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1. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
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2. Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
$399.99 $369.95
3. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
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4. Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film
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5. Nikon CoolScan V ED Film Scanner
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6. Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner
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7. Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
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8. HP OfficeJet 5510 All-in-One Printer,
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9. Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film
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10. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
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11. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
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12. Epson PERFECTION 2480 LIMITED
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13. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color
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14. Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOX Sheet-Fed
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15. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
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16. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
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17. Fujitsu ScanPartner FI-4120C Color
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18. Canon DR-2080C Color Document
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19. Epson Perfection 2480 Photo Flatbed
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20. Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner

1. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0007Y79GC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 648
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Quality performance. Precision detail.

With the image quality of a dedicated film scanner, plus the flexibility of a flatbed scanner all in one affordable product, the Epson Perfection® 4990 Photo delivers a total digital scanning solution.

This powerful performer scans multiple slides simultaneously, as well as negatives and photos. And, with its built-in transparency unit, it accommodates film up to 8" x 10". Housed in a sleek outer case with an illuminated scan progress indicator, this scanner delivers intricate detail, due to an astounding 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth, and 4.0 Dmax. And, it easily restores faded or damaged film and photos with Epson Easy Photo Fix™ and DIGITAL ICE™ Technology.

Features:

  • Scan images with precision quality and detail
  • Get high-quality scans from negatives and transparencies
  • Automatically correct an image when scanning damaged film and photos
  • Speed through every scan
  • Epson Premium software bundle
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Features

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6
  • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 4.0 Dmax, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Adapters for slides, film strips, medium format, and 4-by-5 film
  • Epson Easy Photo Fix and Digital Ice technology

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT from the start
Seldom have I been so pleased with a purchase!

UNLIKE the Microtek scanner I previously owned that gave me nothing but aggravation from the git-go, I loaded the software, plugged the Epson 4990 in with the included USB cable and, using Photoshop as the platform, IMMEDIATELY scanned an 8 x 10 page of medium format negatives successfully.Eyeballing the colors, I did not think ANY correction was needed.I had NO PROBLEMS loading the software or with anything else.

I subsequently read the CD contained instructions and found that I had failed to use the 8 x 10 transparent media placement guide.It worked ANYWAY!

This scanner is particularly suited for "serious" amateur and professional photographers.It comes with negative holders for 35mm, 120 and 4 x 5 sheet film.In addition, as noted above, it will also scan the whole 8 x 10 inch area so you can do proof sheets from your transparent negative file pages.

I also scanned a music CD cover and liner, using Photoshop to convert the liner to black and white, and a 4 x 6 color photo.The scanner worked perfectly on all.The resolution of the four to six point type of the CD liner was crisp.This was a scan as a reflective image and NOT using OCR software.

I have only had it for a week and will update this review once I've tried its OCR capabilities. ... Read more


2. Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
by Canon
list price: $149.99
our price: $139.99
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Asin: B0002U40NG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 130
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Features

  • Maximum 3,200 x 6,400 dpi resolution
  • Sharp 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Supports medium format and 35mm transparencies or negatives
  • Batch scanning of up to 12 35mm negatives
  • High speed preview in about 2 seconds; USB 2.0

3. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
by Canon
list price: $399.99
our price: $399.99
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Asin: B0002U41AI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 1892
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Features

  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi maximum optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
  • Rich 48-bit color and subtle 16-bit grayscale
  • Batch scanning of up to 30 35mm negatives
  • Scan documents, negatives, slides, 35mm film, and large format 4-by-5-inch film
  • USB 2.0 interface (PC/Mac), FireWire (Mac only)

4. Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner
by Nikon

our price: $1,999.99
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Asin: B0001DYUDE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 5347
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution
  • 16-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Scan speeds as fast as 40 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 advanced suite of image correction technologies
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazon came through!
I ordered my Nikon Coolscan 9000 back on June 18th. It arrived on July 13th just as the updated Amazon shipping estimate email promised. I admit I was a little skeptical when I placed the order that I would ever see it, especialy at the price Amazon had at the time - $1804.99 I checked with my contacts at B&H in New York (I order alot from them and have come to know a few of the salespeople) - they said "no way" could the price be for a legitimate USA model. In addition to being lower than B&H's cost, Amazon was giving a shipping date way ahead of when anybody else could promise. It turned out that Amazon was about a week late on their "original" shipping date, but they kept me updated and it came exactly when they said it would.
As for the scanner, it seems to me to be just about perfect. The scans are beyond belief. Nikon Scan software is a little confusing...I might give Vuescan a try. The scanner does make a bit of noise from the stepper motor during the scan process, but this appears normal. Overall, I could not be happier with my purchase. Amazon has never given me a bad experience so far and with the new Amazon credit card, I have intrest free financing for 10 months to pay for this beauty. I'm completely satisfied with my Amazon transaction!

