Sheetfed Scanners

Sheetfed ScannersJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

The best sheetfed scanners, good for digitizing A4 documents and papers
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DocuMate 3220

Xerox DocuMate 3220

9 Reviews
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£219.48

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ADF
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216 X 965mm
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Sep 2015
The highest review score sheetfed scanner available
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DocuMate 3220

Xerox DocuMate 3220

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£273.99

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216 X 863mm
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May 2016
An astonishingly highly rated and very popular 600 DPI ADF scanner, with an affordable price and very good features
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Pro 2500 F1

HP Pro 2500 F1

7 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£269.99

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216 X 297mm
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Sep 2015
A fully featured and award winning 1,200 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with an affordable price
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ADS-2200

Brother ADS‑2200

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£271.00

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215.9 X 355.6mm
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Sep 2017
A fully featured and new 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a good price
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ADS-3600W

Brother ADS‑3600W

4 Reviews
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£520.98

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215.9 X 355.6mm
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Jan 2016
The best rated flat-bed scanner under £1,000, but representing only middle of the road value for money
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84

Z300

Plustek Z300

11 Reviews + 1 Award
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£155.99

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Jun 2016
A remarkably good value for money and award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
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P-208 II

Canon P‑208 II

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£94.72

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216 X 356mm
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Dec 2014
A top-value and fully featured 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner
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84

ADS-2100e

Brother ADS‑2100e

2 Reviews
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£210.49

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210 X 297mm
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Mar 2015
A very popular and affordable 600 DPI ADF scanner, with very good user reviews and great features
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DS-310

Epson DS‑310

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£203.89

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Dec 2016
A good value for money and fully featured 1,200 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner
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DR-C225W

Canon DR‑C225W

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£270.99

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216 X 3000mm
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Aug 2015
A top-quality and very popular 600 DPI ADF scanner, with a fair price
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DR-C230

Canon DR‑C230

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£322.98

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216 X 356mm
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Jul 2017
A fairly new and fully featured 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a low price
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RoadWarrior 3

Visioneer RoadWarrior 3

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£87.49

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216mm
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Jan 2015
A fairly highly rated and bargain price 600 DPI CDF flat-bed scanner, with good features
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IRIScan Executive 4

I.R.I.S. IRIScan Executive 4

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£121.37

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Jul 2016
An affordable but marginally out of date 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
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82

Scanjet Professional 1000

HP Scanjet Professional 1000

9 Reviews + 1 Award
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£157.37

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Oct 2015
An affordable and award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
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AD125

Avision AD125

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£345.00

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216 X 356mm
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Feb 2015
A fully featured and critically acclaimed 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a fair price
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82

DocuMate 3115

Xerox DocuMate 3115

4 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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£224.44

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216 X 356mm
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Sep 2015
A fully featured and good value for money 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
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82

Pro 3000 S3

HP Pro 3000 S3

2 Reviews + 1 Award
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£369.78

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216 X 3100mm
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Aug 2016
A relatively new and top-quality 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
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Ps283

Plustek Ps283

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£167.99

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220 X 315mm
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Apr 2016
A top-rated and low cost 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with good features
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ADS-2600We

Brother ADS‑2600We

8 Reviews
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£298.50

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216 X 863mm
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Feb 2016
A very popular and fully featured 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with very good user reviews and a low price

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Documate 152i

Xerox Documate 152i

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£252.99

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A fully featured and good value for money 600 DPI ADF scanner, with very good user reviews

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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.

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Sheetfed 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 sheetfed models:

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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.