Hands-On Test Report, Videos, Photo Gallery: Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-3000N Document Scanner

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“This fast, affordable, and compact color document scanner boasts thoughtful and high-quality design. While there are other models in the ImageCenter lineup that provide a wider range of features and scan destinations, the ADS-3000N was purposely designed for simplicity and workgroup use. Its scanning speed, design, and construction have also been significantly beefed- up in order to accommodate a higher level of daily usage. Moreover, native scan to SharePoint is now supported and the device retains its suitability for authenticated workflows. While it performed very well in testing, we found that its simplistic feature set is tightly focused on workgroup use. Not to worry though, other ImagCenter models still provide vast feature sets that includes support for mobile devices, and scan to cloud and social networks.” – Terry Wirth, President, Wirth Consulting.

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.

The Brother ImageCenter ADS-3000N as tested, shown with legal-sized originals in the input and output trays.

The Brother ImageCenter ADS-3000N as tested, shown with legal-size originals in the input and output trays.

Key Features

Functions: Scan
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

Scanning Features

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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