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1. HP ScanJet 5590 Digital Flatbed
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2. HP ScanJet 4070 PhotoSmart Scanner
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3. HP ScanJet 4670 See-Thru Vertical
$499.99 $454.50 list($573.00)
4. HP ScanJet 8200 Professional Image
$129.99 $73.99 list($199.99)
5. HP ScanJet 4600 See-Thru Flatbed
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6. HP ScanJet 8250 Document Scanner
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7. HP ScanJet 7650 Flatbed Scanner
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8. HP ScanJet 3970 Digital Flatbed
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9. HP PSC 2175 Multifunction
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10. HP ScanJet 8290 Duplex Document
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11. HP ScanJet 5530 Scanner
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12. HP ScanJet 3670 Digital Flatbed
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13. Hewlett Packard ScanJet 4400Cxi
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14. Hewlett Packard ScanJet 6390C
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15. HP ScanJet 3200C Color Flatbed
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16. HP ScanJet 2200c Color Flatbed
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17. Hewlett Packard Scanjet 6350cxi
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18. HP ScanJet 4400Cse Color Flatbed
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19. HP 4570C ScanJet Scanner
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20. HP ScanJet 6300Cse Professional

1. HP ScanJet 5590 Digital Flatbed Scanner
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $462.00
our price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ABK8Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 2128
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Features

  • Up to 2,400 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth, 256 levels of grayscale
  • 5-button front panel for everyday tasks
  • Transparent material adapter
  • Hi-Speed USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

2. HP ScanJet 4070 PhotoSmart Scanner
by Hewlett Packard Office

our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002GWYNI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 666
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Features

  • Built-in photo door for photos, slides, and negatives
  • 2,400 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color
  • Simple plug-and-play setup, 4 front panel buttons
  • Substantial software bundle, including ArcSoft Collage Creator for Windows
  • USB 2.0 connectivity; PC and Mac compatible

3. HP ScanJet 4670 See-Thru Vertical Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $237.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000C9ZJT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 1013
Average Customer Review: 2.32 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Just when you thought scanning couldn't get any faster, crisper, or sleeker, along comes the new HP Scanjet 4670. This small but mighty scanner will revolutionize the way you think about scanning. Sized to fit in a drawer, briefcase, or even vertically on a bookshelf, yet versatile and durable enough to scan oversized and three-dimensional items, it’s the perfect fit for a home office, family room, or college dorm.

Everyone can find a use for this handy machine. Be more productive by converting memos, blurry faxes, and other text documents into editable text using optical character recognition (OCR) software (no more retyping!). Scan photos and documents and instantly e-mail them to family and friends without a PC. Make a photo inventory of heirlooms or other valuables. Or scan negatives and slides using a transparency adapter to create an archive of your photos.

So how do you actually scan?
For single pages, simply follow these steps:
  1. Pull the top edge of the scanner, rotating the scanner forward in the holder. The scanner can rest against the front edge of the holder.
  2. Position the item face up in the lower left corner of the holder, with the top of the item facing left. Use the media placement tabs on the holder to position the item.
  3. Return the scanner to its original position on the holder. You can see the item face up through the scanner glass.
  4. Press the Scan button.
For books and other thick materials, simply place the scanner flat.

Give mobility a whole new meaning
Now that you telecommute, your family room is more than a family room; it’s your office. Space is a valuable commodity, so the slim HP 4670 scanner is an ideal fit in both form and function. Being able to scan oversized items has been a lifesaver for those drawings you frequently e-mail to the office for approval; especially because it’s as simple as placing your scanner on the easel, scanning the drawing in sections, and letting the ArcSoft Panorama Maker software automatically and seamlessly "stitch" it together. One click of the Instant Share button and you mail the entire list of recipients at once.

When the workday ends, you place your scanner back on the bookshelf, where it’s safe and out of sight. Best of all, if you absolutely must finish those presentation transparencies on a Saturday, the HP 4670 is as mobile as you are. Just grab your scanner, transparent materials adapter, and laptop, and head to your favorite quiet spot. Whether you're sitting on the floor or in an office, the unique Scanjet technologies (high-end color separation; accurate, flattened scanning bed; and lots of other automatic color-balancing, restoration, and enhancement features) give you professional, polished results … no matter where you are.

Get the whole picture
One of the most fun and unique things you can do with your HP 4670 is create gorgeous panoramic photos (even 360° panoramas). Simply scan your image in sections and the Automatic Stitching feature in ArcSoft Panorama Maker software (included) will automatically reassemble oversized images for printing. You can combine horizontal, vertical, or tiled sets of images.

Save space
The HP 4670 is so slim it fits on a bookshelf or in a briefcase. You can store it vertically, like a book, so it’s perfect for a college dorm or a combined family room/office area. But don't let the ultra-thin design fool you: It’s made to move around and take with you. We even drop-tested the scanner from three feet! So if a sibling riot erupts, triggering an accidental fall from the table, the HP 4670 will survive unscathed.

The windowpane is tough polycarbonate plastic and tempered glass to resist chipping, scratching, and breaking.(That’s the same stuff used in many safety hardhats, motorcycle helmets, and riot shields.) The frame is secured with 12 screws (twice as many as most other scanners), and trimmed in rubber to absorb shocks. The carriage has a special mechanical design that protects the sensors and their wire bonds.

More features:

  • One-touch operation.
    Four-button design makes it easy to perform common tasks:
    1. Scan
    2. Copy
    3. Instant Share
    4. Power Save
  • Six-second-preview scan
    Get speedy confirmation of a successful scan! Precise image placement. Look through the see-through scanning window to "frame" and place items just where you want them.
  • Cross-platform adaptable
    The HP 4670 is Windows 98-, 2000-, Me-, XP-, and Mac-compatible.
  • Complete high-speed connectivity.
    Compatibility with USB 2.0 specifications allows plug-and-play installation of peripheral devices. Exclusive HP technology. Charge coupled device (CCD) scanning brings together an innovative combination of a new, thin optical system and CCD scanner technologies. CCD captures light more efficiently than other methods, and produces a grain-free print.
  • Sharpen up
    Resolution is a measurement in dots per inch (dpi) of the sharpness and clarity of an image. The HP 4670 has 2400-dpi optical resolution, producing crisp, clear, vibrant images. With 48-bit color, you'll also see clear photos with brighter yellows, richer reds, and cooler blues.
  • Scan anything
    The versatile HP 4670 can scan anything from books and photos to oversized items.
  • Variable orientation
    An easel comes with the scanner, so you can use it vertically, horizontally, face-up or face-down, for large format or hard-to-capture items. Slides and negatives. Attach the transparent materials adapter (TMA) to capture images from slides and negatives. Use the HP Memories Disc Creator and HP Instant Share software to create and send fun--digital photo albums -- to family and friends. (The software is included.)

Included Software
The HP 4670 comes equipped with cool photo software already in place:

  • HP Photo & Imaging Software with HP Memories Disc Creator and HP Instant Share feature
  • HP Scanjet copy utility
  • Suite of electronic help tools
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ArcSoft Panorama Maker
  • IRIS ReadIris Pro (for Windows)
  • IRIS ReadIris (for Macintosh)
What's in the Box
HP ScanJet 4670, transparent materials adapter, combined USB and power cable assembly, vertical holder, quick-start setup poster, user's guide, manual, CD-ROMs with software for Windows and Macintosh ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical see-through digital flat-bed scanner
  • 2,400 x 2,400 dpi maximum optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth, 256 gray levels
  • Included transparent materials adapter
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (28)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great design. Unsatisfactory execution.
I am a long-time HP printer and scanner user, and I really liked the design of this scanner. Besides having a knock-out appearance, I loved that you could fold it up and put it on a shelf. However, this scanner did not meet my needs and I ended up returning it.

I bought it for two applications: scanning documents and converting them to text with OCR, and scanning old family slides. This is NOT the scanner to buy for either application. The cheap OCR software included with the scanner is virtually useless. My typewritten documents came out hopelessly garbled - it would have taken more time to correct the mistakes that it would have to re-type them from scratch. If you plan to use this scanner for documents, plan to buy a better OCR program to go with it.

As for scanning slides, the first unit I bought had a loose connection from the scanner to the slide attachment, and I had to exchange it. The second unit worked, but the scan quality was just not what I was hoping for.

I returned the HP and bought an Epson 3170 instead. It comes with a far superior OCR program, and Photoshop Elements to boot. I'm not sure the slide scanning is much, if any better. Could be I'm just asking too much from a flatbed scanner...

1-0 out of 5 stars Great human interface, awful scanner
The mission: archive old family photos before my lil' daughter tears them up.
The obstacle: very little desk space
The solution: not this.

First, the USB interface is far sub-par. Check HP's troubleshooting on their web site; their solutions to communication problems range from "use a powered USB hub" to "never use a USB hub." Very helpful. As I'm writing right now I'm hearing the USB interface bob up and down as it tries to connect with the scanner. Not working. Plus not only can you not use a hub (I tried a D-Link USB2.0 4 port), you can't connect even to the same USB bus. So unless you've got a spare USB header free from your motherboard, you probably can't connect at all (Amendment: After several hours I discovered the problem - for me, the scanner had to be on a powered hub but my Logitech USB mouse could not coexist on the same hub. Now things appear to be working since the scanner is on the hub all by itself and the mouse has been plugged directly into the workstation. Still a bad USB implementation, tho).

