RE: Are scanners slow?

Subject: RE: Are scanners slow?
From: "Darren Barefoot" <darren -at- darrenbarefoot -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 07:58:15 -0700

Scanners are slow, but not that slow. The stats that Watson refers to
(1200 dpi color scan in 41 seconds, a 300 dpi monochrome scan in 14
seconds) sound pretty fast, actually, but your scanner sounds
tortoise-like. I've just purchased an Epson Perfection 1260 which,
according to Froogle
Search), is pretty cheap in the States. That said, I'm entirely happy
with it. In particular, the client software that comes with it is cheesy
but effective. Thanks. DB.

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-124377 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Steven
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 7:00 AM
Subject: Are scanners slow?

I just went out and purchased my first scanner. Rather than do a lot of
research, I did the lazy (and cheap) route of going to Best Buy and
up a bargain brand (the Microtek 4850) for $100.

I am surprised at how slow it seems to scan. To do a color scan (8 1/2
11 color magazine page) at 600 dpi takes over three minutes. A color
at 300 dpi takes nearly two minutes. A gray scale scan at 600 dpi takes
about a minute and a half. Gray scale at 300 dpi takes 40 seconds.

A color scan at 1200 dpi takes at least five minutes, if not longer.
dpi takes forever. Of course, I'm not sure I really need to scan
at 1200 dpi -- I'm scanning old ad copy to put in .pdf files to send to
clients, and at 1200 dpi the files are already humongous. But it would
nice if 600 dpi scanning (or even 300 dpi scanning) was two or three


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