Quick Document Scanners | Top 4 you can buy in 2020

If you are looking for a quick document scanner, then this is the article for you

We have chosen 4 scanners that are really quick but also have other features that help show you that speed is not everything

Why do we say that? It’s because paper jams can ruin your productivity. In this respect we looked at over 200 scanners and selected the ones that are fast but also reliable and which don’t suffer from frequent paper jams

These are the scanners that are truly quick. This being said, here is our list of the best quick document scanners that you can buy.
Quick Document Scanners | Top 4 you can buy in 2020
ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice
Our choice

Fujitsu fi-7280

Fujitsu fi-7280
A48.27 in x 11.69 inUSB 3.08016080 sheets6,000 sheetsClick for more info

Fujitsu fi-7180

Fujitsu fi-7180
A48.27 in x 11.69 inUSB 3.08016080 sheets6,000 sheetsClick for more info

Panasonic KV-S5055C

Panasonic KV-S5055C
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 3.080160200 seets300 sheetsClick for more info

Canon DR-G1100

Canon DR-G1100
A311.7 in. x 16.5 in.Hi-Speed USB 2.0100200500 sheets25000 sheetsClick for more info


Let’s have a look at each product in particular.

Fujitsu fi-7280

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Fujitsu fi-7280

Fujitsu fi-7280
A48.27 in x 11.69 inUSB 3.08016080 sheets6,000 sheetsClick for more info
The Fujitsu FI-7280 is the flatbed version of the already popular quick document scanner Fujitsu FI-7180, which we have already featured in this article. We won’t go over the specs of the automatic scanner, as you can read about that below, where we review the FI-7180.

This scanner is all about the combination between the ADF and the A4 flatbed unit. When you first start scanning, you will see that there are a couple of scanning options in the Paperstream IP driver.

First of all you can scan exclusively using the ADF unit. That works in an identical manner as the ADF on the FI 7180. What is special though is that you can also include the flatbed in the workflow, or work exclusively with the flatbed.

Including the flatbed unit in the workflow, means that you are scanning batches that contain documents or other paper sheets that can’t be fed automatically through the ADF. It also has the ability to scan large format documents by folding them and running them through the automatic document feeder multiple times folded differently and then the software stitches them together.

Covers are a good example. Sometimes these are too thick to go through the ADF unit directly. Therefore, you have to switch to the flatbed for those. In those cases, it is really quick to include the flatbed in the workflow, as it allows you to move very fast from the ADF to the flatbed and back to the ADF, in the same batch.

You might not think it’s quick, but trust me, it really is. It will sail through difficult batches very easily, and switching between the ADF and flatbed means that you achieve a higher scanning speed overall.

The integrated ScanSnap Manager software can sync your photos and documents directly to the Cloud by integrating with Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox and other providers.

Fujitsu fi-7180

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Fujitsu fi-7180

Fujitsu fi-7180
A48.27 in x 11.69 inUSB 3.08016080 sheets6,000 sheetsClick for more info
The FI 7180 is the upgraded version of the already popular scanner the FI 7160. Compared to that, we can definitely see an increase in scanning speed, now going up to 80 pages per minute in simplex mode. In duplex scanning mode, the speed will be 160 images per minute.

The ADF sheet feeder will hold around 80 office documents, meaning that you will empty the hopper in more or less a minute. One good thing about it though is that you can feed the ADF while the machine is scanning, because the this quick document scanner feeds the paper face down.

Connectivity works through a USB 3.0, which achieves good transfer times. There is no wireless connectivity, but this is a common thing with all high-speed scanners. While this works well for most document scanning settings, you will get slight delays when scanning a RAW Tiff format, or increase the scanning resolution over 300dpi. The document feeder adf capacity is up to 80 sheets.

One of the aspects that makes this color duplex document scanner so good, is the high level of image quality. First of all, the optical resolution of the CCD sensor inside the scanner is 1200 dpi. With that resolution you can use it as a reliable photo scanner, even though it wasn’t specifically built for scanning photos. Fujitsu has really nailed it with its CCD sensors and lighting module. You will not need to rescan documents very often, therefore you’ll achieve higher productivity and finish your batches quicker than with other sheetfed scanners that require frequent rescans because of quality issues.

