Buying an all-in-one device is cheaper than a stand-alone scanner

The cheapest flatbed scanner I could find from Ebuyer costs nearly £50 excluding delivery; that's more than twice the price of the Epson Stylus SX130, the company's most affordable all-in-one device that combines printing, scanning and copying capabilities.

It is available for £19.99 at Argos (Ebay Outlet) with free delivery. The SX130 comes with a 12-month warranty from Argos, is refurbished, doesn't come with any USB cable and perhaps most importantly, doesn't come with any ink cartridges (you will need four of them).

It has a 100-sheet input tray, can print at up to 33 pages per minute in black and up to 15 pages per minute in colour with a DPI of up to 5,760 x 1,440. The onboard scanner has a 1,200 x 600 DPI optical resolution while the copier can reduce and enlarge and that's basically it.

Arguably, you can't expect much more at this price. The SX130 is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. It doesn't come with direct USB printing or direct printing from memory card.

There's no LCD display, no fax capabilities, auto document feeder or any networking capabilities. But then, at £20, you'd be hard-pressed to even find a working scanner at that price.

Source : Ebay