You probably get irritated when you need to scan a bunch of documents. Manually feeding a huge stack of documents into the scanner is a huge task. That is where the automatic document feed scanner comes into play. Not only does an ADF scanner reduce the manual workload on an individual, but it also has high-speed functions that save a lot of time.
This prevents loss of efficiency amongst the workforce, reduces lag time in work processes. The bunch of things to look for in an automatic document feed scanner is- the OCR accuracy, the speed of scan, the lag time between scan and saving the document, the connectivity options and the resolution of the scan.
To help you select the best ADF scanner for your needs, we have compiled a list-
|Brother Wireless High-Speed Desktop Document Scanner|
|Canon ImageFORMULA R40|
|Epson FastFoto FF-680W|
|Xerox XD-COMBO Duplex Combo Flatbed|
|Doxie Q - Wireless Rechargeable Document Scanner|
|Epson WorkForce ES-400 Color Duplex|
|Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500|
|Brother High-Speed Desktop|
Best Automatic Document Feed Scanner Reviews 2020
- Speed– 35 pages per minute
- Capacity– 5000 daily scans
- Weight– 5.8 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year limited
This one is the most popular choice for automatic document feed scanners for their accuracy in scanning, myriad options of connectivity, low cost and speed. The machine is one of the most accurate irrespective of the price range, therefore it forms our first choice.
This has a small footprint with a measurement of 9.8 by 12.1 by 10.2 inches in height, width and depth. Not only is it compact, but it is also lightweight at 5.8 pounds. One needs to keep in mind that this is the folded footprint. Because this is an automatic document feed scanner, when all the trays are extended from the top, rear and front, the footprint almost doubles. Despite that, this is a device that can easily be accommodated on a corner of your desk.
The ADF (automatic document feed) for this has a capacity of 50 sheets, which as compared to other models in this range is less, even then this feature-rich machine doesn’t make you miss it. With various connectivity options, this machine works well with Ethernet, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Near Field Communication (NFC), wireless and cloud printing and mobile connectivity. The addition of the peer-to-peer protocol makes it the most comprehensively connectible scanner.
The device is controlled by a 3.7-inch control panel, which is an LCD touchscreen. It has buttons which perform the home, back and other preset functions. The LCD controls the apps that help the workflow performance of this device. Using the Brothers Solution Interface (BSI), the open-source resources can be customized to meet your suitable needs. As this device is a business device, there are a lot of security features and security protocols.
It is extremely slow to set up to be honest. The drivers take a lot of time to install. Otherwise it is a fairly simple and uncomplicated procedural setup. This hardware device comes bundled with some very good software. PaperPort, FineReader, AbbyTransformer Plus amongst others. The primary setup gives options for home or advanced user controls.
As told earlier, this is one fast scanner. The speed of which matches or even exceeds some of the most expensive models tested by us. It scans 50 pages per minute simplex and 100 pages per minute duplex, where the duplexing is inline. It is to be noted that the scanned images being converted to files are the real speed deal.
The speed of papers passing through the machine isn’t that important. This is one printer which walks it talks. The lag time, which is, the time between the last printout to that of the saving of the file actually gives the same speed results of 50 pages per minute.
OCR or Optical Character Recognition, which converts scanned texts to editable texts is probably as important or slightly more important than the speed. It uses a default resolution of 200 dots per inch (dpi) and is good till medium font size. The advanced resolution of 300 dpi, makes it good till low font sizes. This being said, the scan quality is definitely above average.
All being discussed, at the given price tag, this is by far one of the fastest devices. This device is also equipped with a plethora of software from Brother which makes life very easy. It is a good budget buy.
- The speed of printing is fastest
- Exhaustible Connectivity options
- Software support is robust
- Lacks business card management software.
- Speed– 40 scans per minute simplex and 80 scans per minute, duplex
- Capacity– 4000 daily scans
- Weight– 6.2 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year limited
This is an entry-level automatic document feed scanner, targeting the small businesses. This has a good software feature set, decent quality of scanning and relatively fast. You’d be disappointed if you are looking for something which has diverse connectivity options, otherwise, it is a good device to have when you are just starting.
