The Visioneer 7800 scans photos and text well, and the bundled Tag That Photo software does a great job of facial recognition and archiving, though you’ll have to pay an annual fee to use it after the first year.
Whether you need to scan stacks of family photos, scores of documents, or even just the occasional business card, you can find a scanner designed for the task. Here's how to shop for the right one, plus our top picks from PC Labs reviews.
Time to convert your snapshots, slides, and negatives to digital format? Get the job done quickly with the right photo scanner. Here are our top performers in testing, along with our deep-dive reviews.
The swift, accurate Epson DS-970 is a sheetfed desktop scanner designed for high-volume document management and archiving, as well as any other application that requires rapid data collection.
The fast, accurate Epson DS-30000 is a sheetfed document scanner designed for high-volume management and archiving of documents of all sizes, including large-format sheets.
For all it does, Fujitsu's ScanSnap S1300i is surprisingly compact, and it packs a useful interface and document-management software. If you can stomach the price, it's ideal for moderate document scanning on the road.
The Canon DR-C230 is an entry-level desktop document scanner with great software and superb accuracy, making it a good choice for small offices and workgroups.
The economical Brother DSmobile DS-640 scans quickly and accurately, but it lacks single-pass duplex scanning, making it an occasional-use model for thrifty shoppers.
The quick, accurate Brother DS-740D portable document scanner is a great fit for scanning directly to your laptop over USB, but it's overshadowed by a slightly more expensive sibling with lots more features and versatility.
The Canon imageFormula R40 is an entry-level desktop document scanner with a capable software bundle and respectable accuracy, making it a good choice for small offices and workgroups.
Brother's feature-rich, manual-feed DS-940DW portable document scanner makes scans (and processes them) quickly, and it comes with all the software you'll need for most tasks. It's a terrific value.
Though out of the box it connects only via USB 3.0, the fast and accurate Epson WorkForce ES-865 is a versatile all-purpose, high-volume sheet-fed desktop document scanner for small businesses and workgroups.
The Canon DR-S150 is a medium-volume desktop document scanner with great software and accuracy, making it a good choice for small offices and workgroups.
Though it's limited to a single desktop or laptop connection, Canon's imageFormula DR-M260 is a powerful, high-volume scanner with a robust software bundle, making it a good choice for busy document-management systems.
The affordable IRIScan Mouse Executive 2 is a capable and accurate combination mouse and scanner ideal for tethering to your laptop while traveling.
The Fujitsu fi-800R takes up very little space for all that it does, and comes with a highly useful scanner interface and document management software bundle, making it ideal for front-desk document processing.
Take a look at the lab tests for all the scanners we review.
The IRIScan Desk 5 Pro is a versatile and highly accurate overhead book scanner designed for tethering to your PC or laptop.
The Xerox Duplex Combo Scanner is a highly capable entry-level combination flatbed photo and sheet-feed document scanner that comes packed with powerful software.