472 of 483 people found the following review helpful
Preface: I own a business that operates in several locations and I use document scanners on a daily basis. Over the years I have owned quite a variety of these types of machines and have had some good ones and bad ones. Out of all of them, my Fujitsu Scansnap s1500 has always been my favorite. This has just changed!
I LOVE this scanner:
Popped in the disk, installed the software, plugged in unit, hit scan button = 5 minutes from unboxing to results. Fast and easy.
When you run the software "ControlCenter4" for the first time, you get a choice to default to "Home Mode" or "Advanced Mode". Typically with software this is just a way programmers use to hide extra buttons that might confuse some users. In this case, however, they are two COMPLETELY different interfaces - they don't even look like the same software.
*Before going further with the interfaces, let me stop by saying many people, myself included, will rarely use the ControlCenter4 software. When I use document scanners I want one function: press the button and have it dump a PDF into my predetermined destination. It does this perfectly out of the box. The ControlCenter is when you have an occasional job where you want a different outcome (i.e. scan a stack of 4x6 photos into JPG's)
Choices are: photo, text and graphics, monochrome text, custom. Custom mode allows you to change resolution, color, simplex/duplex scanning (1 or 2 sided)
Buttons are: image, OCR, E-mail, File. When you right-click on one of the buttons, you can change all the settings and program them to that button. Settings available are: file type, target application, destination file path, resolution, scan type (color bit depth), document size, and simplex/duplex. Once you set them, the settings are sticky so they will remain the same the next time you use them.
I guess I must fall into the "Advanced User" category, because I really prefer this setup to the "Home Mode"
The quality of the scans are great. This is true of most scanners, so I expected this.
During my tests, I was quite surprised at how fast it seemed. Sure enough, its faster than my the Fujitsu: 24ppm vs 20ppm.
The scanner is larger than most, but not huge. It is a nice-looking machine and feels solid and well-built.
This scanner has a unique feature I have never seen before. On the scanner is a USB port. If you plug in a memory-stick, the scanner has a button that allows it to scan directly to it. This would be great in a scenario where you needed to bring the scanner with you on-site and needed to scan some documents for later.
My only gripe: Like the Scansnap, it has no power button, but instead of turning off when you close the lid, the scanner just "goes to sleep" after 15 minutes. In the configuration, you can change the amount of time to something smaller, but I still would have liked it to just turn off when the lid is closed.
Overall, I think this is a FANTASTIC scanner. It does everything I want it to do and it does it well. The interface is the least-clunky interface of all the scanners I've used/owned and the results are great. It's fast, well-built, and looks good on my desk. And finally, at its current price, it is quite a bit cheaper than its main competitor, which should make this an easy choice.
269 of 282 people found the following review helpful
For some time now, I've been digitizing twenty-five years worth of office files. I first started using a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510. When I acquired an Epson GT-S50, it pretty much replaced the Fujitsu...I wrote a review comparing the two. Now I have the Brother, it seems natural to write another comparative review. They're sitting side-by-side on my desk and hooked up to the same computer. (Since someone asked: Windows 7, Intel i5-2400 processor, 16Gb memory, 128 Gb SSD primary disk and 4Tb of secondary disks. Both scanners are connected directly to separate USB ports without going through an external hub. I use PaperPort 14 to drive the scanners and organize the output files. This is my primary office computer, not a dedicated test system, so I have lots of miscellaneous crud loaded on it.)
Installation: Both units, as you would expect, are well packed by their manufacturers and arrived safely. UPS crunched the Brother's outer Amazon box, but the scanner's box was intact inside. Installation follows the normal process...hunt for and remove the packing tape, power it up, install the software and finally connect the scanner to the USB port. A 6' USB cable comes with the Brother. The instructions say not to go over 6', but it's working fine with a $5 10' cable...6' is too short to reach to my computer. Both units come with a neutered version of PaperPort 12. I recommend installing it and immediately upgrading to PP14. (The upgrade is almost always on sale from one store or another for roughly half list. Since I already had PP14 installed, I skipped the installation of PP12se.) Both scanners have TWAIN and WIA drivers, so they can be used by practically every scanner enabled software package.
