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Simple Scanner with Flatbed and ADF Scanner

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I would like to find an easy-to-use scanner that has both Flatbed and ADF (Sheet Feeding) scanners. Most of what we do is just scan to black and white pdf's so color scanning or high quality scanning or not really requirements.

I have some technology-challenged users and this thing needs to be easy to operate. It would be handy to configure it so that it can scan directly into a specific user's designated folder, probably their My Documents folder stored on our SBS 2008 server. However, I doubt we'll get this feature without moving into a serious "Business Machine" all-in-one. We might consider doing this in the future but I'm not sure we're ready for it yet considering the cost of it.

Network scanning would be a nice feature but if we could put the scanned document into the right folder without the network scanning feature, that would be fine.

I find that most scanners and their software are designed for geeks. Maybe I just haven't figured out how to configure one properly. Is this a challenge that you IT administrators and SMB hardware installers face and have been able to solve?

Does anyone have suggestions as far as brand and model?
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I like Canons for some reason. If your not going to get a copier like an image runner you could get something like this.
It's a decent scanner.
Image runners are awesome though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16838111052
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I think the bigger problem here is saving the scanned document to the right place so the user can find it. I've got a lot of users that don't understand the windows file system and I'm not sure that I should really expect them to learn all the details of the filing system just to use a scanner. If I save the files to a default shared scan folder, then they have trouble finding this in Outlook when they go to attach a file that was just scanned. Outlook opens up to My Documents automatically so that's where users expect to find the files they want to attach.


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It looks like the scanner you suggested is our best option unless we decide to go with one of those large, all-in-one "business machines".
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