Microtek Slim C6 Scanner/Interface A great value, the Microtek SlimScan C6 is easy to use and comes with a large selection of software. Its relatively high resolution and multi-function capabilities make it a good choice for the home user. Setting up the actual scanner was remarkably easy; figuring out how to use all the included software was a bit more difficult. The Microtek SlimScan C6 comes with a handy quick-start guide, but detailed documentation is only available in electronic form. The Microtek SlimScan C6 comes with a great software installer that lets you load all the different software packages one after another. Once we had installed the software, photo scanning was simple--we pushed the single button on the scanner, and our computer automatically launched the scan program. Scanning and recognizing text was also easy; the optical character recognition (OCR) software was completely accurate for most documents we tried. The Microtek SlimScan C6 also comes with a variety of image-editing and document-management software. Microtek's ScanWizard was particularly useful, since it let us enhance and edit images before we scanned them. It also has a great descreening feature that makes it possible to scan previously printed material without distorted Moire dot patterns. In addition to performing well as a simple scanner--giving us relatively good picture quality and medium-to-high resolution (600 x 1200 dpi)--the Microtek SlimScan C6 also functions as a fax machine and can convert a color printer into a color copier. Its incredibly thin form makes it a good choice for those with limited desk space, although at 7.7 pounds it's still not quite a portable scanner. Pros: Great selection of accompanying software One-touch scanning button Cons: Insufficient printed documentation
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Flat bed color scanner - 600 x 1200DPI - 36 bit color - USB Connection The Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 4200Cse color scanner is designed for homes and small businesses requiring sharp, professional scans. This flatbed scanner's three-button operation puts trouble-free scanning, copying, and e-mail functions right on your desktop. It offers true colors and crisp black text with 600 dpi optical resolution, enhanced to 9,600 dpi, with 36-bit color processing. Scan speeds produce a 4-by-6-inch color photo or an 8.5-by-11.7-inch black-and-white line art image in 60 seconds, and a full page of text using OCR software in about 90 seconds.HP's built-in Intelligent Scanning Technology and PrecisionScan LTX software permit editing of scanned documents with the fully automated optical character recognition. The software for enhancing, modifying, and organizing images is included, optimizing scans for electronic viewing and transmission. The HP ScanJet 4200Cse offers fast plug-and-play installation through the USB port, and is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
The Visioneer OneTouch 7600 USB scanner has five convenient buttons for easy copying, faxing, and scanning directly into Visioneer's award-winning PaperPort software. The OneTouch 7600 USB features a 600 x 1,200 dpi optical resolution and recognizes over 68 billion colors internally to provide photo-realistic scanning. Incredibly easy to use--just install the software, plug the scanner into your USB port, and press a button. It's that easy! The OneTouch 7600 also comes with PaperPort software on CD-ROM, Visioneer OCR, PictureWorks PhotoEnhancer, Visioneer's WebPublisher Link, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
HP ScanJet 3300Cse The HP ScanJet 3300Cse is a flatbed one-pass color and monochrome scanner. It features USB port installation, 36-bit color depth, and 600 dpi optical and 9,600 dpi enhanced resolution. Everything you need for photo scanning, text recognition, and color copying is right in the box. It also offers the flexibility to save, print, or send your scan to your favorite application for editing, storing, and e-mailing. Two front panel buttons, one for scanning and one for copying, make this unit fast and simple to use. With the HP ScanJet 3300Cse, you have direct connectivity to popular applications and can scan directly into an application simply by pressing the scan button; the scanner automatically selects the correct file format. If you have a color printer, you can produce color copies--no more trips to the copy center. This scanner includes intuitive, straightforward scanning software that guides you through four simple steps. You don't need to know anything about color depth or resolution to get great-looking results. The unit is backed by a 90-day warranty on parts and labor. What's in the BoxHP ScanJet 3300C, setup poster, USB cable, power cable, CD-ROM; software includes HP PrecisionScan LT, Adobe PhotoDeluxe 3.0 image editor, HP Color Copy Utility, HP Creative Ideas Guide, and Professor Franklin's Instant Photo Effects
