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Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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