Brother ADS-1000W | Our review and opinion on it

The Brother ADS-1000w is a portable scanner that that can scan to a USB flash drive and store the files in Word and PDF format using OCR. This is a Compact, full color scanner with Duplex and Wireless Networking capabilities.

The good: Scan to USB, Duplex, WiFi included, OCR included.

The bad: ADF tray jams sometimes, software is a bit too bloated with stuff that you might not need.
ProductImages / MinuteFormatConnectivityMax. document sizeADF TrayWeightPrice

Brother ADS-1000W

Brother ADS-1000W
32 IPMA4Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.08.5 in. x 34 in. (215 x 863 mm)Yes3.3 lb. (1.49 kg)Click for more info

Brother ADS-1500W

Brother ADS-1500W
36 IPMA4Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.08.5 in. x 34 in. (215 x 863 mm)Yes3.5 lb. (1.58 kg)Click for more info

Brother ADS-1000W Specifications

Images / Minute32 IPM
Resolution600 dpi
ConnectivityWireless 802.11 b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Max. document size8.5 in. x 34 in. (215 x 863 mm)
Sensor typeDual CIS
Paper thickness14 lb. to 53 lb. (20.72 – 78.44 gsm)
Dimensions11.2 in. x 3.3 in. x 4.1 in. (28.4 x 8.3 x 10.4 cm)
Weight3.3 lb. (1.49 kg)
Included SoftwareNuance PaperPort SE with OCR for Windows, Brother ControlCenter2 with OCR for Mac, Presto! PageManager with OCR for Mac
DriverDownload Driver
ManualDownload User Manual
BrochureDownload Brochure
FeaturesDuplex Scanning, Automatic Color Detection, Automatic Image Rotation, Automatic Image Cropping, Background Removal, Automatic Deskew, Punch Hole Removal, OCR included, ADF Tray

What’s so special about it?

It offers high speed scanning of both single and double-sided materials in a single pass and in both color and black/white. It is capable of doing 16ppm. The devise is widely compatible with most OS and can do multi page scanning from its ADF while guaranteeing the best quality due to its high resolutions of 600x600dpi Brother ADS -1000W is highly versatile in its media handling capabilities. It can scan documents, photos, receipts, business and embossed plastic cards, and more, while enabling you to send the scanned images to various destinations such as emails, OCR, FTP, USB flash drive and even mobile devises! You just need to utilize the iPrint&Scan app and you are good to go. Best part of course is its advanced scanning features that enables the user to remove unwanted backgrounds and blank pages, auto crop images, auto image rotation and the deskew support mechanism. This device comes with valuable software suits including desktop document and business card management, OCR and receipt management programs. It has wireless network connectivity with USB interface for local connections. The touch panel display of the scanner is easy to use and gives a nice user interface and experience. Besides, the manufacture is always at your side through online, call or live chats for any technical support needed.

Brother ADS-1000W Datasheet Explained

Brother ADS-1000W is competitive in its class but not with scan speed. The scanner has fast scan speeds of 32 images per minute but the average now is 50 IPM by similar devices.

It has a scanning area of A4 size and may scan with an enlargement of up to 10-15% larger than A4. The scanner has a maximum document size of 8.5inx34in.

With its 600dpi, it provides an excellent scanning resolution that enables accurate optical character reading. Most portable scanners for similar price have more connectivity options including Hi-Speed USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Compatible and Wireless 802.11b/g/n. This product however, has its connectivity limited to wireless 802.11b/g/n and Hi-Speed USB 2.0.

The wireless feature expands the connectivity to include portable devices such as smartphones not just PCs and laptops.

The scanner can easily achieve integration with customized applications given its broad driver interface such as TWAIN, WIA, ICA, ISIS and SANE.

Concerning its sensor type, the device uses the cheaper and lighter Dual Contact Image Sensor (CIS) as compared to the superior but slightly more costly CCD. This then requires that the document must touch the scanning glass perfectly to achieve a perfect scan.

Additionally, this scanner can allow paper thickness of 14lb to 53lb (20.72-78.44gsm) which means it can accommodate most ordinarily used paper like receipts, business cards and photographs. You can also scan plastic cards using the rear card slot. .

Features for Productivity

Just like the rest of similar products, this scanner has a duplex scanning feature. This enables it to captures single and double-sided documents in a single pass at speeds up to 16 sheets per minute. This increases productivity and reduces time and effort for any user.

The scanner offers powerful features for image enhancement but sadly do not allow automatic color detection, thus if you were to scan mixed color document, you might have to manually change the scanning settings. This may slow you down if you have batches of mixed materials.

This product however, has some nice productivity features such as automatic image rotation, and can decide when to have the image in portrait or landscape layouts, automatic image cropping with installed drivers capable of automatically detecting the size of your document and cropping the scan accordingly.

Users of the Brother Imagecenter ads-1000w desktop scanner will save a dollar that they may have otherwise spent to have unwanted backgrounds removed. This is because it comes with background removal features that will help clean and optimize your documents thus increasing the sharpness of the scan.


Quality of images

The scanner is among the 75% similar products with Automatic Deskew software feature that aligns documents that were not scanned straight for one reason or the other.

This product however, does not support and cannot have the punch holes or perforations in your documents removed.

The scanner is OCR included and can thus take each of your scanned images and create a searchable document in formats such as PDF or Word, excel files, e-books etc.


Brother ADS-1000W accesories unboxing

The scanner has a foldable 20-page capacity auto document feeder tray where you will stack documents for it to automatically feed during the scanning process. It is important to know that at this price point, all comparable Brother scanners and duplex document scanners in general have an auto document feeder ADF tray.

You need not to worry about the size of the tray as it is compactly built as part of the scanner and you only need to unfold it to use.

I consider this device small, sleek and portable given its dimension of 11.2inx3.3inx4.1in (28.4×8.3×10.4cm) and a compact design also given its fast scanning system, easy-to-use Touch Panel display and duplex feature. It surely will utilize the smallest portion of your worktop area in your office or small business. Moreover, it only weighs 3.3il (1.49Kgs) The desktop scanner with duplex comes with a suite of scanning software which includes Nuance paper port SE with OCR for windows, Brother Control Center 2 with OCR for Mac, Presto!Page manager with OCR for Mac just like most portable Brother scanners for the same price. If you want to scan from your Android device, you can use the Brother iPrint & Scan app and if you want to use it as a receipt scanner (The app is also a mobile print solution that allows you to print on Brother inkjet printers or laser printers), it includes Br-Receipts software for free. You can export scanned receipts from Br-Receipts to quicken and quickbooks. This mobile desktop scanner offers powerful optical character recognition software from Nuance, although an ABBYY engine would have been prefered.

Brother will provide a USB cable in the package. The device comes with a 1-year limited warranty similar to other office products made by Brother but you can buy a 3-year protection plan from Amazon. For more warranty information, visit Brother’s website. .

Brother ADS-1000W driver, manual & brochure

This device has necessary scanner drivers and software installed but you can download from Brother’s website and do product registration there. You can find drivers for Windows, Mac and Linux In the package with the Brother ADS-1000w compact color desktop scanner, you will also find a user manual and an information brochure.


What do real users say?

With an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, verified users at amazon, review this product as follows; ..i had no trouble at all installing the softwareit worked wirelessly right away. Because the paper tray is not long enough to support the paper, the paper moves when feeding the scanner and for that reason, the paper is jammed all the time I have been using this scanner for several months so while I do know how to change settings (now), it is unnecessarily complicated. <!–
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