Both scanners have wedged-shaped bodies. The Epson is about 1-1/2" taller and blockier; the Brother is more sloped and sleek looking. The Brother is also a bit deeper and the tray protrudes about an inch more...not enough to make a difference in any practical sense.
Performance: To test the two scanners, I set the scanner drivers to similar settings and ran different types of documents through them. To summarize the results, the Brother scanned documents significantly faster at 300 dpi. The scanners approached parity at 150dpi, while the difference in scanning speed was dramatic at 600dpi.
B&W document- fifty pages - 300dpi
....Epson GT-50 - 4:07.1 sec
....Brother ADS-2000 - 1:56.4 sec
Multi-page form - 8 pages double sided, flip vertical - 300dpi
....Epson - 45.8 seconds
....Brother 20.3 seconds
Multi-page form - 8 pages double sided, flip vertical - 150dpi
....Epson - 22.0
....Brother - 21.8
Multi-page form - 8 pages double sided, flip vertical - 600dpi
....Brother - 42.2
....Epson - 1:47.8 sec
Multi-page form - 8 pages double sided, flip vertical - 1200dpi
....Brother - 40.6 sec
....Epson - Not Available
(Note: the optical resolution of the Brother is 600dpi. 1200dpi is via software interpolation)
I ran two tests to check color scanning ability. One test consists of a light blue grid printed on ten different colored sheets of paper. Ideally, the surrounding color shouldn't affect the scanned image of the blue lines. In practice, both scanners showed some impact from the surrounding colors; however the Epson fared much worse, especially with the bright red and orange backgrounds...the blue lines turned to a muddy red and orange respectively. Scanned images from the Brother were a much closer match to the originals. Both scanners maintained a nice even spacing of the horizontal lines. Slight changes in paper feed rate (which you don't want) would have caused the line spacing to vary slightly.
For the other test, I scanned a printed color test card that's primarily used to test cameras and lenses. This test doesn't measure how fast the scanner can switch between colors, like the first test, but rather tests color fidelity. Compared to the Epson, the Brother produced somewhat more saturated colors and more closely matched the original. The difference, though, was slight and easily correctable in any image processing software. (I use Adobe Lightroom 4 and/or Photoshop, depending on what needs doing)
OCR: The Epson uses Abbyy FineReader 6.0 software for character recognition. I'm not sure what Brother uses. Both work decent if you feed them a block of text (typed document, newspaper article, etc.), but the Brother bombed rather spectacularly when I tried to OCR the 8 page form that I used to test scanning speed. With different type sizes, typefaces, boxes with labels inside of other boxes, numbers with commas, background screened colors and all kinds of other fun things, it was unable to reconstruct the form using anything other than the Scan to PDF setting...and even then it was pretty pathetic. The Epson, using the Abbyy software, did a much better job.
The Brother has the following output file formats: Scan to Word 2K (or W97) RTF, searchable PDF, Excel (2003 or 97) XLS, TXT, HTML 3.2 or 4.0, and WordPerfect 8, 9 or 10. Note that the "new" (Office 2010) Microsoft file formats (docx, xslsx, etc.) are unavailable. It works, but it's obviously dated software.
Both scanners can scan both sides of a page in one pass and can be set to skip the blank pages in the output file. Settings are also available to automatically rotate upside-down pages, crop the scan to fit the document, remove punch holes and other useful functions.
Both scanners can scan business cards and embossed credit cards. Either one would work in a medical office to scan ID cards.
Both scanners come with software to control what happens when you push the front buttons. I never use the buttons, preferring to drive the scanner from my computer...I'm usually scanning many documents at once and want to rename them as I go.
The Epson uses a separate power supply. The Brother uses a standard cord. I prefer the cord. It's one less thing kicking around under my desk.
