|the portable Canon LiDE 210|
It make sense. Most people can only buy one scanner and they want to make sure that the one they pick is the best one. Most people only need one scanner. The only time I can think that you might need more than one scanner is if you scan things of varying size and type regularly for your work or if you are embarking on a long term project where a specialized type of scanner would be a help.
There is no perfect scanner and honestly there shouldn't be. Products that try to be everything to everyone usually end up failing. The best thing to do is to determine what you need to scan the majority of the time. You will have to accept some inconvenience but as long as you can accomplish your scanning task then that is the most important part.
So if you can only buy one scanner how do you choose?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What do I want to scan? (photos, slides, negatives, documents, photo albums, etc)
How do I want to use the scans? (printed photos, online for web and blogs, reviewing documents for research, incorporating documents or images into reports, sharing with family or clients, etc.)
Where do I need to scan? (at home, at someone else's home, in my office, in a repository or court house, in my car, at an exhibition hall of a conference, etc.)
What size object will I be scanning? (4x6 photos, letter-size documents, legal or 14x17 size documents, various size objects, big courthouse books, etc)
How often will I realistically scan? (every day, once a week, once a month, occasionally)
What is the ONE most important criteria I need from a scanner? (convenience of scanning location, light-weight, high quality, versatility, etc)
How much can I afford?
Over the coming week I plan to tackle all these issues and all the individual scanners (at least the ones I am familiar with).
Let me know some of your needs and concerns and I'll try to address them in my posts.