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Canon DR-C125W review

The DR-C125W is Canon’s first Wi-Fi-enabled desktop scanner, and incorporates a selection of smartphone and tablet features, as well as the convenience of cable-free network scanning.

To set up wireless, there are buttons and LEDs at the rear that allow you to choose between station or AP modes and activate WPS. In AP mode, the scanner provides a DHCP server, and all settings and wireless encryption options can be customised from its web interface.

For PCs and laptops, Canon’s CaptureOnTouch utility makes light work of quick scans by linking the scanner’s Start button to a range of actions. These include scan to printer, email, Google Drive and any of the bundled utilities. To scan to smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android), simply download the free CaptureOnTouch Mobile app, which allows you to scan to PDF or JPEG and share with other apps.

We found scan speeds over wireless didn’t always match Canon’s figures, but they were still respectable. At 200dpi, a single-sided mono scan of 20 bank statements returned 25ppm, with colour scans hitting 13ppm. Duplex scans took longer, with a mono scan of both sides returning 21ppm, and 6.5ppm in colour. Quality is fine for archiving, with colour photos and graphics showing good detail and colour balance.

Canon’s anti-skew worked well with our collection of test receipts, and paper handling for bulk scans was fine. The scanner had problems with very thin originals, however, which occasionally failed to feed properly.

The DR-C125W can’t match our A-List champion, the Brother ADS-2600W, for all-round sophistication, but the lower price means it’s worth considering if you’re on a tighter budget.

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