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Best scanners of 2014: Scanner reviews, scanners buying advice - what's the best scanner for my business?

The best scanners you can buy in 2014

The best scanners of 2014. PC Advisor reviews the best scanners you can buy in the UK today. Best scanners reviews.

Although most people these days choose to get their scanning facilities in an all-in-one printer, copier, scanner - there is still room for a dedicated single use device. Here we pick out the best flatbed- and sheetfed scanners you can buy in the UK. The best scanners for speed, best scanners for value, and best scanners for ease of use. See also: 12 best multifunction printers of 2014; best printer, scanner, copiers; the best printer for your home or business.

7. Brother ADS-1100W

Brother ADS-1100W
  • Reviewed on: 14 April 14
  • RRP: £250.80 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 6 out of 10

Brother should be complimented for creating a versatile compact document scanner that creates multiple opportunities to disseminate digital data but it's let down by poor paper alignment.

6. Fujitsu fi-7180

Fujitsu fi-7180
  • Reviewed on: 18 February 14
  • RRP: £1300 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The price tag demands that you think carefully before buying this model, but its performance and features are right at the top edge. If your company have a need for mass-production of important files at sensational speeds, this is an amazing performer.

5. Epson WorkForce DS-30

Epson WorkForce DS-30
  • Reviewed on: 17 February 14
  • RRP: £126 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The DS-30 is severely limited by its lack of an ADF and by its simplex-only scanning. However, if what you need is an ultra-light and portable model that can perform good quality scans using a wide variety of media, then it makes a lot of sense, especially if you're snapping it up for £100.

4. Xerox DocuMate 4700

Xerox DocuMate 4700
  • Reviewed on: 30 December 13
  • RRP: £593 (inc VAT)
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The 4700 is certainly the best A3 scanner we've looked at, and one of the very best flatbeds overall, in terms of performance and quality of output. It's not cheap, but then no A3 flatbed is. A slightly increased price with an ADF would have made it truly indispensable. However, if you have a compatible Xerox DocuMate nearby, this will become an outstanding acquisition.

3. Kodak i3250

Kodak i3250
  • Reviewed on: 20 March 14
  • RRP: £2760 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Next to many smaller models, the price tag may seem prohibitive. But this is an extremely powerful device that looks up, instead, to more industrial models – the majority of which cost and weigh even more. For many serious businesses, the price tag won't be much of an issue given the stunning performance. Whether you're feeding in 200-plus page bundles, or scanning books, this is a fantastic option for the office with very high aspirations.

2. Epson WorkForce DS-510 review

Epson WorkForce DS-510 review
  • Reviewed on: 30 January 14
  • RRP: £362 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Canon and Fujitsu scanners have stiff competition indeed from this handy little Epson. Robust but ruthlessly effective, it's reasonably fast and comes with powerful software. The standard DS-510, in particular, is very good value for money for serious businesses who have lots of paperwork to convert to a digital format.

1. Kodak Scanmate i1150

Kodak Scanmate i1150
  • Reviewed on: 28 July 14
  • RRP: £410 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Kodak Scanmate i1150 is powerful and easy to use. Results are smooth and the quality is good. For many serious businesses, the price tag won't be much of an issue given the stunning performance. Whether you're feeding in 200+ page bundles, or scanning books, this is a fantastic option for the office with very high aspirations.

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