Here's our Hardware Tip for.. August 11, 2000
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Scanner Tips--Part 1 of 5
Color scanners are cheaper than ever. Now you can pick one up for as little as $100. Over the next few days, I'll pass along some tips that should help you choose among these inexpensive peripherals.

First, don't consider the ENHANCED resolution specification. Instead, look at the OPTICAL resolution spec, which should be 600 dpi (dots per inch) or higher for a quality scanner. Enhanced resolution is simply a software-based image process for adding detail to a scanned image. Unfortunately, most of the time these enhancement algorithms don't work very well. Besides, most image-processing applications perform this function for you, so you don't need your scanner to do any enhancing.