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    Scanners

    I currently have a USB Canon scanner. It's pretty decent. A4-sized, thin, and entirely powered by USB which is quite amazing given the amount of work it seems to be doing every time it scans. The scans are also very good indeed. Here's an example (you'll need to right-click to view full-size):

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    Keep in mind that isn't the initial result, but rather the result of hours of Photoshop wizardry. So where's the problem? It's a good scanner, but I get the feeling it could be better. It wasn't expensive. The problem is more my fault than anything. I'm not a tidy person and I like to keep what I'm working on nearby, so there isn't a lot of space on my workstation. It can be a bit of a pain in the ass to use the scanner at times. I've got a lot of Outlaw Star pages to scan in the near future and I've already used the scanner a lot so I don't know how much life it has left. Also, I can only scan one side at a time so it takes ages to scan a whole book.

    I'm curious about this one. It could be the solution to all my problems:

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    Eight pages at a time? Seven seconds per page? And I can store it anywhere, scan wirelessly, and even scan books when I'm away from home? Now I'm really interested. The only problem is that it's £214. That's like $280. Not the most expensive scanner in the world but my Canon scanner only cost around £50.

    There doesn't seem to be many alternatives so I'll probably end up getting this. I'm gonna get a new scanner eventually so I may as well do it now since I have stuff to scan at the moment, but nonetheless, I thought it would be wise to ask you guys about your scanners and your thoughts. What kind of scanner do you have and what's the upper limit you'd spend on one?
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    I’ll post this online and see if I can get some other suggestions. Personally, I have little to no experience with scanners. 🙈

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    So, I got that scanner early today! Buuuuuut... sadly it wasn't quite what I was hoping, which is a damn shame given the price tag. Fortunately I did buy from Amazon and I've arranged a return. I'm also going to treat myself to a more regular type of scanner with the same budget, but more on that shortly.

    You know when we say, "If something sounds too good to be true..."
    Yeah, that. There were some positives to this scanner of course, but it failed at some vital aspects. The idea of having a scanner that I can use wherever without having to keep it connected and being able to scan eight sheets (sixteen pages!) in a very short space of time was extremely appealing. With all these manga pages and doujinshi I plan to scan, this would have drastically cut down scanning times. Sometimes it seemed to work. Actually it's pretty smart. You can feed eight pages and they slide through one-by-one pretty fast, and all you do is flip them over and put them in again. Then the software has an option to interleave the scans so they automatically form sixteen pages in a PDF. From there you can do this as many times as you like for the length of a larger book and use the staple feature to join them into a single PDF.

    It sounds great, but the "feeding" part has been the biggest problem. My good ol' USB scanner is a conventional flatbed. You just open up the cover and carefully place a sheet of paper and let it do its thing. It isn't quick but if you're steady enough the orientation is perfect, and if it isn't a quick tweak should fix it. With the new scanner, it uses motors to pull in the pages and push them through. You use a paper guide on a tray to fit the sheets properly. The issue is that it never seems quite right and so damn often the pages have been skewed. Also, very often in the multi-page scans it's scanned two pages at a time which has resulted in doing it over. Finally, sometimes the other sides of pages bleed through which is a common scanning problem but you'd think in this day and age that wouldn't be a thing anymore. I tried again and again to follow the instructions to get correct orientation for my scans and to prevent two pages being fed but I got so pissed off. I could tell they weren't problems that would just go away so I decided it isn't for me.

    I don't think there are any shortcuts when it comes to scanning, especially the hours of Photoshop editing that comes with it. It's boring and it's tedious, but the amount of hurdles this scanner has introduced could well make it take longer than scanning one page side at a time with a flatbed.

    Anyway, I've written my rant now and I'm back to square one. I'll need to wait a little while until I can send it back and get my money refunded but in the meantime I'm going to keep an eye out for a more traditional scanner. Without the gimmicks I'd expect better scans overall. 1200dpi? Could be overkill. Well there are scanners that do over 10,000, but I think there comes a point where you won't get anything more from a magazine page. Anyway, suggestions welcome.
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