Opinion on Fujitsu Scanner fi-5530C2

Client is considering getting the scanner but would like to know thoughts of other users.

The client will scan lots of 8.5x11 and 17x11 to PDF and needs to search the text of those PDFs later.

1. What's the highest resolution?
2. Have you used USB 2.0 or SCSI? Does it make a difference speedwise?
3. General thoughts on scanner performance.
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NVITEnd-user supportAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
It is an excellent scanner — and a good choice when there is an 11x17 requirement. The highest (optical) resolution is 600DPI, more than adequate for creating a PDF searchable image file — that is, a PDF with the scanned raster image (bitmap/graphic) as well as the text created by the OCR process (in fact, B&W/300DPI is usually adequate for accurate OCR of typical business docs). All of the specifications are here (click the Specs tab):

I have not done a speed comparison of USB 2.0 and SCSI. My gut says that there will not be a big difference in performance, but USB is likely to be a lot more convenient and less problematic than SCSI. My recommendation is to go with USB. Also, I recommend using the ISIS driver, not TWAIN — it is more robust and likely to perform better.

I personally do not have the scanner, but clients do, and they are generally happy with it. The entire Fujitsu fi Series gets good reviews. But if you want to consider alternatives, I recommend Kodak scanners, which also get good reviews from clients:

You'll need to look at the Departmental Scanners to meet the 11x17 requirement. The Kodak i3200 is the one that's comparable to the Fujitsu fi-5530C2. Regards, Joe

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NVITEnd-user supportAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Joe!
FYI... Since it pertains to converting DOCs to PDFs. Not sure if you can help but, I reco'd you for this question: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Visual_Basic/VB_Script/Q_28642482.html
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome — and thanks to you for the recommendation at the other question. I'll look at it after dinner. Regards, Joe
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