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Kodak ScanMate i940 review

A portable scanner - but is there any need for it?

Our Verdict

For

  • Compact
  • Can be powered from just one USB port
  • Quick scanning time
  • Good image quality

Against

  • Flakey software
  • Expensive
  • Noisy
  • Not for everyone

Standalone scanners such as the Kodak ScanMate i940 Scanner are falling out of fashion recently. Some of the decline in popularity can be attributed to all-in-ones, such as the HP Photosmart Plus eAll-in-One, Canon Pixma MG5250 or Kodak's ESP 1.2.

The appeal of having one device that not only scans but also prints, faxes and photocopies is undeniable, while improvements to technology have banished concerns over 'jack of all trades' devices that cover all the bases but don't excel in any area.

So the Kodak ScanMate i940 Scanner has a task ahead of it to prove itself relevant. Its main selling point is its compact and portable design. While it's handy for those of us who don't have the space for a flatbed scanner in our homes, its main use is for travelling.

Just a bit smaller than the already rather compact, and very good, Canon imageFORMULA P-215, the Kodak ScanMate i940 Scanner is light and easy to carry.

It can be powered by a single USB connection, although faster scanning times are achieved by connecting the scanner to a power socket or second USB port. Being able to power the scanner via USB makes it even more convenient, without having to root around for a plug socket, but having the option to only use one USB port is a nice choice for those of us already using multiple USB devices.

While the Kodak ScanMate i940 Scanner's size is convenient, the installation process and software included was a bit more troublesome, with the software in particular occasionally crashing. We also needed to go online to download the latest drivers from the Kodak website to get it to work properly.

When scanning is underway, the noise can be quite distracting, though the fast scan times of around nine seconds at least means the noise didn't last long. The images themselves were very good.

Verdict

Overall this is a flawed device that scans well, and is portable, but is also quite expensive and has some installation issues.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSheetfed Scanner
Optical Resolution600 dpi
USBYes
Product FamilyScanMate
Large FormatNo
Brand NameKodak
Media SizeLetter, Custom Size, Letter 215.90 mm x 279.40 mm, 216 mm x 1524 mm, 80 mm x 52 mm
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Scan ColorColour
Maximum Mono Scan Speed (ppm)20
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ppm)15
Maximum Mono Scan Speed (ipm)40
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ipm)30
Height78 mm
Width289 mm
Depth107 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Photo, Business Card, ID Card, Embossed Card, Letter, Insurance Card, Film
Form FactorPortable
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product Modeli940
Product NameSCANMATE i940 Scanner
Product LineScanMate
Manufacturer Part Number1960988
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing InformationUnmistakably easy. Remarkably powerful. Highly portable.

Keeping files organized on your PC is often a daunting task. Now add the need to scan paper documents, business cards and pictures and it becomes even a bit more complex.

With the new KODAK SCANMATE i940 for MACINTOSH computers and a unique integration with PRESTO! PAGEMANAGER from NewSoft, high quality scanning, organizing and sharing files has never been so simple.

Easily scan, OCR, create, view, edit, annotate and append PDF and Searchable PDF files. Also quickly scan to email, folders, print or OCR documents with ease-using a one-click PAGEMANAGER Scan Button.
Platform SupportedPC
Package Contents
  • ScanMate i940 Scanner
  • Software CD
  • AC Power Supply
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.30 kg