First, you have to decide which attributes you want. For that there is
a very good scanner guide here:
A sample of attributes:
Optical Character Recognition
Time to Scan
Maximum Document Size
Color vs. Black&White
Then search for the scanner with the attributes at:
http://www.scannergalaxy.com or http://www.provantage.com/ or others
Here is an example attribute list from our last purchase:
Desired Scanner Attributes
Hardware Resolution 3200 x 6400 dpi
Interpolated Resolution 9600
Color depth: 48bit
Media: paper, 35mm slides/negatives
Input Paper Size 11x 14 minimum
Media Load Type: Manual
Interface: usb & scsi
[we ended out with a HP Scanjet8200][it came with ocr software]
Then you may want to go to one of those sites of purchaser feedback
[sorry no url, just google it]. The best $value is often not the best
purchase in the overall picture.
> I'd like to buy a good scanner that could scan documents with OCR so I
> could put them into word and change them. Wouldn't mind being able to scan
> photos, as well.
> Any strong recommendations for a particular model and brand for under
> $500. (I assume I should get something that comes with OmniPage or other
> OCR software, eh?).
> Many thanks for any advice.