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Three years ago, nobody was asking for color scanners when it came to high-speed scanning.  Today we are in an area with color scanning much like where we were twenty years ago, when most monitors were monochrome (one color), but color was the wave of the future.  Today, the majority of scanners and scan applications are still working in bitonal (black and white) mode. Technology changes fast however, and today every scanner manufacturer provides high-speed color scanners in their product portfolio. 

Scanning documents in color and saving that document in a compressed color format such as TIFF, JPEG, JFIF or PDF has many advantages, as well as some disadvantages. It is more expensive, and scans at slower speeds than with bitonal scanners due to the larger file size.  However, you also get much clearer images than scanning with a bitonal output, and if you have documents that have distinct areas of color, you are able to capture the image more truly.  If you are at the lower end of production scanning (about 5,000 documents per day or less), it may be more worthwhile to pay a few dollars more today and get a color scanner, rather than to have to replace a bitonal scanner down the road – even if the images you scan are black and white only, or if all you need is a bitonal output. 

However, if you are using your scanner with the specific idea of archiving images AND do not need this color function, you could save some money and runtime by purchasing a bitonal scanner.

Next Step:  Simplex vs. Duplex

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Step 1: 
Document Type

Step 2: 
Color vs. Bitonal

Step 3: 
Simplex vs. Duplex

Step 4: 
Number of 
Documents to Scan

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Time Frame to 
Scan Documents

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Last updated 12.01.2015