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Group test: what's the best scanner?

The best scanner you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the best scanners you can buy in the UK today.

5. Canon DR-M160

Canon DR-M160
  • Reviewed on: 19 December 11
  • RRP: £960 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Canon DR-M160 comes with a relatively high price tag. And while it is a step up on the DR-C125, it may not offer enough of an improvement to justify the extra expense. The paper feed capacity isn't especially high, and that's a shame, since the fast feed is potentially a great advantage. If you can only put in small stacks at once, and have to wait for the computer to finish processing before loading the next, it does limit scn-rate performance. We'd prefer to see a better software bundle, and the lack of Mac support is mystifying. Quality is undeniably good though.

4. IRIS IRIScan Pro 3 Office

IRIS IRIScan Pro 3 Office
  • Reviewed on: 21 February 11
  • RRP: £331 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

In the end, the IRIS IRIScan Pro 3 Office is a great choice for OCR tasks, but it's not the fastest of the hybrid-style portable scanners and its image quality isn't top-notch.

3. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100
  • Reviewed on: 8 February 11
  • RRP: £176 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is incredibly portable if not especially cheap. In the long run, it won’t prove quite as fast, accurate or as versatile as the Plustek, and the lack of TWAIN compliance could prove more than an annoyance. However, if portability is paramount then this is a very effective little device that adds document scanning capabilities on the move.

2. Canon DR-C125

Canon DR-C125
  • Reviewed on: 19 December 11
  • RRP: £425 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The C125 isn't the cheapest of sheetfed scanners - although it's around half the price of the M160 - but it comes with good quality and a nice turn of speed. Add the very decent software bundle, and this is a good all-rounder that'll prove a nice addition to any office.

1. Plustek OpticBook 3800

Plustek OpticBook 3800
  • Reviewed on: 27 October 11
  • RRP: £180 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Nonetheless, provided you don't mind holding down the lid for books and other difficult source material, the Plustek OpticBook 3800's results should prove very pleasing. It's fast and accurate, and when combined with the very latest OCR software, will produce strong results. It can turn its hand to a bit of graphics work too.

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