Top Document Scanners

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Scanners are available in numerous configurations. Inkjet scanners are great money-savers, but they tend to be a little on the slow side at putting out color prints. They also tend to have lower output resolutions than laser scanners, which may be a better choice if you need professional-quality output capabilities. You can also get wireless scanners that allow for remote input and all-in-one units which combine scanning, faxing, printing and photocopying functions.

Flatbed scanners are the configuration of choice if you need a dedicated machine. These are idea if you need high scanning resolutions, but keep in mind that most flatbeds don’t offer printing capabilities.

Here are our top scanner reviews:

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Fujitsu ScanSnap

This photo scanner scores high marks for simplicity of use and its fast scanning speeds. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and allows you to load up to 50 sheets at once. Connectivity is achieved through a USB port, but this scanner does not offer wireless capabilities. It also lacks text recognition options, which might slow you down if you have a high volume of documents to scan.

On the whole, though, this machine is a good choice if you want to save space and need a machine with a full range of scanning features. Fujitsu also offers excellent support and customer service.


  • Type: Duplex feed, automatic document feeder (ADF)
  • Scanning modes: Monochrome, grayscale, color, automatic color detection
  • Image sensor: CCD, 1 front and 1 back
  • Optical resolution: 600 x 600 dots per inch
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HP Scanjet Professional

This scanner is also Windows and Mac compatible, and it also easy to set up and use. It works well with both Windows and Mac operating platforms, all its drivers are available online, and offers numerous document size formats.

However, this scanner does not offer wireless connectivity, and it also has only limited text recognition features. While it is reliable and quick, it isn’t as feature-rich as some other models in its price range.


  • Maximum input: 50 pages
  • Scan size: 8.5 x 34 height x width
  • Bit depth: 48 bit, color
  • Optical resolution: 600 x 600 dots per inch
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Xerox DocuMate

If you need a scanner with advanced text recognition capability, this is the machine for you. It offers excellent value for its reasonable price, and features a sleek, compact design that saves lots of space.

However, it has a relatively low page loading capacity, maxing out at 20 pages. It also lacks wireless connectivity.


  • Speed: 15 image per minute (simplex), 30 images per minute (duplex)
  • Scanning method: fast sheet-fed duplex, front sheet-fed
  • Output bit depth: 24 bit (color), 8 bit (grayscale), 1 bit (bi-tonal)
  • Optical resolution: 600 x 600 dots per inch
  • Duty cycle: 500 pages per day