Weighing in at 600g, the P-208 is almost twice as heavy as Brother’s compact simplex scanner, the DS-600 but the payoff is versatility. The Canon’s 10-page ADF may comprise of nothing more than a couple of flimsy linked arms protruding from the flip-down front panel, but it certainly feeds documents effectively.
The P-208 has another trick up its sleeve: if you flick the rear switch to the AutoStart position, it appears as a USB storage drive on the host PC. Similarly, if you run the CaptureOnTouch Lite app directly from the drive, you can use the scanner without loading any drivers. The Lite version of the software is limited to scanning to a local folder and choosing from PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PPTX or BMP formats. To scan to email, Google Drive, Evernote and Microsoft SharePoint, you’ll need to install the main CaptureOnTouch app, plus the scanner drivers.
On a Windows 8 host, we achieved speeds superior to Canon’s claims – instead of 8ppm for mono and colour duplex scans at 200dpi, we achieved 10.6ppm. Colour speed at 300dpi dropped to 6.5ppm, and scans at 600dpi returned 1.3ppm.
Distributors Alloys, Express Online, Ingram Micro, Topstar, XIT
Launched July 2013
Verticals Perfect for working out of the office.
The reviewers say "This portable duplex scanner is good value and couldn’t be easier to use. While the software bundle is frugal, Canon’s P-208 shows that good things do indeed come in small packages."
How to pitch Ideal for mobile professionals, this scanner features duplex, colour scans and a 10-page document feeder. Ensures productivity.