I have been considering buying a 3:1 printer only to use the scanning and copying functionality. I presentetly own a laser jet print which is fantastic and I plan to continue to use it for ALL my printing needs. Having just purchased a new Macbook Pro I am eligible for the $100 off printer promotion. Considering that I am looking in the $200 range for the 3:1 printers that have seemingly decent quality scans, I could basically pay $100 and go with this option and choose to utilize the product for one of its inferior functions. OR does it make sense to purchase a product whose single function is to scan? Ideally I will be using this product to scan paper documents for archival purposes and maybe do my folks a solid and scan in some old photos. Basically, I do not have a clue about scanner quality would like to know if a midrange 3:1 Printer (Canon MX860, $99 after rebate) will net comparable results to a Scanner only product ( CanoScan 8800F, $179 average) Apologies for the vast email, hope it makes sense.