A scanner, just like a printer, is a ubiquitous piece of office equipment. No office is imaginable without a scanner, because it is essential to making a paper document into a digital document. To that end it makes a high-resolution photograph of the target document. This photograph is then delivered to your PC or smartphone, or sometimes even to your Google account.
Scanners differ by their principle of work – the older type is the flatbed scanner, in which the camera drives past the document. The newer type is much quicker – in it the document is moved past the sensors. The new kind of scanner can process up to 120 pages a minute. However, not all scanners are the same quality, and if some brands like HP or Fujitsu make great machines, some other brands offer lower-quality alternatives for lower prices. So it is important to weigh both price and quality, and buy the best. That is not always easy, so, to help buyers decide, we assembled the 5 best scanners for the money in one list.