1-0 out of 5 stars Amazon's Lack Of Customer Relations
I ordered this item on June 14th and have yet to be updated on the real shipping date. Although e-mails are said to be answered in 24 hours, I have sent three without response for days. Will Amazon ever fill this order, respond to e-mails or just cancel the order after an inordinate wait?

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Amazon's Fault
The supply problem with the Nikon 9000 ED scanner isn't Amazon's fault, it's Nikon's. From what I'm told by our local professional camera shop here in Seattle and more than a dozen mail order firms I've called trying to find one of these things, Nikon announced the ED9000, shipped one demo model to each of its big dealers and that was it. Nobody has seen one since and Nikon won't say when they are going to ship.

1-0 out of 5 stars Who knows whether it's good or not...
Why? Because our friends at Amazon accepted orders, sat on them with a promised shipping date of July 2004, and then promptly cancelled them after making people wait for over a month. For a company that's supposedly the best around in terms of inventory management and order fulfillment, that's simply a joke.

WORST...CUSTOMER...SERVICE...EVER. ... Read more


5. Nikon CoolScan V ED Film Scanner
by Nikon

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Asin: B0001DYTVW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 333
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.2 density
  • 14-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Scan speeds as fast as 38 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to more expensive Coolscan 5000
First of all, let me say I am relatively new at scanning and that I LOVE the Coolscan V as a cheaper alternative to the Coolscan 5000 which I have also used. I recently decided to go through my father's 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

After culling my father's slides I ended up with about 750 I wanted to scan. After culling my own slides I ended up with another 200 slides. And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well. Just recently, my father in law enlisted me to go through his slide collection of about 1500 slides since he was blown away by the results I achieved on my father's slides with the Coolscan 5000.

Most of my father's slides, and all of my father-in-law's slides are Kodachrome. Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome. Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The ICE4 does work, however, inconstantly with Kodachrome slides producing unacceptable artifacts in about 5 - 10 percent of the slides. It is a hit or miss proposition. I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts. I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes. Those stripes were really butchered by the ICE feature. The difference in scanning quality between the Coolscan 5000 and the V was negligible to this relative newcomer to scanning.

The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly. The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably. The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time. The V took even longer than the 5000, but in neither case, IMHO, did the results justify the time expended.

The good news: The scanner is does produce wonderful wonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi. The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted. Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking. I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases. I was unable to appreciate a significant difference between the two scanners in shadow detail even though the 5000 had a THEORETICAL greater dynamic range.

The V was slower than the 5000, but honestly the difference for the non-professional scanner, to me, was not worth the additional investment. The V represents a superb value giving you nearly all of the advantages of the 5000 other than speed for a substantially cheaper price.

It wasn't until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives. And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives. Don't even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad. Even pristine negatives have scratches and dustthat magically are erased by the ICE feature. What a godsend. I only wish it had worked so flawlessly on the Kodachrome slides. The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition. But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

One note unrelated to the scanner itself. Until you've used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can't begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail. Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome. And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me. I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

I can recommend this scanner without reservation. It is a phenomenal piece of equipment. If speed is not a paramount consideration and you are not a professional scanner needing the options (the auto feeder) offered by the 5000 then, in my opinion, the V represents an absolutely tremendous value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scanner does not disappoint.
Decade's collection of fading film this COOLSCAN can handle. You can obtain detailed images that are truly vivid, sharp, and better than the original then technology.

Batch scanning can be done with one click on the Scan button in Nikon Scan 4's firmware. The maintenance free red, green, blue, and infrared LED light source is gentle to film. The 4000 ppi optical resolution is an ideal start for outputting A3+ prints on the new crop of large format bubblejet and inkjet printers.

Reading the Nikon Scan Reference Manual in the Nikon Scan Reference Manual/Easy Scanning Guide CD would be your best learning tool to get the most out of your scanner. For the most accurate results, the first thing to do before scanning is to set your preferences by clicking on the Prefs button in the Control Area of the Scan Window.

