Canon is a world-renowned name in the printers and office equipment industry. They’ve been providing consumer, business-to-business and industrial image solutions for decades, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two. We love Canon scanners simply because they are easy to use and incorporate latest technology.
The Canon CanoScan Photo Scanner is a unique product because it scans not only documents but images and 35mm film too, all in superb quality. With a 9600 x 9600 max color dpi, you can expect superb and professional quality scans.
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Flip-Pal is a brand that provides patented solutions to everyday problems. Their values include courage, integrity, collaboration, innovation and care and they use these values to provide the best possible products and best possible service to their customers.
The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is a unique product with tons of useful features. Firstly, it was the world’s first flatbed scanner that doesn’t need a PC to operate. It’s completely portable with an installed 4GB SDHC memory card that you can save your scanned documents or photos to.
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We can all agree that Epson has been a leading brand in the manufacture of printers, projectors, system devices and scanners. They have proven to be top innovators, delivering high performing products and solutions, all of which seem to exceed the expectations of customers.
The Epson Perfection V850 is a top-of-the-line scanner designed to suit professional photographers and of course serious armatures. Although it costs around $999.99, it is arguably one of the best choices out there if you are looking to achieve the best possible quality and do not mind paying for that privilege.
This model is an upgrade of the Epson V800, its less expensive twin. They are both meant for pros and can handle 35mm slides, negatives and positives as large as 8 x 10”. They also offer an incredible 6,400dpi optical resolution, which is more than enough to produce great quality scans. However, the main difference between the two is their optics. Our pick – the Epson V850 – offers what the manufacturers terms as an ‘enhanced version optical system’ as well as extra film holders.
The Epson V850 captures every detail and produces impeccable quality scans. If you are a photo enthusiasts, a semi-pro, or an armature that is serious about their work, then there’s more you can enjoy with this model. Here are more features in store for you.
If you are a professional photographer or just a keen hobbyist then you can get the Epson V850. But if this model is too expensive for you and you don’t want to sacrifice too much for the quality, then there are other great scanners you can get within the same line without spending a fortune. Some of these models include V800, V750 Pro, V700, V600 and V500. Check them out and see which one suits your budget and wants.
Since 1986 Plustek has been in the document scanning business and they’re known for having the best performance to cost ratio in the 25-80ppm scanner department. They manufacture a range of high-quality document, flatbed, film and network standalone scanners.
The Plustek OpticBook 3900 Scanner is Mac compatible for OS 10.7 – 10.10, quickly transforming books, bound material and magazines into digital format. It features a special design that eliminates spine shadows, making your scans smooth and professional looking, even before editing. With the ability to create searchable PDFs, you can maintain the original look and font of the document and easily manage and exchange documents.
This flatbed scanner meets ENERGY STAR standards, contributing to an environmentally friendly environment, whether that’s at home or in the office. The software included can be used with Mac or Windows and includes an image organizer, document management tools, thumbnail viewer and accurate OCR software. With a 1200 dpi optical resolution, your documents or images will be clear and focused, and you can scan an A4 page in color or black & white in just 7seconds in 300dpi mode. If you’re looking for a scanner that can accommodate a lot of work, you’ll be pleased to know this one has a 2,500-sheet daily duty cycle.
Although they have not been in the market for long compared to other brands in our list, Doxie has emerged as one of the industry leaders in the scanner space, producing compact models to suit people looking for scanners they can carry anywhere. Since the introduction of the first product - Doxie, the brand has proven to be efficient and vows to continue delivering innovative products in the future.
The Doxie flip is not only functional but also compact and cute. It’s the kind of scanner you will see and think, ‘yes this is perfect for my home office’ even without going into details about what it does. It is designed in a way you can see through, even when the scan is underway. The interesting thing is that you can remove the attached lid and flip the scanner over the item you want to scan and capture every little detail you want.
There is a quite interesting trend these days: scanner brands are starting to produce models that are capable of scanning more than just bills and papers. Yes, most can handle photos as well, but how about beyblades, or fabric, or even coins? The Doxie flip is well known for scanning anything you throw its way – from movie tickets to coins to jewelry and anything else!
Even though its design and ability to scan just about everything are the center of attention for the Doxie Flip, there’s more to it that will make you go even crazier about it. Here are the features that we are talking about:
Although you can get the Doxie Flip, which is the most new addition in the Doxie line, the brand also offers other amazing scanners to suit different buyers. All are compact and can be carried anywhere. Check out the Doxie, Doxie One and the Doxie Go, and pick one that you fancy.
They say love makes the world go round, and in the same vein, we’ll say that technology makes the earth spin faster. Time passes with every turn of the earth around its axis, right? So, if technology makes long, arduous tasks faster and more like fun than work (and you know they say that time flies when you’re having fun), it can then be implied, in a figurative sense, that the techier the world gets, the faster our earth spins.
