Flatbed scanners - recommendations?

  Chunkster#1 18:23 29 Sep 2003

Normally I find enough pointers for hardware I want to buy, but picking the right flatbed scanner has confused me. There seems to be no clear trend, other than that Canon & HP tend to be recommended most.

So, if I wanted to by a scanner for home office use (odd copy, OCR possibly), plus scanning film/photos occasionally, what would people suggest? Budget anywhere up to £200 or so.


  Djohn 19:15 29 Sep 2003

All scanners in the higher range of your price band will be good, some will be excellent. The major suppliers such as Canon, Epson, HP, and others will not disappoint you.

I have the Canon LiDE 50. Five months back when this model first came out it was retailing for well over £100.00, and at some outlets is still priced close to £100.00.

There are one or two internet suppliers offering it closer to £75.00 and even at it's original price is well worth the money.

The Canon is good to look at, very fast in use and quiet enough that you have to check it's actually scanning. Others will recommend what they use, and this is the best way to decide. Listen to each persons view and make your decision according to which best meets your needs. Good luck, and have fun. j.

  sdf 19:33 29 Sep 2003

I got a Visioneer 9020 and it is fantastic. been no.1 in pca for like 5 months or sommin now. I really think its a fantastic piece of kit

  Sir Radfordin 19:41 29 Sep 2003

Unless you are doing some serious stuff I doubt you would need to spend £200 on a scanner. I spent about £120 on the Epson 1240U with a negative hood thing. Its good enough for anything I do.

On reflection I would suggest you get one with a built in negative scanner hood so you don't have an extra gadget to play with.

Epson, Cannon, HP (in no order) are both good makers of such items.

  alB 20:25 29 Sep 2003

Have a look at the Epson 1660 photo, scans transparencies and film as well as photos etc, good software and the price is reasonable ...alB

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