Image quality is so-so. Not the greatest... flesh tones are too warm. I used Photoshop, WinXP's Scanner Wizard and HP's prepackaged software - the best results being the TWAIN driver in Photoshop.

Speaking of which, the bundled software was harsh to use. For some reason it decided I wanted to scan my text documents as embedded objects in RTF's. Wha? The HP software was not good at all. The actual TWAIN Photo & Imaging Directory scanning interface was fine however - just the actually document management software was clunky.

Beautiful looking and a real space saver, but if it doesn't work well then it's just an expensive window.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice looking CRUMMY scanner
Every photo we tried had speckles/dust all over them. I had no problems with the setup or banding (as others here did) but am returning the scanner because of pure quality issues

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at, poor scan quality
I have an HP Scanjet 4C that has been a workhorse for the past 4-5 years (It still works, but my new Macintosh doesn't support SCSI devices). So, in deciding on a purchase I chose HP again out of loyalty. Set-up on the 4670 was easy, the software acceptable (typical of HPs), and the scanner itself was beautiful. Unfortunately all images that I scanned were plagued with 1/2" tall bands of light and dark areas. I found no way to remedy this and was forced to return the scanner for a refund.

3-0 out of 5 stars HP 4670 Scanner
I purchased this scanner for the flexability that the form factor offered, but I was frustrated by several aspects of the design, documentation and software. 1. The scanner has a long USB cable that pulls laterally from the USB prt on your PC. If you leave it connected for any length of time or accidenty pull on the cable the port is sure to be damaged. 2. the software is junk. It's hard to figure out, crashes and gives less than perfect results. To save a scan you have to click several times and rename the file completly (it does not remember the last file name and allow to you append a number to it, you have to reenter the name completly every time.) So doing lots of scans quickly becomes a chore. The dark areas of scans have scan lines through them. 3. There is no manual. Well, there is a manual, but it's worthless. Nothing explains how to use settings and how to change them. The Arcsoft panoramic software crashes when trying to save and takes a huge amount of time to stitch high res large files. ... Read more


4. HP ScanJet 8200 Professional Image Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $573.00
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B00009X7EN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 9925
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

HP's ScanJet 8200 flatbed scanner was designed with the serious user in mind. With the ability to scan items up to 8.5 x 14 inches in size, multiple 35 mm negatives and slides using the built-in transparent materials adapter, or even up to 25 document pages unattended with the optional document feeder, the ScanJet 8200 can handle virtually any task.

High 4,800 dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color combine together to deliver professional quality results every time. Plus, you can by-pass your computer keyboard and use the six one-touch buttons to copy, save, or e-mail your scanned images, and more.

PC and Mac compatible, the 8200 comes with everything you'll need to get set up, including a handy bundle of imaging tools and software. The ScanJet 8200 comes backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
HP ScanJet 8200, transparent materials adapter, USB cable, external power adapter, user's manual, TWAIN driver, CD-ROMs with software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh [HP Photo & Imaging software with Share-to-Web software and HP Memories Disc Creator, HP ScanJet copy utility, suite of electronic help tools (includes paper manual), NewSoft Presto! BizCard Reader, IRIS ReadIris Pro, Adobe PhotoShop Elements, Adobe Acrobat Reader (Windows only)] ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • 4-second preview scans; 6 designated one-touch buttons
  • Built-in transparent-materials adapter for slides and film
  • Generous software, including NewSoft Presto! BizCard Reader, IRIS ReadIris Pro, and Adobe PhotoShop Elements
  • USB 2.0 interface, optional SCSI module; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars compatibility issue
I previously left a warning that this scanner was incompatible with Mac OS X Panther (10.3.x). However, HP has just released a driver for this scanner, and all compatibilty issues seem to be resolved. If you purchase this scanner within the next couple months (before the newer models with the driver included reach the outlets), you may find that you need to download the driver from www.hp.com. When I downloaded the driver, my computer mistook it as an Adobe Go Live file. If this happens, single click on the downloaded file and open it with Stuffit Expander (or similar program). This should work and give you a folder with several options. Rather than just the Mac OS 10.3 plug-in, select the icon for the general scanjet installer. If you have any other trouble, HP service should be able to help. Now that I finally got this contraption to work, I'm amazed at the quality and speed. You'll be very happy with this scanner.

5-0 out of 5 stars This scanner rocks!
I have thousands and thousands of family pictures and letters to
sort through and scan in, and my old scanner just wasn't up to
the task. I've been looking around for a faster scanner and this
one is defeinitely it. My old scanner took 80 seconds to scan a
color image at 300 dpi. This scanner takes maybe 8 seconds to do
the same, and the quality is better. I scan directly from Paint
Shop Pro using WIA, because I don't care much for the HP software
that comes with the scanner. I am in love with my new scanner
and have no doubt it was worth the extra money. ... Read more


5. HP ScanJet 4600 See-Thru Flatbed Scanner (Q3112A)
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $199.99
our price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C9ZJR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 6319
Average Customer Review: 2.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The ScanJet 4600 from HP is a see-through flatbed scanner that allows you to view documents and materials as they are being scanned. The see-through window lets you make precise scans, showing you the exact scanning area, while the included HP photo and imaging software helps you to get the most out of your scans. With larger items, simply scan multiple sections of the original and reassemble with the included software.

With 2,400 dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color, scans are accurate, crisp, and true-to-life, while the maximum document size of 8.5 by 11.7 inches lets you easily scan up to letter size documents and accepts a wide variety of media types including paper (plain, inkjet, photo), envelopes, labels, cards, banner paper, and more. The 4600 easily scans to multiple file formats, including BMP, TIFF, GIF, PDF, HTML, JPEG, FPX, TIFF compressed, PCX, RTF, TXT, and PNG, while the OCR (optical character recognition) software lets you scan documents to text.

Preview scan times are as little as 6 seconds, with 4-by-6-inch color photos taking as little as 27 seconds. Four front panel buttons (power save, scan, copy, launch HP Instant Share) provide convenient automation of commonly used functions, and HP's memories disc creator helps you easily create slide shows from your scans. The 4600 connects via a USB port (USB 2.0 compatible) and is compatible with both PC and Mac platforms.

What's in the Box
ScanJet 4600 see-thru flatbed scanner, combined USB and power cable assembly, horizontal holder, power adapter and A/C power cord (where applicable), quick-start setup poster, user's manual, CD-ROMs with software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh: HP Photo & Imaging software with HP memories disc creator software and HP instant share, HP copying software, suite of electronic help tools, Adobe Acrobat Reader, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, I.R.I.S. Readiris Pro 8.0 (for Microsoft Windows only), I.R.I.S. Readiris ... Read more

Features

  • 2,400 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth, 256-level grayscale
  • See through scanner cover
  • Front panel buttons for power save, scan, copy, and HP Instant Share
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Fooled Twice, Shame on Me!
I went through two scanners and about 10 hours before I realized it wasn't me, my computer or the "energy" of my office that was a problem. This scanner has a serious defect in its ability to scan anything that isn't very white or COMPLETELY flat against the glass. Vertical banding of dark and light stripes appeared in every scan I undertook with both 4600's.

I was given the runnaround by the HP tech(?) and am going to have to wait until HP or some other company revamps the technical issues of what is otherwise an elegant and smart design.

As a point of comparison I did identical scans with my Epson Stylus CX5400 all in one and when I could get a scan that wasn't plagued with the vertical banding I found the Epsons color and clarity superior at identical resolutions. (sarcasm here) Mind you, the Epson is a slightly more expensive ($50) printer copier scanner while the HP is only a scanner. This HP does not do what it is advertised to do.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unknown device for my computer
This scanner does'nt work on an ASUS P4P800 motherboard. It is not recognized by Windows XP SP1. On other systems it works.
It is smart but only for the look, not for working.
It seems to be the same problem with HP 4700. I'm disapointed. don't stay in confidence with the nice look and the HP brand. This is not a good HP product, read the reviews on commerce sites.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great design, BUT... also, questionable marketing
Granted, this is a great scanner and an inventive design. For me, however, the design screams to be used in a mobile fashion. After all, the unit is touted as a great scanner for large or unwieldy items (as opposed to a strictly desktop scanner, for instance). In my case, I was looking to use it for copying from books for use in research. If you have tried copying from a book on a flatbed scanner, even one with an expandable lid, you'll know the difficulty involved. With the 4600, one can effectively crop the book in realtime, eliminating the guesswork. BUT, imagine my surprise to learn that the scanner comes with a wall wart AC transformer! The addition of a power adapter significantly undercuts the 4600's utility as a mobile scanner (e.g.--books in a library). As an owner of a usb-powered Canon flatbed scanner, it didn't even occur to me that the 4600 would be different. Note that the marketing materials leave the impression that the 4600 is usb-powered. It touts a "combination usb/AC cable", a phrase that is certainly open to interpretation. In this case, it isn't even true: at some point, the "combination cable" _must_ split into a piece leading to the pc and a piece leading to the AC adapter. What is the advantage in this??? Also, the marketing materials cryptically list among the contents this line: AC adapter (where applicable). What does this even mean? A big thumbs down to HP for crippling a potentially great scanner, and attempting to hide its true identity. It's great as a desktop scanner, but there are loads of competitors that are cheaper in that class.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT when scanning 3D documents
As an avid scrapbooker and scrapbook business owner, scanning images that are "lumpy and bumpy" is next to impossible and believe me, I've tried every possible scanner out there. One of HP's ScanJet's did the trick for a while but it took up a majority of my desk. NOW I have a scanner that allows me to scan all my "lumpy and bumpy" objects with ease. Having a tough time finding something to scan something larger than 8x10? That's alright! This scanner comes with stitching software that gives PERFECT, SEAMLESS stitching. Awesome, awesome scanner. The best part is that I can stand it upright and store it beside my monitor so that I have more room for .... well .... more junk on my desk! :) ... Read more


6. HP ScanJet 8250 Document Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $1,003.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009X7EU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 8637
Average Customer Review: 2.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

HP's ScanJet 8250 flatbed scanner was designed with the serious user in mind. With the ability to scan items up to 8.5 x 14 inches in size, multiple 35 mm negatives and slides using the built-in transparent materials adapter, or even up to 25 double-sided document pages unattended with the included document feeder, the ScanJet 8250 can handle virtually any task.

