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Old 04-22-02, 09:53 AM
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Scanner help...

I have an old plustek scanner that is on the fritz. I want to get a new scanner, but don't want to spend a fortune. I don't use it for any professional reasons. I use it to scan some pictures to use for my personal videos. It does not have to be that fast or picture perfect. But, my question is. What are the features I should look for(ie-48bit, resolution,etc.)? Thanks!
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Not sure about the features cause half of the specs listed for scanners are marketing rubbish anyway. But I know that Canon has a really good range of scanners. The really thin ones. I suppose one of the mid range ones would do for you. Just make sure it's USB and has a Z-lid so you can scan things out of thick books.
I'd recommend you stay away from cheaper brands though. My cousin just bought an Artec scanner and it only works with the crappy software that comes with it. It doesn't seem to be Twain compatible.
Just stick with Canon I say. And if you have a problem with Canon go with HP. Any model should do for you since you don't seem to need it for professional scans.
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you'd want 600x600 optical res. as a minimum. i have a visioneer 8100, which i got for $15 AR, and it works fine. the quality is pretty decent for the price. i scanned this pic, and printed it out on photo paper, and it looked very close to the original. check your local ads, or check the other bargains forum, because they sometimes have cheap scanners.
Old 04-23-02, 08:57 AM
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Scanner quality and capabilities have gone way up over the years. I bet if you spend the same amount on a new scanner as you did on your Plustek (never heard of that brand...), you could get something around one million times better.

That said, I like Umax and Microtek scanners best.

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