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Scanner Reviews

Updated: Jul 31, 2015 12:21
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#1
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Fujitsu Scansnap IX 100

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 portable scanner lets you leave your computer at home and scan to a smartphone or tablet instead, making it easy to check scan quality on the spot.

6 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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Canon DR-C225W

The Canon imageFormula DR-C225W ($549) is likely to be either of no interest at all or exactly the scanner you're looking for. If you don't need either a shared scanner that you can connect to your network by Wi-Fi or a personal scanner you can connect...

2 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Impossible Instant LAB

The frog-tongue keeps newly-ejected shots out of direct light while they develop

2 expert reviews

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Epson Perfection V 39

The Epson Perfection V39 ($99.99) is basically a throwback to the kind of flatbed scanner that used to be standard. Most flatbeds today can scan film, a design choice that's largely a response to the popularity of MFPs, which rarely include film-scan...

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

Canon Canoscan LIDE 220

You can think of the Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Color Image Scanner ($89.99) as either a low-end photo scanner that can't scan film, or as a high-end model for people who don't need to scan film and don't want to pay extra for a feature they'll never use....

3 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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Epson Perfection V19

Epson has long offered a wide range of choices for both photo and document scanners, but the Epson Perfection V19 ($69.99) extends the company's reach downwards into entirely new territory. Small enough to literally get lost under a stack of papers,...

1 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500

The Fujitsu iX500 ($495) is a capable and likeable document scanner for personal or small office use. It met its rated speeds in our tests and lost almost no time when saving files to searchable PDF. The scanner did well in both text recognition and...

6 expert reviews | 251 user reviews

#8
alaScore 96

Epson Perfection V 800 Photo

Although the Epson Perfection V800 Photo ($739.99) is a flatbed scanner—and can scan photographic prints— its real value is as a film scanner. It can handle both positive and negative film (including slides) in sizes ranging from 35mm to as large as 8...

2 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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Kodak ScanMate i1150

The Kodak ScanMate i1150 ($495) is aimed at scenarios like the front desk in a medical office that needs to scan documents from incoming patients into special-purpose software throughout the day. Indeed, there are some touches that will be particularly...

4 expert reviews

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Epson Perfection V 850 PRO

Designed for professional photographers and only the most serious amateurs, the Epson Perfection V850 Pro ($949.99) is arguably the scanner of choice if you want the best possible scan quality for photosand don't mind paying for the privilege. The...

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce DS-510

Epson lists the Epson WorkForce DS-510 on its website under workgroup scanners, and, indeed, it offers enough capability for a small office or workgroup. However, the low price and small size make it a strong candidate for a personal desktop scanner as...

5 expert reviews | 486 user reviews

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Canon imageFORMULA DR-M1060

If you have to scan multipage, tabloid-size (11-by-17-inch) documents fairly often, but don't have particularly heavy-duty scan needs, put the Canon imageFormula DR-M1060 document scanner ($2,995) on your must-see list. Bigger than most desktop...

2 expert reviews

#13
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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

Most people look at scanners as a commodity that sometimes comes for free in the form of a printer/scanner combo [...]

38 expert reviews | 4682 user reviews

#14
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Plustek eScan A150

The Plustek eScan A150 ($599) is one more entry in the growing list of network scanners meant for a micro office, but it's also a little different from most. Unlike its competition, it's designed to let you handle the entire scan process—from changing...

1 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Fujitsu Scansnap S1100

The bottom line. The quality of photo scans stumbles, but for all sorts of text-based documents, the ScanSnap S1100 is a mighty mini scanner.

34 expert reviews | 606 user reviews

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Fujitsu FI-7160

As a compact document scanner for small to midsize offices or workgroups, the Fujitsu fi-7160 ($1,195) provides very good scan speeds. It has a solid set of features for improving scan reliability and quality. It fell bit short of the Editors' Choice...

1 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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Fujitsu Fi-7260 fi

The Fujitsu fi-7260 ($1,995) is a speedy document scanner that combines a sheetfed scanner and an 80-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) with a letter-size flatbed. In effect, it's the Fujitsu fi-7160 with a flatbed attached, giving it the added...

