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Epson Perfection V600

189 Reviews
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$159.99

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6400 X 9600 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Oct 2009
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Epson Perfection V370

295 Reviews

$80.00

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4800 X 9600 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Jul 2017
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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

46 Reviews
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$164.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 360
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Oct 2014
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Epson DS‑320

$212.97

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600 X 600 DPI
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A4 (Long)mm
215.9 x 1117.6
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Jan 2017
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Epson Perfection V550 Photo

304 Reviews
Ephotozine - Recommended

$174.99

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6400 X 9600 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
215.9 x 297.18
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Jul 2013
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

330 Reviews
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$88.78

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4800 X 4800 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Sep 2015
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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

155 Reviews
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$187.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 360
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Jun 2012
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Epson Perfection V19

117 Reviews

$65.00

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4800 X 4800 DPI
4800 х 4800
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215.9 x 297.18
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Jan 2015
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Xerox DocuMate 3220

8 Reviews

$234.15

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600 X 600 DPI
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A4 (Long)mm
216 x 965
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Sep 2015
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 300

12 Reviews

$69.00

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216 x 297
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Aug 2018
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Xerox DocuMate 6440

4 Reviews
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$536.90

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A4 (Long)mm
216 x 2997
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May 2017
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 400

39 Reviews

$64.99

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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Aug 2018
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Epson Perfection V800

87 Reviews
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$630.45

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216 x 297
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Sep 2014
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Plustek MobileOffice S410

5 Reviews
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$68.19

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600 X 600 DPI
600 x 600,600 dpi x 600 dpi
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Sep 2015
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Epson WorkForce DS780N

$600.00

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A4 (Long)mm
215.9 x 6096
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Apr 2017
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Iris IRISCan Mouse Executive 2

10 Reviews
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$85.01

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300 X 300 DPI
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A3mm
297 x 420
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Feb 2014
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Epson DS‑575

$399.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 (Long)mm
215.9 x 6096
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Jun 2017
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HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1

10 Reviews
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$226.85

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Jan 2017
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Epson WorkForce ES‑400

$289.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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A4 (Long)mm
215.9 x 6096
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Avision AD125

1 Review

$195.25

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600 X 600 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 356
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Jul 2018

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What Are The Best Scanner Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every scanner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated scanner brand is Epson with an average rating of 87%. Compare all award winning scanners.

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Epson Scanners 49 $49 - $3,346
87%
1,488 reviews
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Fujitsu Scanners 25 $115 - $11,118
82%
597 reviews
#3
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Canon Scanners 33 $47 - $4,663
79%
881 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 27 $215 - $900
76%
79 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 37 $302 - $14,909
73%
37 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 31 $68 - $2,499
72%
213 reviews
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HP Scanners 22 $56 - $888
71%
387 reviews
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Brother Scanners 28 $75 - $1,400

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Perfection V39
$49.00
$40 cheaper
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$88.78
Better Kagoo
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User reviews
are a lot
better
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are better
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Epson
Perfection V39
$49.00
$16 cheaper
More customers
recommend it
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Canon
LiDE 400
$64.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
More popular
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Epson
Perfection V39
$49.00
$20 cheaper
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Higher optical
scanning
resolution
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Canon
LiDE 300
$69.00
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years
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Epson
Perfection V39
$49.00
$40 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$88.78
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overall reviews
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reviews
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months
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8200i
$353.04
$277 cheaper
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Perfection V800
$630.45
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Perfection V600
$159.99
$193 cheaper
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8200i
$353.04
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better
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Perfection V39
$49.00
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recommend it
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
$47.00
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months
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Epson
Perfection V370
$80.00
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recommend it
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LiDE 400
$64.99
$15 cheaper
14 months newer
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Perfection V600
$159.99
$145 cheaper
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OpticFilm 8100
$305.19
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Perfection V850
$892.99
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$305.19
$588 cheaper
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Perfection V19
$65.00
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CanoScan LiDE 120
$47.00
$18 cheaper
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Perfection V370
$80.00
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CanoScan LiDE 220
$88.78
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$770.00
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i2620
$745.00
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$419.98
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$279.99
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$630.45
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$305.19
$325 cheaper
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an automatic document feeder (ADF)?
AAn automatic document feeder allows you to 'queue' up multiple documents to scan - the device will work though each document one after another, scanning it and moving to the next.
QWhat is duplex scanning?
ADuplex scanning allows the device to automatically scan both sides of a document at once, meaning you don't have to separately scan the other side of the page.
QWhat are the pros/cons between an ADF, flatbed and handheld scanners?
AADF scanners allow for quickly scanning large amounts of material, and are usually the cheaper option. Flatbed scanners are slower, but tend to have a higher resolution, and are better for photos and graphics. Lastly handheld scanners are less powerful than their brothers, but are far less bulky, so can be used on the go.
QWhat is a mouse scanner?
AMice scanners are a subset of handheld scanners - they are fully functional mice, but also have a small document scanner built into the bottom of it. While the scanning quality isn't amazing, they are helpful for quick scanning of pure text.

