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Canon ImageFORMULA P-215 Portable Document Scanner

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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandCanon
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions28.5 x 9.5 x 4 cm
Item model number5608B003AA
SeriesP-215
ColorBlack, Silver
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Wattage7 watts
Power SourceUSB
Software IncludedWindows XP Professional x64
  
Additional Information
ASINB006YA1QNK
Best Sellers Rank 72,052 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available11 Jan. 2012
  
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase
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Product Description

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Fast, versatile, compact scanner for the office, at home and on the move

The imageFORMULA P-215 is an incredibly fast, versatile, USB-powered scanner. Its ultra-compact, portable design makes it ideal for use anywhere, whilst its ability to scan directly to cloud-hosted applications such as Google Docs, Evernote and SharePoint makes it especially useful for mobile workers. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, the imageFORMULA P-215 features inbuilt software that allows you to simply plug it in and begin scanning immediately.

Features include:

  • Compact dimensions of just 28.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 4.0 cm (W x D x H)
  • Lightweight and easy to carry, weighing just 1kg (the same as a litre bottle of water)
  • Simple ‘plug-and-scan’ operation, with built-in software for both Windows and Mac OS
  • USB-powered, so no need for an AC adaptor
  • Class-leading, 20-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Fast, double-sided scanning - at 200dpi it scans 15 ppm / 30 ipm (black & white) or 10 ppm / 20 ipm (colour)
  • Create searchable PDF documents for fast keyword searching
  • Scan a variety of media from A4 to irregular-sized documents and photos
  • Scan plastic ID and embossed cards
  • Scan directly to cloud-hosted applications such as Google Docs, Evernote and SharePoint
  • Powerful software, compatible with PCs and Macs
Compact and portable
Compact and portable
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Space-saving and lightweight

The imageFORMULA P-215 is extremely stylish with a sleek, black and silver design. Its compact design and small footprint allow it to be placed easily on busy desktops or in a drawer. Weighing approximately 1kg it is also very portable, fitting easily into a briefcase or laptop bag – this makes it the perfect accessory for mobile executives.

Convenient USB-powered scanning, with no set-up required

The imageFORMULA P-215 is extremely simple to use. Canon’s CaptureOnTouch Lite software is built into the scanner and is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, so there is no need to download additional drivers or software – you can simply ‘plug-and-scan’. What’s more, the scanner is powered by a single USB cable, removing the need for an AC adapter.

Fast, high-quality scanning

The sophisticated imageFORMULA P-215 features a 20-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), enabling fast batch scanning. It can also scan 15 pages per minute (black and white) and capture both sides of a document in a single pass, allowing you to scan your documents quickly and efficiently - ideal for executives who need to process signed contracts and close deals.

Powered by a single USB cable
Powered by a single USB cable
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High quality imaging and searchable PDFs

High quality imaging is made possible through Canon’s proven image processing technology that allows for high resolution scanning up to 600dpi. Image clarity can be enhanced further by advanced image processing features such as Auto Page Size Detection, Auto Text Orientation, Colour Dropout, Moire Reduction and Advanced Text Enhancement II – perfect to ensure superb quality scans and ideal for creating searchable PDFs.

Versatile scanning options

The imageFORMULA P-215 can scan a variety of media ranging from traditional A4 pages to irregular-sized documents and photos. It also features a dedicated card slot, ideal for scanning plastic ID (such as driving licences) and embossed cards.

Versatile scanning options
Versatile scanning options
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Scan directly to the cloud with CaptureOnTouch

For the ultimate convenience of accessing documents anytime, anywhere, the imageFORMULA P-215 allows you to scan directly to various cloud-based services, including Google Docs, Evernote and SharePoint. This allows information to be quickly uploaded to the cloud, for anywhere, anytime access - perfect for when you are on the move

Easily create new solutions

Software development kits for CaptureOnTouch and CaptureOnTouch Lite make it possible to build applications that integrate directly with the imageFORMULA P-215 to create new workflow solutions.

Software

The imageFORMULA P-215 also includes ISIS & TWAIN drivers for Windows, and TWAIN drivers for the Mac. These allow easy interaction with your standard imaging application. It also has a full suite of software applications to help you work more effectively.

CaptureOnTouch (Windows and Mac OS)

Fast and accurate scanning via an intuitive user-interface. It incorporates Full-auto mode for simplified scanning and supports scanning to multiple file formats including PDF, PDF/A, TIFF, JPEG, BMP and PowerPoint (PPTX) – helping you to maintain a smooth and efficient workflow.

CaptureOnTouch Lite (Windows and Mac OS)

Offers unique portability and convenience on the move. The software is built into the imageFORMULA P-215 allowing for fast and effortless connectivity without the need to install any drivers or application software.

PaperPort (Windows)

This file management application is renowned for being intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to store, organise and retrieve your digital documents.

Presto! PageManager (Mac OS)

Simple but powerful filing software for MAC users that enables you to store, organise and edit your digital documents.

Presto! Bizcard (Windows and Mac OS)

Scan business cards to convert and organise important information into a searchable database.

