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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique scanners rating which considers: 30,000 UK prices • 4,100 expert & user reviews • 370 product comparisons • 55 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Epson Perfection V370

280 Reviews

£92.99

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4800 X 9600 DPI
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216 x 297
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Jul 2017
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Epson Perfection V550 Photo

299 Reviews
PC Mag - Editor's Choice

£185.00

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6400 X 9600 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
215.9 x 297.18
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Jul 2013
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 300

12 Reviews

£49.99

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2400 X 4800 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Aug 2018
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Fujitsu IX500

351 Reviews
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£34.98

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 360
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Jun 2016
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Epson FF680W

£438.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2018
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Epson Perfection V600

189 Reviews
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£218.19

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6400 X 9600 DPI
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Flatbed
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Oct 2009
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HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1

10 Reviews
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£244.44

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Jan 2017
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Epson WorkForce DS310

£189.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 (Long)mm
215.9 x 1117.6
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Dec 2016
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HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7000 s3

3 Reviews

£601.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 (Long)mm
216 x 3100
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Dec 2018
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Plustek 8200I

8 Reviews

£224.99

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7200 X 7200 DPI
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36.8 x 25.4
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Jul 2013
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 400

39 Reviews

£69.76

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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Aug 2018
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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

155 Reviews
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£160.98

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 360
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Jun 2012
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Epson WorkForce DS70

£138.99

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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 356
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Dec 2018
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Fujitsu S1100I

£109.98

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Mar 2012
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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500

13 Reviews

£349.98

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600 X 600 DPI
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A4 (Long)mm
216 x 3000
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Sep 2018
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Canon CanoScan 9000F

206 Reviews
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£162.99

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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Mar 2013
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Plustek Z300

56 Reviews
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£167.48

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
215.9 x 297.18
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Jun 2016
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Fujitsu SP1425

£294.02

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600 X 600 DPI
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Flatbed
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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Nov 2016
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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

46 Reviews
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£159.99

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216 x 360
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Oct 2014
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

6 Reviews

£62.99

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A4 / Us Lettermm
216 x 297
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Sep 2015

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What Are The Best Scanner Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every scanner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated scanner brand is Epson with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning scanners.

Rank Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
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Epson Scanners 49 £77 - £3,345
86%
1,446 reviews
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Fujitsu Scanners 25 £35 - £12,062
83%
565 reviews
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Canon Scanners 32 £50 - £2,400
79%
845 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 27 £219 - £5,609
77%
93 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 37 £240 - £13,577
73%
37 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 31 £82 - £1,440
72%
213 reviews
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HP Scanners 22 £55 - £7,399
71%
398 reviews
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Brother Scanners 25 £68 - £1,160

Trending Scanner Comparisons

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Epson
Perfection V39
£76.98
More popular
Better brand
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
£62.99
£14 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Eight months
newer
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Epson
Perfection V39
£76.98
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
Better user
reviews
VS
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Canon
LiDE 400
£69.76
£7 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
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Epson
Perfection V39
£76.98
Better brand
Higher optical
scanning
resolution
VS
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Canon
LiDE 300
£49.99
£27 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
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Canon
9000F
£162.99
£55 cheaper
Newer by four
years
Marginally
better expert
reviews
VS
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Epson
Perfection V600
£218.19
Better Kagoo
Score
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
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Plustek
8200i
£224.99
£254 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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More popular
VS
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Epson
Perfection V800
£478.80
Better brand
One more award
Better PC Mag
review score
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Epson
Perfection V370
£92.99
More customers
recommend it
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Canon
LiDE 400
£69.76
£23 cheaper
13 months newer
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Epson
Perfection V600
£218.19
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Two more awards
VS
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Plustek
8200i
£224.99
User reviews
are appreciably
better
Four years
newer
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Epson
Perfection V39
£76.98
Better brand
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
£62.99
£14 cheaper
Newer by eight
months
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
£49.98
£5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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HP
Scanjet 200
£54.83
User reviews
are a little
better
Overall reviews
are a little
better
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Epson
Perfection V19
£109.29
Better Kagoo
Score
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
£62.99
£46 cheaper
Newer by eight
months
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Epson
Perfection V600
£218.19
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Better PC Mag
review score
VS
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Plustek
OpticFilm 8100
£169.98
£48 cheaper
Newer by six
years
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Epson
Perfection V39
£76.98
More popular
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
£49.98
£27 cheaper
One more award
Slightly better
overall reviews
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Epson
Perfection V19
£109.29
More customers
recommend it
Better brand
Better user
reviews
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
£49.98
£59 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
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Epson
Perfection V850
£606.08
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Better PC Mag
review score
VS
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Plustek
OpticFilm 8100
£169.98
£436 cheaper
Two more awards
Higher optical
scanning
resolution
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Epson
Perfection V800
£478.80
£961 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Plustek
Opticfilm 120 Film Scanner
£1,439.99
Newer by 17
months
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Canon
9000F
£162.99
£443 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two more awards
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Epson
Perfection V850
£606.08
Better brand
18 months newer
Better PC Mag
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Epson
Perfection V19
£109.29
More customers
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Better brand
Considerably
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Canon
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£69.76
£40 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Four years
newer
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Canon
9000F
£162.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Better PC Mag
review score
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Plustek
OpticFilm 8100
£169.98
Three years
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Epson
DS-1630
£225.24
£19 cheaper
More popular
Better brand
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£244.44
Better Kagoo
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One more award
4 times higher
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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.
QWhat is a mouse scanner?
AMice scanners are a subset of handheld scanners - they are fully functional mice, but also have a small document scanner built into the bottom of it. While the scanning quality isn't amazing, they are helpful for quick scanning of pure text.