Scanner Buying Guide

Scanners are devices used for digitising physical material such as documents and photos, and turning them into digital images for archiving, sharing and editing. They are extremely helpful peripherals, since they allow you to easily digitise large amounts of paper very quickly, meaning less clutter and mess on your desk! This guide will look at the major considerations when choosing a scanner, so you can find the device that is right for you.

There are several different types of home scanners available, though they can be largely placed into two main categories: flatbed or sheetfed:

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Flatbed Scanners: These scanners consist of a large rectangular ‘bed’, onto which the documents are placed. The lid is closed, and the scanner runs the length of the document, creating a digital copy. These scanners tend to be slower than sheetfed models, and require far more deskspace when using.

However on the plus side they produce higher-quality scans, and are also better for scanning photos and delicate documents. Large-size flatbed scanners are also the best option for scanning large documents and photos (A3 and larger).

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Sheetfed Scanners: These scanners look a bit like fax machines - a feed at the top of the device takes the paper and runs it past a static scanning unit. The paper is then discharged the bottom of the device, and a digital copy is generated. Because these scanners don’t have to fit the whole document at a time, they can be significantly smaller - indeed many sheetfed scanners are a fraction of the size of an average flatbed scanner. This means they are far easier to transport and store.

This portability comes at a cost - most sheetfed scanners aren’t nearly as powerful as their flatbed cousins, and so the scanning quality isn’t quite as good. However, for simple black & white document scanner, they should be more than sufficient. Therefore if all you need is to digitise your bills and invoices, a sheetfed scanner might be the best option.

Automatic Document Feeder

An additional extra mostly commonly found in sheetfed scanners is an automatic document feed (ADF). This is a system that allows you to place a stack of paper into the scanner, and the scanner will automatically feed in the documents, scan them, then eject them from the machine. This is extremely helpful for anyone needing to digitise a lot of documents at once, since you can queue 50 pieces of paper at once, and the scanner will take care of the rest. Not all scanners have this system, but it is worth seeking out if you routinely find yourself bulk-scanning documents.

Resolution & Scan Speed

As mentioned above, not all scanners scan at the same quality. The scanning resolution is measured in dots per inch - the higher the dpi, the better the quality of the scan. Very high resolutions also allow you to expand small photos into larger prints - something that is not possible with low-resolution scanners. High resolution is also important for retaining fidelity when scanning photos. As a rule 300dpi is perfectly fine for black & white text, but won’t suffice for photos - you will need something with at least 1,200dpi or higher.

It’s also important to consider the scanning speed of the peripheral. Different models of scanners can have extremely varying scan speeds - with some taking twice as much time to scan a page as others. The scanners on our site are measured in the amount of pages they can scan per second, split out into colour, black & white, photo, etc. While the speed may not make a difference if you only scan a single document every once in a while, if you routinely scan large amounts of paper, this can add up to a substantial time saving.

There can be a large difference in size between models of scanner - this is important not only for desk and storage space, but also because it affects what documents can be scanned. All of our scanners can handle A4 size paper and smaller, however it requires a specialist scanner to effectively digitise anything bigger than A4. For many people, this won’t be necessary - an A4 scanner will handle nearly all bills and important documents, and most photos.

