Summary: I was tasked with scanning around 4000 family photos, so I bought the Canon DR-M160 after getting disappointing results with a $400 scanner called the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50. The Epson unit had trouble scanning a stack of photos of varying sizes, with some not being fed correctly, and the resultant scans would be quite skewed. Even worse, most of the leading edges of the photos would not be picked up at the imager and were cropped off.
Summary: This scanner is perfect at your desk for small and medium sized scanning jobs. We tried it at one of our workstations and were so impressed that we purchased additional ones. It's an easy install and works with Canon's provided software and other pdf software (acrobat, for example). It also has 2 sided scanning capabilities.
Summary: This scanner was a little pricey, but well worth it. It scans in black/white and color quickly and gives you the option of the format in which you would like to save your file. It also can scan the exact size of any picture without saving the white space. Love it!
Summary: I've had this scanner for almost a week now and I'm happy. I've used the Fujitsu Scansnap scanner before and I liked that one also, but this one seems to have a better grasp on the mechanics needed to prevent jamming and other issues that I've experienced with the scansnap. I don't love the software interface and blank pages are not always detected, but that seems relatively trivial in the grand scheme of things.
Summary: First I had the Epson GT-S80 which was a mistake, since it scanned rapidly, but would not permit another scan until the PC finished the OCR, which was slow. It also named files with sequential numbers based on the highest number in the scan directory so that when you moved files around, files would wind up with the same name. The Epson was really a poorly thought out machine. Then I got the Canon DR-M160. It was almost perfect.
Summary: I was using the Epson GS50 and it worked well for awhile and then it became very difficult to feed anything in to it and it became quite frustrating. I cleaned it as best I could and searched everywhere for a solution, but could find nothing. Someone recommended the Fujitsu fi 6130Z and I was set to buy it but the reviews on the Canon DRM 160 were compelling, most reviewers mentioned how good the rollers were and simplicity of installation and software.
Summary: The Canon Image Formula DR-M160 scanner has exceeded my expectations. The scanner is incredibly fast, the scan image quality is impressive and the software is intuitive. I bought the Canon scanner on the recommendation of a colleague. Initially, I was hesitant to purchase the unit because of its high price. I have no reservations now; this scanner puts my old units to shame and it makes my business more productive.