We recently completed Hands-On Testing of Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-3000N desktop document scanner ($699.99). This new model takes a different approach to scanning than the tested ADS-2500W and ADS-2500We models that we tested a while back. The different approach is that the ADS-3000N is designed for ease of use in the office, whereas its predecessors incorporated touch screens that included scan to social-network functionality (such as scan to Facebook) and support for mobile devices – however these features are likely only be a distraction in an office or industrial environment, and have been omitted. Its daily scan volume has also been increased from 1,500 scans, to 5,000 scans per day.
Other key design changes include double the scanning speed (100 versus 48 images per minute [ipm]), elimination of the fold-down smoked cover, sturdier original and output supports, integrated scan to Microsoft SharePoint, Gigabit Ethernet wired networking, and significantly more robust document-original feed rollers (with a life of 200,000 scans versus 50,000 scans). It can no longer scan to email servers, ostensibly for security purposes. There’s also no WiFi networking support, but not to worry, there’s also the new Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W ($499.99) and ADS-3600W ($799.99) models that feature WiFi networking, as well as the familiar 3.7″ swipeable touch screens, and the advanced feature set found on the previously tested models.
Like its predecessors, the ImageCenter ADS-3000N’s features include: scan to File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sites, network folders, USB flash-memory devices, and desktop email; single-pass scanning of two-sided originals, and a generous assortment of document-management software.
Suggested Daily Scan Volume: 5,500 scans
Estimated Street Price: $699.99
Availability: Brother Web site, Online, Retail
Introduction Date: March 2014
OS Compatibility: MS Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Linux
Simplex Scan Speed: Up to 50 opm (monochrome & color)
Single-Pass Duplex Scan: Up to 50 originals
Duplex Scan Speed: Up to 100 ipm (monochrome & color)
Standard Interface(s): Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T, SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Networking Capability: Wired Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T
Wi-Fi Certified: No
Direct Scanning Destinations: File, Image, (Desktop) Email (desktop), FTP/SFTP, OCR, Print, Network, USB flash memory drive, and Microsoft SharePoint
Scanning Modes: 24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray-scale, 1-bit monochrome
Max. Optical Resolution: Up to 600 x 600 dpi
Max. Interpolated Resolution: Up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi
Image Sensor: Dual CIS
Feed Roller Life: 200,000 scans
Original Types and Sizes
Acceptable Media Types: Paper, receipts, photos, business cards, plastic/laminated cards (including embossed)
Max. Original Size (single sheet): 8.5″ x 196″
Max. Original Size (multiple sheets): 8.5″ x 14″
Max. Original Size (duplex mode): 8.5″ x 14″
Media Weights (single sheet): 11 lb. – 110 lb. (27 – 413 g/m2)
Media Weights (multiple sheets): 11 lb. – 110 lb. (27 – 413 g/m2)
Minimum Original Size: 2.0″ (W) x 2.0″ (L)
Plastic Card Thickness: Embossed: up to 1.4mm (55 mil)
Plastic Card Sizes (min./max.): 2.0″(W) x 2.76″(L) / 2.13″(W) x 3.37″(L)
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