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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique scanners rating which considers: 4,600 US prices • 4,100 expert & user reviews • 370 product comparisons • 56 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Plustek PS286 Plus

20 Reviews
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$258.99

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A4
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Mar 2011
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I.R.I.S. IRIScan Executive 4

1 Review

$260.66

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A4
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Aug 2016
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Iris IRIScan Anywhere 5

4 Reviews
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$89.99

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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Sep 2015
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Visioneer Patriot H60

1 Review

$939.96

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Apr 2018
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Canon CanoScan LIDE300

12 Reviews

$69.00

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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Aug 2018
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Kodak I2820

1 Review

$1,375.76

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Jun 2015
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I.R.I.S. IRIScan Book 5

$89.00

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Dec 2016
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Iris IRISPen Executive 7

5 Reviews

$175.70

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May 2013
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HP Scanjet Enterprise Flow 7500

1 Review

$819.99

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A4
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Sep 2015
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Xerox DocuMate 6440

4 Reviews
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$419.99

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A4
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May 2017
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Visioneer Patriot H80

1 Review

$1,557.93

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Apr 2018
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 400

39 Reviews

$89.00

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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Aug 2018
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Plustek MobileOffice S410

5 Reviews
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$104.99

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Sep 2015
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HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1

10 Reviews
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$199.99

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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Visioneer Patriot P15

1 Review

$251.00

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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Apr 2018
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Plustek MobileOffice D412

3 Reviews

$282.00

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HP Scanjet Pro 3000 s2

5 Reviews

$490.00

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Epson Perfection V550 Photo

309 Reviews
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$169.99

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Jul 2013
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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

46 Reviews
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$42.93

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Oct 2014
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Plustek OpticPro A320

62 Reviews
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$599.00

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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 Fujitsu with an average rating of 91%. Compare all award winning scanners.

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Fujitsu Scanners 25 $43 - $11,376
91%
541 reviews
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Epson Scanners 49 $29 - $3,346
86%
1,466 reviews
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Canon Scanners 33 $59 - $10,240
84%
851 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 27 $90 - $5,549
82%
79 reviews
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HP Scanners 22 $200 - $3,082
79%
385 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 32 $105 - $2,499
76%
213 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 36 $290 - $14,596
76%
37 reviews
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Brother Scanners 28 $80 - $1,611

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Perfection V39
$50.00
$46 cheaper
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$96.19
More popular
One more awards
Expert reviews
are a bit
better
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Epson
Perfection V39
$50.00
$46 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More customers
recommend it
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$96.19
One more awards
Slightly better
expert reviews
Newer by eight
months
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Epson
Perfection V19
$48.00
$48 cheaper
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$96.19
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Two more awards
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Epson
Perfection V39
$50.00
$39 cheaper
More popular
One more award
VS
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Canon
LiDE 400
$89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
Expert reviews
are better
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Epson
Perfection V39
$50.00
$9 cheaper
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
$59.19
Better Kagoo
Score
Slightly better
overall reviews
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reviews
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Plustek
8200i
$353.04
$325 cheaper
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Perfection V800
$677.96
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One more award
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Epson
Perfection V600
$159.99
$193 cheaper
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Plustek
8200i
$353.04
Four years
newer
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Epson
Perfection V600
$159.99
$164 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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VS
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Plustek
OpticFilm 8100
$324.38
One more awards
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years
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Epson
Perfection V850
$892.99
Better brand
Better PC Mag
review score
Hugely better
user reviews
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Plustek
OpticFilm 8100
$324.38
$569 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Epson
Perfection V39
$50.00
$19 cheaper
One more award
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Canon
LiDE 300
$69.00
Better Kagoo
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years
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Epson
Perfection V19
$48.00
$11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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More customers
recommend it
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
$59.19
One more award
Better brand
Newer by eight
months
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$96.19
Two more awards
Slightly better
user reviews
Colour scanning
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Epson
V370 Perfection
$93.49
Better Kagoo
Score
More customers
recommend it
Twice as high
optical
scanning
resolution
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Fujitsu
fi-7160
$649.95
$168 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Kodak
i2620
$817.97
19 months newer
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Fujitsu
iX500
$419.98
More popular
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Six more awards
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ADS-2700W
$269.99
$150 cheaper
16 months newer
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$89.00
$7 cheaper
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CanoScan LiDE 220
$96.19
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Fujitsu
iX500
$419.98
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$269.99
$150 cheaper
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Epson
ES-400
$329.99
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Brother
ADS-2700W
$269.99
$60 cheaper
Newer by five
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Fujitsu
iX500
$419.98
Better Kagoo
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Five more
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HP
Pro 3000 S3
$419.00
Newer by four
months
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Epson
Perfection V600
$159.99
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
More customers
recommend it
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
$96.19
$64 cheaper
Newer by six
years
One more awards
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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

Scanners range in price from $28 to $16,500 and in total we found prices for 195 scanners. The average price of a new flat-bed scanner is $1,062 and the 80% of scanners are priced between $93 and $2,499. The most expensive scanner that we found is the Panasonic KV-S8147 at $16,500, and the cheapest is the Epson Workforce DS-30 at only $29.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

Panasonic flat-bed scanners start at $436 and their most expensive scanner costs $16,500. The average price of Panasonic flat-bed scanners is $5,293 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands.

The second highest average scanner price out of all brands is Reflecta flat-bed scanners with an average price of $2,556. Reflecta flat-bed scanners range in price from $2,556 to $2,556.

The third highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Kodak flat-bed scanners with an average price of $2,414. Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from $290 to $14,596.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 405 expert reviews and 3,354 user reviews for flat-bed scanners and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. The top three flat-bed scanner brands are Fujitsu, Epson and Canon. Fujitsu has an average rating of 91%, Epson has an average rating of 86% and Canon has an average rating of 84%.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

We found 149 current offers for flat-bed scanners from eBay making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 125 current offers for flat-bed scanners. The third biggest retailer is Amazon US with 124 current flat-bed scanner offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

August to October is the most common period for new flat-bed scanners to be released in. If you want the latest scanner technology you may want to consider waiting until August 2019. Also the price of the current flat-bed scanners may drop off just before the latest models are released in August. The biggest month in 2018 for new flat-bed scanner releases was August, with 11 new scanners released that month. October was the biggest month in 2017 for new flat-bed scanners, with 10 new flat-bed scanners released that month. In December 2016, 19 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average flat-bed scanners drop in price by 4% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical flat-bed scanner costing $1,062 you could save on average $46 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 226 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI scanners, which makes 600 x 600 DPI the most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 42 flat-bed scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI scanners, making 1200 x 1200 DPI the second most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed 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.

Sheetfed / adf is the most popular scanner type amongst new scanners. We found 236 scanners that are sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanners. We found 77 scanners that are flatbed scanners, making flatbed the second most popular scanner type amongst new 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 358 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are scanners which support colour scanning. 96% of flat-bed scanners 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 131 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 / us lettermm max scan size, which makes A4 / us lettermm the most common maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 75 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size, making this the second most common maximum scan size amongst new 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 documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of 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. 110 of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of 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. 73.8% of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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