7 Best Cheap Document Scanners to Buy in 2019

If you are looking for a cheap document scanner with automatic document feeder then this article should be of great help.
 
We have selected 10 alternatives that include scanners from Canon, Fujitsu, Kodak Alaris, and even Brother scanners.
 
This review features color duplex devices only, which are not necessarily the cheapest in value, but rather the best value scanners we could find.
10 Best Cheap Document Scanners to buy in 2019
Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W   A4 – 215.9 mm x 355.6 mm ( 8.5 in. x 14.0 in.) Gigabit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or Wifi 30PPM 60IPM 50 Sheets 3000 Sheets Check price on Amazon
Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500 Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1, WiFi 30 60 50 sheets 400 sheets Check price on Amazon
Panasonic KV-S1058Y Panasonic KV-S1058Y A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1, Ethernet LAN 70 140 100 sheets 6,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
Canon DR-M260 Canon DR-M260 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1 60 120 80 sheets 7,500 sheets Check price on Amazon
Fujitsu fi-7160 Fujitsu fi-7160 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.0 60 120 80 sheets 4,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
Kodak Alaris S2040 Kodak Alaris S2040 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1 40 80 80 sheets 5,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
Epson ES-500WR Epson ES-500WR A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and WiFi 35 70 50 sheets 4,000 sheets Check price on Amazon

We will now break down each scanner and see what its performances are. Remember, we are not necessarily comparing similar scanners, rather we are trying to give you ideas on what you could buy in this sense.

Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W   A4 – 215.9 mm x 355.6 mm ( 8.5 in. x 14.0 in.) Gigabit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or Wifi 30PPM 60IPM 50 Sheets 3000 Sheets Check price on Amazon
The maximum page size that you can scan with this scanner is up to A4. To be more precise, you can scan documents up to 215.9mm by 355.6mm, which in inches should be about 8.5 by 14.
 
Being a cheaper scanner, this means the scanner will be bosting a CIS sensor, which makes it ok for documents but not necessarily great for photos or images.
 
A great thing about this device is the variety of connectivity options. You would expect it to have a High Speed USB, but this scanner also boasts a Wifi and a very quick Gigabit Ethernet connection.
 
As you would expect this scanner does duplex automatically as the page goes through the device. It can scan up to 30ppm in Simplex, while the speed in duplex doubles to 60 images per minute.
 
I love that I can just get a very long document and scan it. In this mode, the scanner will process sheets up to 197 inches in length, or 5,000mm.  

Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500 Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1, WiFi 30 60 50 sheets 400 sheets Check price on Amazon
The Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500 is a great little A4 scanner. In fact, the scanning size will go a bit over A4, 8.27 inches by 11.7 inches to be exact.
 
Unlike the FI models, they have fitted this device with a CIS sensor. I would have loved a CCD, but given the low price, this will do.
 
Like its predecessor, the IX1500 comes with a USB and Wifi connection, and this is a good thing, it gives us options.
 
The scanner works in simplex or duplex, and it should convert around 30 pages per minute, which is an increase over the old IX500 model.
 
The long document mode is present and will reach around 118 inches for each long sheet you have to scan.

Panasonic KV-S1058Y

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Panasonic KV-S1058Y Panasonic KV-S1058Y A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1, Ethernet LAN 70 140 100 sheets 6,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
This Panasonic model is another A4 scanner, with a scanning dimension of 8.3 by 11.7 inches.
 
Panasonic usually fits CIS sensors to its scanners, and this is no exception. It makes the capturing unit smaller and a bit cheaper.
 
This is another interesting device when it comes to connectivity. It features both a LAN Ethernet connection and a standard USB. More flexibility leads to better efficiency and higher productivity.
 
This scanner will work at around 70 pages per minute in simplex mode. The duplex, on the other hand, means that you can reach around 140 images per minute.
 
If you have very long documents, rest assured, you will be scanning them easily. The long document mode will let you scan paper sheets as long as 220 inches  

Canon DR-M260

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Canon DR-M260 Canon DR-M260 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1 60 120 80 sheets 7,500 sheets Check price on Amazon
The Canon Dr-M260 will scan documents as large as an A4. So expect this to be around 8.27 inches by 11.69 inches.
 
A CIS sensor has been fitted to this device, so it will not take a lot of space and also make the machine a bit lighter. However, don’t expect the quality to be close to a CCD sensor.
 
The connection is going through a USB 3.1. This machine is more focused on being a desktop scanner rather than a digital sender.
 
Scanning speed is high and comparable with a Fujitsu FI-7160. This means around 60ppm in simplex and doubles the value when scanning in duplex mode.  

Fujitsu fi-7160

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Fujitsu fi-7160 Fujitsu fi-7160 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.0 60 120 80 sheets 4,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
As you already know, the Fujitsu Fi 7160 is probably one of our favorites. This is an A4 desktop scanner with features that you only get in a high-end document scanner.
 
The CCD sensor they have fitted to this device provides great image quality, while the colors are superb on most documents you scan.
 
When it came out, USB 3.0 was not present on many scanners. In fact, the transfer speed difference was so high, that most of the scanners that were launched after that came with a 3.0 USB.
 
Scanning speed is very good for such a device, and it can easily do 120 images per minute in duplex, even when you scan 300dpi color documents.
 
Fujitsu has always focused on delivering scanners that work with a long document mode. This is no exception, and it can process documents up to 220 inches long.  

Kodak Alaris S2040

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Kodak Alaris S2040 Kodak Alaris S2040 A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in USB 3.1 40 80 80 sheets 5,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
The Kodak Alaris S2040 is another great little scanner from this manufacturer. It will scan 8.3 by 11.7 inches which is a bit over A4.
 
CIS sensors seem to be the norm for cheaper smaller scanners and this model is no exception in this sense.
 
The data transfer is speed is very good, and it is to be expected, given that this device will work through USB 3.1.
 
It scans in simplex or duplex, and the estimated scanning speed is around 40 sheets every minute. Images per minute in duplex mode should be double.
 
A long document mode is available, for lengthier sheets and the exact value is around 160 inches.  

Epson ES-500WR

Product Format Scanning area Connectivity Sheets per minute Images per minute ADF Size Daily Duty Cycle Price
Epson ES-500WR Epson ES-500WR A4 8.27 in x 11.69 in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and WiFi 35 70 50 sheets 4,000 sheets Check price on Amazon
Last but not least we have the Epson  ES-500WR A4 document scanner. A great little device to scan letter documents up to 8.2 by 11.6 inches.
 
It’s a cheap scanner so it comes with a CIS sensor. This allows the manufacturer to offer more features in a smaller package and at a better price point.
 
It does, however, offer an interesting approach to connectivity. While USB is available in the 3.0 version, it also features a WIFI capability, which is great for decentralized scanning.
 
Scanning speed for A4 documents should be around 35 pages per minute when you use the simplex mode. When you want to scan in duplex, you can achieve double the value.
 
I must say the long document mode is really impressive. It features a value of around 240 inches, which for such a small scanner is highly impressive.  

Editors Opinion

If you were to ask me what is the best cheap document scanner to buy in 2019, I would say that the Fujitsu Scansnap ix1500 is right up there.

First of all the price is not very high, at 420 dollars it is cheaper than a lot of scanners and offers more features than similarly priced items.

It’s a color duplex machine, the document feeder ADF can hold around 50 sheets, and it’s a good scanner for PC or Mac.

Oh, and it has a touch screen that lets you distribute your scans wirelessly very efficiently, without having to use a PC.

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