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Top Flatbed Scanners by Consumer Reviewers

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.

Ranking Updated: June 2014
  1. For users who want to create a paperless work environment, flatbed scanners can easily convert and digitize your documents.
  2. Professionals who need to scan high-quality photos should look for a flatbed scanner with a high optical resolution.
  3. If a lot of documents need to be scanned, it's best to find models with automatic document feeders, which can automate the scanning process.
  4. If space is an issue, you may want to consider a handheld scanner or an all-in one printer, instead of buying separate units, as they often have built-in scanners.
  • Canon CanoScan 9000F Flatbed Mark-II Film Scanner (9600x9600, USB, PC/Mac)

    Canon CanoScan 9000F Flatbed Mark-II Film Scanner (9600x9600, USB, PC/Mac)

    501 Reviews

    Consumer Passion : Most passionate
    Popularity : Most popular
    Crutchfield  Price: $199.99  See It
     Price: $174.84  See It
  • Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner (4800x9600, USB 2.0, PC/Mac)

    Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner (4800x9600, USB 2.0, PC/Mac)

    262 Reviews

    Consumer Passion : Most passionate
    Popularity : Most popular
     Price: $129.99  See It

    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 unit’s 4800 x 9600 optical resolution guarantees amazing detail while Easy Photo Fix strives to breathe new life to your old photos. You don’t 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 doesn’t 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 you’ve read the user guide and you’re done with the installation, you can instantly proceed to scanning. The V370’s 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. We’ve seen smaller scanners but this one has a footprint that is just right for any normal-sized workstation.

  • Epson Perfection V37 Flatbed Scanner - 4800 dpi Optical (48-bit Color - 16-bit Grayscale - USB)