High 4,800 dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color combine together to deliver professional quality results every time. Plus, you can by-pass your computer keyboard and use the six one-touch buttons to copy, save, or e-mail your scanned images, and more.

PC and Mac compatible, the 8250 comes with everything you'll need to get set up, including a handy bundle of imaging tools and software. The ScanJet 8250 comes backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
HP ScanJet 8250, HP ScanJet automatic document feeder, transparent materials adapter, USB cable, external power adapter, user's manual, TWAIN driver, CD-ROMs with software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh [HP Photo & Imaging software with Share-to-Web software and HP Memories Disc Creator, HP ScanJet copy utility, suite of electronic help tools (includes paper manual), NewSoft Presto! BizCard Reader, IRIS ReadIris Pro, Adobe PhotoShop Elements, Adobe Acrobat Reader (Windows only)] ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • 4-second preview scans; 6 designated one-touch buttons
  • Built-in transparent-materials adapter for slides and film
  • Auto document feeder
  • 1-year warranty; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars HP ScanJet 8250 - Document feeder jams too much
Don't buy this product if you really need the document scanner to scan photos. It consistantly jams and misaligns photos. The software included and other scanning functions work great, but the document loader is not good for photos.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the plague
The main problem with this scanner is its below average scanning software. The scanning area of the preview is a mere 15% of the screen (and if you'd like a close up, prepare for a rescan of the document!). And forget about using a third party scanning applications, nobody but HP will be able to use this piece of junk.

Contrast in the scans are by default bad, making the content of the document difficult to read. You can adjust the contrast in the first page (although it is a time consuming process, and since the document scan is a mere 15% of the total screen area, you are left second guessing the optimal settings). But believe it or not, by the time you scan your second page, the settings will go back to default, forcing you to readjust them.

If you think you can scan a document to a third party application and manipulate it with it via TWAIN (such as Windows Imaging), and save yourself the pain of having to deal with HP Scan, think again. You will end up with a beautiful picture of THE LAST PAGE ("oh yes, this is by design" - HP Technician).

The ADF is prone to paperjams, and they are tough and time consuming to clear. Only the smoothest paper will allow pass through without problems.

I open a case with HP support (case no. 7161364157). They told me a technician would call back (this was a month ago). Still waiting for the call.

HP really dropped the ball with this twinky. If you are planning to buy a document scanner, this is not the way to go. If you are planning to buy a photograph scanner, I suggest one of Epson's Perfection scanners, and save yourself 500 dolars worth of junk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Previous Reviewer Needs Correction
After reading the review "correction and complaint" I was trying to figure out where this person was coming from. He/she is incorrect on all their points.

1) The color rendition is incredible and looks nearly identical to the item scanned.

2) You do not have to choose the image size. When I scan a letter document, the scanner knows it. And when I scan a legal document, it knows that too. I don't even know how to trick the thing.

3) As for the grayscale having to be chosen every time: Under "scan settings" you can choose your default settings. You can tell it to default to 1 bit or 8 bit grayscale, or many different color options. This will be the default setting if you elect not to change them every time you scan.

I wonderered if this reviewer had just opened the box and didn't bother to read the manual or play with the software settings before posting. Or maybe he's a Canon person.

Oh well. Just thought I'd dispell some untruths on the scanjet 8250. In my opinion and use, it has been a great, full featured scanner!

2-0 out of 5 stars correction and complaint
The technical data is wrong. The scanning area is 8 1/2 by 14. The auto document feeder scans both sides.
The color scans are below average. It's amazing how distorted and super saturated the colors are, considering the price. It took me hours to fiddle with all the slide bars and dials to come up with an image that more closely represents that actual colors of the image. It took 5 seconds for my $80 Canon flatbed to come up with an almost perfect image. You would think at this price, HP would have spent a little more time fine tuning the software. When scanning on the HP, you have to choose the size of the image every time you use the auto feeder otherwise everything comes out legal size. The default choice is true color, it is necessary to choose grayscale for every scan if black and white documents are going to be scanned. Now let me figure this out, this scanner is aimed at offices primarily for document scans and grayscale has to be chosen every time? The color scanning is so poor, why is it the default if that is not what this scanner is made for. I have to pick grayscale every time I scan. That is a hassle. You can make a custom profile that can be programmed to the buttons on the front of the scanner, but the buttons don't work for Paperport which comes with the scanner. The auto feeder only reads one side at a time. It flips the pages over and reads the other side. It is cool to watch, but I wonder how long the intricate workings of this mechanism will last... The pages have to be reasonably sturdy and thick otherwise the papers jam and everything has to be rescanned. ... Read more


7. HP ScanJet 7650 Flatbed Scanner with Auto Document Feeder (L1940A#B1H)
list price: $793.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007O983O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 39315
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Product Description

HP Scanjet 7650 Scanner Fast, high-quality scans at up to 12 ppm (6 ipm duplex) unattended using an automatic document feeder that holds up to 50 pages. Warms up quickly—preview scans in about six seconds. Document management software, ISIS and TWAIN drivers included. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 35 mm film adapter and USB cable
  • Up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color, 256-level grayscale
  • 8.5 x 14-inch scanning area
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder

8. HP ScanJet 3970 Digital Flatbed Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $121.00
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000ACOW4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 993
Average Customer Review: 2.68 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Digital flatbed color scanner with high-speed USB connectivity
  • 2,400 x 2,400 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • 13-second preview speed
  • Transparent materials adapter included
  • USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars Worthless for slides/negatives!
Despite some reviews, I took the chance that the slide and negative scanning abilities of the HP 3970 *might* be ok... they are NOT. Whatever the specs may say, you can only scan up to 2 negatives or 1 slide at a time. The lamp DOES have to warm up AGAIN after each scan session, even if your last one was just moments before. This makes just waiting for a preview excruciating! Next, the scan time to actually scan a negative at only 300 dpi is about 45-60 sec.

Long and short- this scanner was set up and tested and now is going back to the store... all within about 1 hour.

I didn't even bother trying the regular image scan functions, as all I'm really interested in right now is scanning negatives and slides. I'm sure the basic functions are good, as HP does have a decent rep for flatbed scans.

The software installed easily though in Windows XP Pro. It did seem a bit clunky, but I didn't bother playing with it enough to let it bother me.

4-0 out of 5 stars solid scanner for the price
I don't know what scrappy's problem was, but my scanned slides turned out to be gorgeous. My old Umax Astra always blocked up slides and negatives with excessive contrast, but the HP scans them with no problem. Prints are a cinch. I don't find the wait excessive at all-- maybe fifteen seconds, which is hardly interminable for a USB device.

The software is good, but not great. It certainly doesn't have the sophistication of the Adoble Elements that come with Epson scanners, but it's fine for basic image manipulation. It seems to reset to prints with each new scan, which is inconvenient but not insurmountable for slides and negatives.

For a hundred bucks, it's a great piece of hardware. And in my experience, HP equipment is MUCH more durable than Epson.

1-0 out of 5 stars HP SCANJET 3570 DISPOSABLE?
Like others have mentioned in their review, my HP 3570 worked fine for a while. The problem started when after moving, I attempted to scan with my scanjet. Nothing works! It is like there is no power to the scanner, though it's connected exactly the way it was before I moved. I decided to see what what happen if I installed it on another computer and again - NOTHING WORKS!!! I tried all the troubleshooting and driver installing, updating, etc.... NOTHING!I see now after reading other's reviews, I am not the only one who feels scammed, ripped-off, dissappointed, let down, etc. by this pathetic HP product! Shame on what I used to think of as a respectable name in computer equipment!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Ugh! 3 Am Madness!
I am going to burn this thing! I have spent 5 hours messing with this stupid thing and nothing works! I have downloaded every driver update etc. HP just sucks...

2-0 out of 5 stars An HP Miss
I found the software cumbersome, and always used software that came with my Samsung. Scans turned out fine, but speed was slow.
After six months of use I started getting error messages. After corresponding with the e-mail tech support, I determined that it is a problem with the TMA lamp. Even though the TMA is in the lid, it involves a problem in the base that disables the entire scanner. I had just assembled some negatives and slides to use with the TMA, but never got to use it before the unit died.
The tech support system worked well to pinpoint the problem, but it was some time, a lot of emails, and a phone call before someone told me that it was out of warrantee. (I am sorry, I don't remember all the warrantee periods for everything I buy.) This went on after I had already given my date of purchase early in the process. You would think that HP would train its support staff to notice this earlier. ... Read more


9. HP PSC 2175 Multifunction
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $246.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009RU91
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 2382
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Many household and small office tasks are easily accomplished with the HP PSC 2175 all-in-one. Print, copy, and scan to your heart's content; it even prints directly from your camera's memory card for PC-free operation. Delivering high resolution in any mode, the HP PSC 2175 handles most common media types and sizes, with output speeds of up to 18 ppm in black, 13 ppm in color.

