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The Neat Company NeatDesk for Mac - The Neat Company

The ScanSnap iX500 is the clear winner in this face off, outdistancing Neat in hardware, software and wireless features. If you’re in the market for a desktop scanner, look no further ... read more at Macworld

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Fujitsu Computer Products of America ScanSnap iX500 - Fujitsu

The ScanSnap iX500 is the clear winner in this face off, outdistancing Neat in hardware, software and wireless features. If you’re in the market for a desktop scanner, look no further ... read more at Macworld

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Doxie Go document scanner - Apparent

I'd never considered purchasing a dedicated document scanner, though, until I first heard about the $199 Doxie Go from Apparent. This slick, battery-powered portable document scanner is capable of computer-free scanning, and Apparent's convincing web site filled my head with dreams of reducing paper clutter via a process that would, hopefully, fall somewhere between painless and fun ... read more at Macworld

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NeatReceipts - Neat Company

For Type-A personalities, the Neat Company’s NeatReceipts is just as svelte and compact as the Doxie, but it comes with powerful organizational software. The Neat Library extracts data from your physical documents by utilizing optical character recognition (OCR). You can scan receipts, business cards, or documents and the software will do all the work for you ... read more at MacLife

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ScanSnap S1100 Portable Scanner - Fujitsu

Nearly everything in our lives has gone digital, but photos, receipts, and docs like newspaper clippings and electricity bills still come at us on a daily basis. Unfortunately, getting all that paper into your Mac isn’t as easy as cramming it into the disc slot... read more at MacLife

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Kodak ESP 7250 - Kodak

On the surface, Kodak’s new ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer seems much like any other device in its class. It prints, it scans, it copies. On closer inspection, however, the 7250 stands out thanks to some notable features and even a plan to save you some green... read more at MacLife

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Doxie - Apparent

From the moment you take it out of the box, Doxie will charm you--and not just because it’s adorned with pink heart stickers. Doxie is a portable, easy-to-use scanner that may very well replace that huge hunk of a scanner you have... read more at MacLife

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Epson Artisan 810 - IntelliScanner Corp.

All-in-one printers do everything, but usually at the expense of excelling at any single job. Not so with the Epson Artisan 810, which quickly spits out high-quality photographic prints and also ably takes care of your scanning, copying, and standard printing needs... read more at MacLife

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IntelliScanner mini - IntelliScanner Corp.

At $179, a tiny scanner that looks like a garage-door opener but actually reads the bar codes that are already printed on your media is a hefty investment. But then again, your media collection--all of your books, CDs, video games, and movies--is quite an investment too... read more at MacLife

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Strobe 500 - Visioneer

The Strobe 500 marks the return to the Mac by scanner maker Visioneer after an 11-year absence. The Strobe 500 is a document scanner that features a removable dock ... read more at Macworld

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Workforce Pro GT-S50 - Epson

The WorkForce Pro GT-S50 from Epson is a desktop document scanner. It has a 75-sheet automatic document feeder and scans both sides of a sheet ... read more at Macworld

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M - Fujitsu

Fujitsu’s ScanSnap S1500M is an easy to use, attractive sheet-fed scanner. Its automatic document feeder can hold up to 50 sheets, and it can scan both sides ... read more at Macworld

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HP ScanJet G3110 - Hewlett - Packard

HP’s Scanjet G3110 is a flatbed scanner with a built-in transparency adapter suitable for small slide and film scanning projects. The scanner features an optical resolution of ... read more at Macworld

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ImageFormula DR-2010M - Canon

Canon’s imageFormula DR-2010M is a compact, desktop document scanner. It has a 50-page automatic document feeder, easy-to-use software, and is one of the fastest document scanner we’ve tested ... read more at Macworld

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Perfection V30 - Epson

Epson’s Perfection V30 is an inexpensive flatbed scanner that boasts an optical resolution of 4800 dpi and 48-bit colors. It isn’t the fastest scanner we’ve seen, but the V30 offers a terrific balance ... read more at Macworld

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CanoScan LiDE200 - Canon

Canon’s CanoScan LiDE 200 scanner from is a compact, USB bus-powered flatbed scanner. About the size, shape and color of a 15-inch MacBook Pro, the silver and black LiDE features rounded edges ... read more at Macworld

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Epson Perfection V30 - Epson

Recession or no, time is one of our most valuable resources--second only, perhaps, to money. With the Perfection V30 scanner, Epson offers up a way to digitize hard-copy photos and documents that doesn’t suck you dry of time or money. That is to say, this sucker is fast and cheap--in a good way... read more at MacLife

