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Scanners are basically computer peripheral input devices through which you can easily scan a document or an image and input them into your computer. Just like most any other computer hardware, these scanners have also been around for a number of years. The first scanner for consumer use was very small like a handheld device, where the user had to manually scan the document or images to create black and white images. These age old handheld scanners also produced very low quality scans due to the uneven movements from the user’s side. However later these handheld scanners became outdated with the emergence of flatbed scanners in the markets. Through these flatbed scanners the documents and images were placed on its flat bed with a lid cover that covered the document or image and the scanner moved over the image to scan it. However, later the problems with colour images that had higher resolutions and some scanning errors became very common.

Computer scanners still remain popular tools to input images into the computer and for scanning text. Later with the launch of optical character recognition technology in the scanners it made it possible to scan and also change it into editable text. Rather having to retype the entire document the user could just scan the document and convert it. A number of printer manufacturers started manufacturing advanced all in one devices, where these devices perfectly combined the printer with a fax machine, a copier and also a scanner. Today, rather than having different peripheral devises, just a single device would handle all the four tasks. The digital cameras had also caused high demand for scanners as most of people started using digital cameras which required manually scanning of images to the insert into the computer, but this popularity dropped down dramatically with the emergence of all in one scanner devices. However there are businesses which still use scanners to scan documents into their computers.

There are several major companies which manufacturing scanners like Canon, Fujitsu and Epson but HP among them still continues to be it the top mark for designing all in one printers and scanners. However photo scanners offered by Canon along with film and negative scanners also use innovative technology in scanner cartridge system. The scanner cartridge from Canon lets you convert the Canon Bubble jet printer into sheet fed and colour scanner without the need for any additional software, cables or any equipment. However, Epson also offers a wide range of flatbed scanners that range from price, quality and resolution.

When it comes to choosing scanner drivers for your computer it can be a difficult task. You will first have to find out the type of scanner that will be compatible with your computer system and then pick from the choices available in scanners. Although your operating system might already include in built scanning drivers it is important that you still install the available drivers for your new scanner. This will let you enjoy all the new features of the scanner and you will also be able to find updates for your scanner drivers to further enhance its performance.

Keep your scanner drivers up to date

If you have a scanner device, we recommend using Driver Detective to keep your Windows scanner drivers up to date all the time. Driver Detective accurately identifies all hardware devices on your PC, automatically locates the latest official drivers for these devices, and guides you through the installation process that's easy to follow.

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