At 9.6 by 11.4 by 9.9 inches, this model has a larger footprint than most models. As is the norm with such scanners, when put in use, the size or footprint increases to almost double as they incorporate the length of the open trays. The biggest disadvantage of this machine is the lack of any other connectivity option save for the USB port. You can not use it for networking support or use it wirelessly.
The control of this scanner is located in the front in the form of a mini monochrome display, assisted with buttons which help navigate. The buttons include the scroll buttons, the start and stop buttons, manual toggle feed. The profiles for scanning can be edited, configured and selected via the software given.
What is interesting is that this device can scan very small images which are 2 by 2.1 inches in size and also scan large images of 8 by 118 inches in size. The ADF tray has a capacity of 60 sheets. Not only does this machine have Canon’s trademark TWAIN drivers, it also has other iconic software like- CaptureOnTouch, Readiris, and Cardiris.
The speed of scanning is respectable given the category this device occupies. It promises 40 scans per minute simplex and 80 scans per minute, duplex. The conversion of the files to various formats like PDF, is faster thanks to the software bundled with it.
The Optical Character Recognition here is quite accurate. This is a good move ahead from the erstwhile scanners where you’d never be sure of their accuracy. This device though has an accuracy right at the top. Any font type is scanned and well legible and editable till the lowest of font sizes. This scanners scans accurately down to font size 4, which is not achieved by many other scanners.
Since this machine has a program which reads in scanned business cards called Cardiris, the scanning and documenting of business cards became easy. Though it must be noted that the ability and accuracy of scanning of these business cards largely depends on the design of these cards. Otherwise one could always try using the multiple noise filters this device has.
Even though in today’s times, most of the document scanners in this range work fine for an entry level work or small business, if you need a scanner which is highly accurate and doesn’t need multitude connectivity options, this should be your first choice.
- The OCR accuracy
- The software bundled with it
- The ability to scan all sizes.
- Low connectivity options.
- Weight– 8.2 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year limited
When all you want is a scanner that scans your photos continuously, without human intervention and doesn’t damage them, then the best automatic document feed scanner’s choice for printing images and snapshots would be Epson FastFoto FF-680W. This is a sheet-fed scanner that can digitize a large collection and selection of photographs. It is not a photo whizard alone. Despite scanning some very high-resolution images, they scan documents quite well too.
Aesthetically in looks, the Epson FastFoto-6680 scanner is shaped and designed like a normal scanner. It has a compact footprint of 6.9 by 11.7 by 6.7 inches. The automatic document feed is fed with a tray from the top which curves downwards. The tray located at the bottom holds the scanned images. This enables the footprint to be compact as compared to other automatic document feed printers. The document feed accepts photo sizes of 5 by 7, 4 by 6 and is adjustable.
The connectivity options here are USB and Wi-Fi. This being designed to be a home-use scanner, it doesn’t really need an Ethernet connectivity. The control panel is actually a vertical line of buttons that has the power button, the choice of connectivity, slow mode, scan mode, double-feed detection. The scan button is also the button that can be used to access the FastFoto software.
FastFoto Software is a software whereby images that have been scanned are saved in subfolders in the photo directory. These subfolders can be on the basis of date scanned or customized by adding descriptive texts. The settings let you select the resolution you desire, whether 300 dpi or 600 dpi. There is also a feature that enhances the scan, so low-quality images get a facelift. The software also lets one edit the images.
The speed is fast. At 300 dpi the scans take nearly one second, that makes it 60 scans per second. Though as we discussed earlier the speed at which a photo goes in and comes out isn’t the accurate speed, the time taken to save the images and the lag between the last image scanned and saved is important. Therefore, this printer rates slower. Therefore it nearly takes 1 minute 51 seconds to save the 60 images scanned in one minute.
The USP of this is that it can scan documents also decently well. You need to start the scan with Epson ScanSmart utility. It has good Optical Character Recognition or OCR. If you scan to a font size of 8, it is crisp and legible. It is only when you try and scan at lower font sizes will there be variations in quality.
If you are looking for an extremely high standard image scanner which can also scan documents when needed, don’t mind a slow speed this is the device for you.
