A smaller, lower-capacity, and less-expensive sibling to the Editors’ Selection Brother ImageFormula ADS-3600W, the Brother ADS-2700W Wi-fi Excessive-Velocity Desktop Doc Scanner ($399.99) is a low- to-mid-volume doc scanner designed for micro and small workplaces and workgroups. Comparable in worth and velocity to the Epson WorkForce ES-500W, which, just like the Brother fashions talked about right here, is networkable, the ADS-2700W is quick and extremely correct for the value. As well as, it comes with an easy-to-use shade contact display screen and the power to scan to USB thumb drives, thereby making it an distinctive worth, in addition to our newest prime choose for entry-level networkable doc scanners.
Small But Highly effective
Measuring 7.zero by 11.5 by 5.7 inches (HWD) with its trays closed, and weighing 5.Eight kilos, the Brother ADS-2700W is barely smaller and lighter than its most direct competitor, the Epson ES-500W, in addition to the equally priced Canon imageFormula DR-C225, which is available in a wi-fi networkable iteration for a further $150. The upper-capacity and costlier (about twice the value) aforementioned Brother ADS-3600W, however, is considerably bigger and weighs virtually twice as a lot as its smaller ADS-2700W sibling. When in service, these fashions’ (and most others’) enter and output trays prolong considerably, making them every about twice their authentic top and 3 times longer, however nonetheless sufficiently small to take a seat comfortably on all however the smallest desktops.
Whereas we’re beginning to see extra networkable doc scanners today, in contrast with their non-networkable counterparts, there nonetheless aren’t many out there but, particularly at this worth. Networking, after all, permits not solely simpler entry for workplace or workgroup workforce members, however it additionally offers a wider vary of workflow situations, similar to scanning to completely different PCs on the community, or working the scanner remotely. The Brother ADS-2700W (in addition to its higher-end ADS-3600W sibling) helps each Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking, in addition to USB and Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer connection between your cell system and the scanner with out an middleman community. The Epson ES-500W, however, doesn’t assist Ethernet.
The ADS-2700W has a 50-sheet single-pass duplexing (two-sided) automated doc feeder (ADF) and it comes with a every day obligation cycle ranking of three,00zero pages. The ADF dimension is identical because the Epson ES-500W and the Brother ADS-3600W, however their obligation cycle scores are 1,00zero and three,00zero extra pages per day, respectively. A number of intently priced however non-networkable scanners, such because the Editors’ Selection Xerox DocuMate 6440, for instance, have as massive as 80-sheet ADFs and excessive (6,00zero sheets, on this case) obligation cycles.
Maybe one of many extra helpful (and strange, at this worth level) options is its 2.Eight-inch shade contact display screen, which offers intensive management over your scan jobs instantly from the scanner itself. (The ADS-3600W has a three.7-inch contact display screen, however, as talked about, it prices much more than the ADS-2700W.) Not solely are you able to arrange and management your workflows from the scanner’s management panel, you too can configure and save profiles (Brother calls them “shortcuts”) similar to Save to USB, Ship to E-mail, Save to a Community Drive, and so forth. In different phrases, it isn’t essential to create and handle your workflow profiles from a PC; you are able to do so from the system itself.
Along with the contact display screen, the ADS-2700W’s management panel consists of House, Again, Scan to USB, Scan (scan to first shortcut, for one-touch scanning), Cancel, and Energy.
Largely Simple Setup
The Brother ADS-2700W is small and light-weight sufficient that getting it out of the field is easy. In contrast to most desktop doc scanners, the place you fold the lid upward and it turns into your ADF, with the ADS-2700W the ADF comes indifferent and also you join it to the physique of the scanner throughout setup. Aside from that, there isn’t any meeting. My evaluate unit did not include a disc within the field (like Epson, Brother has just lately stopped together with discs with its desktop scanners), however a easy search consisting of the product title and the search time period “driver,” acquired me to the software program obtain web page in two clicks. The one factor is that once I unzipped the obtain file, it extracted into an install-disc-like file construction and did not begin up mechanically.
I needed to go in to the file construction and begin the set up program, which is okay, although it left me questioning what number of would-be customers would know the way to begin the set up manually. In any other case, the method was brief and easy. Along with the drivers, the software program bundle contains Nuance PaperPort 14SE, a pared down model of the favored PaperPort doc administration program; there is a comparable program for Macs referred to as PageManager, and NewSoft Presto! BizCard OCR, a enterprise card scanning and administration utility. Along with doc administration, PaperPort (and PageManager) comes with a scanner frontend and a PDF viewer, creation, and enhancing utility—all the things you might want to get probably the most from the scanner.
