Brother ADS-2700W Review | Wireless, Fast and Cheap… Good?

The Brother ADS-2700 is a wireless highspeed desktop document scanner, that will scan A4 documents very efficiently

Although the touchscreen is a bit small and there is no cloud support, we love the fact that it feeds reliably through it’s document feeder ADF

This document scanner with touchscreen has a great price, therefore you should consider it next time when you are in the market for such a scanner

How much does it really cost?
Brother ADS-2700W Review | Wireless, Fast and Cheap... Good?

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Brother ADS-2700W

Brother ADS-2700W
A48.27 in x 11.69 inFast Ethernet, Wireless and Hi-Speed USB 2.0357050 sheets3,000 sheetsCheck price on Amazon

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 Wifi30PPM60IPM50 Sheets3000 SheetsCheck price on Amazon

Scansnap ix500

Scansnap ix500
A4 – 216 x 360 mm (8.5 x 14.17 in.)Wireless and USB 2.0, 3.025 PPM25 IPM50 sheets400 sheetsCheck price on Amazon

Brother ADS-2700W Specifications

Sheets per minute35
ADF Size50 sheets
Daily Duty Cycle3,000 sheets
Optical Resolution600 dpi
Long Document196 in
ConnectivityFast Ethernet, Wireless and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
InterfaceTwain, Sane, Wia and Ica
Dimensions11.8 x 5.7 x 7 inches
Weight5.8 lbs
Bundled SoftwareNuance Paper Port, Presto! PageManager 9, Presto! BizCard and Brother iPrint&Scan
Images per minute70
Scanning area8.27 in x 11.69 in
Sensor typeCIS
Document Thickness11 lb. to 110 lb
Multifeed DetectionOverlap detection (Ultrasonic sensor)
Feed Roller Replacement200.000 sheets
DriverDownload Driver
ManualDownload Manual
BrochureDownload Brochure
FeaturesAutomatic color detection, Automatic rotation, Blank Page Detection, MultiStream, Automatic Cropping, Edge Correction, Streaks Correction, Background Cleaning, Deskew, Hole Punch Removal, Manual Feed Mode, Document Separation, Barcode Recognition, OCR, Zonal OCR

Brother ADS-2700W Datasheet Explained

The Brother ADS2700W highspeed wireless document scanner is your tipical A4 scanner, with a paper size of around 8.27 in x 11.69 in.

As with many of the scanning devices out there, the Brother ADS-2700W fits within the 600dpi optical resolution target. 

Just like other cheap document scanners out there, it only comes with a CIS sensor, which means ok for documents, not so good for high quality images.

Regarding the network protocols, the machine has a Fast Ethernet connection, Wireless scanning and Hi-Speed USB 2.0, which means lots of scanning modes, to suit everyone’s needs. You can now even scan to USB flash drive.

Checking through the user guide you will see that besides the various scanning functionalities and connection possibilities, you can also use the drivers through Twain, Wia and Sane, not to mention the Ica protocol.

This wireless highspeed desktop scanner will reach approximately 35ppm when you use the simplex setting and double that when you use the duplex mode. 

The daily duty cycle reaches around 3,000 documents, therefore, you are good to go for most of your basic requirements and even a low volume project from time to time.

We estimate that the consumables roller kit will last around 200.000 pages if you use them mostly with regular paper sheets.

Specs for paper handling

Multi feeds are monitored using an advanced ultrasonic sensor. This detects the documents overlapping and stops the scanning immediately. 

The automatic document feeder ADF works quite well, and will hold around 50 bond paper sheets.

I love the fact that you can use a variety of paperweights with this highspeed desktop document scanner. Ranging from 11 lb. to 110 lb. will satisfy most of your needs. You can also use it with a carrier sheet. 

Looking at the maximum document length, this reaches almost 200 inches, 197 to be more precise. This is enough to scan even the lengthy documents you find in the oil industry.

When it comes to Sheet thickness the Brother ADS-2700W is capable of handling paper of 11 lb. to 110 lb.

A Long Document Scanning Mode is available with the Brother ADS-2700W . It can scan documents of up to 196 in in length .

Brother ADS-2700W accesories unboxing

On your desk this should not take more than 12 by 6 by 7 inches, which we think is relatively small.

Checking the weight of this machine and you should not be over 6 lbs. Of course, this won’t include the optional equipment.

Brother sells this scanner with windows, mac and Linux drivers. I don’t know about the mac and Linux drivers. This was always problematic, even with scanners from other manufacturers so I would not be so sure. 

There are other software apps included with the scanner, and some of them will introduce you to the world of document management. From Nuance Paper Port to Presto! PageManager 9 or even the Presto! BizCard. Another one is the Brother Iprintscan, which should let you manage the scanning and reprinting quite easily. 

Features for Productivity

The automatic paper size function will work well for mixed documents and will detect automatically the exact size of each of your documents.

A feature I also like to use is the Automatic Rotation of documents. This calculates the exact orientation each document should have and automatically rotates it accordingly.

Let’s say you have documents that are mixed, or you want to scan them in both black and white and color. Or you just need to have the smallest file size. 

The first option is to use the automatic color detection, which will calculate which document should be outputted in color and which in bitonal or grayscale. 