Which would I recommend? It totally depends on your needs. A couple of years ago, when I compared the ScanSnap s510 to the Epson, the Epson came out on top. Now, after a month, with the Brother sitting next to my Epson GT-S50, I find myself almost always using the Brother. It's faster and I almost never need the OCR function. If OCR was a primary requirement, I'd probably still use the Brother along with a separately purchased copy of Abbyy FineReader 11. For scanning photographs, I recommend a flatbed unit that's designed primarily for that purpose. These will both work, but the automatic dust removal software included with photoscanners will save you many hours of touch-up work. If you just occasionally need to scan documents, both of these scanners are complete overkill and a good all-in-one should work fine...just make sure that it can do two-sided scanning.
The scanner hardware deserves five stars. I'm dunning it a point because of the old drivers and the poor OCR performance. When/If that gets updated, this is clearly a five (if not six) star device.
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
In my business of drafting, reviewing, and marking up contracts, a good scanner is a must. So when I was given the option of working from home from time to time, I decided that investing in a good scanner would make this much easier. At first, our scanner/printer/fax all in one Cannon seemed like a good option, but ever since it started drawing a line half way through my documents, and often giving me an error (especially during an urgent review process), and taking its sweet time to scan, it became too frustrating not to purchase a dedicated scanner.
After reading the reviews and finding out that this had a TWAIN driver, which directly scans into my Adobe Acrobat Professional software, it was a winner! Who needs more softwares in your computer?!?! Right out of the box, I did have a little hiccup trying to get the latest driver, yari yari yari, then popped the CD in, updated whatever needed updating, plug and went. Super fast (probably faster than the industrial $20k copier/scanner machine at the office since it scans both sides simultaneously), I didn't adjust a thing to it, it automatically detects the contents of the reverse side of the page and scans it. The problem is that if you have knicks and marks on back of a blank page, they will be detected - nothing that a good 'ole "DELETE" couldn't resolve, however.
The machine is simple, super easy to use and for office purposes, it not only serves my purpose but it does it beautifully. I never thought I'd spend $300 on a scanner, since some people give out scanners for free... but this is a worthwhile investment. I absolutely love it so much I started scanning all kids of stuff - a little playing around with the new tech toys, I haven't done in a long time. I highly recommend this product, especially if you don't want to get a scanner that has its own software and conflicts with your Acrobat software; to me, a big deal because I just can't stand having to deal with two softwares and since I work from a work laptop, adding software to my computer is a big no-no and frowned upon. The worst part is when loading new software that slows down your laptop; it's so annoying! I don't have that problem, and I hook up my personal laptop, my work laptop, and my design Mac - works with all of them without a hitch! I LOVE it!
UPDATE: Sorry, I've been swamped with work lately, I can't write or update reviews. Someone asked about picture scanning (amazon emailed me the question). Yes, it scans pictures in color. I'm assuming, since my conversion sofrware makes the scanner scan directly to a PDF file, that other options would be available (I haven't had time to try those options), but the PDF scan, appears in color, if you scan a colored item. The image quality is very good, but if you're scanning an imperfect picture, it will pick up every detail, good or bad. I tested it when scanning a postcard, and the picture looked grainy, but upon closer inspection of the postcard, I realized those grains were part of the picture, not image quality issues with the scanner (I hope not, not many people buy $300 to $400 scanners). It scanned the picture super fast (same speed as the black and white, which is pretty darn good if you asked me). Note, if you do scan a picture and you receive the PDF, you can upload it into Illustrator or Photoshop to fix it/modify it or play around with it any way you want. This is more than I can ask for, or need.
73 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
The Brother ADS-2000 does a great job, though just doesn't quite live up to the price tag. I also have a portable Fujitsu SanSnap S1300, which has all the same features at a much lower cost, and also takes up much less desk space (in addition to being portable). The ScanSnap is a little slower and does have a smaller document capacity, so it's not a fit for everyone.
The ADS-2000 has an "auto" mode to detect color and page size. The auto detection for color works great, saving space by picking out the pages with color and scanning the rest in black and white, reducing the file size. The auto detection of page size didn't work as well, adding around 1/4" at the margins, and a line at the top of the scanned image.