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Epson WorkForce GT-1500 - Epson

Epson’s WorkForce GT-1500 is a color document scanner designed to simplify the tedious task of scanning stacks of text documents in an office environment. Easy to use and simple in its focus, the GT-1500 does an adequate job of photo- and document-scanning ... read more at Macworld

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Epson Perfection V300 - Epson

Epson’s Perfection V300 Photo is an inexpensive flatbed scanner that can scan legal-sized documents, as well as 35 mm slides and film, at resolutions up to 4,800 dots per inch (dpi) at 48 bits ... read more at Macworld

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ScanSnap S510M - Fujitsu

Since Macworld reviewed the original Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner more than two years ago (), the ScanSnap has gone through two more incarnations. The latest model, the S510M (the Mac version of this product), improves on the original model’s already good design with faster performance and smarter software ... read more at Macworld

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Canon CanoScan 8800F - Canon

It can be easy to ignore scanners these days. Not only has digital photography well and truly taken over from film photography at all levels of the professional spectrum, but it's done so for such a long time that most serious photographers will already have digitised their archive of prints and negatives. Canon's taking no notice, though, and alongside its high-end cameras such as the Eos 40D, the CanoScan 8800F takes pride of place as Canon's top consumer-level scanner ... read more at MacUserUK

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Epson Perfection V200 - Epson

Epson has a better record than most when it comes to photo scanners. Perhaps it's because the company understands photographs better than most, thanks to its successful range of photo printers, which range from the ultra-cheap to professional models. But largely it's because virtually every dedicated Epson scanner we see leaves our jaws hanging ... read more at MacUserUK

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Canon CanoScan 8600F scanner - Canon

With digital cameras being so popular today, fewer and fewer photos need to be scanned. And if you’re just scanning office documents, multifunction printers with integrated scanners work just fine and start at under $100. Nevertheless, stand-alone scanners like the CanoScan 8600F (Best Current Price: $165.00) do have their advantages ... read more at Macworld

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HP Scanjet G4010 Photo Scanner - Hewlett - Packard

Hewlett-Packard’s Scanjet G4010 Photo Scanner is an inexpensive flatbed unit that can scan film, slides, documents, photos, and various inanimate objects. Its biggest claim to fame is its unique six-color scanning technology ... read more at Macworld

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HP ScanJet G4050 - Hewlett - Packard

The ScanJet G4050 from HP is a desktop flatbed and transparency scanner aimed at the home photo market. Its claim to fame is that rather than use three channels for scanning from both reflective and transparent originals, it uses six channels for transparencies. Scanning this way, according to HP, increases the colour accuracy of the scan by sampling each pixel six times and doubling the amount of data collected to 96 bits ... read more at MacUserUK

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Perfection V350 Photo - Epson

The V350 has a built-in filmstrip feeder. The feeder is built into the scanner's lid and can accept a strip of 35mm film negatives from two to six frames long. The feeder, however, limits the capacity of the included film holder, which can hold only two 2-by-2-inch mounted 35mm slides or three frames of 35mm film. But if you're drowning in an avalanche of 35mm film negatives, the feeder can save a lot of time... read more at MacLife

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Perfection V100 Photo - Epson

The V100 is for neophytes who want to scan film negatives. The scanner has a film holder that holds one six-frame strip of 35mm film or four 2-by-2-inch mounted slides. The V100 has two light sources that illuminate the image as it's being scanned, one in the lid, and another under the glass scanning bed... read more at MacLife

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Perfection V750-M Pro - Epson

Designed for the serious amateur or professional photographer with a closet full of film negatives to scan, Epson's Perfection V750-M Pro scanner incorporates an old photo lab technique to repair scratches on a negative that can affect the quality of the final printed image ... read more at MacLife

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Fujitsu ScanSnap 500M - Fujitsu Siemens

Yes, the ScanSnap 500M is just a document scanner, but it's a very good one. will scan both sides of whatever type of document you care to throw at it, or slide into its automatic document feeder, in little more than a jiffy. Bank statement? Check. Business card? Check. Cheque? Check. What's more, at the 'Normal' quality setting - which is actually the lowest quality setting available - and the default compression setting, A4 sheets fly through the scanner with alacrity and pop-up in your PDF reader of choice at the blink of an eye ... read more at MacUserUK

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Epson Perfection V750 Pro - Epson

