Digital Copying with Flatbed and Document Scanners
Flatbed and document scanners are an easy way to create digital copies of documents and other items. While some models are adept at handling large numbers of sheets in a short amount of time, others are better suited to scanning single pages or even smaller items.
Finding the Right Scanner
Sheet-fed document scanners are capable of efficiently scanning large quantities of documents. Many feature an interface that lets you know when certain components need to be replaced.
Flatbed scanners can scan single pages of bound bundles of documents, as well as non-paper objects like ID cards. They can often scan in very high resolution as well.
Portable scanners are small enough to travel along with you for use at any location. They are great for frequent travelers who need to scan business cards and other important documents on the go.
Scanning Pictures and Documents
Scanning photographs is easier and safer on a flatbed scanner, which allows the photo to lie still for scanning. A sheet-fed machine can often damage photographs, especially older ones.
Both flatbed photo scanners and document scanners have the ability to send scans directly to specific destinations. Deliver copies of documents to email addresses, shared network folders, or to an inserted digital memory card. This is an especially useful feature for portable document scanners, which are frequently used while traveling. Different models offer a range of connectivity options, including wired network, Wi-Fi, or directly to a PC via USB. Some machines may require the installation of proprietary software.