Please  guide me in purchasing a scanner for home use..I have a compaq PC..usb 98.  I am willing to pay around $200.  They start as low as $29.00.  There's just too much to choose from.  Please give me a clue, so I am not ditching it in the trash in 3 months..Thanks
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I would purchase a USB capable scanner for general home useage. It should have the following minimum capabilities for around $100-$150:
   36-bit color
   600 dpi optical resolution (Real resolution, not the interpolated resolution...that is a software thing and can vary up to 1200 dpi or higher)
   A nice software suite, which should include OCR (optical character recognition) software, something like PhotoDeluxe or MGI Photosuite, and a general use program for making copies and maybe a scan/fax software.
   You can find a UMAX or other acceptible package for about $125.  
You can also spend more, just compare the price and options.  SCSI is faster, but for most home use, USB is plenty fast enough.  you can check out ZDNet's buyer's guide at  this URL:

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ljcahillAuthor Commented:
Thanks...I appreciate the answer.  It helps me with my choice.  ljcahill
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