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By Amanda C. Kooser

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Falling for aScan
They're not the most glamorous pieces of business equipment,but scanners are still popular workhorses that many entrepreneursrely on. If you create your own promotional materials or want toupload images to your Web site, you may be interested in the latestand greatest scanners on the market.

Newer, sleeker scanners offer higher resolutions, fasterscanning 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 businessapplications and document management. The basic 8200 features up to4,800 optical dpi resolution and 48-bit color. Less demanding needscan be filled by scanners that offer remarkable quality for a pricetag under $200. Canon, Epson, Microtek, Umax and Visioneer offermodels ranging from bargain-basement equipment toprofessional-level hardware.

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