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Old 12-09-2005, 12:09 AM   #1
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Default New Scanner Suggestion?

My current scanner, Microtek x12usl, may well have died. (Could also be the SCSI controller; will know which in a day or so.) I am looking for suggestions for scanners in the under $250 range. I have had several Microteks and really like the Twain driver, mostly because it supports multiple selections to be scanned in sequence. I often have several small pictures to scan. That said, this particular scanner is not at all well sealed. Every couple of months I have to remove the cover and blow dust and cat hair off the internals.

None of the scanning I do requires highly accurate color.
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Old 12-09-2005, 08:54 AM   #2
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… suggestions for scanners in the under $250 range.
I have owned a succession of Epson scanners. Most of mine listed for closer to $500, but they have them for as little as $100 (and I have a 3-year-old $300 one now and it is certainly up to what you describe.

Here is a link to the $249 Perfection 4490 Photo. You may find it for less at Amazon or other retailers. Have not checked to see if their software supports the kind of batch scanning you need to do, but it may. Epson’s $600 4990 Pro model features something called professional scanning software, which may provide for batching (I can’t tell, but you could download a PDF with more information). They may also work with third-party scanning utilities that do support batching (I imagine Terrie would know about that).

I believe these scanners are fine (and some of the expensive ones better than merely fine), but one of the virtues is their ubiquity, which means you can get advice on how to use them most effectively; and the easy access to drivers.

   
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:51 PM   #3
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PC World likes the Epson Perfection 3490 at $95 street.

Check http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/artic...d,50262,00.asp

I'm still using my HP SJ5P with TWAIN -- you may well be able to continue to use TWAIN with a newer scanner if you turn off Windows Image Acquizition (WIA) in Services (XP anyway) since that is how I got my SJ5P to work when I upgraded to XP.

   
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Old 12-10-2005, 04:07 PM   #4
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I'd suggest an Epson scanner also...I have the Epson 2450 Photo which I'm pleased with...run it off firewire...

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Have you had any problems with dust/hair getting inside the scanner? How about the glass developing a film on the inside?
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How about the glass developing a film on the inside?
Best advice I've seen about that is to clean it with a microfiber cloth, maybe a very slight amount of moisture but nothing else: any solutions you might try would leave traces of themselves as a (new) film.

My little flatbed scanner hasn't needed that treatment yet, but I do use a microfiber cloth now to treat the scanner bed - best method I've tried so far!

   
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bob: Have you had any problems with dust/hair getting inside the scanner? How about the glass developing a film on the inside?
No...no problems with that at all...

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