Brother's sub-$500 scanner offers advanced paper handling

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Brother's sub-$500 scanner offers advanced paper handling

The new entry-level ADS-2200 can scan paper up to 5 metres long.

As we mentioned last year, there are several good reasons why you might buy a dedicated scanner rather than relying on an all-in-one printer.

They don't tie up the printer (though admittedly, more expensive multifunctions can scan and print at the same time); they are usually faster; and their document feeders typically handle a wider range of media sizes and weights.

They’re typically not cheap though. For example, the $899-$1299 price range of Brother’s network scanners models are on the high side, but now the company is back with a new model that addresses that issue.

The $499 Brother ADS-2200 (a replacement for the ADS-2100e) has the same ability to handle stacks of mixed-size documents, nominally up to 50 at a time. They can be anywhere from 51mm square to 216mm by 297mm – that is, from a cash register receipt to an A4 page. Paper weights between 50gsm and 209gsm are supported, but Brother recommends that the pages in a stack should all be of a similar type of paper.

The size range is even greater when scanning one sheet at a time: the width limits are still 51mm to 216mm, but the length extends to 864mm for duplex scanning or a huge 5 metres in simplex mode.

At the other extreme, it can scan plastic cards up to 1.1mm thick (1.32mm if embossed), but again only one at a time.

Scanning speed is a respectable 35ppm for A4 at 300dpi. Maximum optical resolution is 600 x 600dpi, with interpolation up to 1200 x 1200dpi.

“The new ADS-2200 desktop scanner is engineered to be reliable and affordable while enhancing business productivity and efficiency over the long term,” said Brother Australia marketing manager Stefanie Dixon.

Unlike Brother's more expensive models, the ADS-2200 is not a network device. It connects directly to a computer (Windows drivers are in the box; Mac and Linux drivers are available for download) via USB 2.0, and works in conjunction with the supplied PaperPort (Windows) or PageManager (Mac) software for document management and Presto Biz Card for scanning business cards and transferring the data into contacts applications. There is also provision for scanning directly to a USB thumb drive.

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