The Top 3 Flatbed Scanners for 11 x 17 documents

If your documents and photos are larger than A4, then you are going to need a 11 x 17 Flatbed Scanner. We researched the 3 Best Flatbed Scanners that have a large scanning area to accomodate your oversized documents and we compared them on all the specs from optical resolution to color depth and speed

Below is our roundup of the Top 11 x 17 Flatbed Scanners.
The Top 3 Flatbed Scanners for 11 x 17 documents
ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice
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Xerox 4700

Xerox 4700
A3600 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)24-bit Color and 8-bit GrayscaleClick for more info

Epson DS-50000

Epson DS-50000
A3600 dpiUSB 2.0 Type B, Wired Network (optional)16-bit Color and 8-bit GrayscaleClick for more info

Epson Expression 12000XL-GA

Epson Expression 12000XL-GA
A32400 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.048-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info


Let’s have a look at each product in particular.

Xerox 4700

ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice

Xerox 4700

Xerox 4700
A3600 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)24-bit Color and 8-bit GrayscaleClick for more info
The Xerox 4700 is our favorite 11 x 17 Flatbed scanner because it is a great balance between decent specs and price. First of all it is worth mentioning that the Xerox 4700 is one of the fastest flatbed scanners ever made with a scan speed of 2.5 seconds per document at 300 dpi. The scanning time is one of its main strong points. The optical resolution is just 600 dpi and that would be its weak point. It was designed more for documents than it was for photos. The image resolution is provided by a CIS (Contact Image Sensor).

Since paper size is the big issue here, let me reiterate that the following formats can be scanned on this device: 11 x 17 (obviously), 8,5 x 14, 11 x 14, 8.5 x 14, 9 x 12. For 12 x 12 and 12 x 18 and 12 x 17 you should be aware that it will cut out about one inch. If you need to scan something bigger like 14 x 17 or 16 x 20 you should be aware that you need a much bigger flatbed scanner.

This device has an optical resolution of 600 dpi and it can connect to your Windows or Mac through a HiSpeed USB 2.0 port. It can also connect to a Xerox automatic feeder scanner through USB and you can use the two as one scanner. Both will scan to the same folder in the order in which you scanned the documents. That is a very useful feature for digitization projects where almost always, you have to keep the right order of the documents.

It has no less than 9 buttons on the front that are fully customizable. Defaults are for PDF, OCR and Scan to e-mail


the scanner comes with some scanning apps: Visioneer Acuity with DriverPLUS, Visioneer OneTouch, ABBYY FineReader Sprint. The ABBYY software will help you convert Bitmap, JPEG and TIFF files to searchable PDFs, Word Doc, Excel XLS, TXT, RTF, etc. The text recognition accuracy of the ABBYY software proved to be the best one in our tests, in comparison to the Nuance and ReadIris.

Epson DS-50000

ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice

Epson DS-50000

Epson DS-50000
A3600 dpiUSB 2.0 Type B, Wired Network (optional)16-bit Color and 8-bit GrayscaleClick for more info
The DS-50000 is another great 11 x 17 flatbed scanner. It also has an image resolution of 600 dpi but this time it is provided by a 4-line CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) sensor. The sensor will bring out sharper images and more vivid RGB colors than the Xerox. It is a scanner with a higher image quality. Even if the image resolution is the same, not all image sensors are created equal, so two scanners may have the same number of pixels per inch but create completely different output. It is not as fast as the Xerox, but it was made for productivity. It is guaranteed to scan about 300,000 scans until it will stop functioning. You can connect your DS-50000 to your computer through the USB 2.0 port but you can also buy an additional network module so that you can plug an ethernet cable into it.

The software included is ABBYY FineReader Sprint 8.0, ABBYY FineReader Sprint 9.0 (A solid Optical Character Recognition choice), Epson Document Capture Pro, Epson Document Capture Pro Server, Epson Event Manager, Epson Scan. You can tell it was built for productivity because the Document Capture Pro software is especially good with documents. It offers features like automatic cropping, deskew and other enhancements for scanned images. The software is compatible with both major operating systems, Windows 10 and Mac OS X.

The problem with the DS-50000 is the price. It costs 2-3 times more than the Xerox and spec-wise it is not worth it. The reason why it would be worth it is because this scanner has proven to be more reliable in time and that is why customer ratings are sky-high with this 11 x 17 flatbed scanner compared to the Xerox.

Epson Expression 12000XL-GA

ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice

Epson Expression 12000XL-GA

Epson Expression 12000XL-GA
A32400 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.048-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info
The Epson Expression 12000XL-GA is an 11 x 17 flatbed scanner powerhouse. This was not made for documents, it was made for high-quality photography. It has a 2400 Dots per inch (Optical, no interpolation) CCD sensor with a 3.8 Dmax, backed by an efficient ReadyScan LED lamp. That means the digital images will have deeper blacks than you would get from the same photo on another cheaper scanner. It has the same basic USB 2.0 connectivity and Epson provides TWAIN drivers for download on their website.

This flatbed scanner also supports film scanning and the pixel density allows for it. You can put 35mm strips and slides, medium format and 4 inch by 5 inch film. In a single batch you can scan either eight 4 x 5 inch frames, 30 slides or 48 frames of 35mm film. The software can use the Digital ICE features for removing scratches and dust marks from the film and the SilverFast AI will improve them a lot.

You also get some calibration targets for correcting the color accuracy of the scanner through RGB color profiles. This is not to improve vividness, but just provide more accurate colors. The software consists of: Epson Scan with Epson Easy Photo Fix Technology, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast Ai, IT8 Target. You can fix up your photos with the Easy Photo Fix with one-touch or with the Silverfast AI software that requires more manual adjustments but has features like Auto IT8 Calibration, Frame detection for film, Selective Color Correction, NegaFix for an accurate negative to positive conversion, Color Restoration and descreening for that annoying Moire effect and advanced color to grayscale conversion.

You can sync the software with your Google Drive, Dropbox or Evernote account but at the file sizes this scanner will be generating at full resolution, you will be running out of space very soon.


What is the best 11 x 17 flatbed scanner for me?

If you are looking to scan documents up to this size and use it as a complementary device in your scanning project then either the Xerox 4700 or the Epson DS-50000. If you are a photographer or a professional and quality is your main concern, then the Epson Expression 12000XL-GA is the one for you.
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