The Paperstream Capture software works like a charm with this desktop document scanner. It is easy to set up, it comes as standard with the Fujitsu scanner, but you can also buy an upgraded version called the Paperstream Capture Pro, which has even more features, and is more or less a cheaper version of Kofax Express. The software will improve photos and documents, probably the only thing missing is the Digital ICE features for removing scratches and dust marks that you find specifically on flatbed scanners. Nevertheless, the software is good enough to save you from spending time in photo editing software. Because it has the ScanSnap Manager if you link it to your cloud platform it scans directly to Google Drive, Dropbox or Evernote.

Panasonic KV-S5055C

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Panasonic KV-S5055C

Panasonic KV-S5055C
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 3.080160200 seets300 sheetsClick for more info
Now we get to the quick A3 document scanners. As we always say, the Panasonic KV-S5055C is the only Panasonic scanner to feature a CCD sensor. This means a higher overall image quality, especially compared to other CIS scanners.

The speed of the scanner goes up to 80 pages per minute when scanning documents at 300 dpi, which puts this scanner as a high end office device with applications also for light production scanning.

What we really love about this desktop scanner, besides a good level of reliability and quality scanning, is the Image Capture plus software that comes with these device.

While Kofax Express is a much better software, you will have to pay much more to use it. The Image Capture Plus software has most of the features you need, even for production scanning.

Things like automatic color detection, automatic rotation and blank page detection can be enabled in the driver and also marked in the scanning software.

You can also use the software to create indexes, which will make the data upload quicker than it would be not using such a feature.

Canon DR-G1100

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Canon DR-G1100

Canon DR-G1100
A311.7 in. x 16.5 in.Hi-Speed USB 2.0100200500 sheets25000 sheetsClick for more info
When ever we talk about fast scanning we always include the ultra quick document scanner, the Canon DR-G1100. I always say that this scanner is probably the best scanning product Canon has ever made.

First of all starting with the performances. While it’s not the fastest at 100 pages per minute, the speed is consistent, and you will be scanning close to the maximum for long periods of time, with minimal jams.

Then we have the ADF size. It’s comfortably the biggest out of all these scanners and stands at around 500 pages. This means a 5 minute interval between loading and unloading, which gives you enough time to prepare other documents for the scanning process.

Then there is the roller life. Replacing the rollers is only required every 300.000 pages, which makes this scanner really cost effective. So you won’t invest a lot in consumables, and the scanner will just keep running.

I have always enjoyed using this scanner and so do most of our colleagues in the digitization center. They say that even though there are other faster scanners, this is always your best bet to have consistent results.

The scanner comes with TWAIN and ISIS drivers which are compatible with PC and Mac and which you can download from Canon’s website.


Which of these quick document scanners should I get?

Well, as with most things, personal preferences will have a big say in your decision. For example out of all the scanners here, we would definitely go for the Fujitsu FI 7280. This provides us with the greatest scanning flexibility as it is both a quick scanner and a versatile one.

Having a flatbed unit attached to a quick ADF unit is always nice, especially when you use it in the same batch. Moving between these two scanning modes is very fast, which makes the scanner even more desirable. But pay attention, this scanner will only work for A4 documents.

If you have documents that are bigger than A4, then I would suggest you also take a look at the Canon DR-G1100. I guess we could say this is our choice, but for most scanning bureaus, they don’t really need an A3 scanner. This is a reliable device, that will scan all day and go on and on, without giving you headaches.

Yes, it costs more than the Fujitsu, but you should only buy it if you need it for A3 documents. Otherwise the FI-7280 will be just as quick or maybe a bit slower.

If you think we are wrong, or you can think of other quick document scanners we could have featured, do let us know!

There are some scanners that we did not feature here like the: brother imagecenter ads-2800w, canon imageformula r40, epson workforce es-400, fujitsu scansnap ix1500, fujitsu scansnap ix500, Panasonic kvn-1028x, HP ScanJet Pro models. These are great scanners but they are not quick by any means. We also have reviews on compact mobile document scanners like the fujitsu scansnap s1300i mobile scanner and the visioneer roadwarrior 4d portable scanner. If you are looking for quick flatbed scanners, we covered the Epson Perfection v600 and the Canon Canoscan Lide line with more in-depth information.
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