When enabled, the Digital ICE quad Advanced software works well with most film. The Manual will explain that ICE, ROC, GEM, and DEE will not operate with the optional FH-G1 Medical Holder.

ICE will not work on monochrome film unless the film has been developed in colour. ICE will not work properly on Kodachrome, but will work on other brands of slides. Noise may appear if ICE is used on overexposed or very vivid images. ICE will reduce the overall sharpness of the image. ICE is not not designed nor does ICE advertise itself to remove all dust and scratches from film. ICE will reduce most of the dust and scatches, however. You will have to use a third party application like Adobe Photoshop to remove the remaining dust and scratches. ICE alone will double the scanning time of 38 seconds.

ROC may add colour to monochrome or grayscale images. ROC alone will almost double the scanning time.

GEM alone will almost triple the scanning time.

DEE works best when the image is cropped to exclude other unexposed areas of the film. DEE alone will almost quadruple the scanning time.

When enabled, Scan Image Enhancer (SIE) will automatically adjust hue. It does not work with darker images. In fact, the scan produces darker images. You are better off using DEE to pull out hidden detail in the shaded areas.

ICE, ROC, GEM, DEE, and SIE together will almost quintuple the scanning time.

Unsharp Mask can be created to all colours, or individually to red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, or yellow colours in the image. Deselect blue if you do not want to emphasize the grain in an image with blue sky.

The SA-21 strip-film adaptor only works for 2 - 6 frames. To save money by not having to buy the optional 1 - 6 frame FH-3 film holder, place a 1 frame negative into an empty cardboard slide holder and insert into the MA-21 slide holder. Remember to select Neg (color), and Calibrated RGB in the Control Area before scanning.

Along with a short USB 2.0 cable, included in the package is a Nikon View 6 CD, which is an application, used to organize saved pictures in TIFF and JPEG file formats only. According to the Manual, large files created in Nikon Scan may not show on Nikon View slide shows.

Before clicking on the Scan button, press Ctrl (MS Windows) and the Autofocus button. Then left click on a focal point in the preview image to ensure accurate focusing at that point. You can always change the focus point using the same method, or by using the Focus Tool in the Layout Tools palette. The palette can also be customized to suit.

If you have to use the Analog Gain palette to correct or adjust the colour values for each of the elements in the scanner's light source, your LED's may require repair. The probability of repair to the LED's is not specifically discussed in the Manual.

If desktop or cubbyhole space is an issue, the scanner can be placed with either the top or side vents facing up. Remember to provide the minimum clearances to the scanner for ventilation. The dual wrap around band of rubber feet will ensure a cushioned slip resistant footing.

After using the transparency unit on an Epson Perfection 1670 Photo flatbed scanner for 2 months, this COOLSCAN is the only economical equipment to use to obtain satisfying scans. It is amazing how much the original analogue images have improved.

If you have at minimum several hundred frames to archive, and the time to spend in front of your monitor performing adjustments and scans to each frame, then you will not regret overspending on this scanner.

5-0 out of 5 stars First personal transparency scanner
Having worked with professional drum scanners (Hell Graphic Systems), I know a little about scanning. This Nikon Coolscan V ED is the first personal scanner I have worked with and am pleasantly surprised. I have inhereted the old familly slide collection and several of the slides are grossly underexposed, or darkened with age. The V ED has the sensitivity to pull out more image than I had hoped for, with very little noise. The provided software is no replacement for Photoshop, but can go a long ways to giving acceptable results without other image retouching software. I am eager to see SilverFast for the V ED however!

The only problems I've encountered is unexpected termination of the program, and mis-judging frame boundaries of negative strips. Negative scanning is a snap, an unexpected pleasure as thinking color in reverse is painful (on German drum scanners).

For the price, this is a very highly capable scanner worthy of your consideration. If your scan rate needs are high, consider the faster version, and a FAST G5 Macintosh. A 1.25 GHz G4 gets a workout on the tougher scans. ... Read more


6. Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner
by Epson
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002P4UM2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 1110
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Features

  • Up to 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Epson scan and productivity software, Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0
  • Scans multiple 35mm slides, negatives, and medium-format transparencies
  • Copy, scan, save, and scan-to-email directly from the front panel
  • USB interface, cable included; PC and Mac compatible

7. Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
by Canon
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.12
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Asin: B0002U40MC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 929
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Features

