What is a good flatbed scanner?

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

  1. krasnoyarsk macrumors newbie

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    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

    Giuly

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    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.
    [​IMG]
     
  3. drsox macrumors 65816

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    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

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

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    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

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    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.

    /Jim
     

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