Enjoy printing resolution up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi on premium photo papers with 1,200 x 1,200 dpi input. Scanning resolution is up to 1,200 x 2,400 dpi with 48-bit color.

The HP PSC 2175 is PC and Mac compatible with USB connectivity and comes with everything you'll need to get started. HP backs this product with it's standard 1 year warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
HP PSC 2175 all-in-one, HP 56 black inkjet print cartridge (19 ml) C6656A, HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (17 ml) C6657A, power cord, setup poster and reference guide, HP Photo & Imaging software, HP Memories disc creator software on CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • Prints, copies, and scans, all from 1 handy household unit
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi resolution; photos with or without borders
  • Up to 18 ppm black, 13 ppm color for printing and copying
  • Prints directly from your camera's memory card
  • Includes HP photo and imaging and disc-creator software

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased w/ the printer so far
I haven't owned this for long, I'll be the first to admit. But after reading some reviews re: the long installation process I wanted to reassure people on that account. I timed the process from removing it from the box to all features up and running through my computer- 25 min. I don't consider that long at all.

It's very user friendly and gives very good copies and photos. We had the older PSC 750 w/ its photo editing software. I was pleased to see that HP has tweaked the software and improved the "remove red eye" function.

We own a HP computer w/ memory card slots. I think it's one of the best features of the computer. I'm looking forward to being able to use the printer in the same way. No more fussing w/ a USB cable and the software.(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars HP 2175
I love this printer and use mine at home all the time.<br />I am so pleased with it, I'm buying one for my mother who is not into technology. She can copy her patterns etc on it and enlarge them so that they are easier for her to read!<br />

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible printer! You want frustration, buy this printer!
Horrible printer! You want frustration, buy this printer!

I bought this printer last year. Since then, I only have frustration and more frustration trying to use this printer. HP offers one year warranty on this printer. I'd prefer not to have any warranty at all. I've contacted HP tech support and they keep sending (shipping) defective printer after defective printer to me. Not to mention countless hours on the phone trying to solve the problem.
There's a GRINDING sound every time I turn on the printer. It says, align cartridge. The GRINDING sound continues until it says SCANNER failure.

I've always used HP products, but after the experience with this printer, I'll think twice. The funny thing is, before buying this printer I came to this page to read the reviews. I liked it. Now I am stuck with this problem because I found the reviews helpful. What's going on? How come it works for you and not for me?

HTH,
a sincere reviewer!

5-0 out of 5 stars good choice
This is a very nice printer/scanner/card reader. I did a bit of research before buying this unit and am very pleased at the results. It does a very nice job for the money. I got it even cheaper in the store.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer
Recommended this unit & set it up for my mother-in-law. The print quality is great, and the printer detects paper type automatically (no more mistaken settings on photo paper!!). The card reader is a boon, especially since her old card reader stopped working after an OS upgrade. The supplied software is a little creaky on OS X but it still is an incredible value for the money. ... Read more


10. HP ScanJet 8290 Duplex Document Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $1,671.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009NDC8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 16190
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 8.5-by-14-inch flatbed scanner
  • 4,800 x 4,800 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • Hi-Speed USB and SCSI connectivity

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars A good, solid product, but . . .
Don't believe HP's claim that the 8290 is "network ready". I was disappointed to learn, after I purchased mine, that the scanner cannot be accessed over our network, because our operating system is not NT4. If you use Win98, Win2000, or WinXP, forget the network feature.
Other than that bit of false advertising, I have no complaints. The hardware and software work smoothly and efficiently, and the 25 pages per minute claim is achievable, but only when scanning to a file, which is the best procedure anyway.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you're using OS X
We bought a Scanjet 8290 with auto document feeder last week because we need a fast scanner to digitize thousands of documents. It seems like none of the really fast scanners work with Macs, only Windows. HP, on the other hand, promised scans "up to 25 pages per minute."

Well, we couldn't get it to scan more than 4 pages per minute using our 1 GHz iMac (768 MB RAM). After a couple of days of trying to get it to work, we finally called HP's tech support (their website is so bad it's unbelievable). We were told that the 25 pages per minute rate is for a really souped up Windows machine (2 GHz, loads of RAM, etc). As far as their engineers are concerned, they can't scan more than 4 pages per minute on OS X either (on a machine similar to ours).

It boils down to software, and the tech guy said there are no plans to write better software for OS X to fix this discrepancy in performance. I think it's false advertising and a total lack of regard for their customers. Besides, if I'll have to end up using a Windows machine, I would have gone with a different scanner (the Fujitsu ones get good reviews). The only reason I bought HP is because of the OS X compatibility and the purported high scan throughput.

For now, I suggest you don't buy an 8290 if you're looking at their promised scan rates and especially if you're on a Mac platform. Their software stinks, and you'll only get 4 pages per minute (if you save all your files into Acrobat; as JPGs, you get 2 pages per minute). I'm back in the market for another scanner, although I'm resigned to the fact that I might have to use a PC to get what I want. But there's no way I'm buying an HP ever again. ... Read more


11. HP ScanJet 5530 Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $271.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C9ZJU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 14006
Average Customer Review: 2.73 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for home users, the HP ScanJet 5530 has plenty of fun features without a lot of complicated directions. Whether you're hoping to digitize your family's complete archives or just want to add a photo to the holiday newsletter, you'll be able to get it accomplished with ease. Thanks to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi, 48-bit color, and 256-level grayscale, every image will have crisply legible text and rich, accurate colors.

If you find yourself with a stack of same-size photos to load, let the 4-by-6-inch photo scanner do it for you--it holds up to 24 at one time and can finish the job in less than five minutes (depending on settings). An included adapter allows processing of negatives and slides, while the accompanying software allows you to correct color and damage in photos, organize digital scrapbooks, and email new photos right to family at the touch of a single button. If you need to shrink or enlarge an image, you can do so in 1% increments all the way from 10% to 2000% of the original size.

The 5530 is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems and requires a USB port for connection. HP provides a one-year warranty covering parts and service.

What's in the Box
HP ScanJet 5530 PhotoSmart scanner with automatic photo feeder, transparent materials adapter, Hi-Speed USB cable, power supply, setup poster, user's manual, CD-ROM with software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh: HP Photo & Imaging software with HP Memories Disc Creator and HP Instant Share, HP copying software, suite of electronic help tools, Adobe Acrobat Reader, ArcSoft Collage Creator and Scan Photos to Collage Creator desktop icon, I.R.I.S. Readiris Pro 8.0 (for Microsoft Windows), I.R.I.S. Readiris (for Macintosh) ... Read more

Features

  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • Maximum document size of 8.5 by 11.7 inches
  • 4-by-6-inch photo feeder
  • Scans photos to your favorite applications in just seconds
  • USB interface, cable included; 1-year warranty

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars When it Works Correctly It Scans Well..Auto Feed is Terrible
I've had the scanner for a month. The first reviewer is definitely on point. I bought the scanner because of the Auto Feed feature - no one else offered this. I was able to scan a new (just back from Kodak) stack of photos with no problem, but everything else I put in the feeder jams. Do not even think about putting different sized pictures in at the same time, either. Also, when I put anything on the glass that does not fill the surface, I end up scanning a picture of the mechanism itself along with the picture. What's going on? Did I forget to do something? The numbering and renumbering of pictures will definitely make you crazy as well! The pictures I was able to scan, came out great. The software included with the scanner was also very useful. However, if I can't figure out why I'm getting a picture of the scanner and why the auto feeder doesn't work this baby will have to be returned. If I'm going to have to scan photos one at a time, I might as well get a model under $100. Also, if anyone does decide to get this scanner, it sells for about $40 less at Costco than Office Supply stores, etc.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely tragic.
I bought this scanner with the Automatic Photo Feeder so I could digitize my grandparents' photo albums and create a present for my mother. I'm now seeking a refund directly from hp. This is why:

1) The APF is not usable.
2) The scanning interface is abysmal. (actually a script running in Internet Explorer!)
3) HP support has offered no response to problems.

The hardware would actually be cool for the price. The APF does a good enough job sucking in a stack of photos, jamming frequently but not too frequently. But hardware cannot work without software, and tragically this scanner has been saddled with possible the worst scanning software ever written - actually negating the usefulness of the APF and making even normal flat bed scans a nightmarish experience. My simple photo album project revealed critical flaws that must have been found in HP's quality assurance department, but inexplicably were not addressed.

DETAILS:

1) Problems Using the Automatic Photo Feeder (APF)

PROBLEM: False "jam" errors. Often the scanner reports that a photo has jammed, but the scanned photo is not jammed at all. It is sitting in the output tray exactly where it should be.

PROBLEM: Scan is not saved when an error occurs (such as a "jam" error) even though the scan was completed successfully (and can be swiped out of the temp folder before it gets deleted if you are quick enough). This is by far the most infuriating item and shows that HP skipped the quality assurance phase of development.

PROBLEM: "Descreen" is not available as a scanning option when using the Automatic Photo Feeder (APF) in batch scans.

PROBLEM: Saved scanning profiles are not applied to photos in the APF - unless there is only one photo in the feeder (or it's the last of a batch) - which forces one to insert one photo at a time, virtually negating the concept of batch scanning a stack of photos.

