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The latest news on scanners; keeping an eye out for "spyware"

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Falling for a Scan

They're not the most glamorous pieces of business equipment, but scanners are still popular workhorses that many entrepreneurs rely on. If you create your own promotional materials or want to upload images to your Web site, you may be interested in the latest and greatest scanners on the market.

Newer, sleeker scanners offer higher resolutions, faster scanning and more convenient integration of advanced features. Hewlett-Packard's 8200 series, with prices between $500 and $1,500, includes scanners geared for higher-end business applications and document management. The basic 8200 features up to 4,800 optical dpi resolution and 48-bit color. Less demanding needs can be filled by scanners that offer remarkable quality for a price tag under $200. Canon, Epson, Microtek, Umax and Visioneer offer models ranging from bargain-basement equipment to professional-level hardware.

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