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    Any recommendations for a USB Scanner?

    We're looking to buy a batch of A4 USB flatbed scanners and wondered if anyone had any recommendations? We've used Epson's in the past but I'm not too impressed as a lot of their drivers aren't signed (especially on older models) and need to be installed manually as a result. We've also had a few fail over the years so we'd be keen to try a different brand.
    Ideally we'd like something with signed drivers that they can be copied into the shared drivers folder so the scanners will install automatically when connected to a PC? It also needs to work as a TWAIN device so photoshop can import from it and should support the default windows (WIA) scanner and camera wizard.

    Any recommendations?

    TIA

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    A Canon Lide 90. It takes up the minimum of room, can be picked up and moved with nil effort, has signed drivers and most importantly it's powered by USB only, so no adapters to fight with. Is about £50 retail I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    We're looking to buy a batch of A4 USB flatbed scanners and wondered if anyone had any recommendations?
    Hardware-wise, Canon. Their cheapest "LiDE" £30-ish model works a treat, and is USB powered so there's only one cable, no wall socket to plug in. If it breaks, at £30 just buy a new one. Don't know about the driver being signed, but I'll try and remember to look when I sort out the one we've got to install in the front office. Haven't tried to install the driver / software on a network, we're using the scanners on stand-alone machines as scanning workstations.

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    Another in agreement for the Canon Lide 20 / 30 models. They come at around the £20-£25ish mark from the majority of suppliers.

    Just make sure you download the drivers from the site and just the drivers and install them - not all the rubbish bloatware that comes with it.

    I am sure they use Signed drivers.

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    as per above

    HP or canon as per above

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    This is what we use.

    Buy Canon LiDE 250307B002BB from CCL - Online Retailer of the Year 2007 & 2006 for laptops, desktops and computer hardware

    They are usb powered, so no detection problems due to not being plugged in. They are rebust enough to not have any issues with them in the time we have been using 8 of them we bought last year.

    In fact I cannot tell you much else about them since the staff have never come to we with any issues, which is what I would expect from Canon equipment.

    Canon CanonScan LiDE 25 Flatbed Scanner - Canon UK

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    Must admit i also like the CAnon Lide USB Powered ones great little things

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    Must admit i also like the CAnon Lide USB Powered ones great little things

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Any recommendations?
    So, as everyone replying to this post has said "Canon LiDE", you have to buy one now, you know :-)

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    Just to get on the band wagon, I'd say a........ erm........ yep....... I'd have to say 'Canon LiDE'

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    So, as everyone replying to this post has said "Canon LiDE", you have to buy one now, you know :-)

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    Time to make like a sheep and follow the flock We've ordered a Canon Lide25 to test so should be here at the start of next week!

    Thanks for the recommendations everyone

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    We have Canon Lide25's here and have had no problems with them

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    Just to be different we went down the Canon Lide 25 route and on installing the first one found they were a right PITA so I sent them back and got HP4200 for less cost and they work perfectly and have approx 12 of them.

    Just my experience though ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    ... we went down the Canon Lide 25 route and on installing the first one found they were a right PITA so I sent them back ......
    Now you're worrying me! What did you not like about the Canon?

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