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September 21st, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Scanner Tips

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How to Choose a Scanner-

Having a personal scanner can come in quite handy and opens up a whole new world for storing printed documents and photographs that might otherwise get damaged or lost.   It also allows us to easily share and print multiple copies that you would be unable to do otherwise, unless you actually saw the person who had them.  And converting your old photos in to digital copies can also save you the time and money it costs to have them printed at a photo lab.

Photo and document scanners come in varied ranges of price and size, and have a variety of features.  Some of the more new models even come with a loading tray that will hold and upload multiple pages or photos at a time, which saves you the hassle of having to scan each one individually.  Uploading your photos and other documents to your computer allows you to easily store them on your PC or a disk and to share them with others through email or online through a social media profile, personal website, or blog.  These days a personal scanner is a must have for any person who desires to keep things such as their old photos and documents well protected and in great condition.

Nowadays, due to the number of different brands and types, choosing the right scanner isn’t so easy.  Here are a few guidelines I have put together that might help you in your decision:

1.       Do as much research as possible before buying your scanner.   A great place to start doing this is by reading the Cnet Scanner Reviews

2.       Flatbed vs. Sheet-Fed – Flatbed scanners seem to be more popular because of their easy-to-use features but for someone who plans on scanning multiple pictures at a time, a sheet-fed scanner will come in handy because you don’t have to load one picture at a time, and some feeder scanners these days can hold multiple photos at a time.  One feature that you can look for in a flatbed scanner is one that comes with a 35mm film scanning option.  This allows you to scan your old, developed 35mm negatives, therefore eliminating the need for a photo shop altogether.  That way you don’t risk sending out your old negatives for print and losing them.

3.       Price – Know your budget. Find out which scanner will best satisfy your needs and try to fit it into your budget.  If what you find is too expensive, find out which features of a scanner you will need most for your purpose and choose a scanner which scores high for those particular features.

4.       Make sure that any other accessories and peripherals that you own or may purchase in the future, such as your digital camera or removable memory are compatible.

5.       Make sure that the software that comes with the scanner is compatible with your computer.  Or if you purchase additional software, you want something that is compatible with your scanner, for instance if you have an HP scanner, you don’t want to buy Kodak software.

6.       Don’t purchase a scanner that has greater resolution than your printer or display device because the images that you scan may not be able to be displayed or printed at all and if they are they most likely won’t be to the quality you desire.

I hope that the guidelines that I have provided have helped you succeed in choosing the right scanner that works for you.  Here at Geek ABC we strive to provide you with the best information we can to help make these types of decisions easier.  Geek ABC offers on-site, in-home computer repair and services for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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