Canon imageFORMULA DR-X10C II Review

Good: Strong image enhancement features, heavy-duty feeder capacity, ultrasonic double-feed detection with double-feed retry functionality.
Bad: Too robust for general office scanning needs.
Bottom Line: Very high-end production scanner capable of scanning large documents.
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iF DR-X10C II
$17,995
Large, Enterprise
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130ppm
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Product Overview

The imageFORMULA DR-X10C II is the newest generation of the older imageFORMULA DR-X10C that Canon released several years ago. One main upgrade between the two devices is speed (the DR-X10C II supports simplex speed of up to 130ppm whereas the older model only has a speed of 100ppm).  The DR-X10C II is considered the fastest Canon scanner to date.

At $17,995 the DR-X10C II has a simplex speed of 130ppm and and duplex speed of 260ipm in black, grayscale and color. It includes a control panel with pre-configurable Scan-to-Job buttons for commonly-used scanning workflows. There is also a 500-sheet feeder capacity with a daily duty cycle of 60,000 pages.

The device supports documents from business card size (2″ x 2.8″) to 11″ x 17″. It also supports up to 22″ x 34″ in Folio mode.

This scanner includes the built-in Kofax CGA Board with the Kofax VirtualReScan (VRS) software for high image-quality enhancements. One such feature is the VRS Interactive viewer for adjusting the image quality of the scan at different times and creating manual modifications.

More details are in our Features section below.

With its strong features, the imageFORMULA DR-X10C II is intended for organizations and industries with extremely high-volume scanning needs.

Features

Like other Canon models, this scanner comes loaded with excellent features. It has strong native imaging technology, and comes with dynamic thresholding and smoothing as well as text enhancement. In addition, Canon provides auto color detection, so it scans only pages in color. It also supports automatic size detection and deskewing, so that various-size documents in a batch are handled without operator intervention.

Connectivity is through SCSI and USB ports. Color dropout is standard, either one of the standard red, green, and blue colors, or any custom color you select. Ultrasonic double-feed detection is standard, using three ultrasonic sensors. In addition, a double-feed retry feature will attempt to back up double-fed pages and try again automatically.

Among the options offered is either a pre-imprinter or a post-imprinter.

Canon’s CapturePerfect 3.0 software manages normal imaging and document scanning tasks. It also handles scan-to-email and scan-to-PDF capabilities. One interesting feature is on-the-fly JPEG compression. The scanner can also automatically rotate a scanned image based on analysis of text orientation. Hardware deskewing is also standard, for slightly misfed pages.

The DR-X10C II also offers a feature called multistreaming. This allows the scanner to process both color and black-and-white (or grayscale) images at the same time, so that you can create multipurpose documents. For example, you can create a color image for archiving and a bitonal one for OCR conversion.

Finally, there is a 90-day on-site warranty. Companies that want to extend the warranty period can check out the optional eCarePAK extended service.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The imageFORMULA DR-X10C II is intended for heavy-duty scanning environments and is too robust for general office needs.

About

Canon is the number-one copier company in the U.S. if measured by the total number of units sold.

The company has an impressive line of multifunctional devices, and it’s one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s multifunction printer (MFP) line carries the imageRUNNER brand name.

Over the years, Canon’s print controller strategy has involved partnering with EFI, the third-party controller company that dominates the color market. The company also relies on controllers developed by Canon itself. The controllers, which feature Canon’s IP architecture (the “IP” stands for “Image Platform”), can be found on all imageRUNNER models.

Canon’s MEAP architecture (Multifunctional Embedded Application Program) has been a significant addition to Canon’s controller strategy. It’s featured on most of its mid-to-high-volume models. The MEAP platform features an open architecture for providing custom software applications, some for private use and others sold on the open market as add-on products from third parties.

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