When it comes to scanning a couple of documents and photos, most smartphone apps can easily take care of the job. However, when it comes to scanning a load of documents on a daily or weekly basis, apps certainly not the most efficient. That's when a scanner comes in the picture. Flatbed scanners are efficient in scanning multiple pages and photos at once. And their slim profile makes them portable.
Then there are the all-in-one printers (Multi-function Devices), which let you taste the best of both worlds - printing and scanning. So, if you are looking for an affordable scanner, here's a list of best scanners and printers. Let's take a look.
Canon has bundled several great features into the LiDE 400. It's sleek, powerful, and fast. In a nutshell, it bundles all three important characteristics. And the best thing is that it can scan books, thick documents and photos apart from the regular office documents. It features a USB-C power source just like your other computer peripherals like keyboards and mouse. Just plug it to your laptop/PC. Cool, right?
The LiDE 400 has an optical DPI of 4,800. The scans are vibrant, well-detailed, and pretty accurate for its price.
Also, it's fast. As per the folks at Windows Central, a document scan takes approximately 8 seconds and a photo scan takes around 4 seconds. The LiDE 400 has an optical DPI of 4,800 dpi and the photo scans are vibrant and well-detailed.
It has a slim profile and weighs about 1.7 kg. That means, you can easily carry it with your laptop when the need arises. Plus, the kickstand at the back lets you put it in an upright positioning. And yeah, you can even scan when it's in the upright position.
Reviews have been good for this product, thanks to its ease of use. However, a few folks did face some setup issues.
However, you have to follow a certain set of steps for that. I recommend that you should connect the cable only after you install the driver. Note that the LiDE 400 lacks Wi-Fi support which might be a deal-breaker.
2. Epson Perfection V39 Scanner
Here, the color reproduction is almost accurate with sharp picture quality.
The scanning speed is not super-fast. But, it gets the work done with the Perfection V39 Scanner taking around 15-20 seconds per scan.
Also, its small form factor means it occupies the least amount of space on your table.
It also packs a pretty cool slew of features. For example, the scanner can immediately recognize when you place a bundle of photos and saves them as individual files. Quite useful.
Last but not least, we have the slightly older Canon LiDE 300 Scanner. It makes for a good buy if your budget is a little tight. It comes with a couple of buttons aptly named EZ buttons which makes your work easy and simple. It offers an optical resolution of 2,400 DPI, which is slightly less than that of its counterparts above. However, it still manages to get the details from documents, sketches, and photos.
It also bundles several useful software features to tweak the scanned images and sending documents to the cloud.
The quality of the scan is decent and so is the speed. Each scan takes about 10 seconds (at 300 DPI). Like its counterpart, the LiDE 400, this scanner too has seen its share of setup issues. You have to be careful when connecting the scanner.
Note that the Canon software can be a little limiting when it comes to scanning photos. In a nutshell, the LiDE 300 is best for scanning office documents and sketches.
Bonus Product: HP DeskJet 3835 All-in-One Ink Advantage
In many cases, all-in-one printers such as the HP DeskJet 3835 are more feasible than a standalone scanner. This one comes with a tiny touchscreen which makes it convenient to print and scan documents. Other than that, you can also use your phone to print or to collect your scans, via the HP mobile app. More importantly, it comes with an automatic document feeder which makes scanning a cakewalk. It can hold up to 35 pages.
Plus, the printer setup is pretty simple. And the scanning and printing functionality works as advertised, with many users confirming that in their experience.
However, the only point of concern is the cartridge levels. This printer seems to run short of ink even when used sparingly.
Scan Like a Boss
Whether it's digitizing your old photos or creating a soft version of your important documents, scanners are useful in more than one way. So, these were some of the best scanners available out there.
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