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Canon P-215

Although big and heavy for a portable scanner, the Canon imageFormula P-215 Personal Document Scanner's fast speed, duplexing, and ADF make it well worth the extra size and weight.

11 expert reviews | 418 user reviews

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 combines a reasonably portable size and weight with an automatic document feeder and the ability to scan both sides of a page at once.

26 expert reviews | 1522 user reviews

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Epson Perfection V 550 Photo

It is very capable at scanning slide and film and compares favourably with stand alone models though possibly not quite as sharp pixel for pixel. There is a lot of built in flexibility that does make it possible to attain pleasing results. I would...

2 expert reviews | 538 user reviews

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Kodak i3250

Next to many smaller models, the price tag may seem prohibitive. But this is an extremely powerful device that looks up, instead, to more industrial models – the majority of which cost and weigh even more. For many serious businesses, the price tag...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 92

HP Scanjet 5000

The next step up in HP's document scanner line from the HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2 Sheet-feed Scanner, the HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 5000 s2 Sheet-feed Scanner delivers only slightly faster scans, but stands ready for heavier duty use. Among other...

4 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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Fujitsu Scansnap IX 500

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 includes a 1-year limited warranty, which is typical among scanners at this price point. Though a small number of users report initial defects, most never need to call on the warranty. Feedback on the quality of customer...

5 expert reviews | 278 user reviews

#24
alaScore 91

Canon imageFORMULA P-208

I never dreamed that a portable scanner would work this well. Wish I had starting using it sooner! It was so easy to install and is perfect for my home office. I have scanned 3 - 6 page documents with no issues. It has a neat future for longer...

10 expert reviews | 171 user reviews

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Brother ADS-1100W

Brother should be complimented for creating a versatile compact document scanner that creates multiple opportunities to disseminate digital data but it's let down by poor paper alignment.

3 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Scanners

    Scanners used to be the exclusive domain of high-end graphics and publishing enterprises, but today they are a common feature of both the desktop and laptop computing landscape. Whether your primary computer is a laptop or a desktop, if you work from an office or while on the go, there is a scanner out there that will fit your unique requirements.



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    Scanner Categories

    Flatbed Scanners: These are the most common type of scanners. Due to their size, flatbed scanners are most appropriate for use with a desktop computer. Flatbed scanners typically rate higher than other models when compared for image quality and scanning speed, so they are preferred for professional applications.

    Sheet-fed Scanners: This category of scanners offers advantages in size and portability, making them the perfect companion for laptops and for mobile use. While they are slower and offer slightly compromised image quality compared to the larger flatbed scanners, the scan quality and speed is still more than adequate for most uses. For thrifty shoppers, sheet-fed scanners are generally less expensive than flatbeds.

    Pen Scanners: The ultimate in portability is provided by pen scanners, an increasingly popular choice for students and professionals on the go. This convenience comes with a compromise in speed and quality, and they require extra diligence on the part of the user in order to capture a clear scan.

    What to Look for in a Scanner

    Scanner Size – Most people are scanning letter-sized documents and pictures, and the standard 8.5” feed is sufficient. However, if you plan on scanning legal-sized documents or larger graphics print-ups, you will want a scanner that features a larger scanner size.

    Scan Speed – Scanner speeds are broadly similar across all models, but if you are using your scanner for bulk applications, you will want to select a model that is optimized for speed.

    Connectivity – Parallel port and SCSI connections have given way almost completely to the convenience of USB hookups. Almost all newer models also support wireless connectivity, which is an added convenience if your primary computer is a laptop.

    Software – The software that comes standard with the scanner is an important consideration, and one that is often overlooked. Basic models feature basic software that is good for storing and retrieving your images. As the scanner increases in sophistication and performance, so does the software. More robust software bundles can include automatic image editing and organizing features, upload streamlining that facilitates sharing your images, and repair/modification software that allows you to quickly and easily touch up photos and convert text documents.

    Popular Scanner Brands

    Many of the names of the most popular scanner manufacturers are very familiar, and have a long history of excellence in the printer market as well. Epson, Canon, and HP offer scanners of all categories and at a full range of performance levels and price points. Fujitsu is another brand that features a number of models that have been well-reviewed. Dane and NeatReceipts specialize in highly-portable pen scanners, and offer several different models.

    Popular Scanner products

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