With the exception of a few high-end models, the dedicated film scanner has largely disappeared from retailers' shelves. While there's no doubt digital camera sales have contributed to their demise, it's the versatility and value of flatbeds with built-in transparency adaptors that has seen off budget and even mid-range film scanners once and for all ... read more at MacUserUK

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Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner - Epson

The Perfection V700 Photo scanner is a mid-range flatbed scanner with a split personality. It offers up to 4,800 dpi (dots per inch) scans for reflective media, like magazines and photographs, but it also features a second, fixed-resolution lens for capturing 6,400 dpi scans of film or slides. While the larger files you get from high-resolution scanning allow you to create larger prints from your transparency scans, in our tests the scanning quality of transparencies was good, but not great ... read more at Macworld

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Microtek ScanMaker i800 scanner - Microtek USA

The Microtek ScanMaker i800 (Best Current Price: $330.34) is a mid-range flatbed scanner with a longer than average scanning bed capable of digitizing legal-sized documents. It has a built-in transparency unit for scanning slides and photos of multiple sizes, but I had problems operating the scanner via the external buttons ... read more at Macworld

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DocuPen RC800 - Planon

Aside from starting conversations due to its high novelty factor and lightening your wallet by three c-notes, what’s the DocuPen RC800 good for? This scanner’s stats look terrific on paper: built-in rechargeable battery; 8MB of internal memory with a microSD slot for more ... read more at MacAddict

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IRIScan - Iris

Optical character recognition (OCR) technology has improved dramatically since its early days, and Iris has launched two new products onto the market: Readiris Pro 11, the company's flagship OCR package; and IRIScan, a new slimline document scanner bundled with a copy of the previous version of Readiris Pro, confusingly numbered Readiris Pro 9 ... read more at MacUserUK

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Epson Perfection 3590 Photo scanner - Epson

The Epson Perfection 3590 Photo (Best Current Price: $121.48) is a fine choice if you are looking for an inexpensive, entry-level scanner. It offers high-end features such as 48-bit scanning at resolutions as high as 3,200 dpi, as well as a built-in transparency unit. The latter can scan mounted slides one at a time or a 35mm filmstrip through an auto loader located on top of the scanner lid ... read more at Macworld

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DocuPenR700 - Planon

Designed for text jockeys who live and die by their optical character-recognition (OCR) software, the DocuPen R700 portable scanner surprised us with its sturdy construction, respectable scanning, and smart design—you simply drag it vertically down a sheet of text to scan it ... read more at MacAddict

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Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM - Fujitsu Siemens

The Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM is a duplex document scanner aimed at businesses that need to store a large number of documents in an electronic format.The ScanSnap captures images at 150dpi in monochrome and 300dpi in colour and can handle a range of paper sizes from business-card dimensions to A4. You can set a custom size if needed, up to 216mm x 355.6mm. The sheet feeder is capable of holding 50 sheets of paper at a time... read more at MacUserUK

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Epson Perfection 4490 Photo scanner - Epson

The Epson Perfection 4490 Photo (Best Current Price: $211.47) is a speedy midrange scanner that offers a 4800 dpi scanning resolution and a built-in transparency unit with support for 35mm slides and filmstrips. It did a respectable job of capturing details, but its default color controls resulted in scans with a slight green color cast... read more at Macworld

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II - Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II is a high-quality 35mm film scanner with a maximum 5400dpi optical resolution. It's aimed at enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers, but would equally serve a small studio, as it boasts features more often seen on professional scanners, including automated hardware and software correction from Kodak's Digital ICE4 suite ... read more at MacUserUK

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CanoScan LiDE 500F - Canon

The CanoScan LiDE 500F is a smart-looking scanner that scans documents, 35mm slides, and negatives at 2,400-by-4,800-dpi resolution. What's more, the 500F can do this without an external power supply—it draws power from your Mac through its USB connection (so if you're using a USB hub, make sure it's powered) ... read more at MacAddict

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IntelliScanner Express - Intelli Innovations

As we go through life, we invariably collect a lot of possessions—some of us so many that we need a tool to sort them all out. IntelliScanner Express, a combination hardware and software package, tracks your home assets, media, and wine collections using the included Home Assets, Wine Collector, and Media Collector software, respectively ... read more at Macworld

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Epson Perfection 4990 Photo - Epson

The Epson Perfection 4990 Photo is a 4800dpi scanner that features a built-in 8-by-10-inch transparency unit and support for film formats ranging from 35mm to 4-by-5 inches. Its speedy FireWire and USB 2.0 connections make quick work of high-resolution scans and, in our tests, we found the scanner to be very good at reproducing details, though the colors were a touch on the green side ... read more at Macworld

