Of course, it depends what you need a scanner for? I bought a scanner for a £35 (including paperport software) some years ago and it was and remains brilliant, esp for OCR (optical character recongition - word processing), photos etc. It was something like: click here
and to be honest it's had mixed reviews. A fairly consistent gripe is that its colour reproduction is pretty dire. That's to be expected with its £75 price tag however; if you want a scanner for photo-repro work you'll need to budget for a good deal more.
Otherwise, the machine's well-built, and trouble-free, although you'll need to put up with a fairly long warmup time - it's amazing how long 30 seconds can seem nowadays.
I'm sure you know that A3 colour scans require a fair bit of muscle in the RAM department, although I doubt that's a problem in your case.
Hmm, thanks for the input, everyone. I'm after something that will scan my various cuttings, many of which are from broadsheets and won't fit on to an A4 scanner. I might have a closer look at the Microtek suggested by Rigga, thanks very much for that. And FE, no, Ram isn't an issue ...
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