HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-feed Scanner

A little slower than others, but impeccably accurate scans

HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-fed Scanner
HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-fed Scanner. HP

A while back, the Printer/Scanner section of Lifewire.com looked at HP’s highly capable Scanjet Enterprise Flow 7500 Flatbed Scanner, which was rated at 50 pages per minute (ppm) simplex, or single-sided, or 100 images per minute (ipm) duplex, or double-sided, as well as a 3,000 pages per day recommended duty cycle.

Overall, that Scanjet was a highly impressive document scanner—fast and accurate—with tremendous optical character recognition software (OCR) for converting scanned text to editable text, and then sorting, cataloging, and saving it, much like the topic of this review, HP’s $799 MSRP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-fed Scanner, but on a smaller scale.

Design and Features

Compared to the 7500, at 12.2 inches across, 7.2 inches across, 7.2 inches tall, and weighing only 10.6 pounds, this Scanjet is about half the size, but even so, the 5000 s2 is capable of working reasonably hard. As a sheet-fed scanner, you simply stack your original documents in the 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and initiate the scan, either from the scanner itself or from your workstation.

The ADF is “single-pass,” meaning that the scanner itself has two heads and therefore scans both sides of the page at the same time, without having to pull the original back inside the machine to scan the second side. A drawback to this machine, though, (especially for the price) is that your only connectivity option is USB; hence, neither wireless, Ethernet, nor any other kind of network connectivity is available.

While there are ways to use the scanner with other PCs or computing devices that involve sharing it though Windows, it’s hardly as productive as accessing the scanner directly from multiple networked devices.

Software & Performance

Part of what made the Scanjet 7500 such a terrific value was its excellent software bundle, which included HP Smart Document Scan Software, ReadIris Pro 14 for OCR, Nuance PaperPort 14 for document management, and CardIris Pro 5 for scanning and managing business cards. Between these top-notch applications, you’ll have all you need to do some serious document scanning.

Aside from its excellent software and accuracy, which we’ll talk about in a moment, one of this Scanjet’s stronger features is its scan profiles, that allow you to predefine every aspect of the scan—from resolution, to file type, to multiple (make that, numerous) destinations. You can even define profiles that will save the scan with varying settings and to numerous destinations. In other words, the software will save various formats of the file in different locations as you define.

This Scanjet is rated at 25ppm, 50ipm, and 2,000 scans per day, which really is borderline entry-level when it comes to document scanners. Usually, my tests come close to a scanner’s rated speed, but here the Scanjet 5000 came about 20% lower. The good news is that, while somewhat slow, accuracy was quite near 100%, and on top of that, the ReadIris Pro 14 OCR and PaperPort 14 performed near-flawless text conversion and cataloging.

The end

While researching this review, I came across the Scanjet 5000 for well under $500, or more than $200 under MSRP—one more reason this little scanner is such a good value. The accuracy in itself is a darn good reason to short-list this machine.

But I found another reason. Many sheet-fed scanners claim that you can intermingle documents of all sorts of shapes and sizes without tripping up the scanner or the software. Check out this YouTube video of this Scanjet in action

Need a good document scanner on a budget? This might be it.

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