7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
I had pretty high expectations for the Kodak i2900 Scanner, and though I wasn't impressed with it at first (this review has been edited to reflect my thoughts after scanning several tens of thousands of pages), once I figured out the settings, I developed a more favorable impression of it.
Kodak has built what looks to be a pretty solid piece of equipment. I expect that it will hold up pretty well through a lot of scanning, and the fact that it can handle as many as 250 sheets at a time is pretty impressive. In my experience, it works exactly as advertised, and it is very easy to load paper.
One problem I have found is that the wheels sometimes begin squeaking and it can be quite annoying. The problem seems to occur because even when paper is not running through the device and it is pausing before feeding the next paper, everything continues spinning along. The worst offenders seem to be two white plastic rollers in the top of the back section of the device where the paper comes out at the top, and one at the bottom of the front loading area. I have tried cleaning the wheels in the front loading area, with some success in reducing the squeaking. The rollers in the back stopped their incessant squeaking when I shifted them around with my fingers, but they still occasionally scream out at me in protest.
Surprisingly, the scanner is missing some functionality you can find in other scanners. For example, it doesn't have the capability to detect double feeds like the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005). It doesn't handle paper misfeeds well unless they are quite nasty, in contrast to the ix500, which is pretty sensitive. These aren't major omissions, but on an otherwise high quality scanner, these kinds of details would be nice to have.
It was time consuming to install the software, and quite difficult for me to get started. Once I did get it set up, it worked well enough, but it might take me weeks to figure out what all these options do. The most important thing that I realized is that you can go into the File > Page Setup part of the interface to adjust the resolution if you need higher resolution, grayscale, etc. I did not find the interface intuitive at all, and I think the software is not doing Kodak any favors here. It would have been nice if Kodak had included support for Mac users too. If you don't have a Windows computer, then this isn't the device for you.
Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 v Kodak i2900
These two scanners are not even supposed to be in the same league (in price or specs), but in day-to-day use, the ScanSnap comes out ahead in some ways. Despite being a fraction of the size and cost, the ScanSnap is much faster than the Kodak if you go above 300 dpi. I usually scan at 600 dpi black and white, and at these settings, I go roughly twice as fast with the ScanSnap. There is one caveat, though. The ScanSnap has more hiccups (misfeeds, multiple page feeds, paper jams, and problems grabbing onto pages). After 30,000+ pages with the Kodak, I think I may have only had 5 or 6 feed problems. Perhaps one of the reasons it doesn't detect double feeds is because the design of the device makes the problem much more uncommon.
There is one point where the Kodak blows the ScanSnap out of the water: capacity. The ScanSnap gets quite testy when you load in more than a few dozen pages at once, so you have to position yourself close to the device and keep feeding it. The Kodak churns through its pages slower, but at a steady pace without the need to constantly feed it. This can be a huge advantage when you get up to several thousand pages, and there have been several times when I give a scanning batch to the Kodak instead of the ScanSnap because I don't want to hassle with the feeding.
I think if you are a regular consumer who doesn't scan more than a couple hundred pages a day, then the Fujitsu ScanSnap is more than sufficient for your needs. If you are running a small business, and you, or your employees don't want to have to station yourself next to the scanner all day, then the Kodak is very appealing. The only stumbling block with Kodak is the software, but be patient with it, and you ought to be able to get it to do what you need.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
KODAK SCANNER i2900
The Kodak i2900 is a rotary type scanner which uses an automatic document feeder. The feeder tray can hold up to 250 pages at a time. In addition this scanner has a letter size flatbed scanner which can be used for books or color photos. A nice feature of this flatbed is that the glass surface comes right to the front edge of the unit. This is handy for books as you can scan the whole page cleanly and the opposing page can just gently hang down. There is no need to smash a book flat to scan it. For additional clarity in what I'm describing there is a photo on amazon's website page that shows a book being scanned by the i2900.
Scan B & W, color & color photos. Create file types such as: PDF - single page, PDF - single page searchable, PDF, PDF - searchable, JPEG/TIFF - single page, TIFF - multi-page, RTF and BMP. Scan to a file, desktop software applications, printer or e-mail.
Setup was easy and flawless for me. I installed the drivers from the installation CD. Then I connected the scanner to my computer via the USB cable. At this point you can begin scanning by using one of two methods. The first being the Kodak's smart touch functionality, which is easy push button scanner operation. The second way I found is to right click on the scanner icon in the bottom menu tray of your PC. Here you can select one of the 9 profiles to begin scanning as well as configure one of the profiles to customize things to your liking. If you want to configure something like set single sided or name the file before saving or customize the file location on your computer's hard drive just remember to do that first before starting the scan.
I was thoroughly impressed by how fast it scans and how easy it is to use. Everything worked as it should and I did not encounter any problems.