- Fabulous image scanning
- Epson FastFoto software support
- Credible document scanner
- Quite slow
- Speed– 25 pages per minute simplex, 50 images per minute duplex
- Capacity– 1500 scans paper day.
- Weight-5.95 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year
If you believe that you would be in need of both, a flatbed scanner and a sheet-fed scanner, then instead of investing in two scanners, Xerox XD Combo Duplex is the entry-level two in one scanner you must consider while buying an automatic document feed scanner. For those organizations who need flexibility in scanning various kinds of documents, i.e a travel agent or a doctor, this is the best automatic document feed scanner.
This best of both worlds device helps you digitize the photographs and fragile documents which wouldn’t last a trip through the sheetfed scanner. The flatbed scanner can not be an automatic document feed, therefore to scan stacks of documents or images, a sheetfed scanner is preferable. At 5.5 by 15.8 by 13 inches, it may seem longer than most, but then this doesn’t open up to take up more space.
This model has a 35-page single-pass auto-duplexing ADF. The auto-duplexing allows a paper to be scanned on its both sides without manual intervention. Any good automatic document feed scanner needs to be duplexing. The control panel design is frugal. It doesn’t want to confuse the user with too much.
These devices offer on point features, hence their basic control panel. It has a small non-touch LCD which shows the functions namely- Up, Down, Simplex or Duplex scan. All other functions of this device are from resolution, file type and destination amongst others are controlled by the Visioneer One Touch scanner interface.
The design is such that as the lid is lifted and the platen accessed, the ADF is bypassed. This is beneficial for tough scanning jogs of magazines, laminated documents, business cards and so on. The speed and accuracy of scan though is the most important factor to choose an automatic document feed scanner.
This is a utility and applications and software rich device. Powered by Xerox, manufactured by Visioneer, the scanned texts and their images are well nuanced and easily converted into editable format, with being saved as useful file types. The software doesn’t just enable you to scan and save the photos in PDF or DocX format but enables you to save it in multiple file formats.
The application and software list is nearly exhaustive with having everything from TWAIN to WIA (Windows Image Acquisition.) We’d need a separate review to talk about their in depth features.
The speed of scanning is decent for an entry level printer. The speed is 28 images per minute for simplex and 56 pages per minute for duplex. If you take the passing of the images only and not the time lag( discussed earlier.)
While taking in the time to save and convert the scanned image into document, it clocked similar to the claimed time of 25 images per minute and 50 images per minute, making the speed very decent overall.
A complete error-free image is scanned and saved down to the font size of 8 points. For font sizes beyond that, the accuracy varied as per the font type. The accuracy of business card scanning was highly proportionate to the design and quality of the business cards. This is a dependable device which performs well for someone who is just starting out.
- Affordable device
- Compact and lightweight
- Combo of both flatbed and sheet fed
- Limited connectivity options.
- Speed– 8 images per minute
- Capacity– 1000
- Weight– 1.81 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year
This automatic document feed scanner reminds me of those sleepy towns where work happens at a leisurely speed, but the work that happens is high-quality. It is an idyllic little world. This is an idyllic little scanner, which takes time to do a scan but has a USP that it doesn’t need to be connected to a computer to be able to scan.
This is a robust device which has been specifically, with great success, been designed for portability. The measurement 1.6 by 11.5 by 3.1 inches makes it quite compact and easy to carry. It has an 8 sheet holder tray which is capable of ADF feed. The scanner is a singlex scanner, which means that scanning of two sides of a page has to be performed manually.
The Doxie Q model comes with a large capacity of internal flash memory. Which at 8 GB is one of the highest we have seen in this range of scanners. The scanned images can only be viewed with the help of a computing device, therefore, it is always advisable to take advantage of the memory and do multiple scans of a document if you are using the scanner portably. This device is powered by a easily replaceable rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, which can power nearly a 1000 scans with every charge.
The control of this device is minimalistic. It has a small monochrome display to see the function you are selecting. It has three buttons- scan, format and dpi. There are two dots which show how it is connected. The scanner is able to connect to computing devices wirelessly or through the Micro-USB port. Interestingly as an accessory, this scanner ships with a “worldwide USB power adaptor set,” a set of complete USB cables adaptive to various countries’ power supplies.