  • 3,200 x 6,400 dpi maximum optical resolution, 9,600 dpi interpolated
  • Rich 48-bit color with 16-bit grayscale
  • Scans slides or negatives plus photos and documents
  • 4 easy buttons to scan, copy, email, or create PDF files
  • USB 2.0 interface, cable included; Windows compatible

8. HP OfficeJet 5510 All-in-One Printer, Fax, Scanner, Copier
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $185.00
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000C9ZJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 200
Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

HP's OfficeJet 5510 is an all-in-one color printer, color copier, color scanner, and color fax machine. This versatile unit is perfect for the home office or small business where space is at a premium. With HP's thermal inkjet print technology, resolutions for both black and color prints are as high as 1,200 x 1,200, with 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color printing. Print speeds clock in at 17 ppm for black and 12 ppm for color (maximum, draft mode).

The 5510 has a standard input capacity of 100 sheets and up to 10 envelopes, with an output capacity of 25 sheets. It accepts a wide variety of originals, including paper (plain, inkjet, photo), envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards, HP premium media, and iron-on transfers. Supported sizes range from 3 by 5 to 8.5 by 14 inches (using the 20 sheet automatic document feeder).

The flatbed scanner provides up to 600 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution and 36-bit color, with software-enhanced resolution up to 19,200 dpi. The 33.6 Kbps modem fax machine has a 3-second per page transmission speed and is capable of color faxing. A 90-page fax memory ensures that your don't miss important faxes when you run out of paper, while fax auto-redial, delayed sending, and auto-reduction provide added convenience. Copy speeds are as fast as 17 cpm for black and 12 cpm for color, while up to 99 copies can be made at once, freeing up your time for other tasks.

The 5510 connects via a USB port. Compatible with both Mac and PC, it also comes backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
HP OfficeJet 5510, HP 56 black inkjet print cartridge, HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge, photo and imaging software, HP memories disc creator on CD-ROM, setup poster, reference guide, power supply and power cord, phone cord, HP photo paper sampler, HP photo paper storage bag ... Read more

Features

  • Color printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
  • Up to 17 ppm print speed, up to 17 copies per minute
  • 4,800 x 1,200 maximum optimized print resolution
  • Up to 600 x 2,400 dpi optical scan resolution, 36 bit color depth
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (28)

4-0 out of 5 stars A beauty, but with a wart on its cheek
The 5510 is an exceptional value. It copies well. Its print quality is excellent -- no support for the "photo" ink cartridge, but that doesn't seem to matter much. And it's surprisingly fast. Scanning looks okay, though I haven't really worked it hard. Having a multi-sheet fax/copier feeder and a flatbed scanner in this price range is amazing.

The weak point is in the software. Installation (on Win98) was no fun. Installing per instructions from the CD, it did not work right, and broke printing. HP's email support (one hour response from India at 1AM EST!) had the fix: Uninstall, copy the CD to hard drive (600MB), and reinstall from there. Keep that in mind if you buy one.

And, most disappointing, it often WILL NOT PRINT OVER A NETWORK. While not a Winprinter (it uses LIDIL), the fine print (on the support web site) says it won't. CS is more accurate: It prints "within a platform", so a Win98/ME box can print to a Win98/ME server (drivers transfer automatically), but not between NT/2K/XP and 98, or Linux and Windows. This is a real pain in a heterogeneous home environment. They really should fix this, though I fear it's a misfeature designed to sell costlier 6610s (which add network printing).

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT machine!
I was skeptical when considering an all in one. I'd purchased a nnew Dell Dimention computer, and it came with a Dell a940 all-in-one. I'll be writing about that fiasco in a minute... yikes. Anyhow, after reading reviews here on Amazon and at other sources, I screwed up my courage and purchased an HP 5510. I'll never regret my decision... it's an absolute dream. Setup was NOT difficult as others say, albeit it did take a little while, but good things come to those who wait. I suspect that the reason that people had trouble installing this machine is that they did NOT take the time and effort to read and follow the directions. They are plain, easy, and informative. Also, this machine is for USB 2.0 and not below, as stated on the HP website. It is FULLY compatible with Windows XP, and is NOT loud as others say it is. It's a brilliant machine, and it comes with my highest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Right now the best choice for AIO
I have been using a Brother MFC6800 laser AIO and cannot be happier. Recently I need another AIO in a different location and this time I want to try something different - a inkjet one.

Generally I like Canon inkjet printers. HP has the head on the cart (expensive) and Epson has it on the printer (once clogged, must go back to Epson for service). Even worse with Epson: it uses expensive ink to clean head all the time, even if you don't print anything. I have thrown out 3 or 4 Epson inkjet printers in last couple years and that's why I bought the Brother laser and never wanted to try inkjet again.

