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Which scanner to buy?
« on: Tuesday 18 May 21 16:18 BST (UK) »
I would like to buy a new scanner to scan the odd document or two.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a fairly inexpensive easy to use scanner?

Thank you.
James Stott c1775-1850. James was born in Yorkshire but where? He was a stonemason and married Elizabeth Archer (nee Nicholson) in 1794 at Ripon. They lived thereafter in Masham. If anyone has any suggestions or leads as to his birthplace I would be interested to know. I have searched for it for years without success. Thank you.

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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 18 May 21 17:45 BST (UK) »
I don't mean to be flippant but freecycle and freegle are excellent sources for this type of thing.  People get rid of inkjet 3-in-ones when they stop printing reliably but the scanners still work absolutely fine.  Drivers are easily found online.  I came by an A3 one this way!

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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 18 May 21 18:06 BST (UK) »
Thank you I will keep that in mind.
James Stott c1775-1850. James was born in Yorkshire but where? He was a stonemason and married Elizabeth Archer (nee Nicholson) in 1794 at Ripon. They lived thereafter in Masham. If anyone has any suggestions or leads as to his birthplace I would be interested to know. I have searched for it for years without success. Thank you.


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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 20 May 21 10:22 BST (UK) »
I don't mean to be flippant but freecycle and freegle are excellent sources for this type of thing.

Not flippant at all... a brilliant suggestion, and one I've been practicing myself for several years.  ;)

The only thing to watch out for is some people offer these items because they have upgraded to Windows 10 and the device isn't supported - which means the required drivers won't be available.

Obviously that only applies to older printers/scanners, but worth checking the Win10 compatibility before requesting the item. (if you use Win10 that is)

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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 20 May 21 15:25 BST (UK) »
Do they still make (or give away) flat-bed scanners that will handle slides and negatives? If you have any of these in your family archives, this could be a factor in your choice.

For occasional use, lack of Win10 support might not be too much of a drawback if you get an old giveaway laptop running XP or earlier, or use a Virtual PC.
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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 20 May 21 16:24 BST (UK) »
You could also try Gumtree for your local area, they also have Freebies and sell unwanted items quite cheap, as people frequently update their accessories.
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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 20 May 21 17:48 BST (UK) »
Treetotal: Then there are people like me, I don't throw working equipment away even when I update.
Photo/transparency A4 scanner bought 2003 originally run on XP, last used on Windows 7 prior to update to Windows 10.
Back in the day, all in ones printer and scanner didn't exist you had to buy 2 separate items.
These days an all in one is the better buy for copy/printer usage.
Back to the original request though, cheap scanner available at Argos 50 which I believe is just a one touch item to scan.
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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 20 May 21 17:54 BST (UK) »
If the old scanner connects through USB, you stand a good chance even if up-to-date software is not available.

Windows 10 comes with a "Fax and Scan" app which can access the basic functions of most scanners. They usually have a standard basic "command language" supported.

The software which came with my usual scanner was written for XP. I ended up with it because support for Windows 7 was iffy to say the least, so it was being thrown out.

I normally use it with a virtual machine running XP, but it does "ok" with the Windows 10 software. Not all features are available; the highest resolutions don't appear, for example, and I much prefer the user interface of the old XP stuff.
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Re: Which scanner to buy?
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 20 May 21 18:40 BST (UK) »
Treetotal: Then there are people like me, I don't throw working equipment away even when I update.
Photo/transparency A4 scanner bought 2003 originally run on XP, last used on Windows 7 prior to update to Windows 10.
Back in the day, all in ones printer and scanner didn't exist you had to buy 2 separate items.
These days an all in one is the better buy for copy/printer usage.
Back to the original request though, cheap scanner available at Argos 50 which I believe is just a one touch item to scan.
 Brian


Sorry Brian, I disagree, I bought a well known make of this type of scanner and only kept it for few months before taking it to the charity shop. When I looked at the online reviews the general feeling was that these were a waste of money.
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