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The 10 Best Scanners - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every scanner on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 293 scanners, 619 reviews and 5,080 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Scanners
ScanSnap iX500

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

alphr.com - Recommended (A List)PC Mag - Editor's ChoicePC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
Reviews
91
3 Awards
Value for Money
88
Excellent
Features
55
Good Features
Age
83
1 Year Old
Overall Score
79
Very Good
Yes
Flatbed
Jun 2016
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#2 in Scanners
Perfection V550

Epson Perfection V550

PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceEphotozine - Recommended
Reviews
82
2 Awards
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
61
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
75
Very Good
4mm
Flatbed
Sep 2015
Maximum Scan Size
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#3 in Scanners
ADS-2600We

Brother ADS‑2600We

Reviews
70
8 Reviews
Value for Money
90
Excellent
Features
80
Fully-Featured
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
73
Very Good
Yes
ADF
Jan 2015
Colour Scanning Function
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Release Date
#4 in Scanners
ScanFront 400

Canon ScanFront 400

PC Mag - Editor's Choiceplay3r.net - Gold
Reviews
74
2 Awards
Value for Money
16
Mediocre
Features
75
Good Features
Age
88
9 Months Old
Overall Score
71
Very Good
Yes
ADF
Oct 2016
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Types
Release Date
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#5 in Scanners
Officejet 7612

HP Officejet 7612

chip.com.my - Recommended
Reviews
81
1 Award
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
46
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
71
Very Good
3mm
ADF
Sep 2015
Maximum Scan Size
Scanner Types
Release Date
#6 in Scanners
i2620

Kodak i2620

Reviews
77
2 Reviews
Value for Money
60
Good
Features
65
Good Features
Age
68
2 Years Old
Overall Score
70
Very Good
Yes
ADF
Jun 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Types
Release Date
#7 in Scanners
PDS-5000

Brother PDS‑5000

Reviews
60
1 Review
Value for Money
63
Good
Features
93
Fully-Featured
Age
66
2 Years Old
Overall Score
70
Very Good
Yes
ADF
Apr 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Types
Release Date
#8 in Scanners
DocuMate 5460

Xerox DocuMate 5460

PC Mag - Editor's Choiceitproportal.com - Best Buy
Reviews
74
2 Awards
Value for Money
72
Very Good
Features
62
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
70
Very Good
Yes
216mm
ADF
Colour Scanning Function
Maximum Scan Size
Scanner Types
Sep 2015
Release Date
#9 in Scanners
i3250

Kodak i3250

alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
Reviews
83
2 Awards
Value for Money
7
Mediocre
Features
68
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
70
Very Good
Yes
304.8mm
ADF
Colour Scanning Function
Maximum Scan Size
Scanner Types
Sep 2015
Release Date
#10 in Scanners
ADS-2100e

Brother ADS‑2100e

Reviews
70
2 Reviews
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
66
Good Features
Age
65
2 Years Old
Overall Score
70
Very Good
Yes
ADF
Mar 2015
Colour Scanning Function
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Scanner Brands

Find out how scanner brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their scanners. Click on a link to compare all scanners made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
Epson logo Epson Scanners 33 £51 - £3,889 76%
Plustek logo Plustek Scanners 22 £50 - £1,440 67%
Other brands Other Scanner Brands 145 £23 - £13,668

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:

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).

Sheetfed Scanners: These scanners look a bit like fax machines - a feed at the top of the device takes the paper and runs it past a static scanning unit. The paper is then discharged the bottom of the device, and a digital copy is generated. Because these scanners don’t have to fit the whole document at a time, they can be significantly smaller - indeed many sheetfed scanners are a fraction of the size of an average flatbed scanner. This means they are far easier to transport and store. This portability comes at a cost - most sheetfed scanners aren’t nearly as powerful as their flatbed cousins, and so the scanning quality isn’t quite as good. However, for simple black & white document scanner, they should be more than sufficient. Therefore if all you need is to digitise your bills and invoices, a sheetfed scanner might be the best option.

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.

Device Size & Maximum Scan Size

As mentioned above, 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.

However if you require the capacity to digitize larger documents (posters, blueprints, large books, etc) you will have to pay attention to the maximum scan size accepted by your chosen model.

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.

Portability: Finally, some sheetfed scanners concentrate on the portability, making the device extra-small and including a carrying bag or case. If you frequently use your scanner while travelling, this may be a good option to consider.

Scanner Retailers, Prices and Features

Scanner Prices

In total we found 202 flat-bed scanners ranging from £45 to £13,668. The average price of a new flat-bed scanner is £794 and 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between £84 and £1,410. The cheapest flat-bed scanner that we found is the Plustek Opticbook 3800 at only £45, and the most expensive is the Kodak A4 Document Scanner 130ppm at £13,668.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is £3,732 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands. Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from £93 to £13,668.

The average price of Fujitsu flat-bed scanners is £1,489 which is the second highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Fujitsu flat-bed scanners range in price from £231 to £6,100.

The average price of Xerox scanners is £930 which is the third highest average price of all scanner brands. Xerox scanners start at £121 and the most expensive Xerox scanner costs £5,609.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 211 expert reviews and 21 user reviews for scanners from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of scanner. The top rated flat-bed scanner brand is Avision with an average rating of 85%. The second best brand is Fujitsu with 84% and the third best brand is Epson with 83%.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 143 current flat-bed scanner offers from eBay. The second biggest flat-bed scanner retailer is Ebuyer with 121 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Ebuyer when it comes to scanners. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 116 current offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

We looked at the release dates for new flat-bed scanners over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any noticeable trend. 13 new scanners were released in December 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new scanner releases was September, with 106 new flat-bed scanners released that month. In 2014 most new scanners were released in June, with 31 new scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, flat-bed scanners drop in price by 8%. That means a saving of £65 on a typical £794 new scanner if you wait 6 months before buying.

Colour Scanning Functions

Optical Scanning Resolutions

Amongst new flat-bed scanners, the most popular optical scanning resolution is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 174 flat-bed scanners that are scanners that have an optical scanning resolution of 600 x 600 DPI. We found 36 flat-bed scanners that are scanners that have an optical scanning resolution of 1200 x 1200 DPI, making 1200 x 1200 DPI the second most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners.

Maximum Scan Sizes

The maximum scan sizes of flat-bed scanners range from 2mm to 1,118mm. The maximum scan sizes of the majority of flat-bed scanners range from 190mm to 230mm. The flat-bed scanner with the biggest maximum scan size is the HPHD Pro, which is a 1,067mm maximum scan size flat-bed scanner and can be purchased for £119.99. The scanner with the smallest maximum scan size is the HPHD Pro, which is a 3mm maximum scan size scanner and currently retails for £45.99.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 143 current flat-bed scanner offers from eBay. The second biggest flat-bed scanner retailer is Ebuyer with 121 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Ebuyer when it comes to flat-bed scanners. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 116 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest flat-bed scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 57 flat-bed scanners).

Proportion of Flat-Bed Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of flat-bed scanner for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 39.9% of its flat-bed scanners.

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