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IRIS BUSINESS CARD READER II - I.R.I.S

Essential for heavy users of OS X's Address Book and vCards who receive a lot of physical business cards that cramp their virtual style, the Iris Business Card Reader II improves upon the accuracy and speed of the previous model. However, like speech recognition, the text recognition used here is still far from perfect.... ... read more at macHOME

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PowerLook 1000 - Umax

Pros: Legal-size scanning surface; good shadow detail; good line-art reproduction; includes SilverFast Ai; supports a range of transparency sizes. Cons: Extremely slow; requires two lids; software bundle is out of date... ... read more at Macworld

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ScanMaker i900 - Microtek

Pros: Includes Digital ICE package; legal-size scanning surface; supports a range of transparency sizes.
Cons: Blocky shadow detail in reflective scans.. ... read more at Macworld

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Scanjet 8200 - Hewlett-Packard

Pros: Good quality detail in both reflective and transparent images; quick scan times for reflective images; Digital ICE package. Cons: Doesn’t include SilverFast Ai (only the lower-end SE). ... read more at Macworld

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IntelliScanner Collector - Intelli Innovations

IntelliScanner Collector comes with a handheld scanner plus software to catalog your movies, music, books, and games. Plug the scanner into a USB port, start up the Collection software, click the Add Books (or Movies or Music or Games) button, and start scanning. If you've ever had cashier envy, this is a great outlet—without the annoying customers, crappy hours, and nonexistent benefits ... read more at MacAddict

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Astra 6700 - Umax

In terms of colour recognition, it was a mixed bag. It detected high readings in the most appropriate tones in our blocks of pure colour, but there was considerable variation in the purity of each because the results were so speckled. In almost all respects, the high-end Epson Perfection 3170 Photo beat it in all the qualitative tests ... read more at MacUserUK

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ScanMaker 5900 - Microtek

The Microtek ScanMaker 5900 is another product that put in an appearance in our last scanners Labs. Our first impression of it were good, as it has a small but useful light box built into its lid, which also houses its built-in transparency scanner. Its transparency capability is one of this unit main selling points: covering everything from 35mm slides up to 4in x 5in film ... read more at MacUserUK

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Scanjet 5530 Photosmart Scanner - HP

Challenging the Canon CanoScan 9900F for size, the HP Scanjet 5530 Photosmart Scanner is both bulky and heavy. Its size is an indication of its impressive specs, though, as it can scan up to 24 10cm x 15cm prints automatically using its built-in feeder. It also has 35mm transparency scanning features, using an attachment that you lay on top of the scanning glass ... read more at MacUserUK

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Scanjet 4600 - HP

Looking more like a window in search of a wall, the 2400ppi HP Scanjet 4600 is two sheets of glass with a border, allowing you to scan documents flat on a desk and, if they're larger than A4, stitch them together using Arcsoft's Panorama Maker ... read more at MacUserUK

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Perfection 3170 Photo - Epson

Along with the Canon CanoScan 9900F, this scanner leads the pack in terms of resolution: the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo tops out at 3200ppi, which makes you wonder why the product code is 30 digits short. Its vertical resolution, meanwhile, exceeds even this impressive figure, scanning on 6400 horizontal lines-per-inch across the full length of the page ... read more at MacUserUK

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Perfection 2400 Photo - Epson

The cheapest scanner on test, the Epson Perfection 2400 Photo has none of the style of the Canon CanoScan LiDE 80 or the HP Scanjet 4600. It does, however, have an integrated transparency scanner in the lid, which greatly simplifies the process of grabbing transparencies when used with the supplied mounting guide. It also boasts an impressive top resolution of 2400ppi ... read more at MacUserUK

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CanoScan LiDE 80 - Canon

the CanoScan LiDE 80 can be propped on its side to fit on even the most cluttered of desks. It's almost silent in use, and only makes itself known by a brief whine as it moves past sections of the page not masked off for scanning. It connects by means of USB 2 and is the only product in this line-up to draw power from the port itself ... read more at MacUserUK

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Perfection 4870 Photo - Epson

The Perfection 4870 Photo from Epson is a 4800 dpi flatbed scanner which, as its name suggests, has been designed with scanning photographs in mind. To this end, it includes a transparency adaptor for scanning transparencies and negatives. Up to 24 35mm film frames can be scanned at once and batch scanning options are also available for larger frame sizes and mounted slides ... read more at MacUserUK

