The Bottom Line
- Very fast
- Seems to be jam-free
- Document feeder can handle up to 50 pages at once
- Unreliable best business-card scanning software
- Not much guidance on how to use the included software
- As expensive as (or more expensive than) other sheet-fed scanners in its class
- Sheet-fed scanner
- Scans up to 600 dpi
- Scan to a wide range of filetypes
- Software included for Windows users: Nuance Paper Port and OmniPage, New Soft Presto! BizCard SE
- Automatic document feeder can handle up to 50 pages
Guide Review - Review of the HP Scanjet 3000 Professional Document Scanner
That was impressive, as I say. Fewer kudos go to NewSoft Presto! BizCard6, the business-card OCR software that comes with the scanner (in fact, the scanner comes with four CDs of software, including Nuance OmniPage 17, which handles most document scanning tasks). Certainly I challenged the business-card software, since the cards were in several languages, but while it sometimes performed admirably, more often it made small mistakes that forced me to edit the results. Some were understandable; others, such as the inability to read an open or close parenthesis that is frequently found around international phone numbers, were not so easy to forgive.
The scanner is lightning fast (about three seconds per page!) and the results are very good. As I noted with other HP ScanJet document scanners, there's not much information included about the various software included--three CDs that include Nuance PaperPort, Nuance OmniPage, and NewSoft Presto! BizCard Reader software. Apart from the issues with the business-card software, the OCR worked well and I like being able to scan into a wide variety of file types, from .bmp to .ppt to .xps and everything in between.
The scanner's biggest drawback is that at close to $500, the Scanjet Professional 3000 doesn't come cheap--it's in a class with the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, which arguably did a better job (at least on business cards). That's enough to take away a star from this otherwise excellent scanner. The scanner's specs also note that it's compatible with PCs running Windows as well as with Mac OS X v 10.5, v 10.6.