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« on: September 25, 2005 08:50:13 AM »

This is only slightly craft related, but I really need help choosing a scanner.
I want to buy a good quality scanner for scanning pages of my craft books and paper projects.
I would like to spend as little money as possible while still getting something that does a good
job and lasts a while. I've looked at reviews online, but "site A" will say that one is great and
then "site B" will say that it's awful. I know that several of you have great scanners, so I'm
begging for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2005 06:28:46 AM »

I have a 3 in 1 machine.  A Canon Multi-pass.  It wasn't cheap.  At the time, it was for business use.  The main thing I looked at, were, the quality of the print, and the price of the ink.  On the cheaper machines, the print quality was poor, and the ink was expensive.  I've had my machine for 4 years now.
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2005 09:32:29 PM »

I love, love, love my HP 3-in-1 (printer/scanner/copier).  The colors always turn out great, and you can just directly photocopy something if you don't want to save it to your computer.  You can also get a model with a fax machine, but I think it costs a bit more.  My model cost me about $200, and it was definitely worth it.

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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2005 05:58:55 PM »

Hi there. New to crafters.org, but wanted to respond. As a illustrator, Epson has the best; great dpi range, good color values (some have issues with blacks/dark gray, but that can be cleaned up in like photoshop). You can get a <a href="http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/BuyEpson/ccProductCategory.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=-13268">refurbished one </a>off of epson's site (I did) for under $100. I'd recomend the 1670, 2400, 2480, or 2580.

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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2005 10:04:28 AM »

Thanks guys!
I think I'll try an Epson. The 2580 looks like it would work well for me.
I don't really need a three in one--we have no home phone line.
But, I had one before we moved and I really liked the copier function.
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2005 07:56:31 PM »

I'm a graphic designer and highly highly highly recommend the Epson PHOTO lines of scanners. I've got a 3170 at home and it's fantastic!!! Don't buy another scanner, this one is super fast and highly resolute. I have a much more expensive version at work that does digital ICE, larger transparency scanning, etc, and it's basically the same scanner for flat work as the cheap ones; so get the $100 one!

The latest Epson PHOTO 3490 goes for about $100. Don't settle for another scanner; I can't recommend this enough. I've done hundreds of scans with a variety of scanners and the Epson's are the best.
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2005 07:58:46 PM »

Thanks so much!
I've been holding out trying to make a decision and I've been looking at all of the Epsons.
I think I'll ask for the 3490 for Christmas.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2006 07:24:51 AM »

I don't know if you've already got your scanner, but if you don't, I'd check out the HP Photosmart line.  I actually got mine off e-bay for around 60 bucks, and I love it.  The quality is great, and the scanner/program it comes with is really user-friendly.

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2006 12:07:17 PM »

I meant to update: I got an epson for christmas, but I haven't been able to try it. Our house is a mess. I'll let everyone know how well it works. Thanks for all of the help everyone!!
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