The "Quid Pro Quo" principal of discretionary spending is in operation at our household, so when my lovely and charming wife decided she needed a new sewing machine, I of course ordered a new scanner.
Ordered yesterday... delivered by Amazon today!
My old scanner died only after years of service and half a dozen operating system upgrades on my laptop. I believe that Windows 10 was the last straw for it and it is now in the big recycle paradise where all old electronic devices eventually go.
I opted to go with a newer model of the same... specifically a CanoScan LiDE 400.
Here it is all unpacked.
The most involved step in getting it up was clearing a good spot for it in my office... here it is tucked between and behind my monitor and my laptop.
Being an old hand, I knew to search for and remove all the protective tape and plastic strips AND to unlock the scanner head as per the handy quick install guide.
Download and install of software was a matter of only a few minutes... the install prompted me to connect the USB cable to the scanner and it launched the "CanUScan" utility automatically.
I tested all the options in this high-level interface.... tested all the front panel buttons... mostly if you want to create PDFs or go straight to a printer... and decided I would probably spend all my time in the more advanced Interface, "Scan Gear"...
This lets me perform one preview scan of a stock page full of stamps and then conduct as many detail scans as I want just by drawing selection frames around the target for each scan.
I have complete control over file destination, type and resolution up to 1200dpi.
Higher resolution is supposed to be possible, but only needed for flyspeck hunting and it looks like I'll have to crack open a manual to get there.
Here are some detail scans at 1200dpi, under the "photo" setting... resized down of course for posting on the board.
Belgian Revenue - note how clear the gray security pattern shows up!
Belgium Cinderella - Dog Magazine Promotional Seal
Bermuda 1946 Christmas Seal
Canada Customs Revenue
I obviously still have a lot more to learn about it, but certainly a nice easy to use product and very suitable for all scanning needs of most collectors and Stampboard members.
AND under 90 $USD next day delivery included.... now I have to figure out how much more that sewing machine actually cost.