The second solution is to use different scanning modes combined with the multi stream setting. This creates files that are black and white and another set in color. But this scanner does not feature it, which is really strange. 

Last but not least, you can clear the empty images automatically by using a setting which is called blank page detection. 

Quality of images

The background removal is a must-have, as this feature calculates and flattens the value of the image background automatically, delivering clean images. 

The edges of your images can also be cleaned automatically using a setting that automatically adjusts the margins of your documents so they are flattened with the rest of the background.

I keep mentioning the deskew as it is something of a wonder, but actually it really is. You can’t imagine just how ugly most of the scanned documents would look without using this feature. 

Hole punch removal is also nice to have and this Brother ADS 2700 scanner will apply the setting correctly and in a smart way for you to get fewer errors in the images.

Being a CIS scanner and a very cheap one, don’t expect to have a streak correction filter. 

Extra Features

You should consider using the manual feeding of the paper, especially when you have older documents or paper that you think is a bit fragile. I also recommend you use this function when scanning with a carrier sheet.

Barcode discovery is great to have for at least two reasons: indexing and document separation. 

While document separation also has other alternatives such as white page separation or patch codes, for indexing you can do so much more, especially with QR codes.

The scanner comes with a very nice OCR function which will be able to create searchable PDF or DOC files, but it does not feature a zonal OCR for indexing. 

Brother ADS-2700W driver, manual & brochure

Download the driver on this site.

Download the user guide here.

Do you want to know more specifications? You can download the product brochure on this page.

Brother ADS-2700W vs Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W

Brother ADS-2700W

Brother ADS-2700W

Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W

Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W
Scanning areaLOSER8.27 in x 11.69 inWINNERA4 – 215.9 mm x 355.6 mm ( 8.5 in. x 14.0 in.)
Long DocumentLOSER196 inWINNER215.9 mm x 5,000 mm ( 196.9 in. )
ConnectivityMISCFast Ethernet, Wireless and Hi-Speed USB 2.0MISCGigabit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or Wifi
Sheets per minuteWINNER35LOSER30PPM
Images per minuteWINNER70LOSER60IPM
Document ThicknessMISC11 lb. to 110 lbMISC27 – 413 g/m2
Daily Duty CycleLOSER3,000 sheetsWINNER3000 Sheets
Multifeed DetectionMISCOverlap detection (Ultrasonic sensor)MISCUltrasonic Sensor
Document SeparationLOSERNoWINNERYes
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So, how do they compete on scanning zone? The Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W can capture area of A4 or 215.9 mm x 355.6 mm ( 8.5 in. x 14.0 in.), while it’s competitor can scan a zone of of 8.27 in x 11.69 in.

Both the Brother ADS-2700W and the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W use CIS sensor.

Maybe you’ve noticed in the datasheet, The Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W is able to capture extra-long documents (215.9 mm x 5,000 mm ( 196.9 in. ) in length) in comparisson to Brother ADS-2700W (196 in in length).

For connectivity, the Brother ADS-2700W has built-in Fast Ethernet, Wireless and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 while Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W features Gigabit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or Wifi.

When looking at actual scanning speed, the Brother ADS-2700W can scan at 35 pages every minute meanwhile the other ADF scanner can only do 30 ppm.

Read the full review of the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W

Brother ADS-2700W vs Fujitsu Scansnap ix500

Brother ADS-2700W

Brother ADS-2700W

Scansnap ix500

Scansnap ix500
Scanning areaLOSER8.27 in x 11.69 inWINNERA4 – 216 x 360 mm (8.5 x 14.17 in.)
ConnectivityMISCFast Ethernet, Wireless and Hi-Speed USB 2.0MISCWireless and USB 2.0, 3.0
Sheets per minuteWINNER35LOSER25 PPM
Images per minuteWINNER70LOSER25 IPM
Document ThicknessMISC11 lb. to 110 lbMISC40 to 209 g/m2 (11 to 56 lb)
Daily Duty CycleLOSER3,000 sheetsWINNER400 sheets
Multifeed DetectionMISCOverlap detection (Ultrasonic sensor)MISCUltrasonic double-feed detection sensor
Streaks CorrectionLOSERNoWINNERYes
Hole Punch RemovalWINNERYesLOSERNo
Barcode RecognitionWINNERYesLOSERNo
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When looking at the scanning area, we are noticing that that the Scansnap ix500 can digitize a surface of A4 – 216 x 360 mm (8.5 x 14.17 in.), while it’s competitor can only digitize an area of 8.27 in x 11.69 in.

When evaluating the sensors, you should understand both equipment are using CIS technology.

For long sheets Scansnap ix500 has aproximate value of 863 mm or 34 in. (Duplex), 1,726 mm or 68 in. (Simplex), while Brother ADS-2700W will scan paper up to 196 in.

If we look at network connection options, we can find Fast Ethernet, Wireless and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 on the Brother ADS-2700W and Wireless and USB 2.0, 3.0 on Scansnap ix500.

When comparing actual scanning speed the Brother ADS-2700W will achieve 35 sheets in one minute. At the same time the Scansnap ix500 will get to 25 pages per minute.

Read the full review of the Scansnap ix500

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