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IRISPen Express - IRIS Europe

The IRISPen Express is the latest labour-saving, hand-held text recognition scanner from IRIS. This simple little device allows you to save passages of printed text directly into an application by scanning a single line at a time ... read more at MacUser UK

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SCANJET 4670 - HP

the HP Scanjet 4670, with its revolutionary vertically oriented design, has successfully tapped this aesthetic high ground normally reserved for Apple products. Like humankind's early ancestors who forwent life on all fours in favor of standing upright, in the world of scanners, the 4670 is a major evolutionary leap. ... read more at macHOME

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Chronoscan - Chronopath

"The scanner itself has no apparent flaws and will read any bar code and spit out a string of numbers into any application that accepts text. Perhaps some enterprising developer will come to the rescue with capable software. With better software, the Chronoscan would be a formidable solution for any bibliophile who needs a library inventory " ... read more at MacAddict

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CanoScan 9900F - Canon

"Speed, versatility and ease of use--all told the 9900F offers just about everything you would ever need from a scanner. Perhaps the only drawback we encountered in our evaluation was that not all of the 9900F's software is fully OS X compliant. To use all the software, specifically the ScanGear CS driver and CanoScan Toolbox, we had to switch over to Classic mode " ... read more at macHOME

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Astra FS180 - Umax

"Consumer-level film scanners are a rare breed. Umax's Astra FS180 is a fine specimen with easy operation, high-quality output, and a potentially fatal flaw" ... read more at MacAddict

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SmartScan 3600 - Smartdisk

"There is a variety of dedicated film scanners around for less than £1000, and there are even some low-cost units costing less than £600. But now SmartDisk has introduced the SmartScan 3600 at just £300" ... read more at MacUser UK

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Perfection 3200 Photo - Epson

"The Perfection 3200 PHOTO gazes down at the competition from the top of the consumer scanner line, but anyone seduced by its charms will have to live with its demands. Excellence takes time; perfection is still impossible" ... read more at macHOME

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IRISPen II - IRIS

"A button on the tip activates the scanning sensor and a red LED helps you keep the scanner on track as you scan in your text--one line at a time." ... read more at MacAddict

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IRIS Business Card Reader II - IRIS

"The IRIS Business Card Reader II is one of several products that promise to make the management of personal contacts easier--by allowing you to scan business cards and, through the still-developing miracle of opti-cal character recognition (OCR) technology, upload contact information directly into a program such as Microsoft Entourage." ... read more at Macworld

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ArtixScan 2500f - Microtek

"Functionally, the Microtek ArtixScan 2500f now sports a 42-bit Kodak 10,000-element CCD designed to achieve an optical sampling rate of 1250dpi" ... read more at MacUser UK

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CanoScan LiDE 30 - Canon

"The LiDE 30 is a capable little scanner that performs well in Mac OS 9 and X--though it needs help in the latter case" ... read more at MacAddict

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ScanMaker 6700 - Microtek

"When it comes to scanning performance and image quality, the Perfection and ScanMaker are virtually indistinguishable. Previewing a letter-size page takes approximately 10 seconds, as does scanning a 4-by-6-inch photo at 72 dpi" ... read more at MacAddict

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Perfection 2450 Photo- Epson

"When it comes to scanning performance and image quality, the Perfection and ScanMaker are virtually indistinguishable. Previewing a letter-size page takes approximately 10 seconds, as does scanning a 4-by-6-inch photo at 72 dpi" ... read more at MacAddict

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CanoScan N1240U - Canon

the N1240U is more than just a pretty case: more to the tune of 1,200-by-2,400-dpi resolution and 48-bit color capability ... read more at MacAddict

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ScanMaker 5700 - Microtek (FireWire)

This scanner produced the best of all the high-resolution scans, with particularly good shadow detail ... read more at MacUser UK

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Scanjet 5470c - HP

Hewlett-Packard's Scanjet family has earned its reputation as a solid line of scanners, but we've had issues with HP drivers ... read more at MacAddict

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Perfection 1650 Photo - Epson

The Epson Perfection 1650 Photo is a complete photo and film scanner for advanced hobbyists and pros on a budget. Its optical resolution of 1,600 x 32,000 dots per inch gives enough information for manipulating high-resolution files ... read more at macHOME

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CanoScan D1230UF - Canon

"For less than $100, you can buy a flatbed scanner that will give you decent results. But if you want higher-resolution scans and the ability to scan 35mm slides and color negatives, you'll have to look a bit higher in the price and feature range" ... read more at Macworld

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