PROBLEM: Photos are consistently cropped incorrectly. The left edge of the image is cut off, while the right side of the image includes a portion of the scanning hood. It appears there is an offset problem. This problem occurs regardless of the size of the photo and is especially problematic with photos with rounded corners (most of the photos I'm scanning)

PROBLEM: Photos are not saved after each scan. Instead the software waits until all photos in the batch have been scanned before writing the images to the destination folder. This methodology has three major drawbacks. 1) I scanned 6 photos through the APF without realizing there was a photo already on the glass. 2) Any errors / software mishaps will result in lost scan(s). 3) Work cannot begin on scans until entire batch is finished

2) Problems Using the "hp scanning" interface

PROBLEM: Cropping rectangle dimensions do not "stick". Clicking "Descreen" or "New Scan" causes new coordinates to be auto-generated, even when "Automatically Crop Scanned Images" is disabled. Most scanning interfaces remember settings from scan to scan so a pleasant workflow can emerge.

PROBLEM: Number Fields do not always hold their values after typing them in manually. Sometimes this is not evident until several clicks later when the number fields spontaneously revert to previous values.

PROBLEM: After manually adjusting exposure and color settings - moving the cropping rectangle loses them and inserts auto-generated settings.

PROBLEM: Clicking "descreen" makes custom exposure / color settings revert to auto generated values.

PROBLEM: Dragging any of the sliders to min or max causes elements in the interface to become "selected" (like a web page) and can even "scroll" the entire panel behind its frame border so that some controls are inaccessible. Often adjacent sliders become selected and upon operating their knobs the mouse cursor turns into the "CAN'T DO THAT" symbol (circle with line through it). Once this symbol comes up, the slider knob will stop moving. Upon releasing the mouse button the user finds that the knob is stuck to the mouse cursor. Clicking on the interface a couple times will drop the knob and deselect the offending interface elements but by this time carefully placed settings have been lost.

PROBLEM: The "Color Adjustment" wheel features a an un-clickable surface, and an icon that cannot be dragged more than a few pixels before you get the Internet Explorer CAN'T DO THAT icon (circle with a line through it). Then when you let go of the mouse, the icon is stuck to the cursor and the carefully placed setting is lost. This makes trying to do color correction a waking nightmare.

PROBLEM: Menu bar: "Additional Items" and "Scan Preferences" lead to identical menus with identical title bars (the title bar says "Scan Preferences") However, the help file confusingly alludes to some significance in the difference between these panels.

PROBLEM: Auto Exposure consistently over-exposes skies, eliminating subtle details and creating huge areas of solid white.

PROBLEM: I have found no explanation for the "Best quality scan from Automatic Photo Feeder" preference. The only information I found on the hp support web site was that it "Optimizes scan settings for the automatic photo feeder" What does this option do and what would be a reason for disabling it?

3) HP Support responsiveness

After 22 days of promises from HP support (in India), they still have yet to address any of these issues. I send them this list over and over, and they tell me they have forwarded my comments but never address them. Even the simple questions about the functionality of the product (last item in my list) go unanswered. I've seen some of these issues about their software reported over a year ago and they have never addressed them. There have been no updates to the software since September of 2003.

From what I understand, this software is used in much of their imaging product line so beware. There's more but I have a 1000 word limit!

1-0 out of 5 stars This one is going back
Many recent HP products have great designs but poor execution, and this is unfortunately one of them.

Like many other reviewers, I was looking for a scanner with an automatic 6x4" photo feeder, since I was very sick of placing pictures on a flatbed one by one only to be confronted with slanted scans. This HP is the only one on the market with this well-thought-out feature. And like some of the reviewers, I saw its high rating in both PC World and PC Mag.

But the two hundred bux was totally a waste. The scanner is bulky and huge! It's also heavier than most scanners you'll encounter. But the biggest problem is the photo feeder, which is very poorly constructed and jams all too easily. (Sidenote: I personally do not like HP laser printers because they jam easily, too. I guess HP's mechanical engineers need a re-education in designing these mechanisms.) I have hundreds of old 3x5 and 4x6 photos which I was hoping to digitize, but after getting very frustrated with having the first batch of a dozen photos (Kodak, Fuji and Agfa papers) jammed again and again and again, I pretty much gave up.

This is an expensive scanner and it fails miserably at the one thing I paid premium for, the photo feeder, so it's going back to the store. My advice: wait for the next version, or wait for a similar offering from Epson or another competitor (hopefully soon).

3-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this for scanning slides!
Having boxes of childhood slides that I wanted to convert to digital, all of the product details showed this to be the one, for the money.

The slide holder allows a scan of 3 slides at once, BUT... When you crop the 8 1/2 x 11 digital image down to one slide, and zoom in to see the image, the quality is worthless. The colors are gone and the resolution is terrible.

Since I ONLY bought this for scanning slides, it is going back. The Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV (2891-301) Film Scanner seems to be the right machine, and for only $279 vs $195 for this one.

Works fine for images that are 3x5 or larger, but DO NOT buy it for scanning slides!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great project in it's price range
This is a mid-range consumer scanner with some great extra features that you don't find on other scanners in the same price range. After reading some of the other reviews I was hesitant about buying the scanner but made the plunge after using the scanner at a friends.

Note that this was PC Magazines Editor's Choice. Check out their website for the review (www.pcmag.com).

I have found that documents and photos scan easily, and I've even been able to get some of our family's old slides to scan. However, getting good scans of slide is NOT easy. If you want to scan a large number of slides get a dedicated slide scanner.

Also, the automatic document feeded is OK for small groups of photos. It tends to jam easily when a larger number of photos are scanned at the same time. Again, I see this as a nice extra, but not a replacement for a $1000 auto document feeder.

The scans are clear and crisp, however, it will slow down as you push the quality above 600dpi.

My only complaint is the included software. I tried it out but quickly went back to my other photo editing software. Since TWAIN drivers are included, you can use your favorite photo editing software and skip the included software. ... Read more


12. HP ScanJet 3670 Digital Flatbed Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $98.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009X7EK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 7195
Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

HP designed the 3670 flatbed scanner with the following things in mind: speed, convenience, versatility, and ease of use for the novice. With three one-touch buttons linked to the most common tasks, beginners will be scanning, copying, printing, and emailing images to friends and family in no time.

The 3670's flatbed design accommodates nearly any type of original including 3-D objects up to 8.5 by 11.7 inches in size, and the built-in transparent materials adapter even lets you scan negatives and slides.

The 3670 comes with everything you'll need to get started, including easy-to-use HP Photo & Imaging software, plus many other useful tools for both PC and Mac users. The 3670 comes backed by a 90-day warranty.

What's in the Box
HP ScanJet 3670 digital flatbed scanner with built-in transparency adapter, USB cable, power cord/supply, user's manual, CD-ROMs with software for MS Windows and Macintosh [HP Photo & Imaging software with HP Memories Disc Creator & HP Instant Share, HP ScanJet copy utility, suite of electronic help tools, Adobe Acrobat Reader, IRIS ReadIRIS OCR, Hemera Greeting Card Creator (Windows only)] ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 1,200 dpi optical resolution; 48-bit color
  • 8-second preview scans; 3 designated one-touch buttons
  • Built-in transparent-materials adapter for slides and film
  • IRIS ReadIRIS OCR, Hemera Greeting Card Creator software
  • USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible; 90-day warranty

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Scanner - Only Buy with An Extended Warranty
This is my 2nd HP scanner. The first lasted 6 years, this one 6 months. The scanner seemed a little slow but did a good job of scanning. I don't use one everyday so I don't need a high end scanner. At light usage I did expect the scanner to last longer than 6 months. Since this is a relatively inexpensive scanner, repairing it is not cost effective. My next scanner will be from Canon which I have found out has a 1-year warranty rather than only 90 days.

1-0 out of 5 stars scanjet 3670 by HP
still no drivers for mac os 10.3 and upgrades (Panther)
no photoshop plug-in too.
and even for mac OS 10.2 drivers are not downloadable by the net:
you must contact HP for them to send it to you by the post office and they will make you pay for that!!!

sorry but if you want an universal scan that work on several different computers try another one !

4-0 out of 5 stars Love the machine
I love this scanner. It is a high quality machine. The quick access buttons on the front are very conveint. My only problem with this is that it didn't give enough instructions on how to use the picture negatives part. ... Read more


13. Hewlett Packard ScanJet 4400Cxi Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005K3LS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 41564
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Features

  • Flatbed, single-pass scanner
  • 600 x 600 dpi optical resolution
  • 36-bit color
  • USB or parallel connectivity
  • Scans photos in less than a minute

14. Hewlett Packard ScanJet 6390C Professional Series Color Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $899.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000034DBJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 5299
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Amazon.com Review

Looking for a good basic scanner for home or small office use? The Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 6390C professional scanner is a strong performer and is easy to set up, so you will be scanning in no time.

The ScanJet 6390C is a solid basic scanner that more than adequately fills a useful range of needs. Setup and installation were quick, easy, and intuitive. The oversized quick installation poster was easy to read and simple to follow. If you want additional assistance, you will need to check the coach feature (part of the extensive online help system) or other online help, since the 6390C doesn't include a printed user's guide. You can also use the internal coach to help scan your work after a quick but thorough tutorial. (It took us only 10 minutes to run through all the steps.)

