I want to buy a dedicated scanner to get away from multifunction printer units, since one failure often requires replacing the whole thing. The current HP OfficeJet Pro L7780 has a really moody ADF, and scans are slow over the network/ethernet. However dedicated scanners are incredibly expensive, so I'm looking at the used market.
In particular, I'm concerned about reliability (i.e. jams? misfeeds? pickup rollers failing soon?), and OS support (software/drivers for Windows 7/10/+ if the scanner is a decade old). The use case is for a small home office, so the workload is just occasional letter and legal size batches of scans. I'd like it to be reliable, simple, and not require too much technical assistance/troubleshooting from me. ;)
For example which of these two would be better?
HP Scanjet N8460:
- high end professional model
- ultrasonic misfeed detection
- 100 sheet ADF
- 35 ppm
- includes a flatbed
- USB only
- more than a decade old
- replacement parts (i.e. pickup rollers) might be hard/impossible to find and expensive
- lack of support for newer OS?
- wifi/network connectivity
- relatively new
- 20 sheet ADF
- 16 ppm
- entry level model
- no advanced feed mechanism, ultrasonic misfeed detection, etc
I'd appreciate if people with experience with scanners would share their insights. Thanks!