flatbed scanners


This is a scanner that does not have a document feed. Photos or documents have to be put manually on the scanner glass.

Flatbed scanners are best for photo scanning.  Scanners with document feeders can damage old photos.

Basic hardware is the same for most scanners. Higher prices are usually based on the software included. Software like Digital ICE allows you to correct dust and scratches when scanning.

MAIN CONSIDERATION: Get a scanner that has enough resolution to do what you need.


There are three basic models of Flatbed Photo Scanners to choose from.

  1. Photo, Document, Film and Slide Scanners.
    • Pros:
      • Come with build in software.
      • Software corrects fine lines and dust.
      • Scans photos.
      • Converts negatives and film to printable format.
    • Cons:
      • You are paying for the software.
      • Better the software, higher the cost.
  1. Photo and Document Scanners.
    • Pros:
      • Lower cost.
    • Cons:
      • Cannot make corrections to before scanning.
      • Need additional software to do corrections.
      • Cannot scan negatives or slides.
  1. Printer Scanners
    • Pros:
      • No additional cost for scanner.
      • Only need one machine not two.
    • Cons:
      • Resolution may not be sufficient for photos.
      • Cannot make corrections before scanning.
      • Cannot scan negative or slides.

What Resolution Do I Need?


  • Can be scanned at 600 dpi (dots per inch).
  • Higher resolutions will give crisper images.
  • Higher resolutions take longer to scan.
  • Higher resolutions create large files.
  • You may run out of space on your hard drive.

Film negatives and slides:

  • Use 2400 – 4800 dpi.
  • Higher resolution required as negatives have more detail than photos.



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You have decided that the best printer for you is a Laser Printer. Now you have to decide Monochrome or Color.

  1. Monochrome Lasers

What is  a Monochrome Laser?

It uses only black toner. All color images will be printed in gray scale.


  • Only one toner cartridge to replace.
  • Black Toner is less expensive than color toners.
  • Usually smaller footprint than a color printer.


  • Sometimes you want some color in your printing.

2. Color Lasers

A Color Laser uses four toners: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow.


  • Adds excitement to your documents
  • You have the choice to use color or black only.


  • Color Laser printers cost more than Monochrome Laser printer.
  • Color toner is more expensive than black.
  • Color printers tend to be large.

If you do not do a lot of color printing, don’t let the cost of the toners put you off.

I bought a color laser 8 years ago. My daughter told me I was crazy. The cost of the color toners would be more than the price of the printer. I still am working with the original color toners. Zero money spent on color toners.


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In my first blog on printers I recommended getting a Laser Printer rather than an Ink Jet. There are circumstances when you have to go with an Ink Jet. If you are printing brochures or pictures using glossy paper Ink Jet is your only choice. Your brochures need the vivid colors and absorption properties of ink over toner.


There are two types of high yield Ink Jet printers to choose from.

  1. Those using regular Ink Jet Cartridges.
  2. Ink Tank Ink Jet Printers.

High yield Ink Jet Printers are expensive: $200 – $500. Don’t let the initial price be the major consideration.  Like Lasers, the lower cost of inks makes the overall cost of these machines much lower than the printers that are less expensive up front.


The first type uses regular looking ink cartridges, like the Canon Maxify printers or many of the Epson WorkForce series.  The advantage to these printers is that the inks are easy and clean to change. You will get 1,000 – 4,000 per cartridge for a cost of $25 – $50.


There is a new player in town called the tank printer. You buy the inks in squeeze bottles. You just pour these  into the tanks on the side or front of the printer.  Examples are the Canon MegaTank  refillable printers and the Epson Expression EcoTank printers.According to the manufactures one bottle of ink will do 4,000 – 11,0000 prints for about $20 – $26.


The bad part is that if  you aren’t careful using the bottles when filling the tanks, it can be messy. The pro to the tank printers is that the inks are inexpensive and extremely high yield.

The caveat is that if you buy a high yield printer, you should be planning on doing a lot of printing. High yield cartridges and tanks dry up just like regular inks if they aren’t used.


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