epson fast photo

What photo scanner should I buy?

Epson FastFoto FF-640

Episode 1662

Michael from Detroit, MI

Michael is buying an all in one printer, and he's not going to do a lot of printing. He's doing more scanning of photographs. He's looking at sending the negatives and slides to a service. But it seems there are just too many models to choose from. What should he get? Leo recommends to check out Amazon reviews. They are always your friend. The Wirecutter is very good for recommendations, as is PC Magazine. The Epson Fast Photo (Epson is a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is expensive at $600, but if you have thousands of photos to scan, it's a good one to go with.

How can I scan filing cabinets worth of files?

Digitizing Files

Episode 1660

Rich from Garden Grove, CA

Rich has a bunch of filing cabinets full of papers he wants to digitize. Thoughts on how to do that? Leo says the first step is to get a network-attached storage (NAS) so he can access the data. But you can also use a laptop with a 1TB or larger hard drive. That'll work too. To scan, the Epson Fast Photo has a sheet feeder that enables for high speed, high volume scanning. The feeder will scan up to 1 page per second. Another option is Neat Receipts document scanner. Both will create PDFs pretty quickly.