Today’s digital scanners excel at advanced image optimization and the ability to transfer PDFs immediately to the cloud storage of your choice. They’re an ideal choice when a mobile scanning app just won’t work. Our top scanner pick is Canon’s CanoScan LiDE 400 Slim Scanner as it provides a decent resolution and cloud compatibility in a sleek, space-saving package, all for under $100.
If your scanning needs are more complex than the CanoScan LiDE 400 Slim Scanner can handle, scroll on and take a look at any of the other scanners on this list. You’re sure to find one to fit your needs and budget.
At a Glance
If your needs are smaller and you don’t want to spend several hundred dollars on a new scanner, this friendly Canon model should be much more your speed. For under $100 it provides an auto scan mode, 4,800 x 4,800 dpi resolution, color restore and dust removal options, and built-in PDF buttons. It also includes cloud compatibility with services such as Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. While this scanner is faster than earlier CanoScan scanners at eight seconds per page, it’s still not the speediest option for those who need to scan multiple pages. However, it does include automated features that make scanning jobs easier, such as an identification option that detect the type of document you are scanning, and quick-scan buttons for larger PDF projects.
All in all, it’s a quite versatile scanner that’s at home on an office desk or in a personal study room.
For demanding scanning projects in a busy office, this Brother model is ready and waiting for any assignment. That includes settings for all kinds of documents, including plastic cards, as well as multiple options for storing scanned pages on separate files, all on one file, or scanning directly to places like Google Drive. This scanner is speedy as well as durable, able to handle up to 40 pages per minute in continuous scanning mode.
The touchscreen control panel also provides you with a wealth of options, including a lot of helpful image functions like automatically cleaning up and de-speckling pages while removing larger flaws if necessary. There’s a full set of driver options for more sophisticating business scanning setups, and enterprise-level security for protection, too. It’s a professional scanner that will keep going for years no matter how demanding the project. However, businesses should note that scanning width is innately limited, so it can’t handle especially large documents or map.
Best mobile scanner: Visioneer RoadWarrior 4D Mobile Scanner
For those who like the idea of a mobile scanner, this Visioneer model is one of the best portable scanners around, weighing only 1.1 pounds. It has many of the same capabilities as a more expensive office scanner, including scanning both sides of the page at once, the ability to share scans, and a continuous feed mode for fast work. You do sacrifice for the portability, however: At 300 dpi, a page takes around 8 seconds to scan.
It’s a great solution to scanning in receipts and other at-home items with a device that’s good for casual use and can be moved around as needed. However, note that it is USB power only, so you’ll need a computer, laptop, or some other USB port nearby to use this. The scanner works with both PC and Mac.
Maybe you’re looking for a heavy-duty office printer, but for a lower price than some of the models that we’ve talked about. This WorkForce model is more affordable, but still a reliable professional scanner with excellent specifications, including speeds up to 35 pages per minute (at 300 dpi), double-sided scanning, , and a 50-page document feeder.
Cloud scanning options offer uploads to Drive, Evernote, SharePoint and other common choices. You can also enable some smart scanning options like auto cropping and blank page removal, although it’s not as feature-rich as some of our picks.
The Perfection is a strong choice if, in addition to document scanning, you also need high-quality photo or image scans. It offers up to 6400 dpi scanning resolution to capture every detail, and offers some great color replication as well. You can also choose between two different lenses, with an extra-high resolution lens to push quality even further.
The model also comes with a number of additional features for photo capture, including a series of film holders, software to adjust the results, and smart dust/scratch removal to get rid of defects in physical photos. On the downside, there’s no feeder option for fast document scanning, so photos need to be your primary focus.