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Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner

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Product Highlights
  • Easily Fits Into A Laptop Bag/Briefcase
  • Automatic Duplex Scanning
  • Up To 15 PPM One-Sided/30 IPM Two-Sided
  • Weighs Just 2.2 lbs
  • Integrated Business Card Scanner
  • 20-Sheet ADF
  • USB-Powered

The Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner lets you bring document scanning with you wherever you go. The scanner's compact design (just over 11" wide) and light weight (only 2.2 lb) make it easy to put it in your backpack, briefcase, or luggage and take along. The scanner features convenient document scanning thanks to including automatic duplex scanning and a 20-page ADF for multipage scans. Additionally, the scanner features a built-in dedicated card scanner so you can easily save business cards right to your computer on the go.

The included software provides the ability to scan directly to the cloud, including Google Docs as well as scanning to formats such as PDF and PPTX. Presto! BizCard extracts contact information from scanned business cards and imports them into popular contact management programs such as Outlook and LotusNotes or a CSV file.

Wide Variety Of Applications

The P-215 scanner was designed to improve individual productivity anywhere, from the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), to large enterprises, to classrooms, and traveling in between. It can help meet the document capture needs of stationary users and "road warriors" in healthcare, financial services, government, and many other areas. P-215 scanner users can conveniently execute general purpose, distributed scanning tasks to maximize business efficiencies

Compact & Convenient

At 11 inches long and weighing just over two pounds, the P-215 scanner is able to incorporate an automatic document feeder (ADF) and card scanner in its sleek design. Bringing the power of document capture to any workspace, the P-215 scanner also fits easily into a briefcase for easy portability

Simple To Use

Upon connecting to a PC, the P-215 scanner immediately launches Canon CaptureOnTouch Lite. This "Plug-and-Scan" capability lets users initiate scanning without installing drivers or applications. CaptureOnTouch simplifies scan tasks by allowing users to pre-configure scan jobs. It also includes Full Auto Mode, which, with a single click, adjusts multiple settings to deliver an optimal scanned image

Maximum Image Quality

The P-215 scanner includes features such as Character Emphasis to improve the legibility of hard-to-capture documents. The Auto Resolution setting is useful for scanning mixed batches of documents and photographs while automatically adjusting the resolution to improve quality and reduce file size. Other image processing features include Background Smoothing and Shadow Cropping

Productive & Flexible

The P-215 scanner can reach maximum scanning speeds using electrical power via a single USB cable. It is capable of single-pass duplex scanning of batches up to 20 sheets at up to 15 pages per minute in color or black and white. To complement the ADF, this scanner also includes an integrated card scanner capable of handling plastic ID cards, driver licenses, and even embossed cards

Environment In Mind

The P-215 scanner is part of Canon's Generation Green Program. It also meets ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency and complies with the EU RoHS and WEEE directives for reduction of hazardous substances and waste products

Compatible & Comprehensive

The P-215 scanner includes Windows ISIS/TWAIN drivers and a Mac TWAIN driver-industry-standard interfaces for linking applications and scanners for easy integration with third-party capture or content management systems, plus easy device sharing between Windows and Mac users. With an intuitive graphical user interface, the bundled CaptureOnTouch software can scan directly to cloud applications such as Evernote, Microsoft SharePoint, and Google Docs, further improving compatibility and collaboration

Customer Care

For investment protection, eCarePAK options are available to extend service beyond the initial one-year advanced exchange warranty period. This saves on costs associated with post-purchase maintenance and maximizes uptime throughout the product life.
Scanner Type Personal mobile scanner
Scanner Element Contact Image Sensor (CMOS)
Optical Resolution 600 dpi
Output Resolution 150, 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi
Scan Speed Black & White Simplex: 15 ppm
Black & White Duplex: 30 ipm
Grayscale Simplex: 15 ppm
Grayscale Duplex: 30 ipm
Color Simplex: 10 ppm
Color Duplex: 20 ipm
Document Feeding Auto, manual
Scan Area Standard: 2.0 x 2.8 to 8.5 x 14.0" (5.08 x 7.11 to 21.59 x 35.56 cm)
Long Document: 8.5 x 39.4" (21.59 x 100.1 cm)
Media Weight 14 to 34 lb bond
ADF Capacity 20 sheets
Bit Depth Grayscale: 8-bit
Color: 24-bit
Scan Modes Simplex, Duplex, Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Error Diffusion, Advanced Text Enhancement II, RGB Color Dropout
Scanner Features Auto Color Detection, Auto Page Size Detection, Auto Resolution Setting, Background Smoothing, Character Emphasis, Color Dropout/Red Color Enhance, Deskew, Pre-Scan, Prevent Bleed Through/Remove Background, Shadow Cropping, Skip Blank Page, Text Orientation Recognition, User Preferences
Duty Cycle 500 scans/day
Light Source RGB LED
Interface Hi-Speed USB 2.0, USB 3.0
OS Compatibility Windows: XP Pro (32/64 bit), XP Home (32 bit), Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
Mac: OS 10.5 to 10.7
Power Consumption 2.5 to 7 W
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.6 x 11.2 x 3.7" (4.06 x 28.45 x 9.4 cm) 1
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Weight 2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner
  • USB Cable (5.91'/1.8m)
  • Power Supply USB Cable
  • Document Kit:
    • Reference Guide
    • Supplement For AutoStart Switch
    • eCarePAK Brochure
    • Supplement For Call Center
  • Setup DVD-ROM:
    • CaptureOnTouch
    • Scanner Driver
    • Presto! BizCard
    • PaperPort (Windows)
    • Presto! pageManager (Mac)
    • Evernote
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty With Exchange Service
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    CanonimageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (15)
    • Easy to set up (10)
    • Widely compatible (7)
    • Excellent software (6)
    • Scans accurately (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Office (5)
      • Improving productivity (4)
      • Personal use (4)
      • Consolidating data (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (11), Tech savvy (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (8), Mac (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Scanner

      This is a great little scanner. I'm very happy with it and I'm glad I spent the extra 30 bucks over the Fujitsu ScanSnap. It's very fast and the colors from my old handwritten...Read complete review

      This is a great little scanner. I'm very happy with it and I'm glad I spent the extra 30 bucks over the Fujitsu ScanSnap. It's very fast and the colors from my old handwritten college notes including highlights are very vibrant.PROS: Lightweight, takes up little desk space, very fast, scans up to 20 pages at a time, can delete and rearrange pages after scanning, scans directly into Evernote and Google Docs, vibrant colors, easy set up, works right out of the box without any software install if you want, no delay creating searchable pdf, scans laminated ID cards well, unless you do a ton of scanning this can serve as a small primary scanner whether you plan to use it on the go or not.CONS: must choose custom install to get all the great features, AC power cord not included (while it's not necessary, and it works fine/fast with the USB connection, it should be included or not an option at all, especially since they claim it works even faster with AC power)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Confusing instructions

      The Reference Guide gives you one set of instructions and the User's Guide which I had to print (only available in supplied setup disc) gives contradictory information. They have two different scanning systems....Read complete review

      The Reference Guide gives you one set of instructions and the User's Guide which I had to print (only available in supplied setup disc) gives contradictory information. They have two different scanning systems. One is called "CaptureOnTouch Lite" which uses the built=in software in the scanner, and the other is called "CaptureOnTouch" which requires you to install software from the supplied disc.The instructions misguide you to think the built-in software is all you need for Windows OS or for Mac OS. Not true. User's Guide states to install the software from the provided setup disc. Same for Mac. The Reference Guide does not allude to any of this. The only way to determine this comes from reading the User's Guide which is imbedded in the setup disc.The User's Guide gives many caveats in the form of hints warning the user about possible reduced functioning capabilities. There are not just one or two but a bushel full. I'm not kidding.If I could return this product to you, I would. I'm looking for another scanner and data management system to eliminate paper filing.

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      4.0

      Nice scanner, somewhat weak software

      By John

      from Salisbury, MD

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Transport
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Resolution
      • Scans Accurately
      • Scans Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Consolidating Data
        • Improving Productivity
        • Office
        • Personal Use
        • Trade Shows

        Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

        If the software were better, this would be 5 stars.
        The scanner itself is quick, and it does OCR while it scans, so you don't have to wait for OCR to finish.

