A flatbed scanner is optimal to work with bare boards and other flat objects of A4 or A3 size. Flatbed scanner advantages:
- easy to use;
- high-quality images;
- wide resolution range;
- quick switching between the reflected and transmissive light modes.
The disadvantages of the flatbed scanners:
- inability to work with certain types of objects, such as boards with solder paste;
- low speed at very high resolution.
See also: Hardware for Phiplastic systems.