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ahmadof
Aug 17, 2004, 02:04 PM
all in one type machine. i'm not looking for something to do perfect piuctures, just basic homeoffice , fax , copy type stuff. I want to make sure it works well with OSX and hopefully has support in the future (unlike the microtek i'm looking at right now. thanks

iBert
Aug 17, 2004, 03:27 PM
hp-psc1200 series. I have the psc1215 all in one and at the lab I work we also have that same one. Cheap and will do everything you're looking for. hope this help.

seamuskrat
Aug 17, 2004, 04:48 PM
I myself am fond of my Canon LIDE series scanner. Its USB powered, so there is less clutter, and it works well, does decent enough scans for OCR, photos, and documents. Plus its affordable.

Downsides, the Canon software is awful. I purchased VueScan and I am much happier with it.

quidire
Aug 17, 2004, 05:56 PM
hp-psc1200 series. I have the psc1215 all in one and at the lab I work we also have that same one. Cheap and will do everything you're looking for. hope this help.

If you can swing it, the HP PSC 2410 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000C9ZJW/103-1797931-7975812?v=glance) is (obviously) better, indeed by a significant margin.

Apple Store link (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/70902/wo/p36gRvnWAQKn3BKDnSG2Ll9Tivd/1.3.0.6.10.3.46.1.15.0)

In fact there is a 2510, which is the 2410 but wireless (yes, it can connect via WiFi to your Mac)
Apple Store Link (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/70902/wo/p36gRvnWAQKn3BKDnSG2Ll9Tivd/1.3.0.6.10)

ThomasJefferson
Aug 17, 2004, 06:45 PM
Microtek how I hate thee, let me count the ways.

I have owned Epson scanners over the years and have never had any problems.
ZDNet has some reviews here http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/Scanners/2001-3136_16-0.html?tag=ont-peri

MacWorld has just done several reviews (August 2004) of scanners here http://www.macworld.com/2004/08/reviews/midrangeflatbedscanners/

Dig in.

zagato27
Aug 28, 2004, 12:37 PM
I myself am fond of my Canon LIDE series scanner. Its USB powered, so there is less clutter, and it works well, does decent enough scans for OCR, photos, and documents. Plus its affordable.

Downsides, the Canon software is awful. I purchased VueScan and I am much happier with it.

I'm thinking about the Canon LIDE 80. I won't be using it for anything special, just scanning some photos or OCR work. I had the Canon FB620U but haven't been able to find a driver for it and my G5. It's cheap, ~$80, OS X compatible, USB, and it comes with Elements 2.0 (which I was thinking of purchasing w/ best price of ~$45). So for about $40 I can get a scannner for light work. Anyone have any experience with this one? Cheers

seamuskrat
Aug 28, 2004, 04:23 PM
As I said, I like the Canon series. As for software, try VueScan at www.hamrick.com. Its excellent scanner software.

arrowhead
Aug 28, 2004, 04:47 PM
i have epson stylus cx5200 all-in-one color printer/scanner/copier. it doesn't do fax. but, let's not forget that if you are using panther, you can use mail app to send/receive a fax. personally i've never used that feature before, so i guess others who have used it may be able to tell you better as to how well it works. as for my above printer, i bought it 1 1/2 years ago, so it is a bit old model. btw, it was about $150. if interested in a similar model, please check them out at epson's web site.

good luck.

Malic
Aug 28, 2004, 10:05 PM
A Umax Astra 2100U. I had a unique solution to the lack of MacOS X driver support from Umax...

http://www.malicstower.org/dropbox/IMG_0031.jpg