        The software, however, is weak.
        You can't crop after scanning, and if a page double feeds, you have to re-scan, which puts the new page all the way at the end of the document. I have seen more advanced software that lets you right click the bad page and re-scan or tell it to insert new pages midway through the document.

        One other feature it is missing is the ability to scan a stack of papers, and then split it into multiple documents at will.

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        4.0

        Did a bunch of research

        By KR

        from MN, CA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Resolution
        • Scans Accurately
        • Scans Quickly

        Cons

        • May Be Larger Size

        Best Uses

        • Office

        Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

        Two sided, automatic document feeder, neat option to scan without installing any software were some of the key features that I found set this scanner apart from other. I was looking for one in the ninety nine dallar range, but decided to bump it up fifty to get a name brand. Got one for my wife and daughter both in the financial industry and needed a scanner. After installing and testing I believe I made a good choice. Would have given it 5 stars except my wife had a windows boot issue, which I'm not sure is related to the new installed scanner software. I had to revert back to an earlier successful boot and re-install the scanner software. I'll re-post if it happens again. My wife also wanted to make sure it came with Evernote, which it does. Also seems to scan just fine without the extra USB cable that comes with it to add extra power from a second USB port to speed up the scanner. I haven't tried it since I wanted to keep it simple for both users. Also should be noted if you want additional software, Evernote etc, you need to do the custom install as only the bare minimum is installed with typical.

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        5.0

        Well Worthwhile

        By CoffeGuyGreg

        from Colts Neck, NJ

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Outside Software Compatib
        • Scans Accurately
        • Scans Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Document Scan

          Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

          I like it. Much faster than I expected. What I did not like were the limited features of the included software. Scanning 20 pages at a clip my available choices were to save it as a PDF file or JPEG. PDF works great except that essentially it is considered one large file rather than 20 seperate as I would prefer. I need the option of changing the order or inserting something in the middle later on. What I am looking for is either not possible OR at the very least not intuitive. I might take away 1 star for this if not for the fact that it is compatible with other software that provides just what I am looking for. A BIG reason why I picked this scanner over the Fujitsu Scansnap. It also did not hurt that B&H Had this printer at a phenomenal price.

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          5.0

          Quality scanner

          By JD

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Transport
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Resolution
          • Scans Accurately
          • Scans Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Capturing Images
            • Improving Productivity
            • Office
            • Personal Use

            Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

            Fast scanning times for a portable; easy to use and versatile software.

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            5.0

            My pertsonal scanner

            By ditmas accounting

            from brooklyn NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Transport
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Resolution
            • Scans Accurately
            • Scans Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Consolidating Data
              • Improving Productivity
              • Office
              • Personal Use

              Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

              The Canon is so private and personal that we plan to attach one to each station. The graphics are great. the speed is superior. and the price at B&H is right.
              Very satisfied.
              Thank you.

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              5.0

              Great scanner!

              By amanda7732

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Transport
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Resolution
              • Scans Accurately
              • Scans Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Consolidating Data
                • Improving Productivity
                • Office
                • Personal Use

                Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                Scanned several folders of various personal information and receipts to de-clutter my apartment. Scanning was incredibly accurate. Duplex was a godsend. Scanning was very fast. Set-up was relatively easy (I have a Mac). You need at least two free USB slots to use the scanner. The scanning software is "eh". My only real criticism is that I found that the scanner didn't "automatically" feed very well at all, especially receipts. I often had to hold the piece of paper and feed it through the scanner. 11.5x8" paper fed the best.

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                4.0

                Great scanner

                By Nicolas Perrault III

                from Montreal, Canada

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Color
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                • Few Paper Formats Work

                Best Uses

                • Standard Duplex Paper

                Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                Great product, I love its small size and considerable speed. Everything is better than expected really, but I'll concentrate here on these tiny annoyances that surfaced on my watch.

