The 5 Best Document Scanners of 2020

A scanner, just like a printer, is a ubiquitous piece of office equipment. No office is imaginable without a scanner, because it is essential to making a paper document into a digital document. To that end it makes a high-resolution photograph of the target document. This photograph is then delivered to your PC or smartphone, or sometimes even to your Google account.

Scanners differ by their principle of work – the older type is the flatbed scanner, in which the camera drives past the document. The newer type is much quicker – in it the document is moved past the sensors. The new kind of scanner can process up to 120 pages a minute. However, not all scanners are the same quality, and if some brands like HP or Fujitsu make great machines, some other brands offer lower-quality alternatives for lower prices. So it is important to weigh both price and quality, and buy the best. That is not always easy, so, to help buyers decide, we assembled the 5 best scanners for the money in one list.

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Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Duplex
#1
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500
9.7
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Epson Perfection V600
9.6
/
10
MOST PRECISE HIGH-RESOLUTION MODEL
#3
Fujitsu fi-7160
9.4
/
10
HIGH-END MODEL
#4
Plustek Ephoto Z300
9.2
/
10
MODERATELY FAST INEXPENSIVE MODEL
#5
HP ScanJet Pro 2000
9.2
/
10
SPEEDY RELIABLE DUPLEX MODEL
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

This device allows for scanning both sides of a sheet in one go, making scanning much quicker. The scanner works for all documents, including business cards, color photos and receipts. The data about settings is displayed on a large, 4.3 inch screen. And the screen allows you to select a large multitude of options – you can even set the scanner to send the documents straight to your Google or Dropbox account, or deliver them to a specific folder on your desktop. This saves a lot of time. The resolution is 60 dpi.

The device can connect to your PC via a simple USB cable, or it can synchronize with any smartphone through Wi-Fi. This makes the scanner exceptionally good at maximizing efficiency at work. The speed is 30 pages per minute, and the documents are received from a box, holding up to 50 pages. The software also can do many interesting things, like automatic deletion of blank pages or cropping.

Pros:

  • Very quick – does 30 pages a minute, and scans both sides
  • The scan quality is great, and there will be no pixilation or artifacts on the scan
  • Compact and light, while also being quite sturdy and tough

Cons:

  • The rollers leave dents on old papers, especially if it is thin paper

Epson Perfection V600
#2
MOST PRECISE HIGH-RESOLUTION MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

The amazing resolution of this scanner is 6400 x 9600 dpi, which allows for enlargement of pictures and very precise scanning. The scan area is 8.5 by 11.7. The digital enhancements allow you to remove small artifacts such as dust and scratches which are usually present on old film or photos. The device can also recognize when a photo is faded or bleached, and will make amends by improving the colors.

The device is very energy-efficient, and the LED scanning light does not require a warm up and does not draw too much energy. The LED also makes the scanning faster than on a conventional model. The scanned documents can be immediately converted into editable text, which is an extremely convenient feature.

Pros:

  • The device has a very high level of precision with 6400 dpi, and it is able to capture the smallest details, which is important for old film or photos
  • Uses energy efficiently and does not require warmup
  • Works pretty quickly for such a high DPI scanner – you get a frame every 30 seconds

Cons:

  • The software is very complex and may be pretty hard to get used to

Fujitsu fi-7160
#3
HIGH-END MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.4
/
10

This reliable model with a very high speed and scan quality can maximize efficiency at work. It can scan up to 120 sheets per minute, at a quality of 300 dpi. The scanner can work in color, monochrome or grayscale. There is an automated feeder that holds up to 80 pages. It can scan almost anything – receipts and credit cards too, up to 1.4 mm in thickness. The maximum document width is 8.5 inches.

The device can use both 100 and 240 volt power, and its power consumption is record-low, because it uses less than 38 watts when active, and in sleep mode – no more than 1.8 watts. The device uses and LED for a light source, which makes it very efficient. It also needs no warmup.

The entire machine weighs only 9.3 pounds.

Pros:

  • Extremely fast – the 120 sheets per minute simply cannot be rivaled anywhere else
  • Very compact – its size and weight allow it to fit on any desk
  • Can scan documents of mixed width or thickness in one go

Cons:

  • Very expensive, but you can expect to pay that much for the huge scanning speed and quality assembly

Plustek Ephoto Z300
#4
MODERATELY FAST INEXPENSIVE MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.2
/
10

This is the best model to use for photos and documents. It can scan document of virtually any size, and the resolution of 600 dpi is great for any purpose. However the scanner can work at 300 dpi at an accelerated speed.

The machine needs only 2 seconds for a 4 by 6 inch picture at 300 dpi. It is much more efficient than a flatbed because of that. Pictures are inserted one by one and immediately scanned. The device has a number of enhancement technologies that help restore faded or damaged pictures digitally. The model works seamlessly with all versions of Windows and Mac

The scanner is notably quiet and it will not disturb people even in the same room.

Pros:

  • Light, compact and nice-looking, it will fit any office interior and look presentable
  • Moderately fast – scans a page every two seconds
  • The scan quality is great – 600 dpi at this price is a good buy

Cons:

  • There is sadly no option for duplex scanning in this model

HP ScanJet Pro 2000
#5
SPEEDY RELIABLE DUPLEX MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.2
/
10

This device can get speeds of up to 60 images per minute, and can process up to 2000 sheets a day. It scans both sides in a single pass, and is almost totally automated, because it has a 50-sheet automatic box feeder. The Smart technology allows scanning straight to your Google or Dropbox account.

It supports all paper sizes wider than two inches, and up to 8.5 inches. It will work with any paper type, even punched paper or paper with staples. The software will later enhance the image, removing holes from removed staples, cleaning up the background and erasing the edges. The device is compatible with both Windows and Mac and works through a universal USB connection.

The machine is shipped with a one-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Small and compact – will fit even on a cramped desk
  • Pretty good price for the level of quality and speed
  • Very easy to install and start using.

Cons:

  • No way to use it with Wi-Fi