PROS / Allows you to turn a stack of business cards into a contact database.
CONS / The scanner does not export documents directly into most software applications.
VERDICT / We recommend this document scanner for its wide range of file types and destination options.
The HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2 is a reliable document scanner that offers a larger array of scanning choices than most of the units we reviewed. An upgraded version of the 3000 model, the 3000 s2 now comes with software that allows you to select searchable PDFs as one of your scanning options and send electronic files to cloud or desktop storage.
The HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2 scans documents as many file types, including searchable PDFs, image-only PDFs, JPEGs, single or multi-page TIFFs, Microsoft Word DOCX files, text files, and BMP image files. It even works well with photos. The scanner also offers custom destinations, alongside your choice of file type, making your scanning options almost unlimited. You can send each of your document types to a different folder on your computer, or you can send them to a cloud storage location, such as Google Drive or SharePoint. You can also customize a location for other destinations, like Evernote. As it is scanning your documents, this machine electronically straightens them and removes blank pages.
This HP Scanjet can be configured for wireless operation, making it even more convenient for multiple users to receive their scans from any location in your home or office.
Scanning and saving documents with the Windows- and Mac-compatible HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2 is as simple as loading up to 50 sheets of paper into the automatic document feeder (ADF). In each scan job, pages can be mixed in size as the machine detects the paper size and scans accordingly. The unit accommodates paper from business-card size to rolls up to 34 inches long. Plastic credit cards and laminated ID cards can be loaded as a group in the ADF and scanned as well. And if you have a stack of business cards, one of your options is to scan and send them directly to a contact database.
The Scanjet Pro takes about a minute to scan 20 single-sided, raw scans, which is a little slower than our top-rated scanners. In addition, processes to straighten and crop your scanned images, or change them to searchable text, take additional time. At 11.2 inches wide, 6.3 inches deep and 5 pounds, the unit is small and fits on any home or office desk. It’s also energy efficient. With HP’s Auto-Off Technology, you can schedule your device to turn off and conserve power when you’re not using it.
While it does not offer live chat for support issues, email and phone calls to HP were answered by well-informed agents in a prompt and courteous fashion. The Scanjet Pro comes with a one-year warranty and instructions, datasheets and specifications, although not abundant, are all written clearly.
The HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2 is simple to use and energy efficient, and it offers many file-type and destination options. Support is good, with well written − although not extensive – materials available on the web.