I own two scanners: a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 and an Epson Perfection 4180 Photo. The S510 is a sheetfed document scanner, and works great at that. It has perfect SANE support, duplex mode, excellent sheet feeder, and is a generally good document scanner. It’s passable for photos, but only that. The color isn’t great, and the precision of a sheetfed scanner just isn’t up to a flatbed.
The Epson has never been supported by SANE directly. There was an epkowa driver, but the 4180 epkowa driver hasn’t been updated in ages and isn’t compatible with any modern Linux distro.
So, I’m looking for a flatbed scanner for photos and documents (no need for negatives; that’s the THIRD scanner on my desk.) The most important requirement is that it work well with Linux. The next most important requirement is that it have as good scanning quality as possible for an under-$200 scanner.
If it’s an all-in-one (with a printer), I’m fine with that, as long as it meets the above requirements. Any suggestions?