Written by Tim

Advice on flatbed scanners

A flatbed scanner is the "standard" scanner that most people know. A flat device: You open the lid, put a sheet of paper under it and press the button. Is there no scanner on your printer? Or do you want to achieve more than the scanner of your All-in-one printer can handle? Then you need a flatbed scanner. Remember: if you want to scan a lot of documents, you can better look at a document scanner. For flatbed scanners, we recommend a maximum of 50 scans per day. On the basis of the questions below on this page, you know what you need to take into account when buying a flatbed scanner.

What are you going to scan?

A flatbed scanner offers extensive scanning options when it comes to formats. Although the speed is not high, the possibilities are all the more extensive. Not only do you scan A4, but also A3, A5, A6, A8, B5, business cards, 8x13, 10x15, 13x18, negatives, photos, passports, bank cards, ID cards and books. Make sure that the scanner you buy can scan the right documents. You can find this in the specifications.

How much will you scan?

Epson flatbed scanner

Pay close attention to how much you want to scan. A flatbed scanner does not offer the possibility to scan at high speed. Most flatbed scanners scan between 2 and 6 documents per minute. If you want to scan large quantities, think about a document scanner or a flatbed scanner with ADF (automatic document feeder).

How do you want to store and / or share files?

Processing your documents is a crucial matter. Not so much if you occasionally make a scan and want to e-mail someone, but if you want to archive and share multiple documents. That is why software is available that can manage the processing of the scans. Most manufacturers have their own software, where sharing of the files can easily be done. Pay attention! Check the specifications of the product carefully which scanners can manage the scans in or to the "cloud-program" that you want to use (for example Sharepoint or Evernote). So pay attention to the specifications of a scanner. Think in advance about the way in which you will archive and share your scans.

** Can I connect all scanners to the network? **

No. You can not connect all scanners to the network. For this you need a Wi-Fi or ethernet connection. Think well in advance if you want this. A network scanner can be accessed from all computers within the (wireless) network and therefore very user-friendly. However, network scanners are often more expensive in purchase value. When many users in your network do not use the network, it is also worth considering using one computer for making scans.

What is DPI?

"DPI" stands for "Dots Per Inch (pixels per 2.54 cm.)". A resolution of 300 dpi is an excellent resolution for everyday scanning tasks because all the details that the naked eye wants to see are scanned. Are you going to scan photos and want to work with a lot of detail (for example in photoshop, or by enlarging), then a higher dpi value is recommended. Tip: Scan a photo so that you never have to scan it again. ** Disadvantages of scanning in (too) high resolution: **

  • Time-consuming
  • Much disk space needed

** Advantages of scanning in high resolution: **

  • Certainty that you only have one times need to scan
  • Minuscule details can edit
  • Print large (or have them printed).

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