The Canon imageFormula DR-M160II ($1,195) is a capable high-volume document scanner designed for medium-size offices. In the end however, its automatic document feeder (ADF), difficulty living up to its (slightly slower-rated) scanning rates in our evaluations, and intermittent newspaper handling mishaps prevent it from being our top option.
Layout and Features
In 9.1 by 11 by 9.8 inches (HWD) (with trays closed) and 7.1 lbs, the DR-M160II appears like a typical sheet-feed file scanner. It scans at both simplex (one-sided) and duplex (two-sided) styles automatically. The 60-sheet ADF comes detached, but it's simple to affix to the major unit; along with the output tray, when closed, covers the surface of the chassis. Once you fold the output tray down and extend it off, it includes no less than a foot to the unit's footprint. Between the two, the output and input trays more than double the DR-M160II's thickness.
Regardless of the $100 price difference between the DR-M160II and also the DS-860, the Epson version has an 80-sheet ADF and slightly higher-rated scanning speeds (see the"Performance" section below for more info ). However, the DR-M160II's obligation cycle of 7,000 sheets each day is higher than the DS-860's 6,000 sheets, and it can be important in case a scanning quantity runs that large.
Setup and Software
Like most file scanners, the DR-M160II's sole connectivity interface is USB. Aside from attaching the input , setup is typical in the event you install the software before connecting the scanner to a PC with the included USB cable. For every one of the bundled applications to work properly, however, you are expected to install Kofax Virtual ReScan VRS Elite prior to the other utilities: CaptureOnTouch, CapturePerfect, and Nuance eCopy PDF Pro Office. Kofax VRS Elite evaluates and enhances poor scans, improving overall accuracy.
When you scan out of the DR-160II's control panel, then the scanner disagrees with CaptureOnTouch. It is from this app you define profiles, or"jobs." You can pick from nine tabbed scanning profiles which include saving scanned documents to a folder, attaching them to an email, or even sending them into a printer, a program, or Microsoft SharePoint. CaptureOnTouch comes with two predefined profiles, including Color PDF and Mail Color PDF, that you may use as-is, edit, delete, or replace. Profiles also determine file formats, which include image PDF (PDF/A), searchable PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PPTX (PowerPoint), and BMP.
Canon imageFORMULA DR-M160II
Besides pressing Start on the DR-M106II's control panel, you can also initiate scans in the CaptureOnTouch interface. While CaptureOnTouch supplies quick-and-dirty scan processing, CapturePerfect supplies a more conventional scanning environment in that you must scan from inside the app. (You can also open stored scans or have them sent to the program from CaptureOnTouch.) CapturePerfect has all the scan-handling attributes as CaptureOnTouch, but in addition, it permits you to make adjustments after you scan, including rotating pages, changing page order, launching and editing present scan tasks, and activating visual character recognition (OCR).
In the end, Nuance's eCopy PDF Pro Office is a full-featured PDF creation and editing app in precisely the identical strand as Adobe Acrobat DC (officially Acrobat Guru ). Regrettably, while the scanner itself can scan business cards, there's no bundled company card management applications, or for that matter any document management program in any way.
I tested the DR-M106II out of our Core i5 testbed PC operating Windows 10, at 200ppi using the scanner's Start button and CaptureOnTouch. Along with the two presets, CaptureOnTouch has a"Scan First" setting which scans the pages into memory, permitting you to pick after scanning where to send, saveor print them.
With Scan , the DR-M106II analyzed our one-sided 50-sheet test record in 55 pages per minute (ppm), which is very close to the 60ppm score. It missed the mark considerably on duplex scanning, though, scanning our 25-sheet two-sided document at 96 images per minute (ipm, with every side of the page an image), or about 24ipm slower than its 120ipm rating. Unlike almost any scanner we've tested, however, the DR-M106's scanning times were about the same as scanning to memory like scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF formats: 31.4 minutes and 31.6 moments, respectively, occasions that equal about 95ppm.
It, too, uses CaptureOnTouch for scanning and saving scans. Together with the DR-C240we found little to no time difference between scanning into memory and rescuing our scans since PDF/A along with searchable PDF. However, the Epson DS-860 along with the Xerox DocuMate 5445 took considerably longer to rescue to searchable PDF than memory. Overall, the DS-860 took just 1 minute, 12 seconds, and the Xerox scanner took 1:16 to save to searchable PDF. The Epson system was also 55ipm slower compared to converting our scans to text and saving them to disk.
Finallyour DR-M106II evaluation unit didn't behave as well as its rivals during our evaluations. On two occasions (just when scanning one-sided webpages ( however ), pages came out of the machine so quickly that they butted up from the guard at the close of the output , making them curl upward. The next page out caught the edge of the curled page, resulting in a paper jam. To avert this, I tried shutting the protector, which led to the first page out to literally fly off the end of the tray. (User reviews on Canon's website and Amazon.com indicate that others have experienced similar issues.)
Such as the Canon DR-C240, the DR-M160II did an outstanding job on the OCR parts of the evaluation. Between the scanner and the applications, the conversion of both our Arial and Times New Roman evaluation pages in font sizes as small as five factors was errorless, outdoing both the DocuMate 5445 and also the WorkForce DS-860. We also saw comparable results when switching a collection of less-common fonts. The DR-M160II succeeded where many others (aside from the DR-C240 along with other Canon scanners that use CaptureOnTouch) neglected at scanning a number of our difficult-to-recognize fonts at sizes as low as 6 and 5 points.
The DR-M160II also did quite a good job of scanning and converting company cards to text, however, as said, the item comes without a business card database program. To record contacts from business cards, then you will have to purchase additional software, for example NewSoft Presto! BizCard.
In general, the Canon imageFormula DR-M160II did well on our tests, except for a few paper packs after scanning in simplex mode. Otherwiseit scanned right as well as also the software did a terrific job of converting scans into searchable text, even though (like the Epson DS-860) that it was not able to meet its rated speeds. Even so, its OCR conversion is still some of the finest we have seen, which is something to consider if you need to scan not-so-common or small 5- and even 6-point fonts. Under the perfect circumstances, the DR-M160II may be a better solution than either the Epson DS-860 or the Xerox DocuMate 5445, but if you will need document management software, the Xerox model provides greater value.
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