In our tests, the scanner required a warm-up time of just under a minute and a half. After warm-up, we quickly reproduced flat images and slides using several different preset dpi settings. The scanner also has an automatic feeder for scanning multiple flat documents or images, which we found particularly useful. With the feeder attached, the scanner can handle up to five scans per minute. The slide adapter is a bit cumbersome, with too much leeway in the placement of the slide, but it produces vivid scans. The ScanJet 6390C also includes a transparency adapter that allows you to scan transparencies in sizes up to 5 by 5 inches.

This is a fairly effortless scanner that can meet a wide range of needs. Whether paired with an ink-jet or laser printer, you will get crisp, clear scanned images. You can also fax scans or attach them to an e-mail with the click of a button. --David Greenberger

Pros:

  • Fast, easy setup
  • Can handle a full range of originals
  • Complete solution with feeder, slide adapter, and transparency adapter

Cons:

  • Slide adapter is cumbersome
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Features

  • 1,200 dpi hardware resolution, unlimited enhanced, 36-bit color depth
  • Automatic document feeder, transparency adapter, and slide adapter
  • SCSI and USB interfaces
  • HP Intelligent Scanning Technology
  • Great software bundle for productivity

15. HP ScanJet 3200C Color Flatbed Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $79.88
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JPII
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 23819
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This low-priced, entry-level, quality flatbed scanner includes Hewlett-Packard's Intelligent Scanning Technology and PrecisionScan software. The ScanJet 3200C has true 600 dpi optical scanning and 30-bit color depth for detailed scans with millions of vibrant colors.

Setting up the ScanJet 3200C was easy--we just followed the instructions on the setup poster. We plugged in the AC power supply, connected the parallel cable (included), turned on our PC, inserted the CD-ROM, and followed the HP setup wizard. After restarting our PC, we also installed Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 and Caere OmniPage Pro (trial edition), which are included on the same CD-ROM.

To test the scanner, we started an image-editing application, selected the ScanJet 3200C as our source, and clicked the scan button. The HP PrecisionScan LT application started automatically, running in its own window, and displayed four easy steps for completing the scan. We followed each step as we scanned a magazine photo and exported it back to our image-editing application. The scan took 52 seconds and included unwanted moir&eacute; patterns (typical when scanning magazine photos). We were unable to find an option for filtering these unwanted patterns in the PrecisionScan software, but the scan was otherwise clear, bright, and true to the original. A similar scan of another color photo did not include the moir&eacute; patterns.

To test the OCR software, we placed a document on the scanner that contained both text and graphics. The text was white on a black background--a difficult test for many scanners. We started Microsoft Word and selected its Acquire Text command. The scan took 2.5 minutes, including OCR translation, and the result contained many typographical errors. The software also mistook much of the text for graphic elements. We repeated the scan with black text on a white background; the results were much better, but there were still several typographical errors.

Overall, the performance was fair and, considering the low price, we think the scanner did well.

Pros:

  • Great value at a low price
  • Easy to set up and use

Cons:

  • No software filters to reduce moir&eacute; patterns
  • Relatively large and bulky
  • OCR software is trial edition
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Features

  • Intelligent Scanning Technology
  • Easy parallel connection
  • 600 dpi optical resolution, 9,600 dpi enhanced
  • 30-bit color depth
  • PrecisionScan LT software

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love it! Easy To Use... Professional Level Pictures.
I've used this HP scanner to add pizazz to the pages on several professional websites and I am delighted with it. It was the easiest to install... follow the simple directions. Comes with Adobe PhotoShopDeluxe 2.0 image editor which also does a great job... and va voom... I am "pasting up" photos and graphics to spice up my site... and zooming up a photo album to share the news with family and friends accross the world

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Scanner
I bought this scanner a while back and I just absolutly love it.. The color scan on it is one of the best I have seen for a long time. It does good for black and white also. It's a little slow when it's scanning but for the money and the quality it does a great job. Buy one today you can't go wrong with HP period.

4-0 out of 5 stars Slow, but reliable
This was my first scanner, and in my opinion, a very well designed one. I remember that I was up and scanning the first day I brought it home. It even worked with my old 486 long after I got a faster PC. I'll admit that it isn't fast, but if you are only going to do a little occasional scanning (such as for Ebay) it is just fine. It hums and it grinds- but it never failed me.
The only reason that I finally sold mine was, that the cable connectors (parallel port) weren't compatible with my new Gateway (USB).

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my needs
After reading all the reviews on this product, I was not sure - until the store put this on clearance (newer models are out). It worked great the first day, then didn't the next ("cannot find scanner" message), but I contacted HP online and the next day got a help message. Since then it has given me no troubles. I realize if/when I ever update my computer, this will probably not work(I use Windows 98), but that seems to be the way with anything you buy nowadays - it is already outdated when you get it home. But for now, it does a great job and I am very pleased. (Still I wish it were "one touch", but that is the newer models.) Photo editing program seems to be okay-nothing great, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Scanner
This is a great high resolution scanner. I use this thing everyday and I have no problems with it. I love how the color and the hp scanning technology enhances your pictures which is definately a plus. Buy this scanner if you are using win. 98. ... Read more


16. HP ScanJet 2200c Color Flatbed Scanner (C8507A)
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AAJP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 5968
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 2200c provides color scanning, and push-buttonoperation, while accommodating 3-D objects and books. Scan your images toWeb, print, or e-mail, with 600-dpi optical resolution and 42-bit color,with this slim, low-profile scanner designed for PC owners.

A flatbed, one-pass color and monochrome scanner which permits colorcopying when connected to a color printer, the HP 2200c offers an 8.5-by-11.7-inch scanning area and a hinged cover. With hardware resolution of 600 x 1,200 dpi, enhanced to 9,600 dpi, it scans at fast speeds such as 48seconds for a 4-by-6-inch color photo, and just over a minute for a fullpage of text using OCR. HP's software package supports the editing ofscanned documents, saving to storage, printing or sending your image towhatever application (fax, copy, file) you choose. It offers multiple fileformats for images and text alike.

The 2200c has a practical and versatile USB interface and ships with USBcable and CD-ROM scanning software. The unit is supported by a 90-dayhardware warranty and 90 days of telephone support. ... Read more

Features

  • Easy-to-use color scanner
  • Built-in scan and copy buttons for 1-touch scanning
  • 600 dpi optical resolution with 42-bit color
  • USB connectivity, PC compatible
  • Includes complete software bundle

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value
One of the cheaper scanners out there, the HP 2200C offers a no-frills solution if you want a scanner that gives you high resolution for a low price.

It has a nice, big scanning surface and works fairly quickly. One downer is that it comes with no cool editing software...just the necessary scanning and basic editing tools.

The pictures come out looking sharp, and the scanner is of a reasonable size. One problem I had with it was that my computer would randomly reboot as I was saving the scan image....a tech support call suggested that I eliminate all other programs while running the scanner to maximize my system resources. I did this, and haven't run into any more reboots...so far, that is.

A good product, but you can do a bit better if you spend 20 bucks more.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Unit for the price.
This is a easy to setup quick little scanner, not the smallest unit, certainly not the biggest. I find the software to be fine, and I dont even bother with Adobeshare as I save all my scans to a file rather than adobe share. Additionally the gentlemen from India is entirely wrong, you can easily save as any format from the scanner. All my files get saved as jpegs.

The best feature on this unit is the copier feature, on push of the button and the image goes right to my printer, and it looks awesome.......

I have ONE COMPLAINT. THe quality of the buttons in front of the machine WILL NOT stand up to heavy use. I dont use them you can activate the features via software... if you forget that HP got cheap on the buttons you will love this unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars No review - need help
My granddaughter gave me her unused scanner, hp 2200c, but has lost the software. How do I find an installation disk? I'll be glad to purchase what's needed. Thanx, Bill

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice scanner
I've owned this scanner for almost two years and has worked perfectly for everything I scan. Never a glitch. Unfortunately I'm now needing one that will scan negatives and slides as well. I wish they were as cheaply priced as this one was. For a first time user, you can't go wrong in buying this little workhorse.

3-0 out of 5 stars A few bugs to work out
This is a fairly cheap, good quality scanner. Mine, however, has one little problem: the little ribbon of wire that connects to the light bar often gets tangled when the light bar moves the full length of the tray (which it must do before "starting a new scan") . When it becomes tangled the light bar refuses to move and the motor makes a horrible sound. The only solution is to take it apart and untangle this jumple of wires. The images are otherwise high quality, just seems that the engineers were a little short sighted. ... Read more


17. Hewlett Packard Scanjet 6350cxi Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004SYV1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 8450
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Looking for a good basic scanner for home or small office use? The Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 6350Cxi professional scanner is a strong performer and is easy to set up, so you will be scanning in no time.

The ScanJet 6350Cxi is a solid basic scanner that more than adequately fills a useful range of needs. Setup and installation were quick, easy, and intuitive. The oversized quick installation poster was easy to read and simple to follow. If you want additional assistance, you will need to check the coach feature (part of the extensive online help system) or other online help, since the 6350Cxi doesn't include a printed user's guide. You can also use the internal coach to help scan your work after a quick but thorough tutorial. (It took us only 10 minutes to run through all the steps.)

In our tests, the scanner required a warm-up time of just under a minute and a half. After warm-up, we quickly reproduced flat images and slides using several different preset dpi settings. The scanner also has an automatic feeder for scanning multiple flat documents or images, which we found particularly useful. With the feeder attached, the scanner can handle up to five scans per minute. The slide adapter is a bit cumbersome, with too much leeway in the placement of the slide, but it produces vivid scans.

