[sane-devel] A3 flatbed scanners

m. allan noah kitno455 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 26 00:41:58 UTC 2013

You did not say how much you are willing to spend, but cheap A3
machines with real SANE support (not some binary garbage) are not very
common. I would be inclined to look for used Fujitsu. Mike Wirth was
offering an fi-4750 just a couple weeks ago.  Even better, there are a
number of used fi-5750C units on ebay.


On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Dale Amon <amon at vnl.com> wrote:
> I have been perusing the various offerings in the A3 flatbed scanner niche as
> a replacement for my painfully slow Mustek A3 1200Pro, which does not even
> scan the entire 12x17 area, making it actually pretty useless for some
> things.
> I can hardly imagine a more experience crew than here on the topic of what
> A3 flatbeds are fast, reliable, give nice sharp images and most importantly
> are well supported. I have looked at entries in the db but before I plop
> down hard cash I'd like advice from people who have already used them.
> I am doing archive scanning for the National Space Society and have lots of
> odd sized and sometimes non-bendable things, so I have to use a flatbed for
> those items... I am using the marvelous Fujitsu ScanSnap for pretty much
> anything bendably letter sized.
> I was a bit interested in the Plustek OpticPro A320, but it does not seem to
> be supported yet. I'm a bit fed up with Mustek's recent offerings and the
> fact they do not support their older ones on 64b linux... I have to run my
> Mustek off a 32b virtual machine with an ancient copy of sane because they
> do not give you the ability to recompile the driver to run on anything new.
> A few years ago I spent a good bit of money on an HP model whose page feeder
> never worked right... every time you told it to scan it went through several
> pages from the feeder. It became an expensive door stop.
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