Canon ImageFormula P-215 review

Sheet-fed duplex scanners are usually hefty desktop affairs, but the Canon ImageFormula P-215 is small enough to slip into laptop bag. Julian Prokaza takes a look.

Unique filenames can also be automatically generated to make saving sequentially scanned documents as individual files as speedy as possible, and scans can be automatically attached to an email, sent to an application, or uploaded as a Google Documents or Microsoft SharePoint file, too.

The ImageFormula P-215 is very quiet in use and while it isn't particularly quick when compared to a dedicated desktop scanner like its ImageFormula DR-C125 sibling, scanning speed is more than adequate for the small stacks of paper it's likely to encounter in daily use.

In our tests, a 10-page duplex scan took one minute 53 seconds in our tests (5.3 pages per minute), but switching to high-speed mode only shaved 20 seconds off this time (6.2 pages per minute), which suggests that the scanner can manage with a single, laptop battery-saving, USB 2 connection just fine.

Verdict

The Canon ImageFormula P-215 is a compact and capable scanner that’s well-suited to mobile use, but it still packs enough features for occasional desktop use, too.

Document feeder 20 sheets (64g/m^2)

Sensor CMOS CIS 1 Line Sensor

Optical Resolution 600dpi

Scan modes Black & white, error diffusion, advanced text enhancement II, 8-bit greyscale, 24-bit colour, auto colour-detection

Light Source RGB LED

Reading Side Front / Back / Duplex

Interface Hi Speed USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 bus power also supported)

Dimensions 285 x 95 x 40mm (closed), 285 x 257 x 202mm (open)

Weight Approx. 1kg

Power Consumption 2.5W (USB 2.0), 4.5W (USB 3.0)

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