Kodak – Scan Station 100 review

high volume networked document scanner
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£1,769 + VAT

If you need to scan lots of documents day in, day out, you want a device that’s not only up to the job but capable of doing all the hard work for you. Which is exactly what you get with the Kodak Scan Station 100.

Not only can it handle up to 1,000 pages a day and scan each side at a rate of 50 sides per minute, but – thanks to Kodak’s Perfect Page image processing technology – the Scan Station 100 is claimed to produce readable results from the most, blurred, ragged and tatty of originals.

It doesn’t stop there. The built-in electronics can also decipher the content of documents being scanned and save the results in searchable PDF documents as well as create the more usual TIFF and JPEG images. Plus it’s able to distribute the scanned documents by e-mail, send them over the LAN to a printer, or save them, either to a network share or USB memory stick. All from a built-in, touch-sensitive screen, using an interface that can be customised to suit different users.

Effectively a colour scanner with a PC and a touch-sensitive screen bolted on the side, the Scan Station 100 is a self-contained device designed, typically, to feed data into a networked document management system. To this end the scanner is sheet-fed, making it easy to input large volumes, and you don’t have to worry too much about alignment as the software can sort that out for you.

Unfortunately you can’t scan in books or stapled documents without pulling them apart, although a special attachment does allow ID cards and other thick items to be handled.

Installation is straightforward although, unlike most other network appliances, there are no remote setup or management facilities. Instead, a separate Windows application is used to configure the Scan Station software and the settings saved to file on a USB memory stick. Pop this into the slot on the front and it’s ready to use. Likewise, users can be given a memory stick containing their own custom profile and e-mail address list, which they too simply plug in at the front when scanning.

The end result is a robust, secure and easy to understand solution. It also gives excellent results no matter what the quality of the originals involved, automatically compensating for coloured paper, watermarks and so on which can stop lesser scanners in their tracks. We also found the user interface intuitive and particularly liked the touch-sensitive screen, which can be rotated for extra convenience.

On the downside we were disappointed by the lack of a central e-mail address book. Plus, although Kodak is planning to add document faxing support soon, there’s no built-in modem, which will mean having to deploy a network fax application in order to take advantage of this option.

It’s also a little on the pricey side when compared to some smaller scale solutions. However, it compares well against other, similarly priced, high volume scanners and for the money you get a real scanning workhorse capable of producing and distributing consistently high quality results with very little effort.

Company: Kodak

Contact: 01442 846832


Verdict
A sheet-fed colour scanner with a built-in PC and touch-sensitive screen, the Scan Station 100 is a good choice for companies scanning large volumes of printed material into document management systems. It produces high quality images which it can e-mail, print or save to either network shares or USB memory sticks. The user interface can also be customised by users inserting a memory stick containing their stored settings.