Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Greg0
Xerox DocuMate 152i: A Worthy Sequel To A Favorite Scanner
Paper piles up- that’s one of the rules of nature. And every office could use a secret weapon- a way to handle those endless stacks of documents. If you can’t beat ‘em, digitize ‘em, and move everything to your computer or the cloud and off of your desk. Granted, you probably already have access to a scanner, perhaps part of your all-in-one printer or another model. But if you need a dedicated model, with easy-to-use software and some heavy-duty capabilities, then look no further.
The Xerox DocuMate 152i is the successor to one of an earlier generation of office desktop scanners. Boasting Mac and PC compatibility with a 50-page automated document feeder, it can handle duplex/dual-sided scanning at up to 600 dpi. Xerox offers wireless scanners that are more portable- perfect for traveling like the Xerox mobile scanner we checked out a couple of months ago- but this guy is built to sit next to your computer and fly through your various forms. They claim that it is up to 40% faster than it’s predecessor,
As with any scanner, the hardware is only half of the picture. Included software here covers most of the bases- Nuance OmniPage Ultimate, Nuance PaperPort Professional, Nuance Power PDF, along with Visioneer’s OneTouch program (along with TWAIN drivers). The only conspicuous absence is that of a business card scanning suite (on a connected note, the specs suggest the smallest acceptable paper size is 2.5″ x 2″ inches). We put the scanner through our usual tests, omitting our business card set, and came up with some pretty excellent results- between 20-25 pages per minute for real-world use with few errors on traditional text. Creating searchable PDFs, though, takes longer, lagging a bit behind the competition. And the Xerox DocuMate 152i certainly looks a little more staid than many others that we’ve seen, without a fancy touchscreen.
The DocuMate 152i is built for pretty serious use though, up to 2500 pages a day. For regular scanning of business cards, invoices and receipts, which can be small and difficult to scan, there are better options out there. But for your typical letter-sized and even legal documents, the latest from Visioneer and Xerox will get it done, consistently and reliably. The DocuMate 152i is available now, online and in stores, for around $299.