Brother ADS-2600We A4 Colour Scanner
- USB, Network & Wireless
- 50 Sheet ADF
- Scan to: USB Pen, E-mail, OCR, File, Image, PDF, Android Phone
- StarSapphire 400MHz Processor
- 256MB RAM
- Up to 1,200 x 1,200dpi Scan
- Windows & Mac Compatible
- 9.3cm Colour Touchscreen
The Brother ADS-2600W is a top-value business scanner. It provides USB, wired and wireless support, a colour touchscreen and a selection of direct-to-cloud scanning features for less than £500.
We tested it via Ethernet and found installation refreshingly easy. A discovery tool found the scanner, installed the software and set it up on the network.
The ADS-2600W’s software package provides a comprehensive range of document management features. It also has its own web interface, which is used to set up profiles for scanning to FTP servers and network shares. Documents can be scanned to email and there’s a 300-entry address book. Network settings are accessed from the web interface, and a wizard is provided for wireless setup. It’s also easy to configure manual or WPS-assisted wireless connections from the 3.7in touchscreen. In either case, wired and wireless components cannot be active simultaneously.
Setting up access to cloud services is a cinch thanks to the Web Connect tool. We entered our Google Drive account details and it returned a unique code to enter into the touchscreen. This enables the Scan To Web option and permits documents to be sent directly to Google Drive. Access to cloud destinations can be PIN-protected for each account.
For the Scan To PC option, you register your PC with the scanner from the Windows device properties page. This, too, can be PIN-protected: once registered, the PC appears on the touchscreen.
Scan quality for business documents is fine at 300dpi. A4 colour photos were also handled well, and scan speeds matched Brother’s claims in our tests.
At this price, the ADS-2600W beats all comers: it has a wide range of scanning functions, great cloud support and it’s supremely easy to use, too.
Author: Dave Mitchell
Motor retailer turns to Brother scanners to keep track of 500,000 documents every year
Vertu Motors, one of the largest motor retailers in the UK, needed to improve the audit process for its Gap insurance products, which are heavily regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
The group, which owns over 112 sales and aftersales outlets across the UK operating predominantly under the Bristol Street Motors, Vertu, Farnell Land Rover and Macklin Motors brand names, sold over 100,000 cars in the last financial year, creating almost 500,000 pieces of customer paperwork.
Simon Ward, IT Business Analyst at Vertu Motors, opted for Brother’s scanners to improve the audit trail and boost productivity.
Pushing the boundaries
Simon commented: “We already had a rigorous process in place to make sure that we were complying with FCA regulations but we wanted to make it better. Previously all documents were signed hard copies kept in a customer’s fi le in the store room. However, when it came to an audit, this was quite ineffi cient. We had to dig around in the relevant deal fi le to locate a certain piece of paper. Not only was this manual process time consuming, it was also open to user error, such as misfiling or misplacing paperwork.
“Previously we had a flatbed scanner connected to the business manager’s computer. But when he was busy it created a bottleneck and held up the sales team. “We needed an adaptable and affordable system that could fi t in with our showroom system. Brother’s ADS-2600W customizable network scanner was the perfect choice. The Brother Solutions Interface (BSI) means that our internal system can talk to the scanner, letting us know the type of form that has been scanned and whether it has been stored. Brother’s technical team provided us with lots of support to ensure that we could create a solution that pushes the boundaries.
“The new solution prints pre-filled forms with a unique barcode for the customer to sign and answer the FCA questions. The form is fed into the scanner and then, using the BSI interface, the system is able to automatically decide whether gap insurance is suitable, helping to reduce user error. The forms are then stored electronically against each customer and easily retrieved when we have an FCA audit.”
Tracking internal documents
Simon added: “We’ve now expanded the use of the scanners to include anything a customer signs, such as order forms. The barcode means that everything is stored electronically in the correct file and most importantly, easily accessible. We’re also using the scanners to keep track of the monthly appraisals carried out by sales managers in our branches across the UK.”
|Product Group Output||A4|
|Scanner Resolution Enhanced||Up to 1,200 x 1,200dpi Scan|
|Double Sided Scanning||Automatic|
|Scan Facility Present||Yes|
|Scan Speed||up to 24ppm Scan Speed|
|Interface Type(s)||USB, Network & Wireless|
|LCD Screen||9.3cm Colour Touchscreen|
|Processor||StarSapphire 400MHz Processor|
|Memory (Maximum)||256MB RAM|
|Operating Systems Supported||Windows & Mac Compatible|
|Paper Handling Input 1||50 Sheet ADF|
|Paper Handling Input 2||Scan to: USB Pen, E-mail, OCR, File, Image, PDF, Android Phone|
|Automatic Document Feeder||Automatic ADF|
|Mono or Colour Printer||Colour|
|Dimensions||299(w) x 220(d) x 179(h) mm - 3.6kg|
|Carton Dimensions||383(w) x 291(d) x 285(h) mm - 5.7kg|
|In The Box||ADS-2600W, Power supply cord, USB cable, Driver software for Windows® and Mac OS (DVD), Quick set-up guide, Users guide (DVD), Product Safety Guide, Carrier Sheet, Plastic Card Carrier Sheet|
**Page yields are declared by the manufacturer in accordance with ISO/IEC standards or occasionally estimated based on 5% per page coverage. Yields will vary greatly depending on image, area coverage, print mode and environmental conditions.