Scanners and document storageby Al Zan on 01/14/11
In the not too distant past, using a scanner meant buying or paying to use a large and often unwieldy machine that was most often found in offices or public buildings. However, the scanner has come a long way since the large and unwieldy days of yore, with sleek, light, and portable versions peppering the market at affordable prices. And of course, the traditional office scanner has gone from a titanic behemoth to a sleek, rather attractive appliance that can easily fit on a desktop. Using a scanner nowadays is typically just a question of asking yourself exactly what you need a scanner for, and exactly how much you have to spend on it.
If you are looking for a desktop office scanner, there are plenty of inexpensive and wonderful models out there, many of which come integrated with a typical computer printer, copier, and fax machine. Many a well designed scanner or office system of this type can be had for less than the cost of a typical office pizza party, so they are well worth examining. Indeed, a desktop scanner has become almost a standard part of the home office setup nowadays, so it behooves you greatly to consider such a unit for your own home.
If, however, you are constantly on the go, you might want to look at buying a smaller, lighter portable scanner instead. You can buy a portable scanner designed to just scan and store text or handwriting, one designed to scan business cards, or a portable scanner designed to be able to scan and store the data from standard sized paper documents on the go. These portable scanners are usually designed to easily fit in a laptop accessory case, and are surprisingly inexpensive to purchase. Indeed, many a busy student or professional on the go has found the purchase of a portable scanner to be truly invaluable!