                The first problem concerns the scanning software. What's annoying about it is that, though it will let you save in several file formats including PDF and JPG, you can't save a single scanning session more than once.
                Say you want to scan 100 pages out of a document, like an agenda. You'd like to have these pages in different date folders. So you save the document as 100 separate PDFs. However, for the sake of convenience and fast reference, you'd also like to have a single PDF containing all of your scanned documents.
                Well you can't do that. Once you have selected a file format, the software wipes the scans out of its working memory. If you want the same images in a second format as well, you'll need a special program to do the conversion and merging for you.
                Frankly, its just easier to do the scanning again and choose the second file layout on this second go.

                Secondly, the cancel button never works. If you're half way through a scan and press cancel, the software will stop saying that it is scanning and rather will declare it is canceling. But otherwise your plea is ignored and the document will continue its voyage through the scanner - even if a half-jam is haphazardly tearing it apart, which is common when you feed your machine something bizarre like a big sheet folded in half (for which the machine is not designed). Once the scan is completed, even after you've canceled it, you'll have the option to save the image, exactly as if you had never canceled. This renders the cancel button completely useless.

                Besides these two remarks, I repeat, I am very satisfied with this product and would buy again.

                The colour is accurate, but only if you do some custom tuning.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Outstanding Design & Performance

                By Lou

                from Ventura, CA

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Color
                • Duplex Scan In 1 Pass
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Excellent Software
                • Fast
                • Good Bit Depth
                • Good Resolution
                • Scans Without A Computer

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Document Archiving

                  Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                  There is nothing I do not like about this product. Scans with or without a computer attached. I carry it with me routinely.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Pleasantly Surprised at the size & speed

                  By Payerman

                  from Florida

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Resolution
                  • Widely Compatible

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                      Bought this for personal/HO use to intiate converting to all digital record keeping. The 2 choices I came to were this Canon unit and the equivalent Fujitsu unit. Both Canon & Fujitsu offer similar desktop units that are about $100 more. The main reason I choose the Canon was it is Twain compatible wereas the Fujitsu is not and runs proprietary software. The software installed and works fine for my purposes -can't comment on every last aspect of the software as I doubt I will ever use every feature. The unit is smaller than I envisioned it and appears to be built well. By purchasing it from B&H the carrying case was included at no extra charge and the sale price was one of the lowest I could find. Overall I'm quite pleased. I have an all-in-one printer w/scanner but the scanner is much slower (ppm) and for this conversion effort would have made watching grass grow exciting. BTW an AC adapter is not included, check [*] for a low cost alterantive 6.5v adapter. :-)

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      P-215 great with MAC

                      By Bookkeeper

                      from Pine Bluff, AR

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent Software
                      • Good Resolution
                      • Widely Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Format Film

                        Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                        This is a great portable scanner. I had problems finding one that was Mac compatible. Tried others and they just didn't work. Connection was easily set up and is just what we needed. Travel often, so the portability is a big plus and the case is handy also. Overall great product!!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Great Scanner

                        By Dr.G

                        from Jersey Shore, NJ

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Color
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Excellent Software
                        • Good Resolution
                        • Widely Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                            This is a great little scanner. I'm very happy with it and I'm glad I spent the extra 30 bucks over the Fujitsu ScanSnap. It's very fast and the colors from my old handwritten college notes including highlights are very vibrant.PROS: Lightweight, takes up little desk space, very fast, scans up to 20 pages at a time, can delete and rearrange pages after scanning, scans directly into Evernote and Google Docs, vibrant colors, easy set up, works right out of the box without any software install if you want, no delay creating searchable pdf, scans laminated ID cards well, unless you do a ton of scanning this can serve as a small primary scanner whether you plan to use it on the go or not.CONS: must choose custom install to get all the great features, AC power cord not included (while it's not necessary, and it works fine/fast with the USB connection, it should be included or not an option at all, especially since they claim it works even faster with AC power)

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Great product

                            By Joanne

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Excellent Software

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Document Back Up

                              Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                              I've used 5 different scanners so far, and this is by far the best one I've used. It's so versatile. If you have a lot of documents to scan, it lets you scan in batches as long as there is enough memory and then save them in one file. Once you scan the documents, you can either choose to delete some pages or re-order the pages before you save. (Once you save the file, you can't change it.) It's portable and takes up very little space. I've only been using the basic functions, and I can't comment on the other ones yet.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Canon Portable Scanner Rocks!

