An important tool in the home or workplace, a scanner is a cost-effective document management solution.
If you are looking for a high-quality machine to scan documents, Printerland provides a wide range of scanners capable of producing high resolution digital copies of hardcopy documents.
Our scanners capture text and images and convert them into range of digital file formats to be viewed, edited, and shared on your PC, laptop, or mobile device.
Types of Scanners
There are several types of scanner technology available on the market each with their own strengths.
Here are the main categories of scanner to be aware of when considering your purchase.
Flatbed Scanners for Home Use
Printerland stocks a range of flatbed scanners that are capable of scanning documents at high resolutions.
This type of low-cost document scanner is perfect for home users who require low scanning volumes. Ideal for scanning photographs and graphical images due to their horizontal positioning flatbed scanners are a popular choice for the home user who wishes to scan individual pages for their own personal use.
Flatbed scanners often feature higher resolutions of sheetfed scanners while lacking the speeds of sheetfed models.
In addition to scanning single-sheet paper documents, flatbed models are capable of scanning a range of materials including invoices, statements, receipts, photographs and more.
Sheetfed Scanners for Business Use
Our range of sheetfed scanners are great for business use as they permit large volumes of paperwork to be scanned in a short period of time, with the final copies being compiled into one or more digital files.
Designed for use in busy work environments, sheetfed scanners offer superior scanning speeds and capacities compared to their flatbed counterparts.
Equipped with advanced features including optical character recognition (OCR) and automatic double-sided scanning via an automatic document feeder, sheetfed scanners are poised to tackle heavy scanning workloads with minimal fuss.
Advanced software features including intelligent scan software can automatically remove holepunches, auto rotate documents and more.
Navigation of the scanners’ features is easy with many models featuring an intuitive touchscreen display.
For those looking to scan on the go, Printerland stocks a range of mobile scanners specifically designed for use in the field.
Featuring compact design and capable of full colour scanning, a mobile scanner allows for easy transport and operation when away from the workplace.
With battery powered models available, users can enjoy truly portable scanning.
Choosing a Scanner
Beyond the type of scanner technology, here are some additional factors to take into account when choosing your next scanner.
The size of the documents you need to scan will be a deciding factor when considering a new scanner.
With the majority of scanners capable of scanning up to A4 sizes, users can easily scan a range of documents and office materials.
For those looking to scan documents beyond the limits of A4, Printerland stocks a range of A3 scanning options available in both flatbed and sheetfed formats.
Perfect for creative projects and architectural uses, an A3 scanner allows designers an easy way to archive, edit and share large format documents.
The amount of scanning required will influence the type of scanner that you require.
For those whose needs include low volume, infrequent scanning, a flatbed scanner is the preferred choice.
Perfect for scanning single documents, a flatbed scanner is ideal for home users.
If you need a scanner designed for high volume jobs, a sheetfed model is a great option.
With large paper capacities and the ability to scan multiple times faster than their flatbed counterparts, a sheetfed scanner is designed for workplaces looking to scan numerous documents with ease.
How Can a Scanner Benefit You?
Owning a scanner can benefit you and your working environment in several ways.
Here are just some of the advantages of adding a scanner to your workplace.
Reduce Paper Usage
A scanner allows users to easily reduce paper usage and free up space by converting hardcopy paper documents into digital files.
Instead of having to produce hardcopy duplicates, users can easily share a digital version, slashing paper needs.
The ability to digitally archive hardcopy data means that users can also significantly reduce internal and third party costs associated with hardcopy document storage.
With sheetfed scanner models capable of scanning multiple documents at high speed, you can effortlessly digitise large volumes of hardcopy documents into easily searchable files for storage on a hard drive or cloud server.
When scanning and sharing sensitive documents, security is paramount.
Many modern scanners feature cutting-edge security features designed to keep your data safe.
Brother ScanEssentials software enables you to set up individual passwords and the metadata function can read barcodes or specific strings of text to aid in the naming and filing of documents.
Scanning documents also enables businesses and home users alike to backup digital hardcopies to hard drive devices or cloud storage for protection against damage, theft, and loss.
Adding scanners to your workplace can help to streamline workflows and boost productivity thanks to their ability to convert physical documents into digital files.
With models boasting impressive connectivity options including super-fast 5Ghz wireless capabilities, users can easily scan to their computer or mobile device from anywhere in the office.
Integrated support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Alliance means users can scan seamlessly from their Apple or Android devices at home or in the office.
A host of connectivity apps help to increase efficiency by adding a range of capabilities including the option to scan directly to DropBox, EverNote, OneDrive and more.
Users can also easily share, edit and search scanned documents with the ability to scan to searchable PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
Buying a Scanner from Printerland
Hopefully this guide will have helped highlight the key features to look out for when choosing a scanner.
Printerland stocks a comprehensive range of scanning solutions from leading manufacturers which are all available for direct purchase online.
If you require further advice regarding your purchase, our team of experts are on hand to provide you with professional advice to ensure you choose the best scanner for your needs.