What is the best flatbed scanner for a biological laboratory?
January 28, 2014 5:08 AM Subscribe
I am in charge of buying a flatbed scanner for my lab. I am looking for a stand-alone scanner — as in, no connected computer required. Ideally, we would push a button on the scanner and then the image would be loaded directly onto a USB stick. (I have no idea what to call this type of scanner, which makes make using the Google difficult.) Also required: at least 200mm x 200mm size, and not a document-feeder type of scanner (as we will be using this for petri dishes). Any recommendations?
posted by Peter Petridish to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
Additionally, I would like to have these features:
- an option to use a power cord, and not rely on batteries (otherwise, Doxie flip scanner might be an option, although it is small)
- a small picture screen to double check the image before it is sent to the USB stick
The reason for some of these needs/wants is related to finding the fastest way of scanning hundreds of petri dishes. Defining the scan area using a computer and hitting scan is quite slow for each plate, and we do not want to maintain a computer in the lab. Our petri dishes are not always the traditional round, 90mm guys, so a scanner designed for labs might also not work. Thanks!