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This small scanner from Brother is adequate for the task, scanning both sides of a document in a single pass relatively quickly. It’s not as fast as other desktop scanning devices on the market, but it is faster than many inexpensive multifunction printer/scanner/faxes.
I like the fact that this scanner can operate as a complete standalone device without the need for a computer. Documents can be scanned to a USB flash drive, emailed via a direct connection to an SMTP server, transmitted via FTP, or through a number of popular cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive.
I don’t recommend the cloud services option as it will require giving Brother access to your cloud accounts. Unlike the other transmission options the scanner will send the documents through Brother’s servers and then onto the cloud account. It’s not that Brother isn’t trustworthy, but there’s always a risk should their servers ever be compromised. Setting up the cloud option essentially gives Brother and its servers full access to your accounts.
Scanning speed is adequate but not blazingly fast. Documents will scan close to the advertised speed unless you enable the ‘page skip’ function that detects blank pages on a two sided document. That slows things down considerably as the scanner’s internal processor analyzes the image to see if the page has any content on it. I demonstrate that in the attached video.
It is compact, but quite heavy for its size, reducing its portability.
On balance this scanner is easily half the price of faster but considerably more expensive document scanning devices. I also like that it doesn’t need a computer to operate and provides a number of scan destination options.