The setup though is fairly a walk in the park, it requires a software. The lack of its software could literally rain down on you. You need to go to the site. So we’d not call it an easily-setup device.
The beauty of this device though is the OCR- Optical Character Recognition of the scanner. This is one of the most accurate that we have seen, therefore the scope of errors is quite low when portably scanning.
It is capable of scanning fonts to the point of 6 font size, which is the best we have seen in a portable scanner.The softwares that accompanies this device to be able to support the brilliant OCR is somewhat stuck in the idylls of the past.
The files can be saved in 5 file formats. This is not a device for businesses which need to do a load of tasks. This is designed to do a small workload of tasks for the home. The pages per minute speed is nearly 8.8 pages per minute. If you take in factor the lag time, this machine slows down a bit further at 6.5 scans per minute.
All said, this is a slow device, with some antiquated software, a singlex scanner, but it is also a solidly built, reliable scanner, with high accuracy, a large battery which powers 1000 scans and also a large memory.
- Large memory of 8 GB
- Longer battery life
- High OCR accuracy
- Extremely slow scanner.
- Speed– 35 pages per minute (simplex) 70 pages per minute (duplex)
- Weight– 8.1 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year warranty
A compact, inexpensive scanner, which is functional for home use. The speed is great for this range of scanners. The OCR performance though is not very impressive. So in case you need functional scans and can do with something fast and affordable, the automatic document feed scanner might just be a good bet.
As compared to other scanners, this sheetfed scanner measuring at 6.9 by 11.6 by 6.6 inches is lightweight enough at 8.1 pounds. This can easily be accommodated at any part of the workspace. The footprint is small. The depth increases by a foot when you extend the input tray on the top and the output tray in the front. It has a 50 sheet tray for automatic document feed, which is higher than average.
The speed of this device is 35 pages per minute for simplex scanning and 70 pages per minute for duplex scanning. It is fast enough for offices and workgroups, yet compact enough to be a home machine.
The performance of the scan is not very impressive, but that is as compared to the others we have tested. Stand alone, the quality is pretty decent, above average so to say. Text documents as receipts etc came out really well, the colored full-page documents though had slight ifs and buts.
The file management and scan selection was slightly cumbersome and not that user-friendly. Though the basic usage was fairly easy and fuss-free. Overall if you plan to scan less than 50 documents a day, can afford slight ifs and misses, then this is a good entry-level automatic document feed scanner.
- The speed of scanning
- Cost-effective scans
- Scans to PDF
- OCR unimpressive
- Speed– 30 pages per minute (singled) 60 pages per minute (duplex)
- Weight– 9.58 pounds
When you are looking for newage machines that have probably the cleanest and clearest scan that we have probably seen, is decently fast and can scan a conspicuous amount of pages, then the best automatic document feed scanner is Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500. This isn’t just your plain document scanner, this is a scanner that can digitize images pretty well too.
This black and white automatic document feed scanner is aesthetically designed to blend in the background. This iX1500 has the revolutionary ultrasonic multi-feed detector and a separation roller. This prevents any overload or jam of paper or setup of paper picking.
At a width of 9 inches, this scanner can accommodate paper sizes larger than standard A4 size. This scanner can also scan credit cards, debit cards, passports.
The control panel is a 4.3-inch touch color screen. This color screen is not just any color screen, it is a screen where you can create customized shortcut options. The interface is extremely user friendly with color-coded shortcuts.
The ScanSnap management software is a genius software, even though not much has been spoken about it. File management, tweaking the settings, the scan is smart, can upload to cloud storage. The quibbles arise when you try to change the path name of the file destination. It becomes slightly wonky there.
The scan quality is par excellence. The color graphics are highly precise and high definition. The colors were all true and accurate. Please note that this is a sheet-fed scanner, so post digitization there is a possibility of changes in your original images. The OCR detection though is a good 94-95% and not an accurate 100%. That does get a little tricky when scanning complex documents.
The speed is the reason why we have fallen in love with this device. The speed of printing is an impressive 26 pages per minute. The speed is greatly increased thanks to the 80-page automatic document feeder. The connectivity options here are USB 2.0 or Wi-Fi. The resolution is 600 dpi.
