Pros and Cons of High Volume Scanners


high volume scannersHigh volume scanners are an ideal solution for increasing productivity if you need to scan a significant number of pages as part of your day-to-day work.

If you’re in need of a machine that can not only keep up with your workload but get it done quickly, then you have one of two options. This article will go over those two options so you can decide which is the best for you.

Dedicated High Volume Scanners

When it comes to raw speed, there is nothing that can outperform a dedicated high volume scanner. However, this is an option that I would recommend only to the most serious power users because it comes with a number of downsides.

There are some companies, like Canon and Fujitsu, that make scanners that only do high volume document scanning. They have one job which they do very well, but that’s all they do. There’s nothing else you can do with them.

On top of that, dedicated high volume scanners are rather expensive— costing several thousands of dollars. That’s a lot to ask for a machine that only does one thing, but for that money you’re getting an exceptionally heavy duty scanner. Dedicated high volume scanners can process up to 500 sheets in one shot.

That’s one way to go about high volume document scanning, but there is another option that I would argue is more practical and offers greater value for money.

Multifunctional High Volume Scanners

Commercial multifunctional copiers (MFCs) are a more versatile option, as they can handle scanning in high volume while also being able to copy and print.

At Dean Office Solutions we sell machines that can fit up to 200-250 sheets in a one pass feeder. One pass means that it doesn’t have to flip the pages over to scan both sides, it can scan both sides with one pass. Machines like the popular Sharp MX-M753 can scan up to 200 pages of double-sided paper per minute.

These days, MFCs are generally fast so you’re likely to end up with a high volume scanner no matter which model you choose. MFCs are the best high volume scanners, in my opinion, because they do more than just scan. In addition, MFCs can be customized with a number of document finishers, making them even more versatile than dedicated scanners.


If scanning is your highest priority, and you need a machine that can outperform everything else, then a dedicated high volume scanner may be worth the investment for your business. By going this route you have to accept that you won’t be able to do anything else with it, nor can you add anything to it.

An arguably more practical option, due to the fact that it can accomplish more tasks, is to invest in an MFC with high volume scanning capabilities.

Still not sure which is the best option for you? Part of our job is to match businesses up with the right equipment, so please contact me directly if you have any further questions.

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