The Visioneer OneTouch 8100 Scanner
If you were reading
the Target PC magazine and was following our previous scanner reviews you
should by now know that we here at Target PC respect the Visioneer Corporation
for their quality scanners at affordable prices.
Back in April 1999
we worked with Visioneer's latest and fastest OneTouch 8600 Model, this scanner
ended up winning our editor's choice award for it's scan quality and ease
of use. The 8600 easily beat out five other brands, such as UMAX, Mustek,
Hewlett Packard, and AGFA for overall usability.
- Optical Resolution
600 x 1200 dpi
- Hardware Supersampling
Resolution 1200 dpi
- Enhanced Resolution
(interpolated) 2400 dp
- i Scanner Bit
Depth (color) 42-bit internal (over 4 trillion colors)
- Scanner Bit Depth
- 14-bit internal
(16,384 shades of gray)
- Output Bit Depth
- 8-bit grayscale
- Area Up to 8.5"x
11.69" (A4/letter) (21.6 cm x 29.7 cm)
Not only did the
8600 end up being the top choice for the advanced home user, but it also ended
being the perfect business companion with its powerful OCR features and high
DPI. Selling for a street price of $199USD unfortunately limited this product
to people with money or the ones looking for top-notch quality scanning without
worrying about price tags.
After reading some
of our readers feedback, we noticed a lot of people liked, the OneTouch features
that visioneer’s OneTouch product line offers, and most wanted to know more.
We also received a reasonable amount of emails asking to work with visioneer’s
lower end scanners.
As you might have already noticed, last month, we reviewed the 6200USB scanner,
a perfect scanner for any home or small business use. The 6200USB offered
some interesting specifications for its price. From our audience’s feedback,
we noticed that the 6200 USB scanner received more interest than the 8600
OneTouch Scanner did.
To all that a single
explanation is available, Affordability. Of course, the 6200USB didn’t interest
everyone; people we’re asking for more, they wanted the ease of use of the
OneTouch based models combined with the Budget 6200 scanner’s specification
for its lower price.
To fulfill this audience request, we decided to get visioneer’s average cost
OneTouch Model in the Lab, the 8100. The OneTouch 8100 has the body of the
8600 scanner and the brain of the 6200USB, all resulting in a lower cost scanner
offering similar features to the high end 8600 unit. This 8100 scanner should
definitely give a deeper interest for the people that requested more features
at an affordable price.