The Ambir Technology PS667 is a business card scanner that can be a strong asset in office and business environments. Physically, the PS667 can easily fit onto a desk and take up minimal space. With dimensions of 7 x 2 x 1.6 inches and a weight of 8.6 ounces, the Ambir benefits from its compact size and small footprint. In addition, the Ambir only needs a USB cable for power, which helps prevent excessive cable tangle. However, it has some limits as a business card scanner.
In our hands-on testing, the Ambir’s scanning features worked smoothly and its build quality was steady. The scanner’s specifications run in line with comparable models: It can scan images at resolutions up to 600 dots per inch in color or black and white. The Ambir also has a manufacturer-listed scan rate of seven pages per minute, and it can fit media up to 6 x 4 inches. We were able to smoothly run materials like paper, business cards and thicker plastic IDs through it. As with most compact scanners, the image quality varies on high-detail scanned materials. During our color scans, colors in the scanned file were often very sharp compared to the source material. Still, the scan speeds were efficient, and we could easily cycle materials in and out of the card scanner.
The Ambir suffers from several prominent software and hardware gaps that keep it from placing among the best business card scanners. As a straightforward scanner, it lacks many business-friendly features that higher-end models possess, like two-sided scanning and optical character recognition, which converts words on images into readable text. The Ambir’s scanning performance is excellent, but outside of basic features like export support for cloud storage service, it lacks the crucial business-friendly features that would make it better for business card scanning.
The scanner comes with AmbirScan Lite, scanning software with settings tailored for business users, such as cloud export. While AmbirScan Lite covers many basic features, common business-friendly tools like automated page merging are locked into the program’s premium version, which has to be purchased separately. Considering that the PS667 is by no means a budget model, this is an inconvenient option for business users.
The Ambir PS667's scanning performance gives it some clear strengths for most users. It provides quick scanning performance in a compact package for businesses, but its abilities as a scanner for business cards can be limiting.
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