The scanned file size was initially huge. You can adjust the settings to reduce the size. However, the file size is over twice as large compared with the ScanSnap using the same settings (file type, dpi, etc.). One great feature is that the Brother has maximum flexibility in terms of file types and settings. It is unlikely this machine will be unable to perform a scanning function you need.
The Brother ADS-2000 uses ControlCenter 4 software. I was familiar with ControlCenter 3 through an earlier Brother product. The software is middle-of-the-road in terms of ease; it's not complex, but I wouldn't call it easy to use. The ScanSnap software is a little more difficult to use.
Overall, the Brother ADS-2000 is a good scanner. I would just take a look at the ScanSnap 1300 (less expensive than the ADS-2000) and ScanSnap 1500 (more expensive than the ADS-2000), compare the features, and decide what's best for you.
71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
PROS: This machine is fast, easily matched the rated speed on both double and single sided scans. Fairly attractive design, and the top folds down and makes a very nice dust cover. Doesn't take up too much size on the desk. Quiet, easy enough to understand how to work it.
CONS: UHHH, the purpose of a scanner is to scan. This thing blows when it comes to quality. Every page (front or back) of a document comes out with a jagged bold black line across the top. Doesn't matter what settings I use, the black line is there. Reminds you of the quality of the old fax and copy machines in the 90's where there was a distinct shadow around the edge of the paper when making a copy. I contacted Brother Support about the quality since that issue isn't addressed in the user's manual. They deny that it could leave a black line across the top of every page, try to blame my PC.
Let's see, what else? The software suite doesn't work with Windows 8, which they do acknowledge on their website. They rely on the Windows driver which doesn't allow you to change any settings. Ironically, it doesn't allow you to scan either. Finally gave up after a couple of frustrating hours, put it on a Windows 7 machine, upon which I discovered the quality issues.
For reference, I only scanned about 300 double-sided pages, so perhaps it will get better over time. However, I will not be the one to find out. Amazon saves the day once again with their generous return policy. Sent it back after a frustrating 2 hour session with Brother's Tech Non-Support Department. Now looking at the Epson...
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
I bought the ads2000 3 months ago after reading all these great reviews comparing to fujitsu scansnap, and thinking I can save some $$. It was doing its job except the frequent and temperamental multifeed errors that we get (sheets we scan have loose ends and uneven). We figured this was normal for the type of documents we use and have learned to live with this problem. But then couple of weeks ago we needed a new scanner for our 2nd office so I decided to try the fujitsu ix500. Man, this machine cost $70 more but it's worth every penny!!! The quality of casing/type of material used, quiet operation, better quality scans and most importantly---no multifeed and paper jam problems 99.9% of the time! The Scansnap does the same job at a fraction of the time it takes to use the ADS2000 (constant pulling out paper and re-scanning, splicing interrupted scanned pdf's...arrgh!) -- it made Brother ADS2000 look like a cheap plastic knockoff. I wasted my $400 on the ADS :( I wish people are more honest when they compare these products.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2012
I was trying to organize my stack of mail and paperwork in my house. In the process of setting all my network storage to sync with cloud storage, I thought I needed a high quality, fast scanner that can scan stacks of papers in seconds instead of 1 sheet at a time on my flatbed scanner. I was searching online and found several other products (some which are advertised on TV) and are almost as pricey as this scanner. I firmly believe you get what you pay for. After having good luck with Brother Products in the past, I decided to take the jump. I purchased this item and do not regret my choice for one second. I only use MAC in my house and that was a huge part it included mac and PC software. It's not FANTASTIC, but it does what it's advertised to do. The scan quality is really good for being so fast. The other product I was researching was a "Neat" product, but I felt going with a brand I knew was better. I can say I've had problems with pages sticking together (generally ones that were folded really tight in envelopes) but that just takes time to fan the pages out so they don't stick. My overall experience has been very positive, and I will be recommending this to several businesses I do consulting work for!
