Don't-Miss Scanner Stories
The HP Scanjet G4010 Photo Scanner is a very capable desktop scanner with an impressive list of features, such as built-in transparency scanning for slides and film and six-color scans of reflective media.
The Epson Perfection V350 Photo is a swift flatbed scanner that makes it easy to output colorful and pleasing images.
The Epson GT-2500 is great if you need a combination of high-quality photo scans along with scans of regular text documents, but it may be overkill for normal business use.
Microtek’s ScanMaker i800 is good all-around printer with some nice higher-end features, like a built-in transparency unit with support for multiple sizes.
The Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner is a fine choice for those looking for a mid-range scanner for both photos and high-resolution transparencies.
There’s so much to like about the Fujitsu ScanSnap. Anyone who has mounds of paper and not enough space for it all should consider it. Fujitsu’s first software iteration for the Mac is a successful one.
The Epson Perfection 3590 Photo is a fine choice if you are looking for an inexpensive, entry-level scanner. It did a very good job of capturing detail, but picky photographers might be disappointed with the visible color cast in default scanning modes.
The Epson Perfection 4490 Photo is a fast, easy-to-use scanner that is capable of high-resolution scans of both reflective and transparent media. Although its colors tended toward green on reflective scans with default settings, it did well at capturing fine detail.
Besides glaring accuracy problems, the IrisPen Executive’s troublesome software and out-of-date manual are tall barriers to overcome. This product needs an overhaul before it can work well for most users.
The Astra 6700 is an inexpensive, 2400-dpi, flatbed scanner that connects to your Mac via USB 2.0. It does a good job of scanning photos and other reflective media.
The Epson Perfection 4990 Photo has lots of great included retouching software, as well as the ability to scan many sizes of transparencies on its large, 8-by-10-inch transparency unit.
The great-looking scanner is a good buy for those folks with limited desktop space, but the scans aren’t quite up to the standards set by its more expensive siblings.
Drowning in a sea of business cards? This compact, USB-powered device will do the job.