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Learning About Scanners

For basic home use, you can choose from three different types of scanners: flatbed, handheld, and sheet feed. Handheld scanners were designed basically for computer users with very limited funds to devote to a scanning device. A handheld scanner is a small device about the size of large TV remote control unit. You scan with it by slowly (and manually) sliding the scanner over the picture you are scanning. No one recommends purchasing a handheld scanner because the images they produce are almost always distorted—it is nearly impossible to move the scanner over the object you are scanning at a constant speed.

Because sheet-feed scanners were developed as a less expensive alternative to flatbed scanners, and because prices for flatbed scanners have been dropping steadily, it's likely that handheld scanners will all but disappear very soon. If you see one for sale, even at an unbelievably low price, don't waste your money.


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