Brother ADS-1250W Wireless Portable Compact Desktop Scanner

The Brother ADS-1250w wireless compact desktop scanner features a 20-sheet capacity automatic document feeder that can quickly scan single- and duplex, color and black-and-white documents at up to 25 ppm at a time via Wi-Fi or via a local USB connection. It can be powered by connecting to your laptop or PC via Micro USB 3.0, making it highly portable and suitable for mobile professionals. The ADS-1250w handles a wide range of media types and paper sizes and includes a dedicated card slot for scanning plastic cards. Scans to multiple destinations, including documents, OCR, email, cloud services, mobile devices and USB flash drives.

Brother ADS-1250W Reviews

The Brother ADS-1250W is a fast, accurate and practical portable document scanner for the small business traveler.


This automatic color scanner offers impressive performance, especially when you consider its small size. The dual sensor can scan both sides of the paper in a single pass at 600 x 600 dpi. It also has a fast scanning speed of up to 25 pages per minute. The included OCR software allows you to create searchable Word and PDF files, and Iprint scanning software provides connectivity for mobile devices, among other features.


The ADS-1250W features a compact and lightweight design that is perfect for travel and business meetings. It comes in a standard beige design with black accents and features an automatic document feeder that holds up to 20 pages. The feeder makes it easy to scan all your documents and receipts, and even has a slot for business cards and credit cards. The scanner can also scan to multiple locations, including cloud storage and USB flash memory. It does not require a traditional power outlet and can use a USB connection.

Connectivity and Software

The ADS-1250W supports Wi-Fi and micro USB 3.0 and 2.0 for connecting to your network or directly to your computer. Mobile devices can be connected via Wi-Fi and USB. You will need to use iPrint&Scan to interact with the scanner and connect to supported cloud sites such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google and OneDrive. you can also scan from Apple devices to iCloud. other destinations that can be sent to via the USB 2.0 port on the back of the chassis include email, documents, OCR, and other applications. Other destinations that can be sent through the USB 2.0 port on the back of the chassis include email, documents, OCR, workflows (profiles set up through iPrint&Scan for PC), and USB drives.

No waiting, error-free scanning

I tested the ADS-1250W at 300 dpi using iPrint&Scan via micro USB 3.0 on a standard Intel Core i5 testbed PC running Windows 10 Professional. The scanner imaged our 25-page single-sided text document into computer memory at 28 ppm and our 25-page duplex (50 images) document at 55.2 ppm. These scores easily beat the Brother's 25 ppm and 50 ipm ratings.

Main Features

Fast scanning speeds: Scan single- and double-sided, color and black-and-white documents in one pass at up to 25 ppm.

Portable and convenient power supply: Compact design and power supply via Micro USB 3.0 connection to a laptop or PC makes it highly portable for mobile professionals.

Automatic processing of a wide range of documents: Easily scan documents up to 34 inches long, plastic cards, receipts and photos with the 20-page capacity automatic document feeder.

Connect your way: Scan wirelessly directly to PCs and mobile devices‡ and Micro USB 3.0 interface for local connectivity.

Compatible with the way you work: Supports multiple Scan-to destinations such as documents, OCR, email, mobile devices and USB flash drives to help optimize your business processes.

Scan to mobile devices: Scan to compatible mobile devices‡ using the free Brother iPrint&Scan app.

Versatile scanning: Dedicated card slots make scanning plastic cards fast and easy.

Optimize images and text for storage/sorting: Enhance scanning with automatic color detection/adjustment, image rotation (PC only), prevention by/background removal, text enhancement, and color dropout.

Do more with bundled software: The included software suite provides document management and OCR software.

Bottom Line

The ADS-1250W is a compact scanner that is perfect for busy people. It still has a large capacity of 20 pages and can scan at high speeds. The scanner also has built-in Wi-Fi and can scan to multiple locations, including cloud storage and memory sticks. It doesn't come with a USB cable, but they are easy to find and inexpensive.