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
Brother ADS-2000 Review
Macintosh, OS Mountain Lion, 10.8.2. MacMini with 2.7GHz Intel Dual Core i7. 8 GB of RAM
Wanted a faster ADF scanner. Reviews for this product looked good. Price was attractive
Home use. No more than 10 pages per day, black and white, 8.5x11 text documents saved as PDF.
As the manual warns==will not work on a USB hub despite it being powered by a external source.
Fast. An 8x11single side text page every second or two at a resolution 300dpi for BnW, duplex.
Compact as running or closed
The Apple drivers in Image is VERY fast. A continuous flow of 8x11 paper pours through the scanner when in single-side mode
Brother web site for this scanner is well thought out and helpful. So is support. See below
Unsophisticated software and driver system. This software is an unsatisfactory port from another Operating System. If this port at all represents how this scanner functions are presented on the "Other Operating System", it is poorly thought out and confusing in implementation. See below
Software-Adjusting brightness/contrast sliders. Must move or click. Cannot enter a number in the value box. Sliding the adjust bar DOES NOT show value until it is released.
Software-File naming does not permit changing the date format.
Scanner- Each page in BnW scans show a several pixel horizontal black line at the top every page @ 300dpi. EVERY ONE! Regardless of the software used.
Software- Deskew is marginal. Oft times, there remains measurable off-angles in portrait scans.
Received an "Error code CC1103". States a system restart is required and quits the driver.
Information sent to Brother Support. This problem is related to the manner the software is configured during setup. Make sure that you go over every part of the configuration AND the default scanner button. Once finished, the software is not at all picky and will accept modifications without upset.
Over all, usable but disappointing. A definite step down from my Fujitsu scanner and software (1300)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Ok there are some great reviews here on Amazon that list every feature and specification so there is no need for another one like those. You probably already know what it does, but what you are wanting to know how it works and how it works compared to Fujitsu. I have two Fujitsu high speed scanners that I use all the time for business and trying to be more green with the attempt at a paperless office. You must weigh the paperless with the IRS requirements, the usual hard drive and backup failures, and how well you function without hard copies vs. PDF's.
Is this Brother ADS2000 better than the Fujitsu 1500 series? No its not. The Brothers sofrware package is inferior the Fujitsu. Fujitsu comes with the Adobe professional PDF software with the Abbey fine reader OCR.
The Brother is not bad at all though. It is feasible if you already had the Adobe that you could use that software with the Brother and get along just like with a Fujitsu. That being said the Brother has a feature that the Fujitsu's dont have in that they can easily stitch two pages together into one without using a separate plastic sleeve carrier.
The Brother is dead even with the Epson Workforce series high speed scanners as I have also used those. Epson is also a little hampered by the software it comes with.
The Brother is superior to the Fujitsu 1300 series. The 1300's are pretty slow and dont come with the cool software package (to save money).
My advice would be this get a 1500 Fujitsu unless you can find a very good price on a Brother. Both will do the job with no worries. Neither will let you down. If traveling get the Fujitsu 1300 as its very small and can power from just the USB's.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
It's fast - totally eliminates piles of paper exactly as I was hoping it would. The images appear (I haven't had to re-print a scanned image yet) to be clear and accurate. The ability to scan one or two sides of a page is awesome. It takes me longer to remove staples and smooth out the holes (so they feed smoothly) than it does for the Brother to scan them. I have literally eliminated 3" of paper in short order - suddenly there's room in the storage box for 2012 records. And all of the older records are now on this tiny flash driver with TONS more space! I still have PILES of paper to copy because one doesn't invest in a high speed document scanner until they are in danger of being buried under the piles of paper that can't be stuffed into their 4 over-filled filing cabinets. I can suddenly envision a future of older records easily stored in a small box on flash drives.
My only complaint is the lack of a hard copy instruction book. I am in my 60's and I prefer reading How-To because technical devises don't come naturally to me. Obviously I have been able to function, but I do not feel that I am utilizing the full abilities of the Brother. There is an on-line instruction book which I reference, but know that I will get to a level where I can accomplish what I need to instead of utilizing the machine to the maximum of its abilities.
My only other problem is how to dispose of all of this unwanted paper now!