Canon changed my mind. It uses a replaceable head and ink is dead cheap. So I bought a i350 for $49 and I love it - very good photo and text, and it is tiny enough to sit on the top of my tower computer saving my clowded room. But Canon AIO such as MP360 looks so ugly to me (my 12-yr old and some reveiwers said it is the coolest though), and its prints are too wet (i.e. drinks ink).

I considered the Brother MFC3840CN for its built-in network and separated color carts for only $199. But after playing it in a store, I found it was like Epson: once there is a paper jam, ink fluds to everywhere; head is fixed to printer; text prints are no compare to HP.

So, I turned to HP and tried the PSC 1210 for $99. The main problem is speed: way too slow for my old 266MHz laptop. Draft mode is fast enough but quality is not good enough. The $150 1350 has more modes to choose from and the fast normal mode (300x300) is fast and good enough. But, this 5510 is only $30 more than 1350, just slightly wider (1 to 2 inches) but has everything - ADF, Fax, etc.

Seems HP has realised its crappy software, so now there is an option for driver-only installation. I downloaded and installed the 40GB driver-only file from HP website and I can use all the functions without problem (printing, scanning, etc.) and I do can share the printer between my XP/2000 PCs.

Although Canon inks are much cheaper, but I think the HP ink will last much longer, especially I use mostly black ink only and fast normal mode. I also compared 5510 to PSC 2175 and it seems to me 5510 uses much less ink.

As long as the ink will last long enough, I'd say this 5510 is currently the best choice for its compactness (very light too), good price ($175 @ Staples), very quiet printing (very loud at loading though), superb graphics and text prints (better than all others I've tried in stores), speed (especially @ 300x300) and full features (fax, ADF).

4-0 out of 5 stars Virtual Memory Hack for Mac
upgrading my hp 5100, at my home away from home, office depot, it did not print after print spooling -- so i went to the phones

surprisingly, a HP phone tech gave me the solution to get that sucker shaking again -- bump up the virtual memory to 512Mb (on a G3 B&W w/128Mb RAM

the flat bed scanner table is very handy and fast print is almost all i ever need -- well, that and world peace and a job with low accountabiility and high pay...

4-0 out of 5 stars No USB cable supplied with this printer!
Nice printer. But be aware, HP does NOT supply a USB cable with this printer. It's an "optional accessory", never mind the fact that there is only a USB connector and no other way to get all those little bits into the printer. So you'd better buy one or have one before you eagerly open up the box only to find you can't use the d--- thing without a trip to the store...OTOH there were TWO power cables in the box, LOL... ... Read more


9. Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner
by Nikon

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Asin: B0001DYTOY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 3351
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.8 density
  • 16-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Preview scans in 11 seconds, full scans as fast as 20 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works beautifully, although slower than you might expect
I am using this product almost exclusively for slide scanning, so my comments only apply to that aspect of this product.

If you are like me and wondering whether you should suffer through using a consumer level slide scanner or fork out the dough for this one, then the quality this produces when scanning dark slides should be enough to convince you alone. And that's just the beginning. I've used consumer level scanners before and no amount of tweaking or photoshop'ing can match the quality the Coolscan 5000 produces. For professionals, this is of course a no brainer, but for semi-professional folks like me, this is a major investment, and I needed some convincing that it would be worth it. I am now convinced.

Don't put too much stock into the scan times (and feed times for the sf-210 auto feeder). These times are without any Digital ICE, auto exposure, auto focus, etc. However, I have found if you do not use these features, you are wasting your time. After much tweaking to get all the settings such that the final result looked just like the original slide, I am looking at about 1 minute and 30 seconds per slide using the sf-210 (AMD 2.2 Ghz 1GB Ram, scanning at 2000 dpi)

I have found that without tweaking, you get a bluish hue (although a little less so for Kodachrome slides). I have turned red up +20 and blue down +20 (green at 0) and to me, this seems to give the best results (ymmv).

Use the digital ice features!!! They are simply amazing. The dust and scratch removal is phenomenal. The grain removal is also wonderful - and it keeps the picture sharp much more so than using a software filter like those found in Photoshop. Personally, I set the Digital ROC (color restoration and correction) to 0 because it is too unpredictable.

