Scanner reccommendations??

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by MobileXpress, May 15, 2004.

  1. MobileXpress macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2004
    Olathe, Kansas
    Hey, I'm having a difficult time selecting a reliable scanner. The main issue I'm running across is the software problems with Epson and Apple operating systems. Visiting numerous message boards and web sites, I've discovered a very serious compatibility problem with Epson Scanners and Apple operating systems. The downloads/ patches seem to work only half the time. Yea, I know most of you are saying to buy a scanner by another company, but let's be honest; Epson probably makes the best scanners on the market.

    I have a Sony Digital Camcorder, Canon i960 Photo Printer, and a Canon A80 Digital Camera. I use these together and need a reliable scanner. I don't too much trust scanners by Canon, HP, Or Visioneer. So, what do most Mac/ Powerbook users prefer in regards to a top scanner for $200 and under. Remember now, Epson has some serious flaws with there software, not to mention there horrible cunstomer service dept. ;)
  2. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    I've tried quite a few, and the Canon 670U I use has been the most reliable. No power brick, simple SW. I only use the drivers with Photoshop and not the free stuff you get. But for a casual user it seems fine and it does work. For general use I will never buy another brand.
    Stear clear of Umax. IMHO.
  3. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    I have an HP and a Canon Lide 30 both of which have been very reliable for me. The HP is like 6 or 7 years old and it is still running perfectly.
  4. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    my hP is 6 years still good

    but i have a friend who has a canon, and its quality is pretty top notch; not pro but pretty close
  5. tom.96 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2003
    UK (southern)
    I have a canon scanner running on OS9.1. Excellent performance for four and a half years, the results are always top quality. Probably the best £90 I've ever spent!
  6. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    I agree :)

    I have had the HP 7400C (legal size) scanner for almost 18 months now. Excellent resolution and very fast. The only negative is that it's a little noisy when doing high resolution scans.

    While I have never owned a Canon scanner, my daughter's S300 printer has given quite a few years of flawless and reliable service. And I just bought the Canon i960 photo printer for myself.

    Depending on the size of the scanning bed that you need, you can't go wrong with either HP or Canon.
  7. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
  8. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I have had no issues with my Epson CX6400 scanner printer. And a friend has the 4750 on a PB 12" with no software issues. It appears to be a hardware issue with Apple. I find that the scanners works on the USB port next to the FW400 port, not the other one.
  9. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    Canon's scanners work excellently with OS X. Since you seem to want high end, go with the 3200F, 5000F, LiDE 80, or 8000F.

    I have a 3200F and it works great. Make sure to download the updated drivers (the included ones are the OS 9 drivers, the ones on the site are the native OS X drivers).
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Forgive me for tacking onto an existing thread, but on Apple's website, it implies that certain scanners are compatible with the Image Capture Architecture and can be run on the Panther macs without any additional software. It seems all of these are Epsons, although I too have seen complaints about certain (other) Epson scanners.

    My needs are a little different from MobileXpress. I want a scanner primarily to get some documents into my mac for storage so I can eliminate paper copies. My priorities:

    1) I DO NOT want to install scanner OEM software on my Mac if at all possible. I don't care if this means that I won't be able to use the 1-touch feature. :) I guess if there is software that installs very well behaved (i.e. just drag a single container file onto the Mac and nothing else installs in any hidden locations), that might be ok, perhaps to get OCR if I can get text/graphics PDFs out of it. I've just had bad experiences in general with this kind of software on PCs...background programs that screw up sleep/unsleep and make the computer refuse to shut down properly, etc....

    2) I want a lower priced unit.

    3) I want decent color scans to bring in an occasional photo but this is relatively low priority.

    I noticed that some of the Epsons on the Mac list (, such as the 1260, are very affordable -- that particular one can be had refurb direct from Epson for $40.

    So does anyone own one of the scanners on the list, and can you confirm that you can use it with Image Capture with no additional software, just like you can with digital cams?

    Thanks! :)
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Oh, also, are there any scanners that support Rendezvous?
  12. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I've used two Epson all-in-one units (CX5200, CX6400) and the scanners were quite good. The drivers were more than acceptable with de-screening filters and various professional level tuning available but also have automatic modes.

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