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In an age of camera phones, scanners have to be fast

If you’re a computer scanner these days, it pays to be fast, because smartphone cameras are trying to kill you. Fortunately, Hewlett-Packard‘s latest enterprise scanners are pretty speedy.

With smartphone camera apps like Expensify, you don’t need to scan as many documents as you once did. Expensify lets you take a picture of a receipt and then tag it with all of the right information so you can send it directly to your bosses. You don’t have to scan an image into a computer anymore.

That, of course, is a threat the traditional scanner that you hook up to a desktop computer. But the HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-feed Scanner can can up to 25 pages per minute or 50 images per minute with high scan quality. I tried it out and was impressed with how fast it could send a pile of documents through the scanner.

It scans at a resolution of up to 600 x 600 dots per inch. It can handle 8.5-inch wide by 122-inch long paper. And it produces clear and legible results. It’s no larger than many letter-size printers, and it has one Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port. It can create Adobe PDF documents (image-only and searchable). And it can produce documents in other formats including TIFF (single page, multi-page, compressed: G3, G4, LZW, JPEG), DOC, RTF, WPD, XLS, TXT, XML, XPS, HTML, OPF, JPG, BMP, and PNG. It can do color or black-and-white scans.

The scanner automatically compresses large files. You just feed the papers into the machine and then activate the scanning software. You can also tap the top button on the scanner to activate a scan in one touch. It works with all versions of Windows since Windows XP. It draws 26 watts of power while scanning. And it measures about 12.2 inches by 7.18 inches by 7.24 inches. It weighs 10 pounds. It comes with HP’s scanning software and it sells for $799.


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