Lastly, use a bright, high quality LCD monitor! You would be amazed at the difference this can make when doing color matching, especially on dark pictures. I was astonished to see the difference.

When you take the above into consideration, this scanner is superb. Plan on spending a few hours getting your settings just right, but after that, sit back and enjoy. I've done 8x10 prints of my slides (scanned at 2000 dpi) that are just beautiful. It is near impossible to match the luminance and beauty of a projected slide, but the Coolscan 5000 does a darn good job.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, if imperfect, scanner.
First of all, let me say I am a neophyte when it comes to scanning. My mother passed away recently and I wanted to go through my father's 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

After culling my father's slides I ended up with about 750 I wanted to scan. After culling my own slides I ended up with another 200 slides. And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well. A daunting project! But honestly well worth the effort.

Most of my father's slides are Kodachrome. Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome. Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The ICE4 does work, however, inconstantly with Kodachrome slides producing unacceptable artifacts in about 5 - 10 percent of the slides. It is a hit or miss proposition. I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts. I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes. Those stripes were really butchered by the ICE feature.

The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly. The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably. The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time.

The good news: The scanner is fast and does produce wonderful wonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi. The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted. Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking. I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases.

It wasn't until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives. And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives. Don't even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad. Even pristine negatives have scratches and pit marks that magically are erased by the ICE feature. What a godsend. I only wish it had worked so flawlessly on the Kodachrome slides. The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition. But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

One note unrelated to the scanner itself. Until you've used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can't begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail. Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome. And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me. I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

I can recommend this scanner without reservation. It is a phenomenal piece of equipment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best 35mm film scanner under $50,000
The previous generation (CS IV and CS 4000) were hard to top, but Nikon did it yet again. Scans are smooth and gorgeous, color accuracy (provided your monitor is calibrated) is unrivaled and the updated ICE4 including DEE are a blessing. In fact the scans are so good that I have started to prefer CS5000 scans from well exposed Fuji Provia 100F or Astia 100F slides than images from a 6MP DSLR. Hard to believe but thats true.

Did I mention scanning speed ? I timed a 4000 DPI scan with digital ICE turned off, on a P4 2.6Ghz with 1 GB ram and USB2. It took 17 seconds from begining to end (excluding autofocus and auto exposure). Thats right. Actually three seconds faster than Nikon's claim of 20 sec. Beat that Minolta.

IMO the next step up can only be a $50K HowTek drum scanner ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, great for Slides!
I am glad I waited to purchase this scanner; it's an updated version with Digital Ice 4, and for A LOT less than the previous model.

I also purchased the automated Slide feeder with this, and it is nothing short of a miracle! The Digital ROC and Digital ICE is unbelievable with old slides, particularly Kodachromes. There are plenty of customizable enhancement settings to keep me busy for a long time.

I use this for business; this scanner will pay for itself with one bulk slide scanning order.

Love it, love it! ... Read more


10. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B0001ZJRTY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 586
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Printer, copier, scanner, fax, and PC fax
  • Up to 21 ppm print and copy speed; up to 2,400 x 600 print resolution
  • Automatic duplexing; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
  • Fax forward/paging, 40 one-touch memory locations
  • Parallel and USB interfaces, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of serious consideration!!
65% of its use is as a copier, 20% as a printer and 15% as a fax machine. So far, it has perfomed as I expected. We have 3 Brother laserprinters in the office. Brother has always proven to be an excellent workhorse and this is no exception. Also, Brother provides great tech support for both Windows and Mac systems. I have no loyalty to Brother. But as long as their products have proven themselves, they stay near the top of my list.

Software installed without any problems on both Windows XP Pro and OS X. Haven't used the scanning abilities and I doubt we will (so I can't comment on its capabilities). But as a copier, fax and printer, it has worked great. The ADF is a pleasure (no jams after 3,000+ copies) and the copier itself is fast. This copier DOES have a page counter, but it can't be reset. So if you have an unknown amount of papers to put in the ADF and need 20 sets, you can determine the amount of copies made.

Toner life is an expected 6,700 pages and I suspect we'll get close to 6,300 before needing replacement (always seem to get 5% less then the expectd yield on text imaging). The unit did come with a smaller yielding toner cartridge (3,500 impressions), but we had the higher yielding in the office and used that first.

