Canon ImageFormula DR-C130 review
A good-quality desktop scanner that’s reasonably priced and includes a big software bundle
Review Date: 28 Nov 2012
Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell
Price when reviewed: £337 (£404 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Canon’s ImageFormula DR-C130 is designed for workgroups that want fast and affordable desktop scanning, with the ability to save documents directly to the cloud.
Installation time depends on the software you choose – there are seven bundled applications. CaptureOnTouch links the scanner’s start button to predefined actions, which include email or any of the bundled applications. We opted to scan direct as PDFs to Google Drive, and this worked seamlessly, with scans sent directly to Google’s cloud service from where they could be accessed remotely.
Presto’s BizCard Reader makes a stab at business-card scanning. Its flaky OCR abilities mean that some manual editing is required, but it’s better than Plustek’s Hotcard BizCard. PaperPort 11 provides extensive document and image management features, plus a floating toolbar for scanning directly to any app on the host PC. OmniPage SE 4.2 is old but its OCR is good and, finally, there’s PDF Pro Office, which turns documents into searchable PDFs.
Scan speeds are as promised, with a 20-page sheaf scanned at 30ppm at 200dpi with 24-bit colour and duplex modes selected. Increasing the resolution to 300dpi saw the same test average 18ppm. The scanner ably handled embossed plastic cards, although stacking the ADF beyond 30 pages occasionally caused a jam.
Output quality is perfectly acceptable for a document-archiving system. Scanned colour photos revealed good levels of detail, and although contrast was initially dark, we remedied this in the advanced scan settings.
The DR-C130 delivers both speed and quality, making it a fine choice as a small-office scanner. It’s good value for money as well and includes a very generous software bundle.
Author: Dave Mitchell
Just had two of these from e-buyer and both arrived DOA. Well they were live but both refused to scan. E-Buyer were great, Canon were totally useless.
By mikehenson on 5 Jan 2013
Which I had read this before buying my Epson Scanner
Faulty out of the box and epson support cannot tell me when I will receive a replacement.
By liveclive on 7 Aug 2013
- Google creates Maps time machine
- Facebook scores with mobile advertising
- Cook: Microsoft should have released Office for iPad sooner
- What's on this week's PC Pro podcast?
- Universal wireless charging gets a boost from Microsoft
- Amazon Phone: release date, features and 3D display
- Apple offers sneak peak at OS X via Beta Seed
- American grip on web loosens ahead of key net meeting
- Apple fixes security flaw, fingerprint scanner with iOS 7.1.1
- Heartbleed: LibreSSL scrubs "irresponsible" OpenSSL code
- Hello Cortana, it's nice to meet you
- Windows 8.1 Update: an abject surrender
- The insane economics of Sky Now TV
- No such thing as a free app... so pay up if you want quality
- Time to outlaw crapware-laden installers
- Windows Phone 8.1 video: hands-on
- Office for iPad: key information
- Why every PC buyer owes Richard Durkin a debt of gratitude
- HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: 2014's big-hitters compared
- Windows XP end of life: key information
- How to upgrade from Windows XP to Ubuntu
- The great iPhone ripoff and how it works
- Heartbleed: what you need to know and do
- Data recovery: inside the clean room
- Best tablet PCs to buy in 2014
- How much RAM do you really need?
- News of the weird: the strangest ever tech stories
- Five hyped technologies: disruptive or not?
- Piracy's dying: why we're all going straight
- Office: should you buy it, rent it - or dump it?
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office
- How to write your company's IT security policy
- Raspberry Pi and Wolfram: a must-have for every child
- Could you get by with Office Web Apps?
- The best Android antivirus apps for 2014
- Headings vs headers: how to use both in Word