The Visioneer OneTouch 7600 is a 36-bit flatbed scanner that is as versatile as it is simple to use--it can scan everything from business cards and memos to books and magazines. This scanner has 600 x 1,200 dpi optical and 2,400 dpi enhanced output, and it offers a one-pass scanning method that can handle letter-size sheets. Other features include a TWAIN driver with an advanced scanning interface and a comprehensive software bundle.What sets the Visioneer OneTouch 7600 design apart from similar products is that it features five one-touch buttons for copying, faxing, and scanning directly into Visioneer's award-winning PaperPort software. OneTouch automatically integrates with the applications on your PC, so all you need to do is push the button--just like a photocopier or fax machine. These buttons transform the Visioneer OneTouch 7600 from merely a scanner into a fast, user-friendly multifunction device. You can e-mail a picture to a relative, use optical character recognition (OCR) to scan a magazine article into a text file that you can save on your hard drive, and more.OneTouch uses your existing parallel port, so there is no need to open the computer to install an interface card, or worry about IRQs, DMAs, SCSI IDs, or other settings. The pass-through connector allows you to connect your printer, digital camera, or other device to the same port as the OneTouch 7600.The Visioneer OneTouch 7600 software bundle includes Visioneer's PaperPort software on CD-ROM, Visioneer OCR for text recognition, PictureWorks PhotoEnhancer for photo editing, and both Visioneer's WebPublisher Link and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for easier Web publishing of your scanned images and text. This unit also comes with a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
Perfect for both home and small-office scanning, the Epson Perfection 610 has powerful and easy-to-use features that will get you up and running quickly. This scanner has an optical resolution of 600 x 2,400 dpi, Micro Step Drive technology, and 36-bit color depth so it offers rich, quality scans that reveal fine details. In addition, the Epson Perfection 610 recognizes over 68 billion colors, so it produces sharp and accurate images. The Epson Perfection 610 is designed for easy setup and use. A USB plug-and-play connection directly supports compatible iMacs, Power Macintosh G3s, and PCs running the Windows 98 operating system. With the push of one button, you can launch the driver software and begin scanning without going through a long learning process. The driver software is intuitive and can support many of your existing fax, e-mail, and printer applications. You can also drag and drop images into applications. Your Epson Perfection 610 scanner comes complete with Epson TWAIN Software, PictureWorks HotShots (supporting both Mac and PC), NewSoft Presto! PageManager (Mac and PC), NewSoft Presto! OCR (Mac and PC), Broderbund The PrintShop PressWriter (Mac and PC), a USB cable, and the Epson Scanner Basics Guide. As a bonus, Epson will mail you two additional software titles that you choose from the company's provided list.
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Hewlett-Packard submits for your consideration theInternet-ready ScanJet 5370Cse, designed with business-like efficiencyin mind. It offers 42-bit color depth; 1,200 x 2,400 dpi opticalresolution; 45-second color photo scanning time; and it scansnegatives, slides, and transparencies. It is both PC and Macintosh OS8.5 compatible and has USB and parallel interfaces provided. Plus, itcomes with utilities to create professional-looking documents. Onebutton operation simplifies the scan, copy, e-mail, and faxfunctions. HP's Intelligent Scanning Technology and Precision Scan Prosoftware automatically assist in making your documents look as goodonline as they do on your monitor. You can produce a Web page or anelectronic brochure, e-mail detailed information, and much more. Youcan send multiple pages as an e-mail attachment or as a fax withoutusing an automatic document feeder. With the 5370Cse's imageeditor, you just click on a photo, text, or drawing to alter its sizeor type. Then you can enhance them and include them in a presentation,proposal, or newsletter. Fast optical character recognition (OCR)software (up to 90 seconds for letter-size black-and-white text)allows you to convert hardcopy documents into electronic files forfuture editing. You can attach the included slide and transparencyadapters to expand the unit's capabilities to scan 35mm slides withease. And, you can scan black-and-white line art in up to 50 secondsper scan. By combining all these features in a desktop scanner withrefined color accuracy, excellent resolution, and fast performance,Hewlett-Packard has designed an impressive, easy-to-use scanner. TheScanJet 5370Cse allows you to produce sharp scans in thoroughlytrue-to-life colors. --Barbara Price
Software included: ScannerSuit including:
PaperPort Deluxe 6
TextBridge Pro 8.0 OCR
