Although most multifunction printers can already scan, there are times when a standalone flat bed scanner is still required, especially for scanning slides, book pages and documents as well as preserving important photos at a high optical resolution for the best quality. This type of scanner is ideal for both personal and office use. There are also flat bed scanners that can handle a high volume of documents with an included sheet feeder. Whether you need a flat bed scanner for a PC or a Mac, you have come to the right place. Here at IntelliReview, we have a proprietary system for selecting only the best products. This enables us to give you a look at the leading flat bed scanners for sale online. By removing all the noise, (products with lots of negative reviews) we end up with a list of the best flat bed scanners available. When you know you are only dealing with the best, you can concentrate on features like resolution and features, for example. Whether you need 16 bit grayscale or 48 bit color capabilities, we have the scanners you want to have on your short list.
Pros: High resolution scans of prints and filmstrips. Fast start-up.
Cons: Lack of substantial office software.
Review: The Epson V500 offers a whopping 6,400 ppi scanning resolution that makes it perfect for scanning photos and film and producing high-quality digital versions. Its LED light source means warm up time is virtually eliminated. Included with the V500 is Photoshop Elements, which gives any user access to high-end photo adjustment features, and ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint for OCR scanning of documents and converting text into an editable format. But it is the scanning capabilities that make the V500 a standout. Install the included software and select the level of editing control you wish: Automatic, Home and Professional. Each level gives you the option of employing such features as dust-removal, color restoration and (in Home and Professional level) backlight correction. Controls are also located on the front panel that allows the user to scan photos and documents and convert them into a PDF, send an instant email of a scanned document) or copy the scan to your computer or printer. Scan speed on the V500 is comparable to similar scanners: about 25-30 seconds for a color photo at 300 ppi. And while the V500 does an adequate job scanning text, users who desire to scan multiple pages of text must purchase a separate automatic document feeds for just under $200. Otherwise, you'll have to place each page on the glass by hand, one at a time. But the V500 is, first and foremost, a photo scanner and for that purpose it performs more than admirably.
Pros: No warm-up time, Inexpensive, Excellent output
Cons: Outdated version of Adobe Photoshop Elements
Review: The V600 by Epson is a great choice for the budget-minded. It boasts four dedicated buttons which allow you to quickly scan, copy, scan to email and create PDF files. Thanks to its ABBYY FineReader Sprint software, it also has the ability to turn your documents into various formats. This energy-efficient scanner provides crystal clear images with its 6400 x 9600 dpi resolution. It enables you to scan documents and photos from film and negatives for up to 17" x 22" and offers faster scanning than any of its competitors with its ReadyScan LED Technology. Installation was a snap to do. Just plug in the USB cable, turn the unit on and install the included software. On the other hand, its film holder could be further improved for an easier and quicker operation. It would also be great if it ships with the current version of Adobe's Photoshop Elements rather than version 7. The Epson Perfection V600 comes with 35mm slides and 6x22cm Medium-format Film Holders. With Epson's Easy Photo Fix, Digital Ice and Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can easily remove dust and scratches, fix the damages on old photos and bring them back to life. Overall, it produces high-quality scans at a relatively low price and it offers usability and features found on more expensive scanners.
Pros: Portable and has a small footprint, USB powered and energy saving, Very high scanning rates
Cons: Lacks depth of field, Software has some unneeded programs, Only scans up to 8.5" by 11.7"
Review: The two best things about the Canon Canoscan LiDE210 Flatbed Scanner are its size and the fact that it draws power from a standard USB port which it also uses for data thus, eliminating the need for a power source nearby to plug into and also reducing the wiring around your workstation. Measuring 9.9" in width, 14.4" deep and 1.6" in height, this scanner is completely portable and can fit into a larger laptop bag with no problem, making it a great imaging solution for professionals on field assignments. With regards to power consumption, since it uses three-color LEDs as its main scanning element instead of fluorescent tubes, it draws much less power, peaking at a max consumption of 2.5 watts. There is virtually no warm-up time, also because of the LED scanning element. That is not all there is to the LiDE210, though. It may be small but it can scan documents and photos as good as a traditional scanner. Maximum color resolutions of 4800 X 4800 and a 48-bit color depth will do for everyday purposes but this product can interpolate those figures to an astounding 19,200 X 19,200 DPI using its software. It also scans in 16-bit grayscale and monochrome. It is very user-friendly, having buttons that automate the scanning process if you are scanning into the more common image file types as well as PDF. For further automation, an Auto Scan mode does all the work from selecting the type of source document to cropping to auto-saving into the appropriate format. The advanced Z-Lid of this scanner accommodates thicker media like books. The reduced height also works to its advantage in this respect. This unit can scan in one of three possible positions: portrait, landscape and even upright. On the contrary, there are a few disadvantages. For one thing, while drawing power from USB is definitely convenient, it's only good for scanning a few documents and not for heavy batch work when running off batteries. It also has excellent scanning of documents, but lacks in depth of field, which makes it not suitable for 3D scanning. The software supporting the scanner is a little cluttered and tricky to navigate, but put it on the most basic settings and it can be understood. It also has some extra programs but it provides the option to only install the essentials. Lastly, the Canoscan LiDE210 Flatbed Scanner is limited to scanning a maximum document size of only 8.5" X 11.7".
Pros: Fast, Easy to set up, Ideal for thick books, Quiet
Cons: Only 1 insert is included, Not that compact, Lacks proper documentation
Review: the Perfection V370, Epson affords you another fast, reasonably-priced photo scanner that is more than capable of delivering notably better quality than most scanners and stunning enlargements of up to 13" x 19" in size. The units 4800 x 9600 optical resolution guarantees amazing detail while Easy Photo Fix strives to breathe new life to your old photos. You dont just have the freedom to scan as much documents and photos as you want, you can also scan 35mm film and pages from thick books through its 180-degree lid. Scanned documents can be transformed into editable text via the supplied Optical Character Recognition software. The hinge allows the unit to accommodate thick books or photo albums but the way it opens can be a little awkward for right-handed users. The Epson Perfection V370 is a bit lacking when it comes to documentation. It doesnt come with a paper manual which means that users are required to go online, should they need one. The file is also not in PDF, making it a little difficult to print. On the other hand, once youve read the user guide and youre done with the installation, you can instantly proceed to scanning. The V370s ReadyScan LED technology ensures that no time is ever wasted. The included Document Capture Software makes it possible and easy to scan to Evernote, Google Docs and other cloud services. Admittedly, this added functionality is a huge plus for professionals or business-minded users. The Epson Perfection V370 remains easy to use, with few buttons and a fully automatic operation. A host of image-editing and easy to use software such as Document Capture Pro for Windows and Document Capture for Mac, ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe, ArcSoft MediaImpression, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR and Epson Scan which already has Epson Easy Photo Fix technology is included. Although it only comes with one insert, the Epson Perfection V370 supports 35mm negatives and slides. In terms of size, it is not that compact but not that big either. Weve seen smaller scanners but this one has a footprint that is just right for any normal-sized workstation.