The Avision IS15+ is a budget-friendly option for a business card scanner. Externally, the Avision sports standard dimensions of 7.8 x 3.2 x 1.7 inches and a weight of 11.2 ounces. Physically, it is built similarly to a stapler or hole puncher, and it can easily fit on a desk or counter in your office or business. The scanner needs an AC adapter, which can be a slight disappointment if your work area has few space and power outlets – most business card scanners can be powered with a single USB cable.
However, a unique feature on the Avision offsets the downsides of potential cable tangle. Instead of exporting scans to a connected computer, it automatically saves images onto a removable SD card. In a nice touch, the Avision also comes with a 4GB SD card. In order to pull images from the Avision, you simply have to plug the card into a laptop or desktop. The all-in-one compactness of the Avision is a strong asset and makes it highly portable for business users.
For more advanced demands, though, the Avision’s budget billing limits it. Its business card scanning performance was quick in our hands-on testing and effectively auto-cropped images to their correct proportions after scans. However, it lacks many common features of the best business card scanners. For instance, it doesn't automatically convert words from the images into readable text, and it can't scan both sides of a card simultaneously.
The image quality also varies. On several high-resolution scans in our tests, the scanner struggled to accurately reproduce shades and gradients. While the scanner comes with a basic image-editing program, it lacks any kind of scanning software to adjust the scan quality. You can only toggle between scan resolutions by pressing a physical button. Notably for business users, the scanner’s feed bay isn’t wide enough to fit ID cards. This can be problematic if your workplace will frequently be scanning business cards or cards of varying thickness.
As a budget business card reader, the Avision IS15+ has clear limits to its functionality. The lack of high-end workplace features can be difficult to work around for business users, and its compact feed tray limits the type of media you can scan. But with its low price tag and all-in-one functionality, the Avision can be an effective option for cost-conscious users.
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