Which scanner is right for me?

Fujitsu 6130 High Speed Document ScannerOver the years we have customer who have purchased scanners and those units are just now being replaced by the end users or they are just not working with the current PC/MAC operating system.

How do you know what the right scanner is for you? By asking questions and looking at the past and the current needs we are able to determine the right scanner for your needs. These are just a few questions that we ask to determine the right scanner for your needs.

The most important thing to discover is what your current scanning needs are.

Most of the time we talk about the current scanner you have.

  • What did you like about that scanner?
  • What did you wish it had as your needs have changed over the years.
  • Do you scan the same types of documents compared to when you purchased the scanner
  • Is the current scanner fast enough for you
  • Do you have the need for a larger feeder capacity
  • Do you want to search for text on the document
  • Do you want to edit the text on the document
  • Do you have the need for 11X17 scanning
  • Will multiple people be using this scanner
  • What software are you currently scanning with?

We need to know in order to make sure the software supports the NEW scanners.

Keep in mind we know you probably liked the current scanner and usually have no problem going with the same manufacture all over again. With that said you may want to look at other manufactures just to make sure you are getting the best deal. Today the major scanner manufactures including Canon, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Kodak offer 90 day warranties, 1 year warranties and some even offer 3 year warranties.

The Progression of scanners over the years is hard to follow especially if you are not in the industry. At Scanner One, Inc. we have all of the scanners listed out to show discontinued scanners and then the scanner that replaced the discontinued scanner. In most cases we go back 3 generation of scanners and some cases 4 generations of past scanners.

An examples from Fujitsu would be the 4120/5120/6130/6130Z progression.

If someone purchased the Fujitsu Fi-4120 that scanner was 25 pages per minute. It was replaced by the Fi-5120 that was 25 pages per minute. The Fi-5120 was replaced by the Fujitsu Fi-6130 at 40 pages per minute and that unit was replaced by the Fi-6130Z again 40 pages per minute. Most people would say that is a huge progression over the years especially to go from 25 pages per minute to 40 pages per minute. The cost must have gone up dramatically. That was not the case, Fujitsu increased the speed of these scanners but did not raise the price of the scanners or the service for the scanner.

Canon is the same when it comes to upgrading the scanners. Take the 3060/3080/3080CII/4010/6010/M160. 

If you purchased the Canon DR-3060 at 30 pages per minute you were using a state of the art scanner. That unit was replaced by the Canon DR-3080 at 40 pages per minute. Then it was replaced by the 3080CII for USB Connectivity. That unit was replaced by the 4010C again at 40 pages per minute. Then the DR-6010C was introduced at 60 Pages Per minute. Again pricing did not go up and the scanner speeds did. Canon once again followed up with a 60 page per minute scanner at a lower cost. This unit is now called the Canon DR-M160. Most people have a hard time believing you can get a 60 page per minute Duplex Color scanner for under $1,000 (a grand) but you can.

The motto Canon USA is boasting is “MORE for LESS”. I have to say it is working for them.

If you are looking for a replacement scanner and just are not sure what scanner to purchase. Give us a call. We have all of the scanners on our site and can show you the progression from your older discontinued scanner to the current model. We can even cross reference current scanner manufactures to make sure you get the best scanner for your needs.

Don’t forget to ask about our award winning scanner service for your next purchase.

Thank you for your time,

Levi Longmore – President
Toll Free 888-395-8570 Ext 100