Outstanding Achievement

BLI Honors Two Scanner Companies With "Outstanding Achievement" Awards

Winter 2013

BLI Honors Two Scanner Companies With “Outstanding Achievement” Awards

January 28, 2013 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC, the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, has given “Outstanding Achievement” awards to Plustek and Brother for their technological achievements in the scanner arena. BLI’s “Outstanding Achievement” awards acknowledge those that bring products and capabilities to the office imaging market that stand out for their extraordinary ingenuity, usefulness or value.

The Winter 2013 scanner “Outstanding Achievement” winners are:

Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W
“Outstanding Achievement in Innovation”

Plustek DocAction
“Outstanding Achievement in Scan Profile Utility Design”

A Wireless Pioneer
The Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W is the first ADF-equipped document scanner to offer wireless connectivity in the document scanning market, making it an ideal network scanner for centralized communications. But its wireless connectivity isn’t the only innovative feature that helped this model earn BLI’s “Outstanding Achievement” recognition. Thanks to the ADS-2500W’s touch-screen display, users can quickly access cloud services such as Facebook, FlickR, Dropbox, Evernote, Picasa and Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) with the touch of a button. Users simply set up each cloud service via Brother’s Web Connect utility and then have direct access to cloud-based repositories. The scanner also offers eight user tabs that can each contain up to nine customizable profiles, for a total of 72 profiles configurable through the touch-screen display.

“The ability to scan to cloud services has gained in popularity over the past couple of years, but this is the first scanner we’ve seen that offers direct access to cloud repositories right from a control panel touch screen,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Joe Ellerman. “Once the accounts are set up, users can add the cloud destination to one of the 72 customizable profiles for a streamlined workflow.”

“We’re delighted that the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W has been honored by Buyers Laboratory with a Winter 2013 ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for ‘Innovation.’ Through our market research, we found an unmet need for a wireless/wired desktop network scanner that enabled multiple users to scan directly to popular cloud services like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, Picasa Web Albums, Facebook, and Flickr directly from the control panel,” said Steve Feldstein, Brother’s marketing director, Laser and Scanner Products. “Thanks in part to this innovative functionality, as well the ability to scan to compatible mobile devices and directly to a USB stick, the ADS-2500W is an ideal choice for busy workgroups looking to maximize productivity and streamline scanning applications.”

Scan Customization Made Easier
When compared with competitive proprietary scan utilities that come bundled with document scanners, Plustek DocAction offers significant advantages in regards to ease of use and general functionality, which helped it earn a BLI “Outstanding Achievement” award for the Winter 2013 test season. The utility offers one screen that contains basically everything a scan operator would need. A list of customizable scan profiles is available to the right of the screen, with each profile identified by a unique icon. No matter the profile selected, users can access several different pre-set templates to get them up and running quickly. Conveniently, each template includes a description of its settings, which can be changed if users choose to reconfigure the template. Plus, up to 10 applications can be added to the destination lists, including third-party software, as well as specific printers for scan-to-copy jobs.

“While evaluating scan utilities, we like to look at how easy it is to access profiles, change settings and navigate the general feature set. With DocAction, everything is right at your fingertips. Plus, users have a variety of ways to save information: destinations, templates, profiles, even printers can be customized and saved to help ease the scan process. And adding a little description is a helpful reminder for the end user,” said Lisa Reider, BLI’s senior product editor for scanners.

“Plustek is honored to receive this ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award from Buyers Lab. This award demonstrates Plustek’s commitment to providing customers with cost-effective, flexible and easy to use document scanning solutions.” said Karen Ku, Vice General Manager of Marketing and Sales for Plustek. “Plustek developed DocAction with input from our customers, ISVs and channel partners to provide a comprehensive, flexible and easy to use single-touch button scanning utility. DocAction can be used independently of Plustek’s TWAIN drivers, so even if the scanner is used with a dedicated document or content management application, users still have full functionality of single-touch PDF creation and scanning to email, folder, FTP, printer or any imaging application.”

Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” and “Outstanding Achievement” award announcements in the following categories:
January 29: Solutions “Picks” and “Line of the Year”
January 30: A3 “Picks” and “Line of the Year”
January 31: A4 and Printer “Picks” and “Printer Line of the Year”

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
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