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Comparative Test: Eleven multifunction printers: Scanners: Drivers, speed, quality, depth of field

Scanner drivers

If you are looking for a perfect scanner software, one of the Epson AIO´s is a must. The software lets you operate on a professional level. The three Canon-AIO´s also operate with excellent and fast drivers. Brother and Kodak come with basic scan-functions, convenient to handle. The Lexmark is neatly arranged with only a few alternatives to make adjustments. But handling is easy. At the bottom of the league comes HP. Handling of the driver is extremely complicated. We strongly recommend a new improved software.

Technical data, functions

Data
Scan-
technology
Twain-
driver
max. optical
resolution
Scan via
network
Scan to
E-Mail
Scan to
USB-stick/cardreader
Brother
DCP-165C
CISyes1.200 dpino networkyesyes
Brother
MFC-790CW
CISyes1.200 dpiyesyesyes
Canon
Pixma MP490
CISyes1.200 dpino networknoyes
Canon
Pixma MP560
CISyes2.400 dpiyesnoyes
Canon
Pixma MP640
CISyes4.800 dpiyesnoyes
Epson Stylus
SX510W
CISyes2.400 dpiyesyesno
Epson Stylus
Office BX610FW
CISyes2.400 dpiyesyesyes
HP Photosmart
C4680
CISyes1.200 dpino networknoyes
HP Photosmart
Premium Fax C309a
CISyes4.800 dpiyesyesyes
Kodak
ESP 5250
CISyes1.200 dpiyesyesno
Lexmark
Impact S305
CISyes1.200 dpiyesyesyes
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Test: Depth of field

All AIO´s in this test are equipped with CIS-scanners (Contact image sensor). They are space-saving and have a low power consumption. Heating phase is short. Disadvantage: Depth of field is very small. A technology with larger depth of field is called CCD (Charged coupled device).

To test depth of field, the lab scans a clock-face, situated a couple of millimeters off the scanners´ glass surface. CCD-scanners are able to scan the clock-face in high definition, CIS-scanner depict objects in high definition only, when they rest directly on the scanner glass. So all pictures are blurred.

Scan-quality: Photos and graphics

Scan quality is tested with an A4-photo developed by a photo lab (picture left side). A special testtarget for scanner tests permits conclusions on color fidelity and resolution.

Our lab scans clippings of the banana with 300 dpi, the test picture (colored squares) with 200 dpi.

Scan quality: Text

Scanners are often used to scan text. Not all of them do that in a satisfactory way. For text recognition (OCR) characters need sufficient contrast and marginal sharpness.

Our lab tests quality of text scans with the cutout word "auf", which is scanned in black and white with 600 dpi.

The reference scan (first photo left side) was generated by an Epson Perfection 4870 photo scanner.

Except for HP´s scanners, all other AIO´s scan with sufficient precision to create a usable source for their text recognition.

Test: Scanning speeds

Scanning speeds are determined for previews and text:

  • Scan preview: If you scan texts or pictures, as a rule you start a preview. We note the time it takes the scanner to display a preview.
  • Textscan: We measure the time it takes a scanner to read an A4-page of text with 200 dpi.
Scan speed (measured values)
PreviewA4-textscan
   
Epson Stylus SX510W
 
 
7 sec.
 
 
14 sec.
Epson Stylus Office BX610FW
 
 
7 sec.
 
 
14 sec.
Canon Pixma MP560
 
 
8 sec.
 
 
19 sec.
Canon Pixma MP490
 
 
9 sec.
 
 
19 sec.
Canon Pixma MP640
 
 
9 sec.
 
 
27 sec.
Lexmark Impact S305
 
 
13 sec.
 
 
32 sec.
Brother DCP-165C
 
 
15 sec.
 
 
20 sec.
Kodak ESP 5250
 
 
15 sec.
 
 
27 sec.
Brother MFC-790CW
 
 
16 sec.
 
 
22 sec.
HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309a
 
 
19 sec.
 
34 sec.
HP Photosmart C4680
 
24 sec.
 
34 sec.
© Druckerchannel (DC)
26.11.09 16:32 (letzte Änderung)
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6Cost of print
7Cardreader and display
8Power consumption
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11Photo print: Quality
12Graphic print: Quality
13Marker- and smeartest: Quality
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15Text print: Quality
16Photos, graphics, and text: Print speed
17Scanners: Drivers, speed, quality, depth of field
18Copies: Quality and speed (text and photos)
19Test results and technical data

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