Life with the KS810:By Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-10-01 Email Print
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The KS810 from KeySpan may be the perfect accessory for a business drowning in paper. Cramming a color scanner into a keyboard is no easy feat, yet KeyScan pulls it off at a price that most businesses can afford.
While the marriage of a keyboard and scanner is not something new, other vendors that had attempted pulling off that deed have met with failure or have perished over the years. That leaves KeyScan as the only company currently offering a product such as this and the first to add "color" to the equation.
Desktop scanning in itself is neither unique nor uncommon, but has required that yet another device to be placed on a user’s desk, taking up valuable desktop real estate. Some scanners, such as those from Xerox and Visioneer, are small enough to make that less of a problem, but none offer the small footprint and convenience offered by the KS810. That helps to make the KS810 a great option for a system builder or a solution provider to offer. What’s more, bundling in a KS810 with a new system can power up-sell opportunities to document management or image management software and services.
For solution providers, the KS810 is more than just a nifty toy, it is a path to selling document-management solutions and services and offers customers a taste of the benefits of scanning. When coupled with searchable PDF technology, the KS810 can become the horsepower behind solving filing nightmares, organizing correspondence and bringing the paperless office one step closer to reality.
The product offers quite a lot for the money, with the only downsides being the lack of 64-bit Vista drivers and Linux support. If Keyscan can push the price down to the $99 area, the KS810 should start to fly off the shelves and become a no-brainer for most any business user.