Scanner Discussion Page

This page will host a discussion of various scanners used by members of the group, their cost, pros, cons, features, etc.

 

Brother MFC-6890CDW

Several of us in the group use the Brother MFC-6890CDW printer. (I bought mine after it was recommended here.) It scans 11x17, prints 1-sided 11x17, plus 2-sided 8.5x11. It has a document feeder that will feed an entire big band chart through in a few minutes. It comes with free Paperport software (which you use to control the scanning process). Cheap Chinese ink cartridges are available on eBay for a few bucks for all 3 colors + black. I found mine at Staples Online for $350 in December 2011. (Thanks to Al L)

 

Editor's note: As of late Feb 2012, we couldn't find this on the CDW or the NewEgg site; However, it is available on Amazon for $363.99.

 

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Epson WF-7520/7620

From Jon B, January 2014: I have found my Epson WF-7520 (all-in-one) does a great job scanning and printing. The Epsonscan software can be pre-set to match the exact size of the pages you are scanning, so that you get clean edge-to-edge scans, even over-sized sheets. Always scan in B&W to keep the file size small. 

 

With scans as discussed above, I typically print 9 x 12 pages, using 12 x 18 inch paper.
I set up a custom 9 x 12 paper type, and print two-up onto the 12 x 18 inch paper.
Multiple page charts can either be printed 2-sided, or taped together using the ‘Filmoplast P’ tape.  I use an 80# digital paper, from Neenah Paper. I particularly like their “CLASSIC CREST” - Classic Natural White – Smooth Digital – 80 lb. Text, in 12 x 18 sheets. This paper is a slight eggshell color, and works great for printed music, as it is much less harsh to read that bright white. The 80 lb. paper has a great durable feel and should hold up quite well.  It blows normal copy paper away!

 

From Lance H, November 2014: I love my Epson WF 7520. Very easy to set up, and the auto feed works great if your originals are in decent shape. 

 

From David B (C-M group), January 2016: I've got the Epson WF-7620, which can handle oversize music, it duplexes on paper up to 12x19 (I only ever use up to 11x17), it was on sale for $200 at Staples when I bought mine, then it went back up to $300 by the time my wife decided she wanted one also (we maintain two different offices) but then it dropped to $200 again for a short while and she bought one. The duplexing works like a charm, the
ink is amazingly water resistant once it dries, the scanner is excellent and the printing is very crisp and easy to read.

A laser printer which can handle all the workload that my Epson can
handle, including oversize paper and duplexing on all sizes of paper,
would cost several thousand dollars.

 

From David B (same as above), July 2016: I've been using the Epson WorkForce WF-7620 for a year now. It can print on paper up to 11x17 and can scan music which is just larger than that, so it can scan all the orchestra sized and old band music sized paper. It duplexes also, automatically.

It's an inkjet and can be found on sale occasionally for $199, although most of the time it's in the mid $200s. The ink technology has come a long way and once the ink has dried it doesn't smear if a little water gets on it. I've been handing out music for the past year printed on this printer and nobody has complained about the music smearing. The ink is a bit pricier than laser toner, but to buy a laser printer that has this printer's capabilities would cost well over $1000.

Because it's not a laser printer, it doesn't generate much heat nor does
it take much electricity to power it. And the scanning software that comes with it is very versatile and produces excellent PDF files. It can be used wirelessly or with a USB
connection or with a cabled network connection.

 

Editor's Note: In early August 2016, the WF-7610 was available from Amazon for $149.99, and the WF-7620 was available at Best Buy or Target for $199.99.

 

Brother MFC-8710DW Laser Copier/Scanner

From Andrew Conway (C-M Group), July 2016: So, here's what we decided to do.... I had a look at the Epson discussed here (in addition to several others), but in the end, we went with a Brother MFC-8710DW laser copier/scanner. Here's why:

 

The scanning glass is legal (8.5 x 14in), so we can capture most of our library and reduce easily to US Letter if we need to.

 

It has wireless printing, so I can shoot any document with an app like Genius Scan on my phone and print directly, reduced to US Letter or Legal (Genius Scan is a lifesaver, btw! And free!)

 

Print speed is blazing - 40 pages per minute. It also prints duplex, so we can print concert programs. (We are having a couple boxes of paper pre-printed with our color logo, so we'll use that stock for program covers).

 

The price is right - and the toner that comes with it apparently does upwards of 3000 pages. A replacement toner for about $80 will do something like 8000 pages I think.

 

Andrew Conway
President

Chelmsford Community Band


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