Back in the days when we were all naïve about technology and the benefits it would bring, there was a band of crazy folk going about telling us that the end of paper was nigh. Electronic communications would see the death of letter writing, postmen would all lose their jobs and there would be a lot less litter. The fools.
The reality of the modern PC and Windows-equipped office is very different. Email actually generates more waste paper as office workers needlessly print emails out to read them, while the low cost of printing in general means that companies can afford to bury us all in mountains of junk mail.
Kodak is one company that seems to be fighting the good fight for the seemingly lost cause of the paperless office. Its compact i1220 scanner is aimed turning documents from physical to electronic format. But what's this, it doesn't print? It doesn't fax? It doesn't make the perfect cappuccino? Why on earth would you want to clutter your desk with such a limited device?
Admittedly it's a bit of a one trick pony compared to the plethora of all-singing, all-dancing multifunction devices on the market at the moment. But make no mistake, this is no lightweight consumer device. The i1220 is the Glenn McGrath of the scanner world – it may not be the most exciting or glitzy of devices, but its one-track-mind, business oriented approach is deceptively effective and one that really delivers the goods.
For starters this device can scan a lot of stuff, really quickly. If you've ever tried to digitise a multi-page document, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about here. Feed the i1220 a stack of A4 documents and it will devour them in a matter of seconds. Officially, Kodak claims a scan speed of up to 30 pages per minute in colour and I would not disagree with this. In fact I managed to get it to scan quicker, with 34 pages summarily dispatched in 58 seconds at 300dpi. Even more impressively, this device scans both sides of your documents simultaneously giving a total potential scanning speed of over 64 pages a minute. Seriously impressive, though it's a lot slower at higher a resolution. Scanning at 600dpi the same 34 page document took 10 minutes 50 seconds to scan.