Lacking, in contrast with the opposite Brother scanners I’ve checked out, is Brother’s ControlCenter, a full-featured scanning utility and rudimentary document-management program. Nevertheless, practically all of the capabilities out there in ControlCenter are accessible by means of the touch-screen management panel, the place I arrange the profiles to carry out my check workflow situations, similar to scan one-sided to picture PDF, two-sided to picture PDF, two-sided to searchable PDF, and so forth.
Let ‘er Rip
Usually (other than the Xerox DocuMate 6440), under-$500 doc scanners aren’t screamers, however the ADS-2700W’s efficiency on our assessments was spectacular. Brother charges it at 35 simplex (one-sided) pages per minute (ppm) and 70 duplex (two-sided) pictures per minute (ipm, the place every scan, or web page facet, is a picture). (I examined over USB 2.zero, establishing and initiating my scans on the ADS-2700W’s management panel. Scans have been in flip handed off and processed by way of PaperPort on our normal Intel Core i5 testbed PC operating Home windows 10 Skilled.)
With out the lag time (the time between when the final web page hits the output tray and the software program subsequently saves the scanned pages to a usable format), whereas scanning our 25-page textual content doc, the ADS-2700W churned at 44.8ppm and 73.2ipm, effectively previous its scores. PaperPort transformed and saved our scans to picture PDF on the price of 33.7ppm and 69ipm—nonetheless fairly near Brother’s scores. The Epson ES-500W carried out roughly the identical at 35.3ppm and 68.8ipm, and Brother’s higher-end sibling, the ADS-3600W (rated at 50ppm and 100ipm) soared at 46.2ppm and 96.8ipm. Canon’s DR-C225 (and the Wi-Fi-enabled DR-C225W) got here in about 9ppm and 20ipm behind the ADS-2700W, and Xerox’s 6440 churned at about 6ppm and 11ipm quicker.
When scanning and saving to the extra versatile searchable PDF format, this Brother check unit processed our two-sided 25-sheet (50 pages) textual content doc in 50 seconds, 6 seconds slower than the Epson ES-500W, 13 seconds quicker than the Xerox 6440, 22 seconds quicker than the Canon DR-C225W, and the ADS-2700W got here near tying its (two instances) more-costly ADS-3600W sibling.
When Accuracy Counts
A scanner’s velocity is necessary, however its optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy could be important, particularly if accuracy is low sufficient that you just spend an excessive amount of of your time correcting errors. OCR, after all, denotes the method of changing scanned textual content to searchable/editable textual content. Not solely is the Brother ADS-2700W correct for a low-volume doc scanner, it is some of the correct desktop scanners we have examined, together with the way more costly networkable fashions, such because the four-to-five instances costlier Canon ImageFormula ScanFront 400.
The ADS-2700W scanned and transformed our Arial check font web page with out errors down to five factors, which is sort of good—although unreadable with out magnification for many individuals—and it transformed our Instances New Roman check web page errorless all the way down to four factors, which we have not seen in any respect for at the least the previous 12 months or so. By comparability, the Canon ScanFront managed solely 6 factors for Arial and eight factors for Instances New Roman. A better competitor, the Epson ES-500W, managed solely Eight factors for each fonts, and even the ADS-2700W’s extra highly effective sibling, the ADS-3600W, was correct with out errors all the way down to solely 6 factors Arial and eight factors Instances New Roman.
I additionally scanned a pair stacks of enterprise playing cards into the BizCard software program, and whereas the ADS-2700W appeared a bit extra correct than different machines at this job, as with the opposite scanners I’ve examined, the deciding issue was primarily the design of the person playing cards themselves. Playing cards with shade backgrounds, gradients, and different options in and across the necessary textual content fields, similar to title, tackle, telephone quantity, and such, sometimes performed havoc with the popularity course of.
Making use of BizCard’s numerous background and different noise filters helped to various levels, however typically merely typing within the knowledge from probably the most ornate playing cards is the quickest technique. On this, the data period, these firms and people that need their enterprise playing cards to be the simplest may remember that having their playing cards digitized and remembered is preferable to easily getting them observed with a flash-over-substance design.
One Extremely Efficient Little Scanner
Frankly, given its proclivity for accuracy, its multi-facet connectivity and networking options, a extremely helpful touch-screen management panel with the power to create and save profiles from the scanner itself, the Brother ADS-2700W Wi-fi Excessive-Velocity Desktop Doc Scanner is one spectacular little low-to-mid-volume doc scanner. It is as if Brother took all the things I preferred in regards to the higher-end prime choose ADS-3600W and scaled it all the way down to a extremely environment friendly and easy-to-use lower-cost, moderate-use networkable answer. Apart for, maybe, a bigger contact display screen (this one’s a bit cramped for finger navigation), there’s little or no to dislike about it, making the ADS-2700W our newest first selection for a low-to-moderate use networkable doc scanner for micro and small workplaces and workgroups.