This is a fairly effortless scanner that can meet a wide range of needs. Whether paired with an ink-jet or laser printer, you will get crisp, clear scanned images. You can also be fax scans or attach them to an e-mail with the click of a button. --David Greenberger

Pros:

  • Fast, easy setup
  • Can handle a full range of originals

Cons:

  • Slide adapter is cumbersome
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Features

  • 1,200 dpi hardware resolution, 36-bit color depth
  • Automatic document feeder
  • SCSI and USB interfaces
  • HP Intelligent Scanning Technology
  • Software bundle for productivity

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars It can be serviced & works for me!
HP doesn't want you inside the scanner changing bulbs and cleaning the underside of the glass - too difficult for the average user and you can damage beyond repair. Service is available through HP by contacting the HP Customer Care Center at 1-800-474-6836 But smoke, etc. is outside the focal range and does not affect the scan (I know, I smoke and that is mainly where it comes from)

RE bulb problems, I found my bulb was fine. If anythng goes wrong reset the scanner. Just power everything down, disconect the cables and power for 30 seconds. power up scanner (usb or scsi not conected) repeat 3 times, then a forth time with everything conected. Start up your computer and it all works. you may also have to check that your hpscnmgr.dll and hpscnmgr.hlp files are still in your wwindows system32 directory - if not, reload your software (available on the HP website)

I also had the paper feed problem, HP told me how to clear and clean it. Bottom line was HP service answered my email within an hour (as they usually do) and continued to work me through any problems. Those problems didn't occur until after almost 3 years .. as these things go that is pretty impressive.

BUT - I would like to have a larger flatbed (legal documents, etc.) and sugest that to anyone buying a scanner

1-0 out of 5 stars Troublesome, unreliable and unrepairable.
No problem with USB on Win98, Win98SE or Win2K. Software crashes regularly, cannot be uninstalled, won't work with Officejet 1150cse on same computer. Scanner plate glass came dirty on underside, not cleanable. HP support says this won't affect images but it does. Document feeder only worked once. Scan quality good except for dirty spots on scanner plate glass (top edge). Lamp failed after approximately 10 hours of use and is not replaceable (only used every few months). HP support is not helpful, web site difficult and little information on this model. Requires too much time to get working for busy office that only needs occasional scan. Other HP products have been excellent but very disappointed with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you need to scan multi-page documents, get this scanner!
If you're like me, you probably have a number of handwritten and typed notes that you want to scan into your computer (along with a chaotic shoebox of pictures). This scanner has saved me so much time and it will save you time, also. Whereas every other scanner forces you to attend to the scanner to change EACH page, this scanner takes a bunch of pages and scans them in at once. Presto!

Then, using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, you can turn those typed notes into Microsoft Word documents you can edit yourself.

Need to get your documents scanned into your computer? Get this scanner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Scanner
I've gone through 3 scanners- mostly because the resolution has gotten better over time. I added this scanner because of the page autofeed. This one feature alone is worth the price of the scanner. If you scan large documents, you push a button, and can walk away. You come back and the scanner has saved the pages to the hard drive! Its amazing. The scan quality is also superb.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fulfills its mission in workmanlike fashion
I happily used my HP Scanjet 4c SCSI scanner for years, but it was not going to be Win-2000 compatible without a cash infusion, and I needed a document feeder anyway. It would be more cost-effective to upgrade to a new scanner. Once again, I turned to HP, and they have not disappointed--though I have a few minor nits to pick.

The good news: setup and configuration were child's play under my Windows 2000 system--it's truly plug-and-play all the way. The scanner is solid and robust, and churns out the scans reliably. The ADF works quite well and is a major time-and-effort saver, especially for those like me who aren't able to locate the scanner to be within reach while seated at one's computer. The image quality is fine and the software included, Precision Scan 2.0, does its job.

The not-as-good-but-still-ok news: the software is not the easiest to use; it's a bit confusing when scanning either from the TWAIN applet or from within another application, having to switch back and forth to get the preliminary scan, crop it, and then obtain the "final" scan. More visible buttons and fewer menus to navigate would be the ticket here. Similarly, when you try to use the buttons on the front of the scanner to scan-to email, fax, print, file, etc, you have to navigate too many menus to get the job done. The slide adapter is so kludgy and imprecise as to be nearly useless, so if you are going to scan a bunch of slides there is a separate transparency adapter you will need lest you pull out your hair.

And the scanning platen looked like my 18 month-old's eating surface. There was dust and debris all over both sides of the glass, plainly visible in the glow of the scanning lamp. How much effect this has on the quality of one's scans I do not know, but HP should do a better job on this to be sure.

These objections do not detract from the basic function of the unit, making excellent quality scans, but there is room for improvement, hence the 4 star rating. ... Read more


18. HP ScanJet 4400Cse Color Flatbed Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005K3LQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 18818
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The ScanJet 4400Cse from Hewlett-Packard is a very reasonably priced scanner, designed mainly for home use but suitable for small businesses and higher-end graphics applications as well. Hardware resolution is a solid 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, ensuring crisp, clean images, while 48-bit color depth results in vivid, true-to-life colors.

The 4400Cse isn't the fastest scanner on the market (13-second preview speed at 1,200 dpi), but other timesaving features such as one-touch scanning to e-mail, photo reprint, and copy even it out nicely. USB and parallel-port connections are provided, as is a USB cable for ease of setup.

The included software bundle includes ArcSoft PhotoImpression, PhotoFantasy, HP PrecisionScan Pro with OCR capability, and more. A solid scanner that will keep most users quite happy, the 4400Cse also comes backed with a 90-day manufacturers warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Flatbed, single-pass color scanner
  • 1200 x 1200 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color
  • USB and parallel connectivity
  • Preview scans in 13 seconds

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best
The photo scans are amazing. The scanner is also easy to use and set up. If you want amazing photo scans at a great price than I recomend the 4400cse.

3-0 out of 5 stars BETTER GET THE EXTENDED WARRANTY
I bought the scanjet 4400cse scanner 4 months ago. It just quit (conviently after the 3 month warranty expired, probably built in planned obsolescence). No mercy from HP.

It performed fairly well, except the IRIS OCR was [unsatisfactory]. I bought FineReader Pro 5.0 OCR, which works wonderfully.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's totally SCANTASTIC!
Hewlet Packard does a wonderful job of making photo hardware. I have their DeskJet 932C which is mind blowing, and their 4400Cse Scanner? Scan'tastic! It enlarges your photos beautifully to several times their normal size and has 48 Bit color and 1200x1200 DPI!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great at 300DPI or less, Above problems with Black
I'll probably end up taking this scanner back and trying to find another one to replace it with. Whenever I scan pictures that have a high black or dark content at anything above 300DPI, it scans two pairs of vertical stripes that are about two shades lighter than they should be. The stripes are about an inch apart from each other and about 4 inches from the edge.

I talked to HP support, which was great, but they had no solutions for me. I exchanged the scanner and the replacement had the same problem. Of course I tried all the basic things from HP, but to no availe. They are sending me an XP driver CD(since I upgraded during the time I was having the problems), to reinstall, but I don't think that will help at all and I will end up looking for another product.

I was very pleased witht he software and tech support though, too bad the hardware isn't living up to my expectations.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Basic Scanner for Basic Needs
My first choice was to get a HP ScanJet 7400C, the model I use at school. However, I thought the $500 price tag was too pricy for the light scanning I do at home (OCR, photos, artwork) so I settled with the HP ScanJet 4400. I expected to see similiar quality images, but I was disappointed with the results. At first, I thought it was my LCD monitor, but my CRT monitor showed the same thing- the photo images were a bit too red and grainy. Artwork also came out fuzzy. At max resolution scan, you get a so-so image. The OCR function isn't bad though. I scanned a not-so-crisp worksheet and it was able to decipher the majority of it without a problem. The software is minimal, and there isn't a hard copy manual. It is, however, easy to setup. Bottom line, it will do just fine if you're just looking for a basic scanner (but may leave you wishing that you'd tried the similiarly priced/featured Epson 1250) ... Read more


19. HP 4570C ScanJet Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $237.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LLJ5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 14677
Average Customer Review: 2.61 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

HP's Scanjet 4570c offers great suite of features for both PC and Mac users. This professional quality scanner handles originals of all shapes and sizes, from photos and charts to books and framed prints, even 35mm negatives with the included light adapter.

The 4570c is easy to set up, and the seven one-touch buttons will have you scanning, emailing, or editing your images (with the help of the included imaging software) in no time. A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection transfers data to your computer much faster than USB 1.1, but the scanner fully supports the older interface for backward compatibility.

If your needs grow, an optional auto-photo feeder can handle up to 24 3-by-5-inch or 4-by-6-inch photos at a time, letting you archive your memories for easy storage or quick transferring. The scanner is backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 2,400 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth
  • Scans photos, negatives, slides, documents, and 3D objects
  • No warm-up time
  • USB 2.0 interface; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (18)

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrific Macintosh Support
Avoid this scanner if you own a Macintosh. The scanning hardware is quite good, but the software is truly awful.

As near as I can tell, it is largely incompatible with MacOS X 10.3 at any functional level. TWAIN scanning into Photoshop CS is not functional. The "HP Director" software barely works, it is often unsuccessful attempting to launch other applications to do its bidding, especially when trying to set preferences.

