Founded in 1987, Scan were one of the first companies in the UK to cash in on the market for IBM PC clones, picking up large corporate contacts. Later a mail order component section was added, and offices were opened in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong to make and sell cheap components. According to their website, anyway. (

Most people, myself included, came across Scan as a very, very cheap online computer component company. Most notable is the company's Today Only feature - products at pretty much trade prices, for one day only. It used to be a pain to order (telephone only - so 90's. Hur.) but recently online ordering has been added. Invisible money is -much- easier to spend.

What marks the company out, asides from their prices, is their savvy; they genuinely seem to know what niche markets want, and cater for them, often by manufacturing the product themselves. Example? They sell a 100% Hardware based PCI internal modem, with Linux drivers. They sell a high quality, region free DVD player with tonnes of connectors, for a relative pittance. Oh, and it plays MP3 CDs.

My only real complaint? Not enough info. Typically, all you get to know about what you're buying is a one line description, often without even a brand name. Rather disconcerting for people who don't really know what they're doing, but then Scan isn't really for them. Reliable and cheap.

Scan (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scanned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Scanning.] [L. scandere, scansum, to climb, to scan, akin to Skr. skand to spring, leap: cf. F. scander. Cf. Ascend, Descend, Scale a ladder.]


To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.


Nor stayed till she the highest stage had scand. Spenser.


Specifically Pros., to go through with, as a verse, marking and distinguishing the feet of which it is composed; to show, in reading, the metrical structure of; to recite metrically.


To go over and examine point by point; to examine with care; to look closely at or into; to scrutinize.

The actions of men in high stations are all conspicuous, and liable to be scanned and sifted. Atterbury.

<-- 4. To examine quickly, from point to point, in search of something specific; as, to scan an article for mention of a particular person.

5. (ELectronics) To form an image or an electronic representation of, by passing a beam of light or electrons over, and detecting and recording the reflected or transmitted signal. -->


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