We selected the Best Flatbed Scanners for your Mac in 2020

If you have a Mac and you want to buy a flatbed scanners you first need to make sure that it’s compatible as most scanners work with Windows but not all with OS X. We researched the Top Flatbed Scanners for Mac and any device running the Mac OS operating system

Here is our roundup of the Best Flatbed Scanners for Mac, based on specs, performance, value for money and customer ratings.
We selected the Best Flatbed Scanners for your Mac in 2020
ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice
Our choice

Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600
A46400 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.048-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info

Epson Perfection V39

Epson Perfection V39
A44800 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.048-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info

Canon CanoScan Lide 400

Canon CanoScan Lide 400
A44800 dpiUSB Type-C48-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info


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

Epson Perfection V600

ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice

Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600
A46400 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.048-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info
The Epson Perfection V600 is one of the perfect flatbed scanners for Mac. It will connect to your Mac through a USB 2.0 port, so if you have a 2019 or 2020 Macbook Pro or Air, then you need to connect it through an adapter from Thunderbolt port to the regular-size USB. It might miss the good stuff on connectivity but it doesn’t let down in other areas.

First, there is the quality. It has a CCD Sensor that can output digital images at an optical resolution of 6400 DPI. That is the kind of resolution you find on high-end scanners that cost 3-4 times as much. It is compatible with the latest version of Mac OS (OS X El Capitan, Sierra, Mojave and Catalina). When you scan in color, you’ll get a color depth of 48-bit and 16-bit for grayscale scanning. Obviously it has an LED lamp for scanning so that it doesn’t warm up. It can scan an A4 photo at 300 dpi in about 6 seconds which makes it a fast flatbed scanner.

You can scan film negatives with the V600 on your Mac. It comes with 2 film holders so that you can scan photos on 35mm film negatives and also 35mm slides. The scanning software that is bundled with the Epson is compatible with the holders, it will detect the frames, crop them and adjust the orientation. It also has some Digital ICE features to remove scratches and dust from them. Scratches and dust isn’t such a big problem on scanned photos but on film, you have to remember that the image will be enlarged so they become much more noticeable.

The software package in the box includes: Epson Easy Photo Fix, Epson Copy Utility, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR. The Epson Easy Photo Fix gives you the option to do automatic photo enhancement with one click, without fiddling through the settings and the ABBYY FineReader converts JPEG, Bitmaps and TIFF files to searchable PDFs or Word Documents. It has the best text recognition accuracy of all OCR software at the moment excluding Tesseract which is an API and does tend to perform better sometimes. The ArcSoft PhotoStudio is a great Photoshop knock-off but hey, it’s free.

This flatbed scanner for mac weighs about 9 pounds and it is 4.6 inches thick. Not the slimmest scanner by any means.


Epson Perfection V39

ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice

Epson Perfection V39

Epson Perfection V39
A44800 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.048-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info
The V39 is Epson’s idea of a cheap Flatbed Scanner for Mac. It costs 3 times less than the V600 and it can do a lot but obviously it misses some specs and features. It is compatible with Apple devices like the iMac, Mac Pro or Macbook and with all the versions of the Mac OS. It connects through the same type of USB 2.0 port so if you have a newer Mac you will need an adapter. You are probably asking yourself why we included devices for which you need an adapter and the answer is simple: Because there is only one scanner that has a newer port and that is the Canon Lide 400 about which we will be writing below.

The image resolution is 4800 DPI and this comes from a CIS sensor. From the CIS you can expect not as much RGB color vividness as you get on CCD sensors but the newer CIS sensors are so good that you have to look closely on your retina display to tell the difference. CIS sensors are built for document scanners and low-cost flatbeds where quality is less important. The pixel density is good enough for most applications. But even though it is enough for high-quality photo scanning, Epson have decided that this scanner won’t be able to scan film negatives, so you don’t get any film holders or software to help you with that. The sensor uses an LED lamp that doesn’t require any time to warm up.

Speaking of software, the included package contains: Epson Easy Photo Fix, Epson Event Manager, Epson Copy Utility, Epson Easy Photo Scan, Epson Document Capture Pro, ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe (Windows only). This time the OCR isn’t an ABBYY license so you will be using the OCR with the Document Capture Pro app which points to the idea of this scanner, that it was built to scan documents. You can sync this scanner through your Mac to automatically upload the scanned images to DropBox, Evernote or Google Drive. Epson provides TWAIN drivers so that you can use it with any scanning app for Mac or PC.

Canon CanoScan Lide 400

ProductFormatOptical ResolutionConnectivityColor DepthPrice

Canon CanoScan Lide 400

Canon CanoScan Lide 400
A44800 dpiUSB Type-C48-bit Color or 16-bit GrayscaleClick for more info
The Canon CanoScan Lide 400 is the only flatbed scanner for Mac that has a port for 2020. It has and this is true, a USB-C port. The Canon 400 and Epson V39 are direct competitors in the sub-100$ range and that’s why they have mostly similar specs. Both have the same type of sensor and the same number of pixels per inch.

The included software with the Canon is: IJ Scan Utility (Windows), IJ Scan Utility Lite (Mac), Auto Scan, Document Scan, Photo Scan, Custom Scan, Stitch Scan, and OCR (Optical Character Recognition), ScanGear MP Driver, Quick Menu. Like with the Epson V39 you don’t get a separate ABBYY license, you have to use the Optical Character Recognition functions included with the Canon scanning software.

The Canon comes with a vertical stand so that it doesn’t take up space while you are not using it. It can also scan vertically but I wouldn’t recommend that. The scan speed is decent with an A4 at 300 dpi being digitized in just 8 seconds.


Which is the best Flatbed Scanner for Mac?

If you want a high-quality scanner that you can use with your Mac and you don’t want to spend too much, then the V600 is the perfect option. If you want a good bargain, the V39 or Canon 400 are the best choices. The V39 is slimmer but the Canon 400 has a better data transfer rate with its USB-C port.
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