In a bid to digitize all the bills, documents, forms and papers lying around, I decided to buy a scanner. I wanted a simple, cheap flatbed scanner. But, the market seems to be full of expensive high resolution flatbed scanners or the printer-scanner-copier combo units that are too big and useless for me. So, taking the advise of a friend I bought a used CanoScan LiDE 30 flatbed scanner from the VR-Zone forums.
This scanner seems to be in good condition, though it looks a bit worn down. I downloaded and installed the drivers and the CanoScan Toolbox software. The scanner worked without any hitches with my Windows XP laptop. The scanner head moves a bit slow though. One advantage of this model that I noticed is that it draws power from its USB cable, so it does not even use an extra power cord. One less hassle! 😊