I recently made my first pilgrimage to an Apple store in Chicago.
The place was mobbed by true Apple believers and, even though I don't count myself in that crowd, I have to admit the whole scene looked very cool.
No one beats Apple for the sleekness of its designs. Its new Mac Mini just blew me away with its compactness.
But I also noticed that the printers and scanners on display looked positively clunky compared to the svelte Apple machines and iPods.
Apple cognoscenti who are livid about poor scanner design, and others simply looking for a hot-looking scanner, should check out the HP Scanjet 4670.
The flatbed scanner looks like a picture frame standing almost upright on your desk.
Tilt the front part of the frame forward and insert a document to scan. It really is as simple as you might hope.
It also comes with an attachment for scanning slides and film, which just adds to its coolness. Its software took forever to load, but that's my only gripe with it.
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Available at Staples, other HP retailers
Specs Windows or Mac compatible, USB interface, 2,400 DPI resolution, usable vertically or horizontally