The purchase of most types of electronic products usually opens the door to an almost limitless series of accessory options designed to drain more of your hard-earned money from your wallet. Thankfully, with flatbed scanners, this is rarely the case. In fact, there are few flatbed scanner accessories necessary for most models, meaning that what comes with the unit in the box at the point of sale is generally all that you will ever need. Other than software, warranties, and parts, most scanners are self-contained units that do everything that you require. That is a welcome relief for many people whose technological purchases have given them accessory fatigue!
Still, there are some items that you may want to have, and others that you may need at some point in the future as various parts of your flatbed scanner begin to show wear and tear. Flatbed scanner accessories are most commonly replacement parts – though they are seldom labeled as such. Here are a few of the most common flatbed scanner accessories that you may find yourself considering either at the moment of purchase, or months and years later.
The warranty involved with most scanner technology is very limited in nature. Naturally, several months’ worth of warranty from the manufacturer is seldom sufficient insurance against defect to dissuade you from purchasing a warranty plan. You’ll have to weigh the relative costs of the warranty against the likelihood of your unit failing to function properly and the ultimate cost of simply replacing it with a new scanner. For the more expensive scanners, however, this is one of the most reasonable flatbed scanner accessories to consider. With less expensive models, the cost of a warranty may not be as justified, since scanner prices have a tendency to remain somewhat stable over time.
Cables and cords
USB cables and power cords are perhaps the next most important flatbed scanner accessories on any list. Cords and cables wear out with time, and sometimes get damaged by wayward pets and children – as well as any number of accidents that can occur around the home or office. Most scanner models offer replacement cords and cables to ensure that you are able to still run your scanner in the event that something happens to your original parts. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it is worth the expense of having an extra USB and power cable around for emergencies. In most office settings, it is usually a good idea to at least have a backup cable so that you don’t lose productivity in the event of an accident.
The last area of serious flatbed scanner accessories involves replacement parts for various aspects of the machine. Everything from the scanner drums to the flatbed cover can break down, leaving your scanner all but useless to you. These replacement parts can usually only be had from the manufacturer – and generally cost more than the scanner itself when you are not under warranty – but are a critical part of keeping your scanner in working order when the worst occurs.
As a general rule, though, you will more than likely discover that you have little need for flatbed scanner accessories of any kind. Most of these flatbed scanners are quite well-built, and perform the tasks for which they were designed for quite some time before the inevitable signs of wear and tear begin to appear. As a result, by the time you might see a need for replacement parts you will probably already be ready to purchase a new scanner anyway. In the end, however, you’ll have to weigh your options carefully before deciding on which path to pursue.