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The best scanners on the market, good for digitizing documents and photos
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Every week we rank the best scanners based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 367 Scanner Models 5,370 Scanner Reviews 7,080 Scanner Prices
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{Xerox 4440
$352.49
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#1

90

Perfection V39

Epson Perfection V39

227 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$72.99

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Jan 2015
The best scoring flat-bed scanner under $100, with great features
#2

90

Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600

845 Reviews + 1 Award
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$169.99

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216 X 297mm
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Sep 2015
The highest rated scanner under $500, with great features
#3

90

Perfection V19

Epson Perfection V19

17 Reviews
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$60.57

Newegg UK
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Flatbed
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Jan 2015
A best selling and bargain price flatbed colour scanning function flat-bed scanner, with very good features and outstanding user reviews
#4

88

V370 Perfection

Epson V370 Perfection

354 Reviews
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$109.00

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A positively reviewed and top-value 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with very good features
#5

87

Perfection V550 Photo

Epson Perfection V550 Photo

852 Reviews + 2 Awards
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceEphotozine - Recommended
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$152.87

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Jul 2017
A low cost and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a recent release date and good features
#6

85

Pro 2500 F1

HP Pro 2500 F1

7 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$79.99

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
An award winning and low cost 1,200 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
#7

83

DocuMate 3220

Xerox DocuMate 3220

9 Reviews
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$256.96

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216 X 863mm
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May 2016
An excellently reviewed and top-value 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
#8

83

4440

Xerox 4440

3 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$352.49

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ADF
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Sep 2015
A low cost and award winning 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features
#9

83

ScanSnap iX500

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

298 Reviews + 5 Awards
uk.hardware.info - Excellenthardware.info - ExcellentPC Mag - Editor's ChoicePC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
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$361.95

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Jun 2016
A top-value and multi award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
#11

81

Iriscan Book 3

Iris Iriscan Book 3

9 Reviews + 1 Award
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$75.00

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May 2016
A low cost and award winning 300 DPI handheld scanner, with good features
#12

81

Officejet 7612

HP Officejet 7612

48 Reviews + 1 Award
chip.com.my - Recommended
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$231.99

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An award winning and top-value 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features
#13

81

CanoScan LiDE 220

Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

85 Reviews + 2 Awards
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Recommended
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$79.99

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216mm
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Sep 2015
An amazingly high optical scanning resolution and bargain price flatbed colour scanning function scanner, with two industry awards and good features
#14

79

AD125

Avision AD125

1 Review
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$196.68

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Feb 2015
A good value for money and critically acclaimed 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
#15

78

MobileOffice S410

Plustek MobileOffice S410

5 Reviews + 1 Award
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$104.99

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An award winning and sensationally cheap 600 DPI colour scanning function scanner, with good features
#16

78

Z300

Plustek Z300

11 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine - Recommended
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$199.00

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Jun 2016
A great value for money and award winning 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features
#17

78

RoadWarrior 3

Visioneer RoadWarrior 3

1 Review
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$101.45

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Jan 2015
A low cost and fairly highly rated 600 DPI CDF flat-bed scanner, with good features
#18

78

IRIScan Book 5

I.R.I.S. IRIScan Book 5

3 Reviews
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$129.99

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A highly rated and low cost 1,200 DPI handheld scanner, with good features
#19

78

PS286

Plustek PS286

18 Reviews + 1 Award
toptenreviews.com - Bronze
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$258.99

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ADF
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Sep 2015
An award winning and low cost 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features
#20

76

Perfection V550

Epson Perfection V550

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$139.99

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
A top-value and good spec 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner

76

OpticFilm 8100

Plustek OpticFilm 8100

4 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$249.99

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Sep 2015
A top-value and award winning 7200 x 7200 DPI film/slide flat-bed scanner, with good features

76

Perfection V370 Photo

Epson Perfection V370 Photo

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$74.95

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Flatbed
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216 X 297mm
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Jul 2017
A very popular and top-value 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a recent release date and good features

76

Mobility

Visioneer Mobility

5 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$89.99

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216 X 297mm
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Nov 2015
An affordable and award winning 300 DPI colour scanning function scanner, with good features

76

DocuMate 3220

Xerox DocuMate 3220

9 Reviews
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$275.56

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ADF
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216 X 965mm
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Sep 2015
An affordable and excellently reviewed 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features

