Scanners: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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by M. David Stone
Our AssessmentPCMag.com is the most prolific and consistent reviewer of scanners, publishing detailed single-product reports and the occasional head-to-head roundup article. Scanners are rated, making it easy to compare models; there's a comparison tool as well. One scanner in each category gets an Editors' Choice nod, and a helpful list of top-rated models includes these as well as other models with high ratings. An August 2012 roundup includes their top 10 favorites.
Input Device Reviews
by Editors of Macworld
Our AssessmentMacworld looks at scanners that are suitable for Mac as well as Windows users. The reviews are detailed, and the results of speed tests and the reviewers' opinions of the scanner's output color and clarity are reported. Reviews are less frequent in 2012 than in previous years. Scanners are rated on a scale from 1 to 5, so users can see where scanners stack up against their competition. Several Epson and Canon models get high ratings.
by Editors of IT Reviews
Our AssessmentThis U.K.-based site reviews a new scanner every few months or so. Reviews are not particularly detailed, but they cover performance basics and scan quality. More recent reviews also rate products on a scale of 1 to 5. Editors give favorable verdicts to the Xerox DocuMate 4440, the Visioneer Strobe 400, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 and the Epson Perfection V500, and they name the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 a best buy. Not all scanners reviewed on this site are available in the U.S.
Film Scanner Test-Reports: Complete Overview of All the Models
by Editors of ScanDig
Our AssessmentThis German site is geared mainly toward film scanners, though it does cover many of the popular models that scan photos as well as film. Reviews are detailed and often include useful information about how to use the machines. Not all articles are translated into English, however. Editors give high marks to the Canon CanoScan 9000F, saying it is suitable for home users, though not professionals. This is a good source to use once a model has been narrowed down.
by Editors of Imaging-Resource.com
Our AssessmentImaging-Resource.com is one of the best online sources for camera reviews. The editors bring the same dedication and passion to their scanner reviews, which are among the most detailed and complete we found. While opinions are rendered, there are neither objective ratings nor specific recommendations as to which scanner is best, and the reviews are getting dated. The editors seem to favor the Canon CanoScan 9000F.
by Editors of Computeractive magazine
Our AssessmentBritish magazine Computeractive reviews scanners, although not all models are available in the U.S. However, reviews do contain pros and cons, and the star rating system makes it easy to see which models impress the reviewers. The Canon CanoScan 9000F photo scanner gets a perfect score, while the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 and Xerox Mobile Scanner portable scanners get 4 out of 5 stars.
Have Scanner, Will Travel
by Richard Jantz
Our AssessmentThis article gives an overview of five portable scanners, with links to full reviews of each model and to a comparison chart. Reviewer Richard Jantz explains, "All of the products we evaluated are portable Sheet-fed scanners that … sport an automatic document feeder, and can scan both single- and double-sided pages." The Visioneer Strobe 500 gets the top rating and is named best overall. The iVina BulletScan S300 gets the Best Buy award "since it costs $50 less ... and is the only model that offers a built-in option to scan to Google Docs."
by Editors of PC World
Our AssessmentPC World mixes scanner reviews with news here, and it is difficult to sort through them all to compare different models. (The article summarized above is an exception.) An August 2012 story on the international red dot awards program recognizes the svelte design and function of the Avision MiWand 2 PRO Scanner, and an April review gives 4.5 stars and a Business Ready rating to the Xerox Mobile Scanner.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com carries a wide range of scanners, including sheet-fed, flatbeds, film scanners, all-in-ones and specialized professional scanners. Many models get high ratings, so it's a little hard to identify the best in any category. Among sheet-fed scanners, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 and S1500 models -- both PC and Mac versions -- get high ratings, as does the portable Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini. Epson's Perfection models get the highest ratings among the photo scanners, and Canon's CanoScan 9000F and CanoScan LiDE 110 stand out in the flatbed category.
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentWhile Newegg.com does not get as much user traffic as Amazon.com, it offers a few advantages. For one, reviewers are asked to post their level of technical knowledge, and most are technologically savvy. Of the models with 35 or more reviews, top ratings go to the Canon CanoScanLiDE 110 and CanoScan 5600F, and one Epson Perfection photo scanner, the V500.
by Contributors to B&H Photo
Our AssessmentB&H Photo is a good source for user reviews; though scanners are divided into three categories that must be searched separately, you can search by which scanners have the most reviews. Epson's Perfection photo scanners have the most reviews and highest ratings, especially models V500, V60 and V700. The Canon CanoScan 9000F is also a standout. Of the dedicated film scanners, the Plustek OpticFilm7400 has the best ratings from the most people. Portable scanners have fewer reviews; the top-rated model in that category is the Fujitsu S1500M ScanSnap.
Reviews: Printers and Scanners
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentScanner reviews here focus on portable scanners. However, the reviews are quite detailed and are based on tests by Laptop Magazine reviewers. An article compares five portable scanners and rates each one; there is a handy chart that compares how well each scanner performed specific tasks. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 wins the contest and is the Editors' Choice among this group. The Visioneer Strobe 500 also gets a good review.
Scanners and Printers
by David B. Brooks
Our AssessmentShutterbug.com is a photography website that offers equipment reviews, including a few reviews of photo scanners written by staffer David B. Brooks. His reviews are detailed and include scan samples and screenshots of driver interfaces. Though Brooks doesn't rate models, he does clearly identify positive and negative aspects of each. Models with positive reviews over the past couple of years include the Canon CanoScan 9000F and Epson Perfection V600.
Top Photo Scanners for Digitizing Your Photos
by Peter Piazza
Our AssessmentOn this undated list of the six best photo scanners, five have full reviews that include the results of hands-on testing. The top-rated tested models are the Epson Perfection V500, Pandigital PhotoLink One Touch, Plustek OpticFilm 7400, Canon LiDE 210 and the Epson Perfection V330. Peter Piazza also recommends the Epson Perfection V700, but the basis for this recommendation seems to be solely the manufacturer's specifications; there is no full review. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET's editors have not reviewed any scanners in three years, but some of this site's older reports have some value because the scanners covered are still available. The reviews themselves are relatively well done, and ratings are provided so it's easy to see how scanners stack up against one another. The Epson V700 is highly rated.
2012 Best Document Scanner Comparisons and Reviews
by Seth Bracken
Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com offers a comparison grid of the scanners the site considers to be the best, based on ratings for different factors (features, ease of use, and so on). The Neat Desk scanner earns 2012 Gold and Excellent Awards, as well as a perfect 10.0 score. The Epson GT-S50 earns a Silver Award and an 8.63.
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentWhich? Magazine, a subscription-based U.K. reviews magazine, evaluates 12 scanners and chooses five favorites based on testing conducted over several years and ending in August 2010. Epson's Perfection line dominates the list, including the V330, V500, V700 and V750. Canon's CanoScan 9000F is also named a Best Buy.
by Sam Glover
Our AssessmentSam Glover reviews a variety of flatbed and portable scanners for the popular legal practice blog Lawyerist.com, giving each a hands-on test and a thorough rating that isn't afraid to dip into the 2s. His pick for the top desktop scanner is the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500; for portable scanners, it's the Xerox Mobile Scanner, both of which earn a perfect 5-star rating.