Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Canon ImageFormula P-215 Review

Scan anything, anywhere

Though the Canon ImageFormula P-215 isn't the lightest or smallest portable scanners out there, it does have a lot to offer. A duplex scanner, dedicated card scanner, 20 sheet Document Feeder tray and more importantly, the ability to be stashed in a bag, make it an attractive choice.

Measuring 285x95x40mm (WxDxH), it weighs a kilo. The scanner does not require a PSU unit, hence there is no need to cart anything else around. Encased in all-black plastic with a silver border on the bezel, P-215 is a good looking device. It has a USB port for connectivity along with a regular port for charging and a Kensington lock.
Canon ImageFormula P-215 Review

Installing the scanner is an easy process, though the main installer only installs CaptureOnTouch including necessary drivers. To make use of all available functions, you need to install other utilities manually.
The P-215 can scan different sized documents from to 8.4x14in, at a speed of 15 pages per minute. The 20-sheet document feeder is handy while scanning multiple jobs. The P-215 took just 39 seconds to scan a sheaf of 15 pages at 150DPI resolution in mono. The same set took around 59 seconds when we scanned the same pages in colour. At 300DPI, the scanning took almost a minute and a half and 600DPI took even.

Happily, it supports duplex scanning, which means you'll be able to scan both sides of a paper in a single scan. Duplexing comes very handy while scanning volumes of data simultaneously.

As per our test results, we are quite happy with the speed across modes, with decent output quality. We recommend this product to users who value quality and need to scan documents very frequently.

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