KODAK CAPTURE DESKTOP SOFTWARE
There is an additional DVD disk that contains the Kodak Capture Desktop software and features for the Capture PRO software which is available (not included). These "features" for the PRO software are a flash movie and tutorials.
The Capture Desktop software will help you to:
Capture batches/folders of documents
Basic editing of images
Add an Index (manual or drag and drop OCR)
Output to many file formats
The software is geared to be used by an admin and operators. The admin does the job setup process and the operator(s) do the scanning, index and output a batch work. Or put another way, workflows for different types of jobs involve: 1. Capture images 2. Indexing them 3. Outputting images to files.
I did look at the PRO software tutorials briefly. They include nice training features for different workflows. You have your choice of the following: Interactive training to perform each step or Demo training where each step is performed and then listed and also workflow PDF files.
Has USB 3.0 capability
Has the ability to edit images prior to saving (using the Capture Desktop software: rotate, crop, rescan & insert page)
Fast scanning - 60 pages per minute, 120 images per minute (1 each side of page)
10,000 pages a day recommended limit of use
Very sturdy and heavy duty scanner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2013
The Kodak i2900 has a design defect. There is an ABS plastic piece that retains a primary paper drive roller. The plastic retainer is not strong enough to retain the roller for long. It cracks from fatigue, causing the drive roller to jam. I had one fail Dead-On-Arrival. Kodak would not talk to me unless I purchased a service contract. I returned it to Amazon and they shipped me a new one. The second one failed after a week with the same symptoms as the first. With no warranty, I had to try to fix it myself. That is when I found the defective design. Symptom of the problem: Paper does not feed and there is a grinding sound when trying to scan. Too bad... it's a great scanner when it works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2013
I am a big fan for digitizing documents for archiving. I have been doing so for more than 10 years. On hardware part, I have used several consumer level scanners from Brothers and Canon. On software part, I use PaperPort pro software to control scanners and also for post-scanning document editing purpose. The biggest problem of consumer level scanner is "SLOW". I am very happy to try out this i2900, a business class scanner.
The i2900 itself does not have big internal memory buffer. The scanned image is saved in the internal memory first and then passed to PC through the USB cable. When the internal memory is filled up, i2900 will pause and wait for its internal memory buffer to be freed up. Once its memory buffer is freed up, it then automatically resumes scanning. So, the overall scanning speed depends on (1) the resolution setting, (2) desktop PC capability and (3) connection speed between PC and the scanner.
For scanning with black & white or grey with resolution at 300dpi (or below), the scanner itself is not the speed bottleneck. The PC and connection speed between scanner and PC are the speed bottleneck. For scanning with resolution above 300dpi, then scanner itself can also play a role to impact the overall speed. My PC is a relative new Intel iCore 7 quad-core desktop with 12G memory. The connection between scanner and PC is through the new USB3. If I scan with black & white or grey at 300dpi or below, the scanner can scan hundreds or papers without pausing. And the overall scanning speed is close to the claimed 60 pages per minute. But if I can at 400dpi, from time to time, the scanner does pause. At higher resolution settings (above 400dpi), the slow "scanning" part by itself drags down the overall speed.
The capability of scanning double side documents "simultaneously" is a big time saving. After scanned data is sent from scanner to PC, the software run in the PC will then convert the scanned images to PDF, searchable PDF or JPEG format...etc (per user's selection). Converting to the searchable PDF file is a heavy duty task to the PC, especially with high resolution settings. For 300dpi, my CPU usage is around 40% (a iCore 7 quad-core CPU with 12G ram). For 600dpi setting, my CPU usage is at the 95+%. So, the PC (not the scanner) is the speed bottleneck on this part. Or, you can save the image into non-searchable PDF for faster processing time.
I can not comment on the quality of color scanning. This business-class scanner is mainly for scanning "big amount" of documents fast with good quality. For my document archiving purpose, I stick to 300dpi with either black & white or grey modes. The black-and-white scanning quality (at 300dpi) is very impressive. Once a while, I do use the "grey" mode if the original document has a lot of faded marks. The final file size of the black-and-white with 300dpi resolution is very small. This is very good when I need to email out the scanned documents.
During the one month ownership, I have scanned more than 1000 pages of documents, the document sources include regular 8x11 printouts, legal size papers, magazine papers with various paper thickness and slickness, news paper cut-off with various sizes, receipts with various sizes and various paper thickness, ...etc. To my surprise, I have not run into any paper jam. Also, the paper feeding wheel never double feeds paper (two pages a time) into the scanner.
The paper feeding tray can hold 250 pages of documents.That, indeed, does save me quite some work when archiving a big load of documents.
Besides the rotary scanner for fast scanning, i2900 also has an additional flatbed scanner for scanning books. The flatbed scanner is very similar to other consumer level flatbed scanner. It scans slow. Not a big deal, as the flatbed scanner is mainly for occasional usage.
