Fast, affordable, and designed to handle everything from simple color jobs to complex workflows. Quickly and reliably digitize larger projects with scan speeds up to 40 ppm/80 ipm and a 50-page ADF. Recommended for 4,000 pages per day.
No question, HP’s ScanJet Pro N4000 snw1 is a terrific midrange scanner for small offices and workgroups. Like its many competitors, including our Best of 2021 winner the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 and its fellow Editors’ Choice recipient the Epson RapidReceipt RR-600W, this ScanJet is relatively fast, scans in highly accurate fashion, and supports plenty of connectivity options. Everything is required for a four-star review recommendation, right? Right. Unfortunately for it, competition among low- to medium-volume sheetfed document scanners is formidable to the point of cutthroat; the Fujitsu and Epson earned our rare 4.5-star rating. The HP isn’t really inferior—it’s a great document scanner for most midrange applications—but it narrowly misses Editors’ Choice honors.
Just Your ‘Average Top-Notch’ Document Scanner
Measuring 6.1 by 11.8 by 6.8 inches (HWD) with its trays closed and weighing 6.2 pounds, the ScanJet Pro N4000 snw1 is about average in both size and girth. It’s within an inch or so and a pound or two of not only the RapidReceipt RR-600W and ScanSnap iX1600, but the Raven Select and Raven Original, the Canon imageFormula R50, and the Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W, to name just a few competitors.
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Out of service with paper trays closed, the N4000 takes very little desk space. (Credit: HP)
Most of these document scanners stretch upward and outward to two or three times their original length with trays extended for business. A couple of exceptions, such as the Canon ImageFormula DR-C225 II and the Fujitsu fi-800R, have smaller footprints thanks to U-shaped paper paths.
With its input and output trays open, the HP’s footprint increases two- or three-fold. (Credit: HP)
The input tray or automatic document feeder (ADF) folds down over the face of the machine and the control panel, which consists of a small array of buttons—Back, Home, and Help—anchored by a 2.8-inch color touch screen.