                              By OnTheMove

                              from NJ/NY

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Duplex Scanning
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Bit Depth
                              • Good Resolution
                              • Widely Compatible

                              Cons

                              • Price A Bit High

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Record Keeping
                              • Minimizes Paper Piles
                              • Photos and Graphics

                              Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                              Hassle free setup. No extra software or AC power cord required. Easy to use. Scans both sides of page in one scan. Quick scanning. Compact.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              2.0

                              Confusing instructions

                              By Obfuscate

                              from San Diego

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • No pro's

                              Cons

                              • Poor Software

                              Best Uses

                              • Don't know

                              Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                              The Reference Guide gives you one set of instructions and the User's Guide which I had to print (only available in supplied setup disc) gives contradictory information. They have two different scanning systems. One is called "CaptureOnTouch Lite" which uses the built=in software in the scanner, and the other is called "CaptureOnTouch" which requires you to install software from the supplied disc.The instructions misguide you to think the built-in software is all you need for Windows OS or for Mac OS. Not true. User's Guide states to install the software from the provided setup disc. Same for Mac. The Reference Guide does not allude to any of this. The only way to determine this comes from reading the User's Guide which is imbedded in the setup disc.The User's Guide gives many caveats in the form of hints warning the user about possible reduced functioning capabilities. There are not just one or two but a bushel full. I'm not kidding.If I could return this product to you, I would. I'm looking for another scanner and data management system to eliminate paper filing.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              So easy

                              By AshleyT

                              from Las Vegas, NV

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Excellent Software
                              • Good Bit Depth
                              • Good Resolution

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                                  Works well, not too complicated. I love that I don't have to use the AC adapter and it doesn't require batteries. One of the best purchases I've made for my mobile business.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  P-215 scanner review

                                  By Velocity

                                  from seattle, wa

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Good Resolution
                                  • Widely Compatible

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Publishing

                                    Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                                    Great size, works out of the box. Easy to use and setup.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Portable Scanner

                                    By mbressman

                                    from Jersey City, NJ

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Excellent Software
                                    • Good Resolution
                                    • Widely Compatible

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                                        Needed a portable scanner that did double-sided (duplex) scanning; tried the Brother DS-700D but it was severely underpowered and the scans came through very badly (which is too bad since I like Brother products usually - the scanner only had one USB interface cable but it did have a hidden power port which I wonder if I plugged in a compatible power adapter would have fixed the underpower problem, but I digress); I got this scanner and a carrying case thrown in from B&H and so far it has worked marvelously; it is slightly heavier than other portable scanners, and its annoying that it has two totally separate USB cables (one for power and one for data), but otherwise it works exactly as advertised; further you can use it with built-in driver software or with installed TWAIN software; built-in software works great and scans directly to built-in software that allows for saving as PDF's or other image formats

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Product

                                        By Brian

                                        from Milford MA

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Resolution
                                        • Widely Compatible

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult Setup

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Document business cards

                                        Comments about Canon imageFormula P-215 Document Scanner With Built-In Card Scanner:

                                        I am a mobile business user and was looking for a solution for scanning client's docs at their homes, so that i did not have to deal with originals after. I had a scansnap S300 but my problem was the fact that it was too bulky so my computer bag had to bigger and heavier. Canon P-215 was a great solution and works with one cable, scansnap needed 2 usb connections, it's thin enough that i can fit on my regular messenger bag and it's fast at scanning with a very good quality for documents. I prefer the P-215 over other models which are smaller but you have to feed the paper by hand because i scan multiple page docs average 15 pages per file, so i don't have the patience to feed page by page. Overall it was a great buy if compared to current competitors, but now, if Canon follows social media and happen to see this post, here is how to make a very happy customer:

                                        Same size, battery powered with an SD card and wifi or bluetooth so that i can view the scanned docs on my smart phone that way when meeting clients i don't have to take 5 min turning the computer on and loading all the necessary software and if cannon make an app that i can delete pages, rotate and send pdf docs by email i would appreciate it as well.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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