Step up from basic scanner

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by JES, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. JES macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    I'm looking for an easy-to-use scanner. I've seen those $79 Canon LIDE ones. Would a step up to $200 get me anything in term of quality? If so, what do you recommend?

    I'm scanning photos and written documents. Speed will make a difference, and portability would be nice. Ease of use and Mac compatibility are musts.

    Thanks.

    --JES
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I'm using a CanoScan 8400F now...
    No problems with it

    About $130-$140 as I remember

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. iHacker macrumors member

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    Uhh. I use a all-in-one... and I like my scan uality atleast for whaat I do. I have a HP Psc all-in-one 1610. :D
     
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  5. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

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    I got a canoscan lide-30 and its great for text/occasional photos. I havent tried it with a Mac at home, but all the Macs at where I work use them (running 10.2.8) without a hitch.

    The scans are not perfect, but for the price they are nice enough. If you intend to do some important scanning where colours have to be reproduced faithfully, then I guess you need to spend more money.

    They are easy to use (I use through Photoshop), incredibly thin, and they are pretty fast - under a minute for an A4 300DPI scan.
     
  6. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    I have an old Canon LIDE model like the one you mentioned, and it's been working great for going on about 3 years now. It can scan at pretty high resolutions that I really only use for CD and DVD labels (I like to have copies). I saw my exact model on sale about a year ago for about $40, but I'm sure the newer ones are of better quality and have some more features. Unless you're using it for something in particular, I don't think the extra cash for a $200 scanner is really worth it.
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I don't think the bargain-basement scanner is going to be the same quality as the 8400F mentioned by MacDawg. The 8400F got good ratings, nearly as high as $400 scanners in a MacWorld review. I have one of the LIDE models and I can't say I'm especially impressed with its quality.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I had a LIDE, and it did a reasonable job, and was thin as mentioned. The only reason I changed is that it quit working :( Had to have a new one for my wife's photos you know... its all about what SHE needs! :rolleyes: Now if I had wanted one... well, you know. I bought me a digital camera when I got my last Mac, and now I don't have one. She does, but I don't.

    Woof, Woof – Dawg [​IMG]
     
  9. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    Obviously, but for written documents and photos it may not be worth it to spend twice as much on a scanner. I get very good results for the money from my LIDE, and while a $150 scanner will almost definately produce better results, it may not be worth it for the uses specified. I've had reprints of print photographs made (no negatives :( ) using the output of the scanner, and the resulting prints were surprisingly good in quality. Of course, I scanned them at the highest resolution.
     

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