This is a fast and reliable desktop scanner that scans impeccable photographs, decent texts. The only catch is that it doesn’t have TWAIN. In case you are wondering what TWAIN is, then this machine is ideal for you.
- Photograph scan quality
- Speed of scanning
- Compact size
- OCR accuracy not very high
- Speed– 25 pages per minute simplex, 50 pages per minute duplex
- Capacity– 500 scans per day
- Weight– 2.9 pounds
- Warranty– 1 years manufacturers
This is an automatic document feed scanner that has been designed for those who need speed and features. This is a business-oriented printer that has a document-based interface giving those who need to scan large amounts of papers and work with bookkeeping blindly rely on this.
This is a compact and portable scanner which when unextended has a measurement of 2.6 by 11.3 by 3.5 inches. This makes it extremely easy to carry around. This has a 20 sheet automatic document feeder which is an auto-duplexer. Auto-duplexing prevents any manual intervention for scanning both sides.
This device has an inbuilt rechargeable battery. The battery can be recharged from any power sources or a USB port. Like other rechargeable devices, this scanner charges faster when it is switched off. The battery charge can last for more than a few hundred scans.
The control panel is simple with 4 buttons- power, start/stop, Wi-Fi connect. The LED buttons display notifications for five statuses- ready, wi-fi on/off, error, automatic document feeding and battery.
There is also a mode selector toggle, that switches between standard documents and thick cards. The connectivity options here are USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi. The scanning can be connected to android and ios devices.
The software included with the scanner are all researched and developed and are constantly being innovated upon. The software that sets Epson apart from its competitors is the SmartScan software, whereby, this multi-utility program integrates management utility, supports software, other applications, making them all move cohesively.
ScanSmart not only edits the profiles of the workflow, configures and executes the scans, it also has an accounting software which compiles all the bookkeeping data into accounting books very easily and comfortably.
The speed of scanning of this scanner isn’t path-breaking, but neither is this machine slow by any contrast. In the portable automatic document feed scanner category, this is by far one of the fastest that we have seen. At 25 pages per minute in simplex speed and 50 pages per minute in duplex speed, tested on USB 3.0 at 300 dpi, they rated quite well. The lag time doesn’t affect the speed which is a good phenomenon.
This scanner is the most accurate scanner that we have tested so far. In fact, the most accurate automatic document feed scanner by far is Epson’s. The scanning and exporting of the accounting documents is a breeze with this.
If you are in need of a device with very high accuracy and good quality output, then your go-to the device is this.
- High level of accuracy
- Good speed
- Supports USB 3.0 as well
- No memory card support
9. Visioneer Patriot H60 Duplex Scanner with Document Feed- B06X93N48L
- Speed-70 images per minute (singlex), 140 images per minute (duplex) at 200 dpi
- Capacity– 10,000 daily scans
- Weight– 4.41 pounds
- Warranty– 3 year warranty
This is a sheetfed machine designed for those large businesses for whom everything is important, from fast and quick scanning, the accuracy of the scans, high amount of daily scans and an all-encompassing bundle of software.
If you did go through the features above, you’d be surprised to look at the capacity. It is a high workforce machine which is capable of nearly 10,000 daily scans. With a 160 sheet automatic document feed tray, this model is heavy use of office equipment.
At 9.4 by 12.5 by 26.8 inches, this is not a compact device by any chance. The large size and nature though don’t take away from its aesthetics. In black and white, this machine blends in the background.
This scanner has a monochrome LED display, which is non-touch, helps in selecting workflow profiles, function button, power button. The up and down navigation button is accompanied by buttons for selecting simplex or duplex scan and power.
The software bundle it accompanies has us so excited, that we might just end up writing a separate post on it. Not only does it have the now-standard TWAIN, ISIS, WIA drivers, it also has Visioneers OneTouch With Acuity, a robust and clutter-free user interface, Nuance PaperPort, Nuance OmniPage Ultimate which is actually an outstanding Optical Character Recognition program, Nuance Power PDF, and more. The software bundle is so comprehensive that there doesn’t seem to be any function they can’t perform. The USP is that despite it being loaded with functions, they all are cohesive.
These softwares not only make the tasks simpler, but they also improve the accuracy, edit the quality of the images. No task seems like a task, all flow together. This is not just a good scanner, this is one fast machine. At 300 dpi, connected with USB 3.0, with keeping in mind the lag time, this clocked at 68 pages per minute for simplex images and 136 pages per minute for duplex images.
This scanner has a high OCR accuracy. It can convert the documents completely accurately down to 6 point sizes of the fonts, for various font types. The images scan are also almost true to color and real like. Therefore, it is a heavy-duty scanner meant for business use.
- The speed of scanning is fast
- The scanning accuracy is great
- The software bundle is comprehensive.
- This is an expensive model
- Capacity– 3000 daily pages
- Weight– 5.5 pounds
- Warranty– 1 year limited
A fast-paced entry-level scanner, which was extremely simple to use, functional features and all the requisite software. This has one aspect which is very disappointing is the automatic document feed scanner that we reviewed. Disappointing because it gave us limited connectivity options, or rather, just one connectivity option of USB 2.0.
This is a duplex scanner that doesn’t require the pages to be reinserted to scan the other side. The 50 sheets of automatic document feed works quite efficiently. The straight-through paper path can support documents as thick as a plastic card. The control panel is non-existent apart from 4 buttons which are power on/off, scan to pc, scan to USB, and resolution selector.
At 7 by 11.8 by 8.7 inches, this is one compact machine. The feature whereby it can scan to USB drives directly is a nifty feature for those who need to scan and go a lot of times. They would rather not wait for the scan to save on a computing device and then transfer to portable storage.
Nuance PaperPort 14SE, PageManager, Presto! BizCard 6 along with TWAIN and WIA drivers are probably all the features and function sets that one can need. These programs help you to scan from anything that has a scan command.
The speed of this device is good at 35 pages per minute for simplex and 70 pages per minute for duplex scanning. If you leave out the time lag, which is the time gap between the last feed and then save, the speed came upto 43.8 pages per minute.
Powered by PaperPort the OCR is quite accurate. The scanned text has a 2-3% scope of error. The business card management was also well powered by BizCard. This though is an inexpensive machine, with the USP of scanning to a thumb drive, with good OCR and speed. It’s not great, it’s well and functional.
- Scans to thumb drives
- OCR performance is quite good.
- Image to PDF scan and conversion is quick
- No display
FAQs about Best Automatic Document Feed Scanner
1. What is an automatic document feed scanner?
When a stack of documents, papers or material to be scanned is put into the machine, where the machine automatically feeds it through, allowing the user to scan a sheaf of documents, etc without having to manually feed each and every page, is automatic document feeding.
2. What are the types of automatic document feed (ADF) scanner?
There are no types for an ADF scanner. ADF scanning is only available in sheetfed scanners and not flatbed scanners. The sheetfed scanners have an input tray where the load of sheets are put in and is gradually fed through the machine automatically. In a flatbed scanner, the scan needs to be done manually.
3. What is a dual automatic document feed (ADF) scanner or an auto-duplexing ADF?
The ability to scan two sides, that is the front and back sides of any image or document, without removing the document from the output tray and reinserting it through the input tray is called ADF with auto-duplexing. Simply put, both sides of a document will be scanned in a single pass.
4. Why should one invest in an automatic document feed (ADF) scanner?
If you need to handle or scan a conspicuous amount of paper or physical documents on a frequent basis, then this is the ideal choice for you. One could just insert a large volume of papers in the machine and walk away, the scanning process will complete itself.
5. What is OCR? How does it work?
A software or a tool, which allows a computing device to identify the text on a physical document and interpret it as data. It is like photocopy, but it allows you to edit or find a text in the scanned document like you would in a word processing unit.
Save yourself the headache of having to manually insert sheaves and sheaves of paper or images into the scanner in a quest to digitize your documents. We have given you a comprehensive list of scanners, in entry, mid and high-end range to enable you to make an informed choice.
An automatic document feed scanner that is high on accuracy is your priority or one which is fast. Whether you need one to scan images and documents or just documents.