Using the copy machine functionality to scan and print, doesn't appear to work with my HP printer, as the scanning software complains about the image being too wide (before it even starts scanning) which isn't the case.

I'm still trying to get it to reliably scan a document without "surprises" and I haven't even looked at the other features.

I'm a power user, and know my way around OS X.

The HP software is horrific.

4-0 out of 5 stars No complaints
I have used the 4570C intensively for over a year and have had no problems whatsoever. Why there are so many complaints about the software is a mystery to me. It takes ten minutes to install and off you go. The only problem I've encountered is that when you scan a photo from a book but have scanner set to slides (which I also scan), you get lots of horizontal lines until you fix the problem. The troubleshooting technique in manual resolves this issue, irksome though it may be, in just a few minutes. My picture files take up about 14 gigabytes on my hard drive so you know I have been using the 4570 intensively. I would buy another one for my lab but Best Buy quit selling them.

1-0 out of 5 stars Truly terrible software undermines decent hardware
I've had the same experiences that many others report. My scanner cosst, well, let's say multiply the number of your fingers and toes by two. Even at that prc-point, this product is a disaster.

The good news: The hardware is solid. You can return it easily. HP support is ok but bureaucratic, given that they have to work within the limits of the product.

The bad news: I've NEVER seen such bad software (and I've used a lot). As others have noted: It's slow, very buggy, and gets quite confused about what's happening with the scanner. And there are too many little apps--in all, lots of complexity and little sophistication. But the biggest problem is that its design completely ignores the variety of workflows you might have for scanning different docs in different contexts. Rather than making scanning efficient, you might begin to suspect that HP was intentionally trying to waste your time. Why else would they release such software? This is a plea to HP: Please, please give your software development much higher priority. Look at the Apple iLife apps for usability experience ideas (I say this even though I'm using Windows). If you need to, divert money from your advertising to software development. It'll be money well spent towards keeping your reputation alive.

Specific example problems: Scan settings appear to be arbitrarily remembered by the various programs. Data transfer among the multiple programs is at best unreliable--after doing multiple hi-res slide scans to save time I've had the terrible "HP Director" appplication just crash before handing off the files to the "HP Photo & Imaging Gallery". Poof--all the scans are lost (I can't even find the temp files...and of course where they're stored isn't documented). Resetting default scan values doesn't seem to take. The "HP Scanning" application (there are too many small apps installed) seems to constantly lose track of whether the lamp's warmed up or not--even after it's been on for an hour! The "HP Photo & Imaging Gallery" is incredibly slow--it seems to constantly and needlessly recreate thumbnails of large scan files. (It's slow using version 2.0 of the scanner software on a 1GHz XP machine.) Frequently it'll display two thumbnails for the same file, or no thumbnail for a file you just scanned. And it freezes. And the selection of tools is uneven: zoom but no hand to move around images (scroll bars only). And, and, ... . HP, please partner up with a company that has stable existing software, such as ACDSee's image viewer.

I can't imagine what it's like working at HP these days handling tech support for this product. My sympathies to HP tech support.

2-0 out of 5 stars How can a company stay in business peddling this crap?
I got one of these as a Christmas gift and have spent the last 3 hours trying to get the software to work. Does anyone test this software before it's released to the consumer? There is some kind of bug that keeps telling me that I need to insert a disk in order to scan an image or document. Happens for the HP software and any third pary such as Photoshop. I'm in the middle of downloading some 6 or 7 patch files that are supposed to fix this and several other problems. However, I doubt it will remove all the other crap tacked on to the installation such as the HP support and product registration software.

HP has a scan tool on their WWW site that is supposed to tell you what updates or patches you need and the 4570c is listed as a supported device. The tool tells me that it cannot find any supported devices attached and wants me to check the USB connection. Windows found it as soon as the power was turned on.

Speaking of power, I had to make a trip to Wal-Mart and get a power strip just for this scanner. The power supply is about as large as a family-size bar of soap.

If this wasn't a gift I would take it back for a refund. I can't recomend any other scanners. Maybe this one will be worth the time once the software problems are corrected.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buy another scanner
Scanning quality is fine but software is based on the premise that you are a first-time windows user and do not know what a pixel is. It practically renders scanner unusable. Wish I could return it. ... Read more


20. HP ScanJet 6300Cse Professional Color Scanner
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $399.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000034DBK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 18776
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The HP ScanJet 6300Cse is a good basic scanner for home or small officeuse. As with all the Hewlett-Packard scanners, it's extremely easy to set up,and you can set it up and start scanning in no time at all.

Setup and softwareinstallation were quick, easy, and intuitive. The oversized installationguidelines are easy to read and simple to follow (although reading them is ascumbersome as wrestling with a full-size road map in the car). If you wantadditional assistance, you will need to check the electronic owner's manualstored on the CD-ROM, since no printed owner's manual is included. The novicecan benefit from using the online coach, which guides you through basic tasksand will have you producing work after a quick and thorough tutorial (10 minuteswas all it took for us to run through the steps).

With a warm-up time of justunder a minute and a half, the scanner is soon ready to reproduce flat imagesand slides. The slide adapter is a bit cumbersome, with too much leeway in theplacement of the slide, though the scans it produced were vivid. Scanner buttonsallow you to scan an image (which is then displayed on screen via the driversoftware), or use a number of other features. The printer button essentiallyfunctions as a copier; just press it once to scan and print. Scanned images canalso be easily faxed or attached to an e-mail.

This is a relatively effortlessscanner to use, and a good basic model that can meet a wide range of needs. Itis an especially good choice for home use. Solutions to most problems can beeither intuited or solved with the guide. We were pleased with the crisp imageswe obtained on both an ink-jet and a laser printer. --David Greenberger

Pros:

  • Fast, easy setup
Cons:
  • Slide adapter is cumbersome
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Features

  • 1,200 dpi hardware resolution, unlimited enhanced
  • 36-bit color depth
  • SCSI and USB interfaces
  • HP Intelligent Scanning Technology
  • Software bundle for productivity

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY
This scanner was a great disappointment. It never worked for one moment fresh out of the box! As you can't return it to the store you are reduced to immediately spending more money on a long distance phone call to get a replacement. Not a new one that is. Just someone else's rebuilt problem. The buttons didn't work on the replacement! Help was only another long distance call away, and we all know how long it can take to be the 'next person in line'. Finally, the third unit arrived. Yet another rebuilt piece of garbage with dirt and cloudy streaks on the inside of the glass! Makes for nice looking scanned images!
So, $x spent + phone calls + 2 replacements = 1 useless unit. Never will I waste money on any HP item again! *-5 Stars* is more like it!

2-0 out of 5 stars unstable
Here are various comments I have about this scanner, which I've owned for over two years.

- not-too-bad results for color photos, especially for web use.

- the film/slide-adapter contraption that it comes with is practically useless. The reflector inside is hazy, and since it is made of cheap plastic, it broke when I tried to use it. The lighting on the resulting images is waay off and the over all quality is pretty bad.

- ScanJet software that it comes with isn't too friendly, but it's ok after you get used to it.

- scanning anything over 300dpi is much slower than expected

- this machine is LOUD!

Well just last night, the scanner literally burnt up and died on me when I connected it to another computer. I'm not sure what exactly happened, but when I ran a test scan, the light burnt out and the slider choked as it tried to scan..leaving a pretty nasty burnt odor in the room for a while...

1-0 out of 5 stars A total nightmare
This has to be one of the worst products that HP has produced. I bought this in tandem with the Photosmart 1315. BIG MISTAKE! Not only are both products off the market, but HP offers no assistance what-so-ever. If you pay them $... they will assist you. What a rip-off! I'll never purchase a HP product again.

1-0 out of 5 stars After 9 months it quit!
One star for working nine months but now the scanner died on me. HP is replacing it and in the meantime I'm using a CanoScan N124OU that works perfectly. Look around and you won't see any HP ScanJet 6300s being sold. Too many problems after a while...

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for Windows® users anymore
An important point lost in the editorial reviews and technical details is that this device has, in fact, been made Mac compatible by the release of a whole series of Mac drivers. When I bought mine, the product was sold as a "Windows 98 only" device, but since then HP has added compatability with most versions of Windows and every version of Mac OS from 8.6 to 9.x. OS X compatability is still not a reality, but HP can be forgiven this; many USB products aren't currently compatible with OS X.

I'm not sure if these new Mac drivers are now included in the standard packaging. If not, they can be ordered for a nominal fee (what amounts to little more than a shipping charge) from HP. Updates can then be obtained by download from the HP website.

There are some pieces of in-the-box software which are NOT Mac compatible, and which HP makes no attempt to make available to the Windows-impaired. Most users will not be inconvenienced by this, however, as they are minor, third-party releases that provide functionality Mac users probably already have.

The Mac drivers, in their latest version, seem to be as good or better than the Windows originals. In fact, I found that the front buttons on the scanner seemed to work a lot better on my Mac than my Windows-based machine. I often found in Windows that sometimes the buttons stop working at all, and I had to reboot. I've had no such problems with the Mac drivers.

Beyond the issue of Mac compatability, the scanner itself has yet to seriously disappoint me. The slide adapter is a little bit of a joke, and it does take acres of time to scan at really high resolutions, but most users will see this as a serious upgrade to their imaging capabilities.

If you want a scanner that's appropriate for all professional work (save, perhaps, print photographic editing at extremely high resolutions), this strikes a nice balance between features and price. Web masters, in particular, will need little more than this scanner. ... Read more


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