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Midrange Flatbed Scanners

Price when rated: $899 (with SilverFast Ai)

Pros

  • Includes SilverFast Ai
  • Good shadow detail
  • Legal-size scanning surface
  • Supports a range of transparency sizes
  • Good line-art reproduction

Cons

  • Extremely slow
  • Requires two lids
  • Software bundle is out of date
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Price when rated: $599

Pros

  • Includes Digital ICE package
  • Legal-size scanning surface
  • Supports a range of transparency sizes

Cons

  • Blocky shadow detail in reflective scans
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Price when rated: $449

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)
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Price when rated: $400

Pros

  • Good detail capture
  • Best image quality across the board
  • Good color matching

Cons

  • Software won't save settings
  • Blocky shadow detail in reflective images
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Price when rated: $499

Pros

  • Good quality line-art scans
  • Legal-size scanning bed
  • Quick scan times
  • Can scan multiple negatives and slides

Cons

  • No FireWire connection
  • Flawed color matching
  • Handles only 35mm slides and transparencies
  • Blocky shadow detail in reflective scans
  • Frustrating software package
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