edit. Some users have reported problems with the paper-feed system and the business card reader. These errors must be fixed manually.
Kodak SCANMATE i1120 (From £234.00)
This lightweight (2.72 Kilogram) double-sided scanner from Kodak can scan up to 1000 pages a day, including documents as large as 8.5 inches by 34 inches. It also comes with a bundled software file directory, and allows you to save files with JPEG, PDF, TFF and RTF extensions. UK customer Simon Williams has identified some problems with paper loading, but otherwise most reviewers indicate that this machine is worth the price.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner ($440.00)
With its double-sided 18 page-per-minute scan rate, The Fujitsu ScanSnap can handle both high-volume and small jobs, like scanning business cards in multiple languages. This scanner has been praised for its speed, high image quality and reliability, and its painless paper feed system.
Xerox DocuMate 152 ($470 with a £19 mail-in manufacturer's rebate)
The DocuMate from Xerox offers some of the same features as other desktop scanners, such as a compact size, "one touch" file-save buttons, and an included software bundle. However, according to customer reviews on TestGeek.com, cleaning and servicing this machine can be expensive; the ADF pad assembly must be replaced once a year, which costs around £64.
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