Tribune photo by David Klobucar
Only a few years ago the flatbed scanner was a bulky, fragile thing, one of the few computer peripherals you couldn't carry with you. Now, with inexpensive portables like the Canon CanoScan 676U, you can drag a high-resolution scanner anywhere. Most significantly, you don't need to worry about batteries or a power cable. Just plug it into a USB port on any computer and the scanner draws power from the computer. This 3-pound model offers resolution of 600 x 1200 dots per inch in a case just over 1 inch high.