Otherwise, I simply scanned at the default settings. That is okay because the ‘Professional Mode’ allows me to box around each item and with using the ‘ctrl’ key select all the boxed items to be scanned as individual items. For example, the sharpening setting enhances documents going to OCR by increasing detail. Unlike most of the other scanners, it did not work from a fixed focal point but rather over a focal range adjustable through its TWAIN driver. To compare the different models, the lab developed a scanner PowerIndex. The Memorex unit turned in the lowest image quality scores with poorly defined and dark images. But the Pro 2 is half the price of the XL and comes standard with a transparency adapter, so the is the better deal.

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The B came in second only to the USB in our time runs. It could blow through an 8- by inch scan in the time other scanners took to preview an image.

New from GCN Computing steps closer to eppson network’s edge. SCSI scanners, the oldest type, still cost the most because they are fast and can handle high-end images and multiple documents.

This is one awesome machine. How the scanner connects to the PC can matter just as much as image quality.


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Parallel port scanners are easy to hook up, especially if there is no printer occupying the port. One dpi scan of an 8- by inch image took 13 minutes, 28 seconds. A bit scanner is capable of capturing 1. One problem was that Hewlett-Packard tweaked the TWAIN driver for document scanning, and image quality suffered under the default settings. The also had the highest optical resolution of all units tested: Additional Product Features Media Type. The top tier is a page document feeder.

With the wonderful functionality included with the Epson XL, you can digitally preserve the important documents in your life in realistic clarity for long-term electronic storage. Zooming into the scanned images, however, we saw its limits.

Please indicate your primary branch of government or business activity. I agree to this site’s Privacy Policy. A real cool option. The USB is best suited for scanning documents and low-resolution Web graphics. But the scale still holds value for comparing low-end scanners against one another.

That means you get better images from high-saturation and low-contrast originals.

The GCN Lab solicited scanners from a number of vendors. For example, the sharpening setting enhances documents going to OCR by increasing detail.


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Although it did well at the quality tests, its scanning speed was the second slowest. And it had the most complete calibration software of the bunch. Finally, capabilities for handling multiple scannr, transparent media and large documents added a possible 13 points. All models were color scanners, but that was the only similarity.

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Best Selling in Scanners See all. More items related to this product. The smaller the range of light the CCD detects, the cheaper the unit and the poorer its image quality. Extra exprdssion ensure greater color accuracy and detail. Lab develops scanner PowerIndex to compare various vendor models After decades of niche marketing, this year desktop scanners are 8366xl more widespread success.

The B costs more than the USB, but it did a better job with images that we examined up close. Image quality is about average.