Kodak's new ScanMate i940 is a good example of the latest generation of portable compact USB scanners, aimed at mobile professionals or those needing a convenient desktop scanner with a small footprint.
Externally it's identical to the existing ScanMate i920 model, and also has the same quoted maximum scan speed of 20 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white or greyscale documents at 200dpi. Its main claim to fame over the i920 is the fact that it can be powered via USB as well as via the usual mains adapter. This can save a bit of clutter when travelling, although using USB power does reduce the scanning speed significantly to a quoted 8ppm for a 200dpi black-and-white or greyscale scan. The optical resolution is unchanged at 600dpi.
Kodak's ScanMate i940 weighs 1.3kg, and can be powered via USB as well as an AC adapter
Measuring a compact 289mm by 107mm by 78mm when closed, and weighing 1.3kg with the AC adapter, the i940 is only moderately briefcase-friendly. However, it does feature a 20-page automatic document feeder. It can scan paper weights up to 398g/m², or ID cards and embossed cards up to 1.25mm thick. However, Kodak adds that by configuring the ADF for embossed card scanning, paper weights up to 995g/m² can be scanned. The recommended duty cycle is 500 pages per day.
The ScanMate i940 is supplied with TWAIN, ISIS and WIA drivers and comes with the Kodak Smart Touch software, as well as Scansoft PaperPort and Scansoft OmniPage. Smart Touch allows users to configure multi-step one-click scan settings and assign them to one of nine available function slots. These are invoked by selecting a function number using the scroll button on the ScanMate. For example, a button could be configured to scan a document to PDF and email it. It also comes with the Newsoft Presto! Bizcard application for scanning, storing and managing business cards.
The ScanMate i940 can scan direct to a variety of cloud services
Scans can be created in TIFF, JPEG, RTF, BMP, single/multiple page PDF or searchable PDF formats, and the software includes comprehensive image adjustment and correction features. Cloud integration allows documents to be scanned direct to several services including Evernote, Box.Net, G-Docs and Microsoft SharePoint.
Another new and welcome feature is the availability of a Mac-compatible version, the i940M. This works with OS X 10.6 or 10.7, and is identical except that it only has a TWAIN driver and ships with the Newsoft Presto! PageManager application.
The ScanMate i940 costs €420 (£338) and comes with a three-year next-business-day advance unit replacement warranty.