Extras

Finally, there is a host of other considerations when choosing a scanner. These can include:

OCR Scanning: Some scanners come with software to perform Optical Character Recognition on scanned documents. This analyses the scanned image and picks out letters and words, turning the image into a readable and editable document. This is very important for anyone wanting to edit documents once they’ve been scanned, rather than just archiving them.

Film Scanning: Some advanced scanners contain the ability to directly scan film negatives and digitise them. While not a mainstream use by any means, it is a very helpful feature for digitising old camera film to keep the images safe.

Network Support: Most scanners connect directly to your computer via USB. However some have wifi, ethernet or bluetooth support, allowing them to be used wirelessly. This means that the document can be scanned from anywhere, and will be sent directly to your computer. This is helpful for offices, since the scanner can be in a central location, rather than being passed around from computer to computer.

Cloud Support: Related to the above - some newer network-enabled scanners have the ability to upload the scanned images directly to the Cloud, meaning they can be immediately be accessed by any computer, making it very easy to backup and share images all over the world.

Portability: Some sheetfed scanners concentrate on portability, making the device extra-small and including a carrying bag or case. If you frequently use your scanner while travelling, this may be a good option to consider.

Scanner Retailers, Prices and Features

Scanner Prices

The price range of scanners is from $47 to $14,910 and in total we found prices for 158 scanners. On average, a new flat-bed scanner costs $930 and 80% of scanners are priced between $85 and $2,000. The cheapest scanner that we found is the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 at only $47, and the most expensive is the Kodak i4650 Scanner at $14,909.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is $3,048 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands. Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from $302 to $14,909.

Fujitsu scanners range in price from $115 to $11,118, and the average price of Fujitsu scanners is $1,959 which is the second highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

The average price of Canon scanners is $1,132 which is the third highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Canon scanners start at $47 and their most expensive flat-bed scanner costs $4,663.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 410 expert reviews and 3,417 user reviews for scanners and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. The top three flat-bed scanner brands are Epson, Fujitsu and Canon. Epson has an average rating of 87%, Fujitsu has an average rating of 82% and Canon has an average rating of 79%.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

The biggest scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 158 current scanner offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 88 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Adorama when it comes to flat-bed scanners. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 26 current offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

August to October is the most common period for new flat-bed scanners to be released in. That means that most of the latest flat-bed scanner technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. In August 2018, 12 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. In 2017 most new flat-bed scanners were released in October, with 10 new flat-bed scanners released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new flat-bed scanner releases was December, with 19 new flat-bed scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Flat-Bed Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, flat-bed scanners drop in price by 5% on average.

That means a saving of $46 on a typical $930 new flat-bed scanner if you wait 6 months before buying.

Optical Scanning Resolutions

'Optical scanning resolution' denotes the detail level of the image produced by the scanner, measured in dots per inch (DPI).

The most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 228 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI scanners. The second most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 42 scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI scanners.

A bigger optical scanning resolution means that the resulting image will be of a higher detail, and will more closely resemble the original document. Low scan resolutions may appear blurry or lacking in small details.

Scanner Types

A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window for scanning. There are different types of scanners e.g. flatbed, pen, sheet-feed.

We found 239 flat-bed scanners that are sheetfed / adf scanners, which makes this the most common scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 75 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners, making this the second most frequently found scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners.

Colour Scanning

Colour scanning denotes whether the scanner has the ability to scan in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white scanning.

Of the 359 new scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are scanners which support colour scanning. 344 out of 359 are scanners which support colour scanning.

Colour scanning is very helpful for scanning in photos, diagrams or any document that makes hefty use of colour.

Maximum Scan Sizes

Maximum scan size refers to the dimensions in millimetres of the largest document that the scanner can digitise.

We found 136 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 / us lettermm max scan size, which makes this the most popular maximum scan size amongst new scanners. A4 (long)mm is the second most frequently found maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 75 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size.

A larger scan size means that the scanner is equipped to handle bigger documents, and is therefore more versatile and helpful, especially if you find yourself routinely needing to scan documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of flat-bed scanners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed scanners. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 132 of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Flat-Bed Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for flat-bed scanners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of scanner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's scanner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 83.5% of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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