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Canon LiDE 300

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£48.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Aug 2018
The highest scoring flatbed scanner on the market, with the latest technology and a good spec.
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87

Epson Perfection V600

5 Reviews
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£199.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2009
A top-value and very popular 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with spec and an industry award. It's good for scanning film, scanning slides but it has bad technical guidance.
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Canon 9000F

195 Reviews
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£162.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Feb 2013
An award winning and low cost 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with a very good spec. It's very easy to use, good for scanning film and really easy to setup.
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86

Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

409 Reviews
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£44.97

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
An award winning and affordable 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website. It has [an excellent] scan quality and it's very well designed, and easy to use.
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85

Epson Perfection V550 Photo

837 Reviews
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£159.98

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Aug 2013
This flat-bed scanner is very good for scanning film and good for scanning slides. It's a high-quality and staggeringly cheap 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site.
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85

HP Scanjet 200

246 Reviews
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£54.83

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
A bargain price and classic 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed scanner, with a good spec. It has [an excellent] scan quality and it's very easy to use, and to setup.
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85

Canon 9000F Mark II

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£169.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jul 2018
A very popular and very cheap flatbed colour scanning flat-bed scanner, with the latest technology and a good spec.
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85

Epson Perfection V39

441 Reviews
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£70.82

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Feb 2015
A low cost and very popular flatbed colour scanning scanner, with a good spec and an industry award. This scanner has [an excellent] scan quality and it's very easy to use, and to setup.
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84

Canon LiDE 400

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£67.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Aug 2018
The newest flatbed scanner on the market, with a good spec and great user reviews.
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84

Epson DS‑1630

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£229.60

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2016
A high-quality and excellent value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI flatbed scanner.
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84

Epson Perfection V370 Photo

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£92.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2012
An affordable and fully loaded 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner.
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84

Epson V370 Perfection

251 Reviews
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£119.00

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Sep 2015
A top-value and classic 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a good spec. This flat-bed scanner is really well designed and easy to use, and outstanding for scanning slides.
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84

Epson Perfection V800

80 Reviews
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£478.80

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2014
The highest review score flatbed scanner available, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website. It's really easy to use, good for scanning film and very good-looking.
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84

Epson DS‑1660W

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£251.23

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2016
A fully featured and excellent value for money 600 x 600 DPI flatbed scanner.
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83

Plustek 2610

8 Reviews
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£56.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2016
A highly rated and astonishingly cheap 1200 x 1200 DPI flatbed scanner, with a great spec. This scanner is well designed.
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83

Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

231 Reviews
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£54.99

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
A best selling and low cost flatbed colour scanning flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site. It's very well designed and easy to use, and outstanding for scanning documents.
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81

Epson DS‑5500

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£248.47

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2012
A good value for money and fully featured 1200 x 1200 DPI flatbed scanner.
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HP ScanJet Pro 2500f1

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£199.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Nov 2015
A fully featured and excellent value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI flatbed scanner.
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Epson Perfection V850

76 Reviews
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£606.08

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2014
A classic and fully featured 4800 x 6400 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner. It's good for scanning film, very easy to use and good-looking.
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Epson Expression 12000XL

5 Reviews
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£3,166.00

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Flatbed
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A3mm
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Dec 2016
A high-quality and very highly rated 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an automatic document feeder (ADF)?
AAn automatic document feeder allows you to 'queue' up multiple documents to scan - the device will work though each document one after another, scanning it and moving to the next.
QWhat is duplex scanning?
ADuplex scanning allows the device to automatically scan both sides of a document at once, meaning you don't have to separately scan the other side of the page.
QWhat are the pros/cons between an ADF, flatbed and handheld scanners?
AADF scanners allow for quickly scanning large amounts of material, and are usually the cheaper option. Flatbed scanners are slower, but tend to have a higher resolution, and are better for photos and graphics. Lastly handheld scanners are less powerful than their brothers, but are far less bulky, so can be used on the go.

Flatbed Scanner Buying Guide

Scanners are devices used for digitising physical material such as documents and photos, and turning them into digital images for archiving, sharing and editing. They are extremely helpful peripherals, since they allow you to easily digitise large amounts of paper very quickly, meaning less clutter and mess on your desk! This guide will look at the major considerations when choosing a scanner, so you can find the device that is right for you.

There are several different types of home scanners available, though they can be largely placed into two main categories: flatbed or sheetfed. Here we will concentrate on flatbed models:

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Flatbed Scanners: These scanners consist of a large rectangular ‘bed’, onto which the documents are placed. The lid is closed, and the scanner runs the length of the document, creating a digital copy. These scanners tend to be slower than sheetfed models, and require far more deskspace when using.

However on the plus side they produce higher-quality scans, and are also better for scanning photos and delicate documents. Large-size flatbed scanners are also the best option for scanning large documents and photos (A3 and larger).

Automatic Document Feeder

An additional extra mostly commonly found in sheetfed scanners is an automatic document feed (ADF). This is a system that allows you to place a stack of paper into the scanner, and the scanner will automatically feed in the documents, scan them, then eject them from the machine. This is extremely helpful for anyone needing to digitise a lot of documents at once, since you can queue 50 pieces of paper at once, and the scanner will take care of the rest. Not all scanners have this system, but it is worth seeking out if you routinely find yourself bulk-scanning documents.

Resolution & Scan Speed

As mentioned above, not all scanners scan at the same quality. The scanning resolution is measured in dots per inch - the higher the dpi, the better the quality of the scan. Very high resolutions also allow you to expand small photos into larger prints - something that is not possible with low-resolution scanners. High resolution is also important for retaining fidelity when scanning photos. As a rule 300dpi is perfectly fine for black & white text, but won’t suffice for photos - you will need something with at least 1,200dpi or higher.

It’s also important to consider the scanning speed of the peripheral. Different models of scanners can have extremely varying scan speeds - with some taking twice as much time to scan a page as others. The scanners on our site are measured in the amount of pages they can scan per second, split out into colour, black & white, photo, etc. While the speed may not make a difference if you only scan a single document every once in a while, if you routinely scan large amounts of paper, this can add up to a substantial time saving.

There can be a large difference in size between models of scanner - this is important not only for desk and storage space, but also because it affects what documents can be scanned. All of our scanners can handle A4 size paper and smaller, however it requires a specialist scanner to effectively digitise anything bigger than A4. For many people, this won’t be necessary - an A4 scanner will handle nearly all bills and important documents, and most photos.

Extras

Finally, there is a host of other considerations when choosing a scanner. These can include:

OCR Scanning: Some scanners come with software to perform Optical Character Recognition on scanned documents. This analyses the scanned image and picks out letters and words, turning the image into a readable and editable document. This is very important for anyone wanting to edit documents once they’ve been scanned, rather than just archiving them.

Film Scanning: Some advanced scanners contain the ability to directly scan film negatives and digitise them. While not a mainstream use by any means, it is a very helpful feature for digitising old camera film to keep the images safe.

Network Support: Most scanners connect directly to your computer via USB. However some have wifi, ethernet or bluetooth support, allowing them to be used wirelessly. This means that the document can be scanned from anywhere, and will be sent directly to your computer. This is helpful for offices, since the scanner can be in a central location, rather than being passed around from computer to computer.

Cloud Support: Related to the above - some newer network-enabled scanners have the ability to upload the scanned images directly to the Cloud, meaning they can be immediately be accessed by any computer, making it very easy to backup and share images all over the world.

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