MGI PhotoSuite II SE The Visioneer One Touch 8100 is designed with personal use or small home business scanning in mind. Sporting a compact design, easy to set up, and easy to operate, the 8100 features an optimal 600 x 1,200 dpi resolution (2,400 dpi enhanced) and 42-bit color depth for scanning crisp black text, consistently reliable color, and photo-realistic images. The parallel or USB interface permits virtual plug-and-play ease, so you can get set up and scanning in no time.Five-button operation allows you to fax, copy, e-mail, or scan documents at the touch of a single button. The character recognition program (OCR) is a package component, allowing you to scan text for speedy editing. Also in the software bundle, you'll find PaperPort Deluxe, which scans directly to network drives for sharing documents and images within work groups. MGI PhotoSuite II SE supports modification of images, so you can touch up, organize, create, show, and share photos.If you are short on counter space, the One Touch 8100 (just under 17 by 11 by 4 inches and weighing just 6 pounds) moves easily to a shelf or closet for storing until it's needed again. It has an 8.5-by-11.69-inch scan area and comes with a complete software bundle, including TextBridge Pro 8 OCR, WebPublisher Link, PictureWorks, and PhotoEnhancer. With all these features and one-step setup, the One Touch 8100 couldn't be more practical for PC owners. --Barbara Price
600 x 1,200 dpi optical resolution, 36-bit color, 14-bit gray scale, PC compatible, Parallel or USB interface, Fast single-pass method The Visioneer OneTouch 8600 scanner is designed with personal use and small home-business scanning in mind. Small and compact, easy to set and operate, the 8600 features an optimal 600 x 1,200 dpi optical resolution (2,400 dpi enhanced). The parallel or USB interface permits virtual plug-and-play ease, so you can be on your way to scanning crisp black text, consistently reliable color, and photo-realistic scanning in no time.The OneTouch 8600 single-pass scanner with 36-bit color depth has an 8.5-by-11.69-inch scanning area. Five one-touch buttons allow you to fax, copy, e-mail, or publish documents with a single touch. The optical character recognition (OCR) program is a package component, allowing you to scan text for speedy editing. Also in the software bundle is PaperPort Deluxe, which scans directly to network drives for sharing documents and images within work groups. MGI PhotoSuite II SE supports modification of images so you can touch up, organize, create, show, and share photos.If you're short on counter space, the OneTouch 8600 is just under 17 by 12 by 4 inches, so it moves easily to a shelf or closet for storing until needed again. The OneTouch 8600 comes with PaperPort Deluxe, TextBridge Pro 8 OCR, MGI PhotoSuite II SE, WebPublisher Link, PictureWorks PhotoEnhancer, Internet Explorer 4.01, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. With all this software and one-step setup, this scanner couldn't be more practical for PC owners. --Barbara Price
Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems
The groundbreaking CanoScan N650U USB flatbed scanner launches a new era in scanning performance, innovation and value - giving you the power to do so much more, for so much less. At just over 2,5 cm high, the N650U scanner is one of the thinnest flatbed scanners in the world. It's also one of the easiest to set up and use. Connect with just a single USB cable to any compatible Mac or PC - no power cord or bulky transformers are necessary. Just plug it in to your computer and scan photos, graphics, copy and more at a remarkable 600 x 1200 dpi for crisp, clear images. Plus, 42-bit resolution gives you over four trillion possible colors for richer, more robust scans. It even has an external programmable button for fast, one-touch scanning. Canon's exclusive Z-Lid Expansion Top will change the way you scan bulky items, such as books and magazines. Many other scanner covers lift only at an angle and become uneven and awkward when scanning anything that isn't completely flat. The N650U scanner includes a special expansion hinge that lifts up to one 2,5 cm vertically allowing the lid to lie flat, creating the space needed for bulky items. This CanoScan flatbed scanner delivers 600 x 1,200 resolution in a slim package, just over 1 inch high. It uses a single USB cable for both power and data from any compatible Mac or PC. This scanner offers 42-bit scanning with more than four trillion possible colors. It also has an external programmable button for fast, one-touch scanning. Another handy feature is Canon's exclusive Z-Lid expansion top, which allows you to scan bulky items, such as books and magazines. Many other scanner covers lift only at an angle and become uneven and awkward when scanning anything that isn't completely flat; the N650U scanner cover includes a special expansion hinge that lifts up to 1 inch vertically and lies flat to create extra space.