Review: Kodak Scanner Offers Wired and Wireless Connections

Kodak Alaris offers a premium scanner that offers some really desirable features for today's small business owner. The Kodak i1190WN Scanner ($995) is sturdy but compact, so it doesn't take much more footprint than a keyboard.  Today's open office plans don't have dedicated copy rooms, so it's nice that the Kodak i1190WN is small, and quiet, so people can work near it without it being intrusive.

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Surprisingly, besides simplex, the Kodak i1190WN handles duplex (double-sided) scanning of color and black and white documents at 600 dpi. Most scanners this size only scan one side and rarely with resolution as high as 600 dpi, so this is impressive. The Kodak i1190WN is fast, with a special high speed mode for the first ten pages, so you won't be waiting on most documents. Apple iPhone and iPad owners will appreciate the option of 100 percent wireless operation, once you configure the scanner to connect to your Wi-Fi network, and download the free app for iOS or Android. Thanks to the included software, you can also use it with your Mac or PC, or even a Linux box, since it also can connect via USB or Ethernet.

With the mobile app, a lawyer could scan legal documents into a PDF to view on an iPad, and look a lot more professional in the courtroom. I teach at the local university so I plan to scan my students' homework papers to review them on my iPad without worrying about losing the originals. Speaking of originals, the i1190 handles traditional documents and even small items like a business card. For larger documents, Kodak Alaris offers a flatbed accessory in A3 or legal sizes (sold separately.) 

Pros

  • Fast (up to 40 ppm) especially for first ten pages
  • Quiet scanning
  • Wi-Fi or Wired (USB and Ethernet) connections
  • Simplex and Duplex (double-sided) scanning
  • 600 dpi Color and B&W scanning
  • Supported page sizes: 8.46" x 14", 2.50" x 2.56", A4 8.27" x 11.69", Letter 8.50" x 10.98", Business Card

Cons

  • Flatbed accessory for larger docs (sold separately)
  • Premium price (but available for less from resellers)

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a serious but small wireless capable scanner for your small to medium size business, the Kodak i1190WN is hard to beat. 

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