Numerous scanners now available for less than $200 offer better than adequate performance for school needs, such as classroom projects and student assignments. According to the author, the two most important features are the dots-per-inch (dpi) optical resolution of the machines and the scanning and editing software that is included with the purchase.

Here are some affordable scanners that offer school-appropriate features and quality. All have at least 600 x 1,200 dpi optical resolution, and some have a higher resolution where noted. They can all scan in 42 or more colors, and all but one


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