Kodak i3250 review

Offices with a need for heavyweight scanning facilities will have relished the prospect of Kodak's sturdy i2900. Well, the i3250 does a very similar job, except that it can handle A3 output. In one single move, that makes it the most powerful and versatile model we've tested yet.

The size, though, is large only in comparison with typical desktop models. Placed next to industrial scanners, it cuts a rather more compact figure. Its recommended daily volume has been pushed up to 15,000 pages per day for the sheetfed – half as much again as that of the i2900 – making this a model that should cope with very high workloads.

Assuming you have room for the i3250, you're unlikely to find it wanting. Like its predecessor, it's comes with a choice of feeds. Bundles of documents will be swallowed up by the 250-sheet feeder. We found this to be mostly reliable, although a batch of Vanity Fair articles, complete with jagged edges, did cause a few mishaps. Most other document types, though, slipped through without a glitch.

The interface works best with USB 3.0. The speed of this machine is astounding, and a 50-page document went through in just 29 seconds at 200 dpi.

With OCR on, it was converted into a fully searchable PDF within a further 10 seconds. Without OCR, the extra time required slipped to just 6 seconds.

That amounts to a stunning 85.7 pages per minute. And around 4 seconds of that time arose from the i3250 dropping everything into place, so larger bundles would complete at an even greater rate.

Higher output rates are available, and 300 and 600 dpi scans were completed within 41 and 102 seconds respectively. The model handles A3 just as comfortably as A4, requiring only a second for each sheet of the larger paper size.

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