If there is one thing I wasn't expecting is the noise it makes. Not that it is any louder then the Canon 780 in our other office. Having various Brother printers throughout the office, this unit is a bit louder then I expected. Also, it is built well, but not as solid as the Canon 780. But comparing the two is like comparing a Buick to a Cadillac. Both good and reliable cars, just one make is slightly better constructed then the other. All in all, this is a great unit and worthy of serious consideration. ... Read more


11. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
by Microtek
list price: $1,499.99
our price: $1,028.94
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Asin: B000066TOR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microtek
Sales Rank: 7152
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With 48-bit color and an amazing 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, the tabloid-size ScanMaker 9800XL brings high-performance scanning to the corporate user, graphic designer, or medical professional. The large 12-by-17-inch reflective scan bed easily accommodates A3 scans, and adding the optional transparent media adapter (TMA 1600) lets you scan transparencies up to 12 by 16 inches--including X-rays. Other great features include 3.7 maximum optical density with multiple sampling to reduce random image noise, a triple interface with FireWire, USB, and SCSI-2 for maximum versatility, and newly designed templates to accommodate a wide variety of film. Microtek includes a one-year warranty that covers parts and service. ... Read more

Features

  • 3,200 x 1,600 optical dpi
  • True 48-bit color
  • 3.7 maximum optical density
  • 12-by-17-inch tabloid size bed
  • Firewire, USB, and SCSI-2 interfaces

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars When a Large Bed is Necessary There is No Alternative
Microtek makes one of the only large format scanners on the market today, which concerned me as I don't like to see a monopoly as then product quality won't be job #1. I was surpised, albit pleasantly when I was received the scanner from CDW and how easy it was to use. It has SCSI, Firewire and USB connections on the back which make it easy to setup and install. Scanner quality is excellent as we scan dental xrays and then send them to insurance companies, who are always complaining about fuzziness of the scans. Needless to say we have had no difficulties with this Microtek and would probably buy another one in the future!

2-0 out of 5 stars Scanning lamp went out
I thought the scanner was great, but the lamp went out just after 1 year after I bought it. So now all my scans have a rainbow line from top to bottom. Microtek's extent of technical support is reinstall the drivers, if that doesn't work you have to return it so we can repair it, because there are no authorized repair people out there, but us. They will not sell me the lamp, because they need to repair it themselves (they want the labor dollars). So, after I paid $1,400 for this thing a year ago I am going to have to pay another $200-300 for repair and shipping both ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the scanner and an extra star for Amazon.com!
I have waited four years to buy a large bed scanner. I will never understand why the slight difference in scanner bed size increases the cost so greatly, (an 11 X 14 scanner is as little as $...) but that's the market as it stands. As an artist, I needed a scanner that would capture my work in one scan.

The Microtek scanner came practially ready to go right out of the box and installed into Windows XP effortlessly. It even came with a firewire card to install into the computer in the event the buyer didn't already have one. Very considerate! All necessary cables, both a Firewire OR a USB will operate it, and all the software was there and ready to go. Plugged in, it woke right up and scanned perfectly on it's first time out, as easy as downloading pics from my digital camera. No problems!

Amazon.com not only had the best price after a year of looking around, but offered free shipping and still got it to me the next day. If I had to spend this much on the scanner I at least got great service and treated well by the seller, as well as a quality product. OUTSTANDING!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a very good scanner
We are a small publisher who scans large print publications for professional use. We ordered the Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL without the optional slide-scanning attachment, since we never scan slides. (The Amazon listings are not very clear on this point, but the more expensive version of this scanner has the slide attachment.) We ordered the scanner on a Saturday and it arrived on Tuesday. It was probably drop shipped from the manufacturer, who is in the same state as us, but that's still pretty efficient. The scanner is faster than our large-format Agfa Duoscan (which we bought for $5,000 six years ago and which is now broken). The Microtek bed is several inches larger than the Agfa's.

The only think I don't like about the Microtek is, the lid will fold up on a hinge but only at right angles. This bunches up really large publications that need to slop over the edge of the scanner bed at that end. The lid of the old Agfa lifted off completely, and I liked that significantly more.

