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KodakScanStation
730EXPlus

Walk-up scanning couldn’t
be easier: this little marvel
is perfect for SMBs with
big digitising demands
SCORE

PRICE £1,380 exc VAT from
thescannershop.com

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ure, you can buy a cheap USB
scanner and hook it up to a
host PC – but that’s a waste of
space and resources. Kodak’s Scan
Station 730EX Plus is a far more
elegant way to go, delivering
speedy walk-up scanning in a
compact, self-contained unit.
It’s a breeze to use too, thanks to a
huge 24.6cm touchscreen that’s as big
and colourful as an iPad. This offers
soft buttons for preconfigured scan
jobs, allowing users to get scanning
with no training required: they simply
need to load their documents into
the large 75-page ADF, tap the right
button and let Kodak do the rest.
Configuration is handled by
Kodak’s Scanner Administration
Windows utility. This automatically
discovered the 730EX Plus on our
network, and if you have more than
one Kodak scanner it will find and
manage them all. Initial setup takes a
while, but that’s only because you get
so many options: you can passwordprotect access to the scanner, connect
to Active Directory, configure an
email server for scan-to-email tasks
and even set up fax details.
With this done, your next job is to
create profiles for standard scan

operations. You can select colour or
greyscale, pick a resolution (up to
600dpi), choose between simplex and
duplex scanning, and optionally apply
advanced processing such as deskew,
blank page detection and ultrasonic
jam detection. The scanner can even
recognise barcodes and read text from
specific regions on each page: to set
this up, you simply load in a sample
document and draw boxes around the
areas you want to check.
Your output choices include TIFF,
JPEG, DOC, XLS, RTF and searchable
PDF, while destinations can be
network shares, email addresses, FTP,
fax and SharePoint servers, printers
and Kofax Front Office servers.
If you want to restrict certain
operations to individual users, you
can either create groups of imported
Active Directory users or manually
add your own user list; when staff log
in, they can access the screen buttons
or switch to a standard menu for
manual scans.
All that’s left
is to define scan
jobs for your
soft buttons to

The Network Reviews
trigger. These aren’t quite the same
as profiles, as each job can contain
multiple destinations: with one tap
a user could, for example, send
the scan to their Active Directory
home folder, multiple email
addresses and a network share at
the same time. You can even
use the scanner’s built-in mic
and speaker to create a voice
message and attach it as a WAV
file to an email scan job.
Soft buttons can be labelled
with up to 65 lowercase
characters, and customised
with a background colour or
small graphic to ensure there’s
no confusion between options.
Save your configuration, upload
the file to the scanner and you’re
ready to go. If you’ve tried this
on previous Scan Stations,
you’ll be pleased to learn that
it’s much faster on the 730EX
Plus, as the scanner doesn’t reboot
ABOVE A large colour
every time you make a change.
touchscreen makes
The 730EX Plus isn’t just versatile
the scanning process
– it’s fast. We fed in 70 double-sided
highly intuitive
bank statements, and looked on as it
delivered greyscale scans to a network
share at a whopping 75ppm. There’s
normally no need to dial up the
resolution, as the output at 200dpi
was superbly sharp and clear, but if
you wish you can switch to 300dpi
with no impact on scan speed.
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Switching to colour mode did reduce
the speed a little, but only to 65ppm.
Converting our scans to PDF format
added an extra 32 seconds,
“Output at 200dpi was
and opting to make our
superbly sharp and clear, files searchable stretched
this out to four minutes –
but if you wish you can
but the OCR results were
switch to 300dpi with no
impeccable, and the
whole process runs in the
impact on scan speed”
background, so you can
keep on scanning while it’s working.
The 730EX Plus’ paper handling is
very good too, although we found our
big wad of statements occasionally
BELOW The admin tool pushed the ADF guides slightly apart,
can create flexible
causing the last few pages to skew.
scan jobs and upload
The Scan Station 730EX Plus may
them to scanners
seem pricey, but it compares well to
the combined cost of a high-speed
USB scanner and a host PC. And what
you get is a smarter solution, offering
great speed, quality and security in a
single, easily managed appliance.
DAVE MITCHELL
SPECIFICATIONS 600dpi colour optical
resolution 70ppm at 200dpi mono/colour
simplex/duplex 75-page ADF 24.6cm
colour touchscreen Gigabit Ethernet 2 x
USB 3 2 x USB 2 internal mic/speaker
rec. daily duty cycle: 6,000 pages external
PSU Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019
preinstalled Kodak Scanner Administration
software 356 x 382 x 206mm (WDH)
10.5kg 1yr advanced replacement warranty
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