Choosing between Stand-alone Scanner and MFP

When looking for a document scanner, have you ever wondering whether it makes more sense to go with a standalone scanner or Multi-Purpose MFP (MultiFunction Printer)? This all depends entirely on what you need to scan. Depending on what’s on your primary requirement, sometime an MFP will do, most of the time you will need a stand-alone  document scanner. Here are the reasons.

If you need to scan high volume of paper documents on a regular basis, a stand-alone document scanner is your  best choice.  MFP may be acceptable and suitable if you don’t scan large volume of documents, and if you don’t need duplex capability.  Almost all MFP does not have the capability to scan both sides in one pass.

When it comes to choosing a scanner or MFP to meet your commercial scanning needs, find out first what are you scanning. Here are some questions to ask:

     Do you scan large volume of documents?
     Do you need a large-capacity  ADF?
     Do you need high speed scanning?
     Do you scan two-sided documents regularly?
     Do you must have high image quality?
     Do you need network capability?
     Do you need advanced features to ensure that you don’t miss any canning page?

If you say “Yes” to any one of the above questions, a stand-alone document scanner is your best bet.

After all, the scanning features and capabilities of most MFP is very basic. Unless you say “No” to all of the above questions, by all mean, use MFP to scan low volume document.

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