Saturday, February 14, 2009

Considering a Cannon scanner for your home office?

By Chet Vise

An absolutely vital part of any home office or home computer configuration is a scanner. No longer a luxury, today we scan documents, images, photos, articles - you name it, into a digital format. Whether that is to simply email to another friend, archive digital documents, or convert physical pictures into digital images to work with in Photoshop. Today, a scanner is a vital part of any setup. Prices have never been lower, with basic scanners now selling for less than $50 depending on functions offered.

Chooseing a scanner shouldn't be hard, make your decision based on the features that you need. What are you going to be doing with it? Don't buy a scanner with features you won't need. Today, any scanner is going to be just fine for photographs and documents.

Scanners, whether they are flatbed, multi-purpose, or photo scanners, are all easy to install. Most auto-install simply by inserting an installation disk and following the onscreen prompts. Typically it will install some software and then prompt you to plug in the scanner. It just can't get much more simple than that.

There are three top consumer and small business brands of scanners that you really need to look at. Cannon, HP, and Epson all make top scanners that each provide unique differences worth looking at. Do you want a flatbed scanner? Do you care more about photos? HP makes a create Photosmart line of scanners for around $120. An All-In-ONe multi-function scanner, HP makes a nice unit that includes a scanner, printer, and copier all in one. It is also compatible with both a Mac and a PC. It is a great unit that allows you to work with documents and photos and share them with your friends.

If you want to compare different scanners, one of the easiest ways is to compare them at any online retailer. There you can compare the features and specs of a variety of scanners and choose one that is right for you. If you already have a printer, Cannon makes the CanoScan line of flatbed scanners that has the QARE technology built in that does a pretty good job of automatically correcting common problems such as scratches, dust, fading, photo graininess and bad backlighting. It's pretty affordable at around $50.

For more sophisticated photo needs, you should consider the Espon line of Perfection Photo Flatbed scanners, they are a little more pricey, typically coming in around $179, but they offer the Digital ICE technology which makes it easy to scan slides and negatives converting them into high quality images. No matter what the features are that you want, there is a perfect scanner out there for you. - 16651

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