Box Contains

Gigabyte 970A-DS3 Motherobard
Manual
2x S-ATA Data Leads
Backplate
Driver Disk

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Scanning seems to work OK on my Mac but the device has two negative issues.

Firstly if you have it set to auto detect duplex then the slightest mark on the back of a single sided scan gives you two sides. When you get this into the supplied software there is no easy way to delete the unwanted second page. This kind of ruins the use of the one touch button hardware interface.

Secondly the multi-page sheet feed option is virtually unusable. When the manual tells you to insert the paper a bit wonky... well you know this is not going to be a reliable feature and it's not worked so far for me. Even feeding a single sheet is a bit temperamental requiring the paper to be pushed hard against the sheet feed mechanism

I wish I'd gone elsewhere.
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The product boasts fast install and scanning capability, and that much is very true indeed. It took less than 5 minutes to install and switch on the scanner using the direct plug in (auto play) method via USB cable. If you have USB 3.0 ports on your computer then you won't need to do anymore than that, if you only have USB 2.0 then you have the option of using the extra power USB cable (also supplied) to use a second port on your computer in order to reach true high speed scanning capability of the Canon device.
You can get away with not looking at the manual at all. If you are familiar with autoplay folder search and doule clicking on the relevant .exe file in the device folder. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to look at the provided manual to get you started.

The file saving and OCR text recognition capability is good. The latter does not pick up unusual or non English words very well for searching of text in PDF resulting documents after your scan, but it is not bad for such a rapid turnaround. On first operation I scanned three pages of different sizes, they flowed through smoothly and quickly, and the resulting image is on the computer is of outstanding quality. So the scanning capability cannot be faulted in my opinion, other than inclusion of better OCR software for the word processing afterwards. For the price of the scanner, I am disappointd the software isn't more sophisticated.

As for portability. I said "sort of" in the title because although you can carry around easily enough with your laptop or netbook, other than that, the true portability functiins are limited. There is no option of internal memory or memory card addition to keep scans in there before transferring to a computer (u need to have one with you all the time).
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I purchased this unit in Oct 2012, to replace a CANON P150M.
This previous model worked so well at de-skewing that it wasn't even necessary to set the document guides for most documents, and even for thin receipts.

On the CANON P215 it was immediately obvious that the de-skew software doesn't work.

AMAZON provided a replacement machine, just in case, but the new one had exactly the same problem.

I carried out a great many of test scans with various settings, to highlight the problem, and submitted them all to CANON Technical Support,
and the issue has been escalated to the developers in Japan.

I have been chasing CANON for a resolution, and the latest news is that there is no time frame for a resolution.

Also...
When scanning multiple page documents, the detector often includes blank pages, even though it is meant to remove them.
After scanning, you have to click 'save'; whereas the software on the P150 automatically placed the pdf document in the location of your choosing.

On the plus side, the P215 Scanner is neat, light, and quick, especially when the optional power adaptor is connected as well.
The documents are extremely faithful renditions of the originals. (Except there is some colour fading, which was also reported to CANON to no avail.)
The OCR works well, and make most pdf output easily searchable.

I could put up with the colour lightening, but not the skewed documents, and so the scanner gets 2 stars from me,

If CANON fixed the issues I have mentioned then I would then probably score it 4 or even 5 stars.

Update...
On 5th Apr 2013 AMAZON gave a full refund for the P215, and I purchased a FUJITSU S1300i ScanSnap which works flawlessly!
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I use this for scanning documents I need to keep but dont want to have to store in paper form. Good and bad points:

- good: it's tiny and takes up very little desk space
- good: comes with the software built in and the software works well
- good: quality of the scans is very good indeed considering the size

- bad: it claims to be multi-sheet feed but it rarely manages to grab more than the first sheet without you having to feed it in by hand
- bad: the sheet can get slightly out of line when it feeds in unless you steer it in by hand.
- bad: it's a tad pricey for what you get

Overall it was the best solution I could find for small, good quality. low volume scanning and I'm happy with it.
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2012
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This is an excellent portable scanner, it's very easy to set-up and start using and the results are impressive.

Out of the box I read the instructions on how to plug it in. Initially I thought it was rubbish not having an AC socket included but it is powered either by one USB cable (slower scanning unless it is USB 3.0) or by two USBs (one then dedicated to power and one to data transfer) which allows for high speed scanning. You can buy an optional AC socket if you wish, but in my experience it is just not necessary unless you haven't got two spare USB sockets.

Plug it in, make sure it is switched on at the back and then open the cover up. It automatically switches on and starts up the installation process. I am using a Macbook Pro and I double clicked the launcher icon. It then just works! Simple! I found something I wanted to scan and pressed the scan button (or you can click the software to scan). It scans doubled sided within about 5 seconds for an A4 page. The quality is great and you can save the scan as PDF, TIFF or JPG.

I tested some longer documents and it scanned them all easily, feeding each page through one by one.

For the ease of use, quality of scan and tiny footprint I would easily recommend this scanner. Impressively good for its small dimensions.
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