What is a good flatbed scanner?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by krasnoyarsk, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. krasnoyarsk macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2012
    Hi all
    I need to buy a new scanner, my old Epson Expression 640 just died, RIP :mad:
    I haven't bought a scanner since 2001, (my 640...), so I have no idea what I should buy.
    Are recent brands the same? Epson, HP?
    Any (cheap) model I should consider?
    I need it mainly to scan books and printed material, photos, but no slides.
    Any help welcome, thanks.
  2. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Depending on what kind of printer you have, get yourself an Epson Expression XP-600 to replace both your Epson Precision 640 scanner and your printer. If you have an iOS device, this one supports AirPrint.
    If you want a less expensive option, have a look at the Expression XP-400 for $79.
  3. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    Do you want a scanner or do you want an all-in-one that also scans ?
    I have an Epson Perfection V33 scanner and an Epson XP-700 that also scans. The V33 is much the better scanner.
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Canon LIDE unit that is powered from USB. You can get them for under $100 at amazon.
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I second this if you just have occasional scanning needs. I got the LiDE 110 for about $50 on Amazon, it's a fraction of the size & weight of my old scanner, and being bus-powered it's less cable clutter to worry about.
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I have a flatbed built into my Xerox all-in-1 color laser... and I also have a sheet scanner (Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M).

    I probably scan 1000 pages on the ScanSnap for every one page with the flatbed.

    I realize that you have a requirement for books... but if you (or others reading this thread) ever want to consider going to a "paperless office"... then a full duplex sheet scanner is really necessary. It is hard to imagine anyone dealing with a flatbed without getting totally frustrated and eventually quitting.

    BTW: My flatbed does have an automatic document feeder... but that is single duplex... so the utility is still very low.


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