HP's strong entry in portable scanner market

HP's strong entry in portable scanner market

HP’s ScanJet Professional 1000 offers a mid-range option that won’t cost as much as a standard desktop flatbed scanner, but is in a higher class than portable scanner models with wand or pen-style form factors.

HP’s offering is a worthy one for small business travellers who need to scan documents ranging from business cards, labels, cheques and envelopes, through to double-sided A4 and letter-size papers and forms of up to 86cm.

Such travellers won’t be weighed down when they put the ScanJet Professional 1000 in a carry bag or suitcase, because it weighs 700 grams and is only the length of a standard ruler.

It is also USB powered, solidly built and comes with a robust zip-top case, all of which make it easy to take on the road.

At $365, it is also a cheaper option than Canon’s P150, another portable A4 duplex scanner, which was retailing online locally for up to $760 at the time of writing.

One of the main reasons for the price difference is the higher-end P150’s ability to scan documents at up to 15 pages per minute, and the 20 sheet automatic document feeder for batch scanning.

Using the Scanjet Professional 1000, HP says documents scan at up to five, A4-pages per minute using the automatic document feeder.This increases to eight pages per minute if the documents are double sided.

The scanner is simple to operate, with only two buttons – one to scan and one to cancel a job.

With an exterior of glossy black and white plastic, it also looks reasonably stylish.

With support for Twain 2.0 for Windows and Mac, users can work with a number of scanning programmes, but HP has bundled Nuance PaperPort 11 for Windows, OmniPage17 for OCR scanning and Newsoft’s Presto BizCard6 CDs with this scanner.

Scanning at up to 600dpi resolution, the Scanjet Professional 1000 offers a high standard of quality when reproducing both black and white and colour images, and text, using the supplied software. The result compares well with scans produced by desktop flatbed scanners.

Scan and file save speeds will of course depend on the type of document being scanned — whether it is colour or double-sided, the size of the media and the kind of file being saved. It is particularly useful being able to save scans as searchable PDFs.

Other than PDFs, a number of file formats are supported, including most common image formats, major Microsoft Office suite formats, HTML, RTF and Unicode.

Overall, the functionality, sturdiness and price of the Scanjet Professional 1000 will make it a strong performer in the portable scanner category.

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