75

IRIScan Pro 3

Iris IRIScan Pro 3

7 Reviews
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$179.95

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Sep 2015
A top-rated and good value for money 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features

75

Scanmate I1150

Kodak Scanmate I1150

10 Reviews + 2 Awards
alphr.com - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Recommended
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$392.69

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ADF
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215 X 355mm
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May 2016
The top rated scanner under $1,000, with good features

75

Scanjet Professional 1000

HP Scanjet Professional 1000

9 Reviews + 1 Award
hardwaregeeks.com - Best for Mobile Professionals
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$415.38

Amazon US
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ADF
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216mm
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Oct 2015
A cheap and award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features

74

Ps283

Plustek Ps283

2 Reviews
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$226.99

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Sep 2015
A positively reviewed and great value for money 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features

74

Ps283

Plustek Ps283

2 Reviews
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$179.99

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ADF
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220 X 315mm
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Apr 2016
A top-rated and very good value for money 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features

74

P-208 II

Canon P‑208 II

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$149.99

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Mar 2015
A low cost and good spec 600 DPI colour scanning function scanner

74

Scanmate I940

Kodak Scanmate I940

8 Reviews + 1 Award
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$209.73

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216mm
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Nov 2015
A bargain price and award winning 600 DPI colour scanning function scanner, with good features

73

DS-320

Epson DS‑320

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$199.95

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Jan 2017
A bargain price and good spec 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner

72

DocuMate 3115

Xerox DocuMate 3115

4 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$199.99

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ADF
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216 X 356mm
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Sep 2015
An award winning and cheap 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features

72

RoadWarrior 4D

Visioneer RoadWarrior 4D

1 Review
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$108.99

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216 X 863mm
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Mar 2016
A top-value and top-rated 600 DPI handheld scanner, with good features

72

OpticPro A320

Plustek OpticPro A320

54 Reviews + 1 Award
toptenreviews.com - Silver
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$479.95

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
A bargain price and award winning 1600 x 1600 DPI flatbed scanner, with good features

71

9000F

Canon 9000F

194 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$224.25

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Flatbed
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216 X 297mm
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Sep 2015
A very popular and award winning 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with good features and an affordable price

71

DocuMate 3125

Xerox DocuMate 3125

5 Reviews + 1 Award
chip.com.my - Recommended
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$282.60

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Sep 2015
An excellent value for money and award winning 600 DPI colour scanning function flat-bed scanner, with good features

71

GT-1500

Epson GT‑1500

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$139.99

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Flatbed
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216mm
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Sep 2015
An excellent value for money and best selling 1,200 DPI flatbed scanner, with good features

71

DS-30

Epson DS‑30

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$79.99

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Sep 2015
An impressive value for money and good spec 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner

70

IRIScan Express 4

Iris IRIScan Express 4

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$89.99

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216 X 297mm
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Feb 2016
An amazingly cheap and good spec 1,200 DPI colour scanning function scanner

70

EZScan 320

Adesso EZScan 320

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$88.20

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May 2015
A good spec and impressive value for money 1,200 DPI colour scanning function scanner

70

Irispen Air 7

Iris Irispen Air 7

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$149.95

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Sep 2015
A top-value and good spec handheld colour scanning function flat-bed scanner

70

2200c

HP 2200c

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$129.97

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Flatbed
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Apr 2017
A good spec and affordable 600 DPI flatbed scanner

70

Escan A150

Plustek Escan A150

10 Reviews + 1 Award
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$395.00

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Sep 2015
An award winning and bargain price 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features

70

8200i

Plustek 8200i

5 Reviews
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$299.95

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Sep 2015
An excellent value for money and positively reviewed 7200 x 7200 DPI film/slide scanner, with good features

69

DS-720D

Brother DS‑720D

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$115.20

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Sep 2015
An excellent value for money and good spec 600 DPI colour scanning function flat-bed scanner

69

Scanjet 200

HP Scanjet 200

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$129.00

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Sep 2015
A good spec and affordable 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner

69

4440

Xerox 4440

3 Reviews + 2 Awards
IT Reviews.com - Best BuyTrusted Reviews - Recommended
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$803.49

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Feb 2015
An award winning and good spec 600 DPI colour scanning function scanner, but representing only moderate value for money

69

B11B232201

Epson B11B232201

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$75.99

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Aug 2017
An extremely cheap and good spec 4800 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a recent release date

