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The Best Scanner For The Home Office In 2022

Finding The Best Scanner for Your Home Office

A scanner is an important piece of equipment for any home office. Not only do they make it easy to scan documents and photos, but they are also useful for creative projects or to keep track of your finances. If you're in the market for a scanner, there are a few things you should keep in mind. In this blog post, we will discuss the key features to look for when buying a scanner.

FEATURES TO CONSIDER:

Document Types

Size – In selecting a scanner, the document type is the first step. And the first thing to consider when it comes to document type is size. Will they be letter or legal size? If so, an A4 printer will be your pick. But if you want to scan larger items, you will need an A3 scanner.

Black & White or Color – Another feature that goes back to the document type will be color. Most scanners you find can scan in either format, color, or black & white. But if color is a necessity, you will want to check for sure when selecting a scanner that it can process in color.

Resolution – A further feature related to document type is resolution. This is an important consideration if you will be scanning photos and need good quality scans. In this case, a scanner with a DPI of 400-600 will be preferable.

Simplex or Duplex – Duplexing is a feature that allows the scanning of both sides of a document in one procedure. The main question related to duplexing is whether you will be working with two-sided documents. Only feeder scanners are capable of duplexing so if you will need duplexing, you will also need a feeder. This is not a problem unless you have the need to scan bound documents.

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Scan Features

  • Scanning Volume – Next, you want to consider how much scanning you'll be doing. The following two features are particularly significant for higher volume scanning:
  • Feeder or Flatbed – A feeder scanner, which feeds the pages you are scanning, can be helpful if you do a lot of scanning or if your scanning involves multiple-page papers. A feeder is distinct from a flatbed scanner because it can automatically feed pages for scanning. A feeder also gives you the choice of duplex scanning. Unfortunately, if the multiple-page documents you need to scan are bound, such as with a book, you will need a flatbed scanner.
  • Speed – The speed of a scanner is crucial if you will be doing a lot of scanning. You measure speed in pages per minute (ppm). Normal scanner speeds range from 20 ppm to 200 ppm. The lower ranges will be enough for the average home office. If you are doing a high volume of scans, you will need a higher ppm scanner.
  • Software -A final consideration when choosing a scanner is the driver or software that comes with it. The terms driver and software are interchangeable. They make the scanner work. The software creates the documents that come from the scans. You will want to check and see what types of documents the software can make. The default document output that most scanners produce is a PDF. But you may need to create DOCX or RTF documents with your scanner. And if you are scanning photos, you will need TIFF, JPEG, or similar file types.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:

If you have worked through the previous section, you are almost ready to select a scanner. But here are a few more technical considerations:

All-In-One

An all-in-one machine can do three or four things. It can print, scan, and copy. Sometimes it can also fax. The all-in-one is a good choice for your home office. Instead of three or four pieces of equipment, there is only one taking up office space. If you are considering an all-in-one, my blog “How to choose the right printer for your home business: A Guide” will be a good read for you. This is a partner blog to this one, helping you to make a good choice with both printer and scanner.

Specialized Scanners and Accessories

A final consideration is whether you need a specialized scanner. This will be the case if you need:

  • Large format/high precision scanning
  • Specialized book scanning
  • Mobile scanning
  • Networked scanning
  • Check scanners /MICR readers

High Capacity

This would be higher capacity than what we discussed above about volume. I mention these specialized requirements to call attention to the need to check scanner capabilities. You want to make sure the scanner of your choice can meet your needs in these areas. I won't go into detail about these needs in this blog, but you should be aware of them.

Compatibility

You will want to ensure that the scanner you choose is compatible with the other equipment in your office. For example, is it compatible with your operating system? Does it need more processing or memory than what your computer has? Although there is usually no conflict, it is a good idea not to take compatibility for granted.

SELECTING THE SCANNER:

(We independently select these products — if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission.)

Now that you have all the selection details out of the way, it is time to look at some scanners. Here are a few possibilities for you in four different categories.

Flatbed Scanners

Feeder & Duplex Scanners

High Capacity Scanners

All-In-One Printer/Scanner

(We independently select these products — if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission.)

Conclusion:

Choosing the best scanner for your home office can be a daunting task. There are many factors to consider, such as how much scanning you'll be doing, the type of documents you need to create, and compatibility with other devices. But with these considerations in mind, you're sure to find the perfect scanner for your needs.

Questions? Do you have any questions about choosing a scanner for your home office? Leave a comment below and I'll do my best to answer them!


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