Less expensive first-rate scanners are becoming as plentiful as inexpensive first-rate printers. Canon's CanoScan 9900F flatbed scanner impresses on a number of fronts, with only a few minor downsides. This is a 3200-by-6400 dot-per-inch scanner that is relatively fast without being a speed demon. The 9900F ($400) has four one-touch buttons on its face for copying, scanning, creating a file or e-mailing.
It's not particularly slim nor light at 5 inches in height and 11.5 pounds. But like most flatbeds with an 8.5-by-11.7-inch platen, it won't take up too much horizontal space. The scanner can connect to your computer via high-speed connections Universal Serial Bus 2.0 or IEEE 1394 Firewire cables, although I didn't seem to have any luck getting it hooked up through my Firewire cable. That was OK because it worked fine with both the USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 connections.