69

DS-40

Epson DS‑40

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$119.00

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Jul 2017
A very popular and very good value for money 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a recent release date and good features

69

Perfection V370

Epson Perfection V370

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$139.26

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
A good spec and very cheap 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner

69

ScanQ

Avision ScanQ

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$99.00

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A good spec and affordable 1,200 DPI 216mm max scan size flat-bed scanner

69

DS-620

Brother DS‑620

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$97.60

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A bargain price and good spec 600 DPI colour scanning function scanner

68

IRIScan Mouse Wifi

I.R.I.S. IRIScan Mouse Wifi

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$129.99

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A top-value and good spec 300 DPI handheld flat-bed scanner

68

DR-C225W

Canon DR‑C225W

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$424.99

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Aug 2015
A good value for money and good spec 600 DPI ADF scanner

68

Documate 152i

Xerox Documate 152i

1 Review
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$262.90

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Dec 2015
A fairly highly rated and cheap ADF colour scanning function scanner, with good features

68

ADS-2400N

Brother ADS‑2400N

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$305.00

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A cheap and good spec 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner

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DS620

Brother DS620

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$99.95

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A good spec and very cheap 1,200 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner

67

DS-530

Epson DS‑530

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$349.99

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A good spec and low cost 600 DPI colour scanning function flat-bed scanner

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AD215L

Avision AD215L

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$171.16

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May 2017
A good spec and low cost 600 DPI ADF scanner

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ES-500

Epson ES‑500

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$329.99

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A good spec and low cost 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner

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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

Flat-Bed Scanner Prices

In total we found 173 flat-bed scanners ranging from $28 to $14,713. The average price of a new flat-bed scanner is $1,024 and the 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between $105 and $2,395. The most expensive flat-bed scanner that we found is the Panasonic KV-S8147 at $14,713, and the cheapest is the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 at only $29.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Panasonic scanners is $4,858 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands. Panasonic scanners range in price from $430 to $14,713.

The average price of Fujitsu flat-bed scanners is $2,037 which is the second highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Fujitsu flat-bed scanners range in price from $36 to $10,977.

The average price of Kodak scanners is $1,640 which is the third highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Kodak scanners start at $128 and the most expensive Kodak flat-bed scanner costs $4,556.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 277 expert reviews and 4,646 user reviews for flat-bed scanners written online and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. The top three scanner brands are Fujitsu, Avision and Canon. Fujitsu has an average rating of 92%, Avision has an average rating of 85% and Canon has an average rating of 84%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 204 current flat-bed scanner offers from Amazon US. The second biggest flat-bed scanner retailer is Adorama with 129 offers. That means Amazon US is much bigger than Adorama when it comes to scanners. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 128 current offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

We couldn't see any clear pattern in the release dates for new flat-bed scanners over the last 3 years. The biggest month in 2016 for new flat-bed scanner releases was February, with 20 new flat-bed scanners released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new flat-bed scanners, with 103 new flat-bed scanners released that month. In June 2014 31 new scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, flat-bed scanners drop in price by 8% on average. That means that on a typical flat-bed scanner costing $1,024 you could save on average $81 by waiting 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).

We found 462 scanners that are 600 DPI scanners, which makes 600 DPI the most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners. 600 x 600 DPI is the second most common optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners. We found 222 scanners that are 600 x 600 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.

The most frequently found scanner type amongst new scanners is ADF. We found 202 scanners that are ADF flat-bed scanners. We found 63 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners, making flatbed the second most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners.

Colour Scanning Functions

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

Of the 330 new scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are flat-bed scanners with a colour scanning function. 95% of scanners are flat-bed scanners with a colour scanning function.

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

Maximum Scan Sizes

This is the largest document that the scanner is able to reliably scan and digitize.

Amongst new flat-bed scanners, the most popular maximum scan size is 216mm. We found 243 flat-bed scanners that are scanners that have a 216mm max scan size. We found 33 flat-bed scanners that are scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size, making this the second most common maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners.

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 A0 size documents,.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 204 current flat-bed scanner offers from Amazon US. The second biggest flat-bed scanner retailer is Adorama with 129 offers. That means Amazon US is much bigger than Adorama when it comes to scanners. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 128 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 96 scanners).

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

eBay most frequently has the cheapest scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 75% of its scanners).