Contex IQ Quattro 2490 Large Format Scanner


The award-winning Contex IQ Quattro 2490 large format scanner is 1200 dpi, 24-inch  professional CIS scanning solution for project teams and workgroups in the AEC, CAD, and GIS markets. Designed for collaboration projects requiring occasional scanning or creation of digital archives, the Contex IQ Quattro 2490 is  globally networkable and enabled to support wide format workflows for project teams including access from smartphones or tablets.

The Contex IQ Quattro 2490 large format scanner is designed to fit a multi-site network. The IQ Quattro 2490 scans small and large documents up to A1/D size and can be networked with an entire workgroup.

Design Supply, a Contex Accredited Partner, works closely with Contex to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximise your opportunities. With more than 30 years of experience in the large format market, Design Supply offers expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.


Contex IQ Quattro 2490: Unboxing

Contex IQ  Quattro 2490 Large Format Scanner

Contex IQ Quattro Large Format Scanner – Overview

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Contex IQ Quattro Large Format Scanner Demo


The Contex IQ Quattro 2490 large format scanner delivers leading edge, clean, sharp image quality of technical documents, sketches, maps, documents. Contex ClearScan technology uses innovative methods of diffusion to eliminate shadows and unwanted backgrounds, producing crisp, sharp, natural scans. Built to withstand high volume use on a daily basis, the Context IQ Quattro 2490 has a sleek and lightweight design and features multi-site network compatibility and hi-speed Gigabit Ethernet. Delivering three times the bandwidth of USB2, Contex’s unique Gigabit Ethernet implementation with xDTR2 is lightning fast and accelerates workflows even further via network sharing where scans can be controlled from any computer.

The Contex IQ Quattro 2490 features easy handling, including face-up scanning, All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) professional sheet-feed and Programmable One-Touch buttons. All-Wheel-Drive delivers perfect document grip, and Programmable One-Touch buttons permit common tasks to be assigned to three simple buttons. Magnetic document guides support long documents and make precise document loading easier. Detachable return guides for easy document handling return documents to the user by rewinding through the scanner.




The Contex IQ Quattro 2490 features an optical resolution of 1200 dpi and maximum resolution of 9600 dpi. The Contex IQ Quattro 2490 features a scan speed of 14 inches per second at 200dpi for both colour and monochrome. The Contex IQ Quattro 2490 scans up to 24 inches/610 mm and can take a maximum media width up to 26.6 inches/676 mm. A maximum media thickness of up to 0.08 inch/2mm of flexible documents can be scanned. The IQ Quattro 2490 features 32,400 pixels and for professional colour results, the Contex IQ Quattro 2490 uses X-Rite i1 profiles.

The Contex IQ Quattro X 36 includes Nextimage TWAIN; which relies on the external host software to print, copy and save scanned information and WIDEsystem (driver). Nextimage Twain is a full 64-bit TWAIN application driver for use with EDM and other imaging software. A 30-day evaluation of award-winning Nextimage software is also included.

Contex applications create industry standard raster file formats that can be used with any CAD or GIS application, including AutoCAD, Microstation, ArcGIS, and all other CAD, GIS, image editing and storage applications. The IQ Quattro 2490 scans accurate images with 1200 dpi and saves on file space with intelligent 8-bit indexed colour capture, making it ideal for archiving many types of files.

Scan and archive all your document types easily with the Contex IQ Quattro x 36. Engineering or construction plans can be scanned in standard file formats directly into project folders. The Contex IQ Quattro X 36 supports standard document formats including PDF and PDF/A. These are formats that can be opened and printed in scale using Adobe Reader. PDF/A is designed for long term storage, and is a file format protected from changes and is recommended for storing as-builds and documentation. For sharing and collaboration, use the standard PDF as this enables highlighting and annotations.

Optional items for the Contex IQ Quattro 2490 include: a low stand with paper catcher for side by side operation, Nextimage REPRO software, and a large format printer.

An optional version of Nextimage 5 software is available,  an award-winning scanning software which features easy creation of TIFF, JPG, PDF and PDF/A files. Designed to optimise results for every use, Nextimage brings out unseen details and restores even the faintest originals. Scan in vibrant colours in sRGB, Adobe RGB and save to 48-bit with selected scanners. Capture and improve maps using advanced filters colour reduction options. Digitise and restore monochrome originals with unique adaptive filters and advanced background suppression.

Nextimage software has no file size limit, which means it is able to capture the longest originals in the industry.  No original is too big for Nextimage because if limits are reached in TIF and PDF file formats, Nextimage switches to creating multiple images per page, utilising the full 64-bit OS.

Nextimage software features include SnapScan, which scans, enhances, and saves your original in one single process.  Batch scanning is another feature, eliminating the need to press ‘scan’ every single time you feed the scanner a new original.  Auto rotate enables you to mark areas on the scan you want to align with using the ‘align to measure line’. Soft-handling is another software feature ideal for handling fragile originals with special care, inlcuding loading, scanning and ejecting  fragile originals at a slower rate. No large format scanner software has a longer list of compatible printer drivers than Nextimage REPRO.

Nextimage software is available in two versions: Nextimage Scan + Archive for scan-to-file or Nextimage REPRO for scan-to-file & copy. Nextimage Scan+Archive software is a full featured scanning software including multipage (PDF, PDF/A and TIFF), full image quality controls, and accounting tools. Nextimage features Automatic Image Quality for instant clean-up and alignment and comes with an integrated image viewer and an enable automatic file naming. The software is available in multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Russian and Polish. Nextimage REPRO includes multifunction capabilities plus touch-screen compatibility and Network printer support. Nextimage REPRO includes ICC colour management, full copy functions, batch copy, set copy, nesting, and closed loop colour calibration. Nextimage can be installed on as many PC’s as you like, and is compatible with Windows 10 and 11.