When not used for a certain time (per user's configuration), i2900 goes into energy saving mode. After being in energy saving mode for a certain time (per user's configuration), it shuts itself off. Both the wake-up time (from the energy saving mode) and power-up time are fast.
The provided Smart Touch software is able to control all i2900 scanner functions. So, there is no need to push any button on the scanner. I can also use my PaperPort pro to control the i2900.
The package comes with an additional Kodak Capture Desktop software. This software is mainly for setting up batch jobs used by office admin or operators. In office environment, people just need to select the batch job type, then a stack of documents are scanned, indexed, and saved into a pre-defined file type. A video tutorial CD is provided in the package for training how to setup various batch job types.
After more than 10 years of experience with the slow consumer level scanners, I am very impressed by the scanning speed and the scanning quality of i2900. This is a very good scanner for small office, or for people with big scanning needs at home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Kodak i2900 Scanner is a bit more of a scanner than I needed for my small business, but as Tim the Tool-Man used to say, "More power..."
Based on the price, it is obvious that this is a small business scanner and not one that most people buying to scan a few pictures at home will look at. However, for the small business that has scanning needs, this is a very good machine.
One of the best things about this scanner is the option to feed sheets quickly with the 250 page feeder, or use it as a flatbed scanner. I really like that you can easily scan pages from books without having to break the spine of a book trying to get it to lay flat for scanning. Those are probably the two main strengths for this scanner, the ability to load 250 pages to be scanned and to easily use the flatbed feature for book pages and such.
There are a lot of special features with this scanner, and many I have not tried out yet. And there is a learning curve with the software. I'm still figuring things out. The speed is fine, but I don't really have much to compare it to. It is much faster with documents than my old flatbed scanner that I have been using for years.
I like the Intelligent Document Protection feature, although I am pretty careful to never run anything with staples through my machines. I have not tried the rear-exit paper path for longer documents, but it seems useful if I ever need it.
Bottom line: this is more scanner than I needed for my small business, but I'm glad to have the extra power for when I do need it. While I'm still learning everything this can do in regards to settings and such, I'm very pleased with it. I think it is a very good small business scanner and will suit the needs of most small businesses that are scanning large numbers of documents.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At first, I was kind of torn as to whether or not this was the replace for many offices because of price comparison, but then I noticed some of the little things I liked about the machine, like the fact that tray rises and feeds, making for great scans each and every time, plus other features that simply grew on me as I discovered them. A rising feeder might not sound like much to some people, and maybe it doesn't matter in every work scenario, but when quality in duplicate matters this seems to come through. I also like the fact that it has a larger feed port, allowing for the scan of larger materials that are somewhat awkward and cumbersome. To say that's been a problem in the past is an understatement and a half.
There is also the flatbed scanner design, which I love, because of the way it's set up. You have the choice of either a sheet feed or a flatbed scan, and most of the time I don't need to use the flatbed because of need or because it declines speed. Still, let's just say I need to take something from a book, be it an article or a financial report or whatever. In the past, my problem with a flatbed scanner is that they are always messing up the spines and sometimes that can be a problem. You don't very well want the spine cracking and falling apart simply because you needed a copy. It's nerve-wracking to think, "is this time going to be it." The way this is designed remedies that, allowing one side of the book to be arched at an angle and the other side to still stay flat, allowing for copies with the pain. I've worked with a model that had a feature kind of like a primitive version of that, only it didn't provide an even weighting. This does. It makes for copies without constantly adjusting the flatbed's source material, saving time, which I also enjoy because there is never enough of it. Note that the flatbed is slower than sheet feeding, with 300 DPI copies taking around 10 seconds or a little less.
You can adjust the PDI from around 100 to around 1200 if you see fit, although I normally don't have a reason to place it over say 600 PDI. Anything less than 300 seems to really impact the quality, so I never go below that. I've tried setting really high and it does reduce speed, but not as badly as I thought it would. Adding color does reduce the speed, but the speed reduction isn't a blatant hit considering the fact that added graphics not solely in black and white are nice. I've done a bunch of double-sider reports with graphics through the flatbed, and at 300 DPI I thought they looked superb.
The thing is pretty high volume and easy enough to load, propelling about 250 pages through per feed, with the manufacturer suggesting around 10,000 or so a day for its work load. I've ran quite a few through rounds go through it too, and although I've heard a few groans of protest it has yet to jam, a first here. Who knows how much time I've wasted digging paper out of other devices. There's a USB 2.0 interface as well, although I'm kinda partial to using the 3.0 cable, which was surprising in the box.
I didn't set the thing up, so can't comment on that, and my technical know-how doesn't allow me to comment on software that was added to help with it or whatnot. I use the thing though, and real-world to me matters every bit, if not more than specs. Those are listed on the product's page, plus there's a few technical breakdowns I noticed while awaiting it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
The i2900 scanner was easy to set up and works as advertised - right out of the box. It is fast and I recommend it.