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Buying a Scanner
Help and Tips

Scanner buying tips including ensuring you use a matching interface, picking the right features, and getting the most for your money.

#1: Faster Speed May Require USB 2.0
USB 2.0 may be required to get scanning speeds noted by the manufacturer.

#2: Make Sure it has a Matching Interface
Ensure your scanner uses a type of communications interface (USB, Firewire) your computer supports.

#3: Make Sure you Have Lots of Hard Drive Space
A scanner won't do you much good if you can't store the images.

#4: Does it Have One Touch Buttons?
One-touch scanner buttons may make emailing and printing scans much easier.

#5: Don't Repurchase Software you Already Have
Full versions of photo software may add hundreds of dollars to a high-end scanner's price, so cut it out if you don't need it.

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The MalekTips website was created in 1998 by Andrew Malek of Envision Programming. The page's goal is to freely disperse computer-related tips, hints, and informative articles. Tips are organized to be easy to find, and are presented clearly, in easy-to-understand language. MalekTips also provides information and links to public-domain, open source, freeware, shareware, and commercial software available for download.