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Should You Buy a Brother Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 07 January 2021
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should you buy a Brother Scanner?

Brother is well known for its inkjet printers.

If you are thinking about buying a Brother scanner then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of scanner brands is compiled by analysing over 4,300 user and expert reviews and 60+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 380+ scanners.

Brother are recognised for their good selection of mid-range and popular scanners and start at $95 for the DS640 which is a 1200 x 1200 scanner, a scanner that has a misc max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner and go up to $1,400 for the PDS-6000 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has an A4 / us letter max scan size and an adf scanner. The average price of a new Brother scanner is $378.

Brother are recognised for their good selection of mid-range and popular scanners.

Is Brother the Best Scanner Brand?

So are Brother scanners any good? We give every scanner a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all scanners we are able to impartially rank all the scanner brands.

Brother is ranked the No. 12 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Brother is the 12th best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
606 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
1,453 reviews
#3
87%
87%
239 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
863 reviews
#5
87%
87%
105 reviews
#6
83%
83%
70 reviews
#7
HP
United States
80%
80%
402 reviews
#8
Visioneer
79%
79%
43 reviews
#9
Iris
78%
78%
61 reviews
#10
I.R.I.S.
76%
76%
18 reviews
#11
Avision
72%
72%
7 reviews
#12
Japan
71%
71%
0 reviews
#13
Japan
66%
66%
2 reviews
#14
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#15
Veho
54%
54%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Brother scanners compare to the other scanner brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All scanner Brands
Brother Scanners

There's a smaller selection of Brother scanners available compared to other scanner brands, with only 15 Brother scanners currently on the market in the US. Brother scanners also tend to be cheaper than most other scanner brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

Whilst Brother have a number of interesting features including Scan To Email and Auto-Deskew, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$531
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,999
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$378
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,999
Price Distribution of Brother Scanners

How Many Industry Awards Have Brother Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we couldn't find any industry awards for Brother scanners. The table below shows the number of awards received by the most popular scanner brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Plustek Fujitsu HP Epson Canon
PC Mag logo
2
1
2
3
alphr.com logo
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
2
Ephotozine logo
3
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
chip.com.my logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
techgearlab.com logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
buyerslab.com logo
1
uk.hardware.info logo
1
Total
8
11
4
5
6

Features to Look Out For On Brother Scanners

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Brother scanners that set them apart from the competition. These include Scan To Email and Auto-Deskew.

Brother Scan To Email

Brother scanners that feature Scan To Email include the Brother ADS2700W ($373) and the Brother DS620 ($94).

Brother Auto-Deskew

Brother scanners that feature Auto-Deskew include the Brother ADS2700W ($373).

What is the Best Mid-Range Brother Scanner?

Brother ADS2200

$349.70
Adorama
Brother ADS2200
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Brother ADS2200
600 X
600
DPI
35ppm
ADF SCAN

A great mid range choice, priced at $349.70 is the Brother ADS2200, which has a Kagoo Score of 64.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Supports legal paper size
Bundled software

A good spec but only moderate value for money 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner. It supports colour scanning and has a duplex scanning.

77
Features
Good Features
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
60
Value for Money
Good
64
Kagoo Score
Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the ADS2200 in the US is $349.70 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Brother Scanner?

Brother ADS2800W

$499.99
Adorama
Brother ADS2800W
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Brother ADS2800W
600 X
600
DPI
30ppm
ADF SCAN

If you're looking for a high end Brother scanner then the Brother ADS2800W takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 65, but is a bit more expensive at $499.99.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Multi feed detection
Supports legal paper size
Smaller than average scanning noise level (50dB)

A good spec but only moderate value for money 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a multi feed detection and supports colour scanning.

77
Features
Good Features
77
Popularity
Quite Popular
61
Value for Money
Good
65
Kagoo Score
Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the ADS2800W in the US is $499.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Brother Scanner?

Brother PDS-6000

$1,399.99
InkyToners
Brother PDS-6000
Buy Now
Brother PDS-6000
600 X
600
DPI
80ppm
ADF SCAN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Brother PDS-6000 is the best Brother scanner out there. At $1,399.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 59.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Multi feed detection
48 input colour depths
Big auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity (100 sheets)

A good spec but only ok value for money 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a multi feed detection and supports colour scanning.

76
Features
Good Features
55
Value for Money
Average
59
Kagoo Score
Average

The cheapest price that we could find for the PDS-6000 in the US is $1,399.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Brother Scanner?

Brother DS640

$95.00
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Brother DS640
Buy Now
Brother DS640
1200 X
1200
DPI
15ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $95 and with a Kagoo Score of 69 the Brother DS640 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Bundled software

A good spec and low cost 1200 x 1200 DPI sheetfed / adf scanner.

78
Features
Good Features
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
69
Kagoo Score
Good
REVIEW Brother DS-640 Compact Mobile Document Scanner, (Model DS640)
REVIEW Brother DS-640 Compact Mobile Document Scanner, (Model DS640)

The cheapest price that we could find for the DS640 in the US is $95.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Brother Scanner?
Is Brother the Best Scanner Brand?
How Many Industry Awards Have Brother Scanners Received?
Features to Look Out For On Brother Scanners
Brother Scan To Email
Brother Auto-Deskew
What is the Best Mid-Range Brother Scanner?
What is the Best High End Brother Scanner?
What is the Ultimate Brother Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Brother Scanner?

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