View Full Version : [all variants] Recommendations for a compatible USB scanner?

April 21st, 2009, 08:06 AM
Hello Everyone
Can anyone recommend a decent USB flatbed scanner, currently in production and available at a reasonable price in the U.S, that is compatible with SANE? Preferably it will use a cathode lamp (warm or cold) as its light source for quality reasons. Primarily I'll be using this scanner for OCR.
I've been searching for a few days now and am not having a lot of luck. The only one I've found is the HP Scanjet G3110 which has enough support in the latest SANE for doing OCR. However, from all the reviews, it's rather slow and I'd like to have one that is reasonably fast (i.e. under 10 seconds to scan) a typical 8.5 x 11 document. I also need one that is compatible with both x86 and x86-64, so no Epkowa binary blobs as they're 32-bit only.
I'd like to avoid used/recertified/referbished if possible, I want something that is current and easily available. If this isn't possible, I'll go for an older Epson Perfection model (the 1650 is really nice and is a real work horse).
Any recommendations?

April 21st, 2009, 08:15 AM
no recommendation but some pages for research though.


I always check there before buying stuff.

Carl H
April 21st, 2009, 12:08 PM
Not quite answering your question, but I've got a ten year old Epson Perfection 640, which works flawlessly with SANE.