These days scanners are no longer the flat-bed monstrosities of yesteryear, but have instead evolved into the sheet-fed beasts of today, capable of scanning dozens of pages in a matter of minutes. While some advertise their portability, or ability to easily organize your documents (such as with the Neatdesk,) the HP Scanjet Enterprise 7000 S2 focuses on really just one thing: Scanning ridiculously fast.
While the powerful Scanjet 7000 S2 may carry with it the HP enterprise name, it seems to be having a hard time deciding if it’s for enterprise or SMB (Small / Medium Business) instead.The compact, yet powerful scanner allows you to scan anything from receipts & business cards to papers and handwritten notes. The scanner comes with versatility as an option, but speed as essential. I've never before seen a scanner run through 35 pages of documents in under a minute, and that is the calling card of this scanner. However, the feed only holds up to 50 or so pages, requiring you to re-feed it every couple of minutes. This is because the scanner utilizes RAM to store its files, and does not transfer them on-the-fly to the computer it's scanning for, requiring it to pause and upload all the documents once it has finished its scan. The system can scan from 200 PPI (pixels per inch) to 600 PPI, though a 600 PPI scan takes about 7 or 8 seconds, and a 200 PPI scan in less an a second. Regardless, the Scanjet Enterprise 7000 S2 does justice at 200 PPI just as much as it does at 600 PPI, so you really aren't sacrificing much quality for the great speed you get in exchange. The only con here perhaps is that it can easily jam when you insert a variety of different documents at once, such as a business card with a regular piece of paper, and so on. As a result it's best to print business cards with business cards, and so on, otherwise you risk jamming the scanner.
Historically HP has a bit of a rough track record when it comes to offer a variety of "bloatware" with their products, which is often useless or unnecessary software, and surprisingly even for the Enterprise market it seems to be apparent. The Scanjet 7000 S2 comes with five different peices of software on five different discs for your usage.
- PaperPort - a document organization software
- Readiris - a document scanning tool to allow you detect text in documents
- Cardiris - a document scanning tool to allow you to organize business cards
- Kofax VRS - VRS (virtual Re-Scan) software for your conveneince to clean up documents scanned up
- HP Scanning Software & Drivers
If some of this software sounds a bit familiar, it's probably because it's all centered around similar features behind the Neatdesk, though sadly at a much greater bottom line between cost and convenience. None of the software interacts or allows easy communication between it, meaning you'll have to rescan between each of the programs depending on what sort of task you're trying to accomplish. To top it off, the non-HP software isn't even compatible with the scanner's ability to scan two sides at once, and wants you to isntead scan the old-fashioned way with re-inserting the page (sort of defeating the purpose here of the Scanjet.) To make matters worse, Hp offers little-to-no documentation on any of the software, so it'll be a while for your team to figure out exactly how all this software works and interacts with your Scanjet. Don't bother moving your printer around either, Readiris gives you a single-license, so if you change comptuers you're going to have to buy another license too.
Most of the software is not worth installing, as they cannot scan the documents in the manner that HP's scanner allows simultaneous double-sided printing, and that makes the process arduous and complicated for the sheer sake of reading PDF contents or cleaning up documents. What makes the Scanjet an interesting choice to buy is its speed, but the software quickly jumps at you to slow it right down.
What HP has done is a remarkably fast scanner with high-resolution capability, and essentially weighed it down with a bunch of unnecessary software to make matters worse.