As you would expect from Contex, reliable performance is a given. For added peace of mind, Contex IQ Quattro 2490 large format scanner features a 2-year return to factory warranty including a first year on-site swap-out extended warranty. Count on dependable support to create the best image possible from Contex and Design Supply. Ask us at Design Supply, and we can tailor the best solution possible for your needs.


The Contex IQ Quattro Series large format scanners received the prestigious “Highly Recommended” “A” Grade, stamp of approval from Cadalyst Magazine in 2013. Cadalyst is a comprehensive resource for CAD managers and users in the AEC, GIS, and manufacturing markets. “The Contex IQ4490 is a versatile and agile wide format scanner that could be at home in any engineering or architectural office”.


Contex IQ Quattro 2490 large format CIS scanner – 24-inch: (IQ Quattro 2490)

2 m USB cable

Ethernet cable

UK power cable

Installation Sheet

Normalisation and calibration target

2 year return to factory warranty

First year on-site swap-out extended warranty

Software included: 

USB Drive with NextImage Software including NextImage TWAIN, NextImage REPRO 30-day Trial, and WideSystem drivers


Ergonomic Low IQ Quattro 2490 Floor Stand with paper catcher (side by side operation or for scanning only) 32.8 x 33.8 x 34.8 inch/834 x 859 x 884 mm

NextimageRepro (scan-to-file & copy)

Large Format Printer

Warranty upgrade options (annual price for Year 2 onwards):

Diamond – on-site first 2 years PLUS installation and training

Platinum – on-site first 2 years OR additional years annual cost

Platinum – on-site first 3 years

Gold – swap-out first 2 years OR additional years annual cost

Gold – swap-out first 3 years

Annual on-site supplement for Ireland (£150 plus transport from airport)

Scanner installation and training (1 day)


Contex IQ Quattro 2490 Datasheet

Contex Nextimage 5 Datasheet

Nextimage 5 Printer Compatibility list


Contex is one of Denmark’s fastest growing IT companies and the world’s largest developer and producer of large format scanning and large format imaging solutions. Originally founded in 1923, the company designed and manufactured inventive, time-saving business machines, including printing machines, mechanical and electronic calculators, and electrostatic copiers, which were distributed and sold worldwide under the Rex-Rotary and Gestetner brand names. By the early 1980s, the foundation for Contex Scanning Technology began and Contex evolved into the leader of the global imaging industry in large format scanning, copying and image enhancement. The development of modular scanning technology began in 1986 and in 1988, Contex introduced its first monochrome large format scanner. Contex released a complete line of monochrome scanners in 1990 and launched its first large format colour scanners in 1996. Today, Contex offers 18”, 25”, 36”, 42”, 44”, 54”, 60 and all –in-one, colour and monochrome scanners with CIS (colour image sensors) and CCD (charged-couple device) imaging technology. Over the years, Contex scanners have received numerous awards from leading trade publications and analyst firms including Cadalyst, Wide-Format Imaging, and BERTL (Business Equipment Research and Test Laboratories). Contex provides scanning solutions in over 90 countries and is recognised by a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high-performance and superb image quality.

The Contex HD range of CCD large format scanners (HD Ultra X, HD Ultra, HD 5450, and HD iFLEX) is recommended for high productivity and top quality. The Contex HD Ultra X range of large format scanners feature advanced Charge Couple Device technology with true 48-bit colour and 16-bit grayscale workflow, 7 x 4, 5 x 4, 4 x 4, or 1 x 4 linear colour CCD’s (Red, Green, Blue and Gray), premium custom lenses from Fujifilm, and an advanced image processing algorithm, achieving superior image quality and an optical resolution of 600 to 1200 dpi and a maximum resolution of 9600 dpi. The Contex HD range of large format scanners have the ability to process the entire range of 48-bit colour data ensuring the most accurate images with Accuracy Lens Enhancement (ALE) ensures precision of 0.1% accuracy. Contex Perfect Light is the latest in LED technology to ensure the highest possible image quality. Contex CCD Scanners (except the iFLEX flatbed) feature Optomised Thickness Adjustment Control (OTAC) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) technologies. OTAC is for scanning thick originals and monitoring pressure on the surface of the document. AWD is a precision paper feed tracking system which ensures a perfectly straight scanning path and distortion-free scans. Gigabit Ethernet, xDTR2 and xDTR improves overall productivity by increasing the data transfer speed, so more image data can be sent to the PC faster.

Contex CIS range of large format scanners (SD ONE+, SD 3600, IQ Quattro 2490, IQ Quattro X 36 and 44) feature a number of advanced Contex proprietary technologies to achieve superb image quality and reliability. The Contex Colour Imaging Sensor technology feature fourth generation CleanScan CIS technology combined with CFR, SIGMA and xDTR to ensure the highest quality CIS scanners in the market. Contex CleanScan CIS technology is based on custom CIS modules with dual-sided LED light and Dual Diffusion, which suppress shadows and unwanted backgrounds. The patented Contex Colour Fringe Removal (CFR) technology is an advanced filtering technology, producing superior image quality with excellent lines. Signal Intensity Matching (SIGMA) is a Contex patented technology that minimises sensor differences live during a scan, to adjust for differences in sensor heating. xDTR improves overall productivity by increasing the data transfer speed of the USB interface, so more image data can be sent to the PC faster. This means a larger document (and more documents) can be scanned at higher resolutions without waiting for data transfer to complete.

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