A flatbed scanner is fine for occasional scans and one with an Automatic Document Feeder is good for medium use, when you need to convert photos as well as paper documents. In a busy office, though, where all the archive or OCR needs are for paper or prints, you can't beat a sheet feed scanner for speed. Canon's Image FORMULA DR-C125 is a small, vertical scanner, with a neat way of reducing its desktop footprint.
This is a very neat little device, angled upwards to around 80 degrees and with a top cover which folds up and extends with rabbit-ear supports, to take up to 30, A4 sheets at a time. Pages can feed out of the bottom of the scanner onto the desk, but the default paper path is what Canon calls J-path. Each page takes a 180 degree turn after being scanned and ends up in a half-height second hopper, on the front of the device.
This makes the ImageFORMULA DR-C125 a very neat device, with an extremely small footprint for this type of sheet feed scanner. Controls consist of a power button and a quick-scan button, which is linked to Canon's CaptureOnTouch utility, ideal for quick one-off scans.
Both the J-path cover and the main scanner cover unclip and hinge forward, so if you do get a paper jam – we saw none during testing – it's easy to extract documents. Sockets in the right-hand side panel are for a separate black block power supply and a single USB connection.
Canon supplies the almost ubiquitous Nuance PaperPort application for document handling and the accompanying OmniPage OCR software. This gives comprehensive coverage for all the main applications to which the scanner may be put, from archiving low resolution black-and-white documents, through 300dpi greyscale pages for OCR and up to 600dpi colour scanning for photo prints.
The CaptureOnTouch utility can be set up with a number of standard scan formats, so a single button press can be used to scan one or more pages.