Buyers Guide

If you’re looking to purchase a new scanner, our scanner buyers guide will differentiate the multitude of scanner types for you and help clarify what type of scanner is best suited to your needs. If would like any additional advice on top of the scanner buyers guide we’re happy to help. Please contact one of our live chat scanner experts or alternatively email or phone us. 

Things to consider when choosing your scanner

Are you likely to increase the throughput in the coming months/years?

Often it’s better to buy a machine capable of scanning higher quantities than you initially require as there’s a good chance you’ll find more and more to scan. Do you have a backlog of paper to scan? Again, buying a scanner that is capable of doing a few hundred sheets per day is fine when in general use, but if you intend to scan thousands at first, the scanner may not be up to it. If you’re unsure, please contact us and we can advise.

Types of document to be scanned

If you need to be able to scan unusual items, such as tachographs or passports, your choices may be limited. If you only need to scan 100 pages per day, but some are A3, you will have to spend a lot more on a scanner. We recommend in this case looking at ways to scan the A3 without the expense. Some of the A4 scanners offer a “folio-mode” which enables you to fold the A3 sheet in half and scan it – the software then intelligently pieces together the two images giving you one on the screen.

Scanning over a network

There are only a handful of scanners which enable full network scanning directly from the unit itself. You can scan into a network folder using any of the scanners, or you can make a scanner available on several workstations by adding a Silex Box, for more information on this, feel free to contact us.

How much to spend?

Like anything, buying the cheapest scanner and over using it will cost you more in the long run. It’s important that you find a balance between a sensible cost and a scanner which will do what you need with a little room for increased use. Below are our recommendations for each category which should give you an idea on what to spend.

Scanner Demonstration

If you’re still undecided after reading our quick scanner buyers guide, we can help you in a variety of ways:

  • Chat to our online experts for instant personal advice on what scanner solution is best for you.
  • Give us a call on 01785 785 655.
  • Why not visit our office to take a look at the scanners in action? A specialist will be on hand to talk to you about your needs, and you’ll be able to test your documents on various scanners to determine while one is best for you. To arrange a visit please visit our contact us page; fill out a form and let us get back to you.

Price Match Promise

Remember that at Scanner Superstore we will do our best to match any price for any other re-seller. If you find the same scanner cheaper somewhere else then we will match the price and we can guarantee that we provide the best support for our customers

Canon, Brother, Epson, Fujitsu and Kodak Alaris

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