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Bring your images to life with a flatbed scanner.

This story appears in the August 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There's more than one way to scan a cat, but we don't recommend you try it. It can leave scratches and fur on the scanning surface. There's also more than one way to scan a document-but are you interested in using your scans for desktop or Web publishing? For desktop publishing, the quality of scans is the top priority. For Web publishing, ease of use is the most important factor. You might lean one way or the other, or you might want a scanner that can do it all . . . the cat's meow.

The two main branches of the scanning family are sheet-fed and flatbed. For images of all sizes and documents of odd sizes, a flatbed can't be beat, so we'll restrict our round-up to that common species. With prices ranging from $150 to $1,599, you're sure to find a flatbed to fit your budget and needs.

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