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By ogie_2003 ·
I'm in the market for a scanner and since I've never owned one before I was hoping that I might get some pointers on what to look for and reliable brand names from experienced scanner owners. It will be used at my home and setup on a network. It must be able to scan an area of 8.5 by 14", be easy to setup, have software that is easy to use and capable of sending the scan to a printer or a drive on the network. It would be nice if it had USB and parallel connection capabilities. From the research I have done it looks like I want a CCD based unit but when it comes to DPI, bit's, single pass and the other technical stuff I'm not sure what I need. I want good quality but since it's not in a work environment it doesn't have to be great quality.I would like to get one for $300 Canadian or less ($150-$200 American). One that I was looking at was the Microtek Scanmaker V6UPL at http://www.microtekusa.com/smv6upl.html. Does anyone have any experience with this brand or model and how do the specs. look? As stated above I would like opinions on what minimum specifications I should look for and hopefully get some brand names and model numbers.


Thanks for any help you can provide.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Scanner Recommendations

Before I became a network administrator, I worked for 12 years in the Graphics industry doing high end scanning, photo-editing and design.

I have a strong preference for AGFA scanners. I use an Arcus II at home and while it's a few years old I love it and have never been dissatisfied for a second. The resolution, clarity, color accuracy are outstanding. It offers transparency scanning and batch scanning software. You can pick these up for a fraction of the original price on Ebay. It is, however, SCSI. Many of the higher end scanners will use a SCSI interface. USB is convenient though, and I can see why people would like it (despite the performance hit). Parallel scanners...well....*shudder*...if you HAVE to have it.

I like the UMAX scanners (Astra 6400 in particular), HP has some nice products and Canon has consistently impressed me lately (Check out the Canon CanoScan N1240U). The Epson perfection has also garnered a lot of good reviews, though I have not had a chance to take alook at one.

Take a look here for reviews and details:

http://computers.cnet.com/hardware/0-1073.html?tag=dir

(remove any spaces in the URL)

This should help you get a feel for which best fits your needs and budget.

Hope you find what you need!

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Scanner Recommendations

Oh....to finish answering your questions. At a bare minimum, get 36 bit color and 600x1200 resolution. (I'd aim higher if possible).

I'm rather neutral to Microtek. Their scanners are well priced, but the quality and durability I've seen are onlyfair.

Needing the larger scan area will somewhat limit your choices. Most of the Canons are smaller in size (and very nice looking, for what that's worth). Definitely take a look at UMax though...

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by maxwell edison In reply to Scanner Recommendations

You'll get several recommendations based on, "I'm partial to...", so I'll give you mine.

I'm partial to Hewlett Packard Scanners. I've had good (great) luck with mine. They are reliable and competitively priced, and HP has a wide range from whichto choose. (See link:)

http://www.uws.edu.au/staff/its/itp/products/scanner_comparisons.phtml

But before you go on a wide search for brands and models for you own comparison, you should narrow it down somewhat to models that will fit your needs. Ask yourself a few basic questions first to narrow your list of possible considerations. Considerations such as:

Maximum size you'll need to scan
Will you be scanning photos or just documents
Do you want to scan Color or will Monochrome workTypes of files you'll need to create
Interface desided
Slides or no slides
Resolution required
Sheet feed - how many sheets
Etc.

Determine the features you want and go from there.

More helpful links:

http://businessweek.buyerzone.com/computers/scanners/buyers_guide1.html

http://www.flatbed-scanner-review.org/flatbed_scanner_reviews_links/flatbed_scanner_reviews.html

http://www.ttsalo.iki.fi/~ttsalo/scanners/

http://www.flatbed-scanner-review.org/

(REMOVE SPACES from the pasted URLs.)

Maxwell

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