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:

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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).

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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.

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.

Portability: Some sheetfed scanners concentrate on 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

The price range of flat-bed scanners is from £34 to £13,577 and in total we found prices for 216 flat-bed scanners. The average price of a new scanner is £857 and 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between £90 and £2,103. The Fujitsu IX500 is the cheapest flat-bed scanner at only £35, and Kodak A4 Document Scanner 130ppm is the most expensive at £13,577.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is £2,261 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands. Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from £240 to £13,577.

The second highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Reflecta scanners with an average price of £2,102. Reflecta scanners range in price from £2,102 to £2,102.

Fujitsu scanners start at £35 and their most expensive flat-bed scanner costs £12,062. The third highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Fujitsu scanners with an average price of £1,438.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 419 expert reviews and 3,367 user reviews for scanners and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of scanner. The top three scanner brands are Epson, Fujitsu and Canon. Epson has an average rating of 86%, Fujitsu has an average rating of 83% and Canon has an average rating of 79%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

We found 128 current offers for scanners from BT Business Direct making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer for whom we found 121 current offers for scanners. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer Business with 107 current flat-bed scanner offers.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average scanners drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £22 on a typical £857 new scanner by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Scanning Resolutions

'Optical scanning resolution' denotes the detail level of the image produced by the scanner, measured in dots per inch (DPI).

The most common optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 225 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners. We found 41 scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI flat-bed scanners, making this the second most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners.

A bigger optical scanning resolution means that the resulting image will be of a higher detail, and will more closely resemble the original document. Low scan resolutions may appear blurry or lacking in small details.

Scanner Types

A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window for scanning. There are different types of scanners e.g. flatbed, pen, sheet-feed.

The most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is sheetfed / adf. We found 236 flat-bed scanners that are sheetfed / adf scanners. We found 74 scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners, making flatbed the second most frequently found scanner type amongst new scanners.

Colour Scanning

Colour scanning denotes whether the scanner has the ability to scan in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white scanning.

Of the 355 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are scanners which support colour scanning. 342 out of 355 flat-bed scanners are scanners which support colour scanning.

Colour scanning is very helpful for scanning in photos, diagrams or any document that makes hefty use of colour.

Maximum Scan Sizes

Maximum scan size refers to the dimensions in millimetres of the largest document that the scanner can digitise.

We found 135 scanners that are scanners that have an A4 / us lettermm max scan size, which makes A4 / us lettermm the most frequently found maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 76 scanners that are scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size, making this the second most common maximum scan size amongst new scanners.

A larger scan size means that the scanner is equipped to handle bigger documents, and is therefore more versatile and helpful, especially if you find yourself routinely needing to scan documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of scanners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed scanners. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Ebuyer Business. 79 of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for scanners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of scanner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's scanner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Ebuyer Business. 73.8% of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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