Let’s talk about the flatbed scanner, the reason for this review. The flatbed scanner, or flatbed, is a neat piece of technology that makes it possible to get digital copies of our documents, photos, and favorite books and magazines. It captures them just the way they are and presents them to us in a form that’s easier to store in our computer memory, on USB drives or in the cloud, and retrieve them just as easily and at any time of the day.
A flatbed scanner has a fixed, flat glass platen upon which you place the document, right-side-down, to be scanned. The scan head then moves, beneath the glass, up and down the document, taking incredibly detailed pictures of every inch of the paper. It then uses these pictures to create a digital or softcopy of the document or photo. They have an advantage over the desktop scanners, as they can be used to make digital copies of books and magazines. Flatbeds do not move the paper being scanned, which makes them a great option for fragile documents. They also produce great pictures and images.
The flatbed is quite versatile. It can be paired with a document or sheet feeder, and, just like that, your regular flatbed scanner becomes a sheet-fed scanner. Of course, you can buy some scanners that are already sheet-fed, like the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Instant PDF Scanner. With this, you can convert those piles of paper documents containing records and other important stuff into digital copies, and create some space on your desk organizer for decorative items or plain old air.
You can also get some flatbed scanners that are much larger and can accommodate a lot of use per day. These are ideal for the workplace where multiple people will be using it. The Kodak i3250 Document Scanner is one like this which has a daily duty cycle of 6000 pages! Other scanners, like the HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 7500 Flatbed Scanner are excellent middle men, for those wanting a functional, fast scanner for the workplace but at a reasonable price. This scanner can scan up to 100 pages at a time with a scan speed of 50ppm and 100ipm.
Flatbeds have a pretty wide price range; you can find them for as low as $50 and as high as $3,400. The reason for the wide gap between those figures is actually a simple and reasonable one. When a flatbed scanner is designed for high-speed scanning and is equipped with a document feeder with a high sheet-feeding capacity, it’s only natural that it'll sell for much more than a flatbed with a more basic design. The quality of the material and construction also play important roles in determining how much these scanners will cost. That said, we advise that you don’t settle for cheap flatbed scanners, as we’ve found them to be all frills and no thrills.
The difference between a pleasant workday and a not-so-pleasant one could be something as simple as a functional flatbed scanner that delivers. We hope to hook you up with one of those through this review, and we’ve listed some of the features you should check for. See them below:
The type or size of the paper you’ll be scanning with a flatbed is an important consideration. Most flatbeds do not have the capacity or sufficient scan area for anything larger than the A4 paper, that is, the standard 8.5-by-11.7-inch letter paper. If you’re scanning mostly written documents and the occasional 4-by-6-inch photos or any paper around that range, such a flatbed scanner should be more than adequate. For scanning 11-by-17-inch tabloid paper, you’ll need a flatbed with a scan area that’s large enough to accommodate it.
A flatbed scanner’s optical resolution – or simply, its resolution – refers to the number of dots of data the scanner is able to capture per inch of paper. It’s expressed as DPI (Dots per Inch). The higher the flatbed’s resolution, the higher the quality of the digital copy. If you’re scanning artwork and graphic designs, you’re going to need a flatbed with a DPI of 600 and above for decent quality pictures, or one with more than 1000DPI for great quality pictures. For those of us who need to scan text-only documents and occasional pictures, a flatbed with 300 to 600DPI will be just fine.
Flatbed scanners are generally bulky and will take up some space on your desk, but they’re worth every square inch of space they demand. They are usually about 10 to 19 inches in length, with widths of about 9 to 11 inches and heights of 1.5 to 5 inches.
The software a flatbed supports is a vital consideration. While there are versatile flatbeds that can work with any of the popular scanner software on the market, there are others that come with the necessary software. They both have their advantages. While the first group of scanners gives you room for choosing the software you want, the other group makes it easy for you to set up without having to look for software that’s compatible with your scanner. Also take note of the software’s features, such as text and photo editing, conversion of documents to PDF, and saving to cloud.
If you’ll be scanning large volumes of documents at a time, consider a flatbed scanner with a sheet feeder. This will save you from having to manually change the paper, and free you for other important tasks. Depending on the volume of documents, you can choose one with a 10-sheet capacity or one with a 250-sheet capacity. A flatbed's scanning speed is measured in ppm (pages per minute). The higher a flatbed’s ppm is, the faster it’ll scan.
The connectivity of a flatbed refers to the interface through which the scanned documents are transferred to your computer. The basic connectivity option is the USB interface. There are connectivity options that include Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth.