The Epson WorkForce GT-1500 is an easy-to-install, 48-bit USB color flatbed scanner. This 8.5-pound unit can digitize documents, books, and photos, and comes bundled with scanning, document management, and <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/123610/abbyy_ocr_pushes_paper_proficiently.html">optical character recognition (OCR) software</a>.
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The Plustek OpticBook 4600 is a 48-bit USB color <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/129256/top_document_scanners.html">flatbed scanner</a> that is easy to install and can digitize documents, books, and photos. This US$900 scanner weighs roughly 8.5 pounds and comes bundled with scanning, document management, and <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/138640/nuance_omnipage_professional_16.html">optical character recognition (OCR) software</a>. Quick-start buttons make performing common scanning tasks, such as creating searchable PDFs or editable text files, even faster.
The <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/tags/Dell+Inspiron.html">Dell Inspiron</a> 530 was powerful enough to earn superior scores (for a value PC) in both its productivity and graphics performance tests, yet it's quite inexpensive at US$689 (as of 2/7/08).