Color scanner for small business?

Anybody know a good color scanner for occasional (a couple times a week) use? I'm all set on the B/W scanners, as we've got those built in with our copy/print "solutions".

Man, marketing speak.

Canon printers and scanners have always been reliable for me. You can get a very decent LED scanner for around $50 to $150, and if you go any higher you can get the higher quality flourescent lamp ones. It all depends on how precise you want your images, LED isn't perfect at scanning at low resolutions, but is still very good for general purposes.

My wife has this HP combination scanner/photo/printer/decepticon thing. She loves it.

It's an HP Photosmart C4180. She thinks it was about $150 when she got it.

Let me clarify a little:

We've got the other parts of the "all in one" stuff wrapped up (in fact, Chiggie, I think I have the same thing as your wife at my place -- it really is nice.) What we want to be able to do is scan things in color every once and a while and be able to pick up things like highlighter. Can scanners even do that reliably these days? It's been a long time since I cared enough to check.

wordsmythe wrote:

Let me clarify a little:

We've got the other parts of the "all in one" stuff wrapped up (in fact, Chiggie, I think I have the same thing as your wife at my place -- it really is nice.) What we want to be able to do is scan things in color every once and a while and be able to pick up things like highlighter. Can scanners even do that reliably these days? It's been a long time since I cared enough to check.

Modern Scanners are like slow, short-range digital cameras. Depending on your scanning mode it will come out photo-perfect. If you apply things like OCR or auto-formatting things can get a little messy.
I think you'll be hard-pressed to find a scanner for sale which will NOT do the things you seem to want from it.
HP would be my preferred brand because that's what I've used for work and at home and I haven't run into any major issues.

I can't give a specific recommendation because at home I have an all in one, and at work they use professional grade ++ quality scanners with high-load capacity (we scan textbooks for people with disabilities for use with accessibility software.), probably a little more than you will need!

Edit: I suppose a valid question would be: Do you intend this scanner to be used for digitization or instant duplication?
Most small scale scanners are intended to send the data you scan to a Computer for further processing, so you would need a dedicated workstation for most models. If you are looking for a stand-alone, copy-print solution then most of your options are going to incorporate some features you probably won't need.
"Store Digital file" or "instant physical copy?"
"Attached to workstation" or "stand alone"?

Yeah, we have a couple of the giant print-copy-scan behomaths from Canon, but they were only B/W. Our color scanner was older than this site, and I believe was soon ready to either self-destruct or acheive sentience (Blade Runner, anyone?) I picked ip the cheapest thing they had at Staples and will trade up if I have to until we find something that fits our needs. I'll post here about what I find.

This is the CanoScan LiDE 70. Cost: $80. It's small. The box has a plastic handle so I was able to carry it the mile to work this morning. (Yes, living in the city within walking distance of work is pretty great sometimes.) More to come.

My wife and I have a Canon CanoScan LiDE 20. It's slim, light, can scan up to A4, connects through USB, and does color.

Did you want a networking scanner, or is USB fine? That might be a feature you'd be willing to pay up for, depending on your needs.