Scanners: Dedicated vs Multifunction?

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  1. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    I was looking to pick one up and was wondering if you loose much detail when you pick up a scanner/ fax/ etc?

    Are the cheap ones any good or stick to the $100+ models?
    Thanks
    Grant
     
  2. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    It could depend on whether you just want to do some web publishing, or if you want to print out the scans later. That could affect your criteria for scanner requirements.
     
  3. Grant B

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    Wife is looking to scan in somw old photos.
    I ended up getting a HP 4 in 1 model for around $100
    The reviews sounded great and replacement cartiridges are only around $15
    Our Xerox ate cartidges for lunch and they ran around $50 for refurbs
    Why they were so much, Who knows...had good luck with HP stuff so far
    Heard some bad things about Lexmark so I stayed away

    Thanks Pat, BTW what kind do you have?
     
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    I might suggest going with an canon multifunction the inks are reasonably priced and it has a separate printhead.
    look up the mp780 good price for a multifunction
     
  5. Grant B

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    Thanks David, I will if this one doesn't work out.
    Do you find that you lose something with a multifunction?
     
  6. Patrick Sun

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    I have an ancient 10x14 HP 6P (I think that's the model number and scan surface dimension, will need to check) that has a SCSI interface.

    One of these days, I'll upgrade it. Just haven't had much need for scanning ever since I got my digital cameras years ago, and quit drawing stuff.

    I almost bought a Canon MP model when I was looking for a printer during December.
     
  7. Grant B

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    I have on older one I literally picked off the street; they even left the SW & SCSI cable with it (Got my last 2 monitors that way too and they work great!)
    Some strange things started to happen to my computer and I looked into it and found the scanner SW was the culprit.
    Luckily a system restore fixed everything and I never touched one again.
    Let you know how this one woks out when it gets here
     
  8. Joseph DeMartino

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    I had a discontinued Xerox all-in-one. None of the cheap places carried cartridges for it anymore - Xerox was the only supplier. I went to a local brick and mortar store that wanted about $45 for the color cartridge and $40 for the "high-capacity" black. The same store had a Lexmark all-in-one on sale for $85. So I bought the Lexmark. I figured I was buying two ink cartridges and getting a printer/fax/scanner for free. [​IMG]

    The Lexmark is less of an ink hog and the cartridges go for around $28 on the 'net.

    Today I set up an HP OfficeJet 7310 for a user on my office network. Very slick looking box, nice features and interface, built-in networking. I have no idea how much it cost, since it came out of the user's department budget. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe
     

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