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By +Dax Radder
What scanners are available?
- Document or Sheetfed
Document scanners are quickly becoming the most popular item on many a person’s list of items to buy for 2012. A lot of people are discovering the benefits of digitizing their documents, receipts, tax forms, photos, etc., etc.
However, as with most electronic gadgets there is a murky sea of brands, models and uses that they must decipher before they decide which type to purchase.
Here are the most popular types of scanners and their price range.
Flatbed scanners have long been the most common scanners bought by businesses and individuals. But not for long. Technology is ringing the death knell for flatbed scanners.
With the advent of the sheet fed scanners, the days of putting one document on the glass, making sure the document is centered, lowering the lid, pressing the button, waiting for the scan head to move under the glass and scan the page, waiting, waiting, waiting…for one lousy document to be scanned. Oh, did you need both sides of that document scanned? Sorry, you need to turn the document over and go through the whole thing again. Ouch!
Flatbed scanners were still useful for bound books and documents, but that’s going the way of the horse and buggy too. Hand scanners are making them obsolete in that area.
Quite possibly the only reason to still purchase a flatbed scanner would be for high-resolution scanning. However, most scanner manufacturer’s are working feverishly to make their document or sheetfed scanners produce high-resolution scans.
Flatbed scanner prices have drastically dropped and most good models are selling for under $100.
Document or Sheetfed Scanners
Document or Sheetfed scanners are rapidly becoming the most popular type of scanner in the world – hence, the reason for this website!
Document scanners are the do-it-all workhorse of the scanner family. What’s not to like about scanning 20 pages per minute (in color) and creating searchable pdf documents that you can store in your computer?
Did the receipt or document scan at a weird angle? Most document scanners have software that will correct that image. Nice.
When you combine duplex scanning (both sides of the document are scanned at once) with automatic document feeders that can hold from 50 to 75 sheets, then most business or personal scanning projects will be accomplished quickly.
One drawback for some people will be the price tag ($300 to $400), but going paperless and being organized for a lot of people is priceless.
It is safe to say that next to a smart phone and laptop, a portable scanner has become the bff of the mobile professional. Usually weighing less than a pound and easily slipping into a briefcase or laptop bag, the portable document scanner has taken on a life of its own.
Hook up is easy with a USB cable to the laptop, press the button to scan and off you go, scanning receipts, invoices, anything a regular document scanner may scan. The disadvantages are few since most of the jobs on the road are small to begin with. Documents must be hand-fed and simplex scanning (only one side of the document is scanned at a time) is the rule. That being said, most portable scanners image quality is on par with its bigger brothers and with the cost of these scanners from $100 to $200, they are most economical.
One of the best tools for researchers, college students, writers or anyone who needs to scan directly from a book or other bound material is a hand scanner.
Some are built like a wand and some are even built like an over-sized pen, but they are all small and will allow you to scan just about anything.
Two different types make up this genre, the full-page scanner and the pen scanners.
The full-page scanners give excellent results although learning how to use one takes a lot of practice.
Connecting easily to your laptop or PC, pen scanners are wonderful for lifting exact quotations or pieces of text from printed material and inserting it many word processing programs.
The full-page and pen scanners are typically priced in the $80 to $120 price range.
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