But other than that, the Microtek is a great scanner at a reasonable price. ... Read more


12. Epson PERFECTION 2480 LIMITED EDITION ( B11B172171 )
by Epson

our price: $197.99
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Asin: B0006TVTGE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 17232
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13. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner
list price: $129.99
our price: $129.19
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Asin: B0002OG6JI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
Sales Rank: 2862
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner combines sleek styling with heavyweight performance. One convenient cable provides both power and a USB connection, reducing the number of wires around your desk. A USB Hi-Speed interface* enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer, along with the fastest possible scanning speeds. Previews of your scans are ready in seconds. For added convenience, four easy buttons - Copy, Scan, PDF and E-Mail automate the scanning process, so your projects can get done more quickly. Just position your original, select the use for the image and in seconds it's ready to go.You're going to love the results. The LiDE 500F scanner delivers a maximum 2400 x 4800 color dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors. The unique Doubled-Hinge expansion top lifts approx. 1 inch vertically and lays flat on the page to help ensure clear, sharp scans with minimal light distortion.Here's a simple solution for all those old negatives you've got sitting in boxes, just place them in the LiDE 500F's film adapter and press the Scan button! These valuable images can be archived on your computer, safe from heat, humidity and dust, and then printed for family and friends. FARE (Film AutomaticRetouching and Enhancement) Level 3 is a built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. The result? The final scans of dusty and scratche ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface; PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale
  • Double-hinge expansion top for scanning bulky items
  • Scans negatives and positives with included film adapter

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars This was a bit of a let down
Scans photographs OK, but there are blurry areas on other images, around the edges. I've been using scanners for many years, was tempted by the slim design...just didn't work out.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best portable scanner available today
I looked hard at the Canon Canoscan LiDE 20 through LiDE 80 series and found much to admire. Even though I am a committed buyer of older-and-proven tech products, I paid a bit extra to get the newer Canon LiDE 500F. Why? Great design, great portability, great scanning resolution, great software - all for a great price. The LiDE 80 has these too, but the latest evolution of the Canon LiDE concept embodied in the 500F goes much further.

I'm a freelance writer, and I needed a slim and portable platen-based scanner powered through a fast USB 2.0 port to avoid a separate power supply for the scanner. I have a sheet-fed scanner built into my trusty old HP OfficeJet T45, but it's only good for documents neatly printed by PC printers, not odd-sized info from books and magazines that require a platen-based scanner. I use the Canoscan LiDE 500F to "copy" info when gathering research, both with my office desktop PC and in remote locations with my laptop. I use ABBYY FineReader 7.0 optical character recognition to recreate the original document or article's text (complete with the original graphics and layout) saved in Microsoft Word. The offsite alternative to this is a crude, time consuming, and expensive hassle using a local library copier.

The LiDE 500F's double-hinge expansion top design enables the platen lid to fold away flat, so any book or magazine covers the platen for scanning without having to deal with the platen lid at all. The Canon software is quite comprehensive, covering the gamut of customized scanning needs from simple office automation to highly complex scans for graphics. A built-in stand enables the LiDE 500F to stand on its edge in the office, enabling space-saving efficiency and convenience, with it's software-automated buttons for "copying" to a printer, scanning to a bitmap file, scanning to an Adobe PDF file, and inserted a saved scan into an email as an attachment. You will especially love the one-step convenience of inserting a bill or invoice into the scanner while mounted on its edge, and having the scanned item automatically print directly to whatever default printer you preselect. The software also well supports the external film/slide adapter up to the 48-bit 2400x4800 max - including the vaunted FARE Level 3 (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. Canon's FARE Level 3 works, and works quite well to my eyes.

Is this the ideal scanner for the graphic artist or photography enthusiast? No. Desktop-only scanners dedicated to these pursuits are far superior in every way, only lacking the portability and all-round usefulness that the LiDE 500F offers for the price. The LiDE 500F reminds me of why the Olympus DS-330 is such a great voice recorder for both workstation-docked recording of telephone interviews and on-location voice recordings: a combination of great design for both stationary use and mobile use, and great software that handles every contingency for both the professional writer or general corporate user.

Drawbacks? The LiDE 500F is larger than the LiDE 20-80 series, a bit heavier, and a bit thicker. Note that it is almost exactly the same size as an Apple 17" Powerbook, so an Apple neoprene laptop sleeve for that PC fits it perfectly for slipping into your briefcase (if your briefcase is large enough). Just make sure you lock the platen down with the switch on the back before moving it to avoid damage. I've heard that the LiDE 500F is "noisy." It's not, really - no more than any other scanner. Just a low hum when scanning that disturbs nobody in today's noisy libraries, and virtually unnoticeable in any corporate office. I read somewhere that it is "slow." All scanners are slow compared to a high-speed copier, but the LiDE 500F's USB 2.0 interface boosts its performance considerably compared to the earlier LiDE 20/30/35 models that use a slower USB 1.1 interface. The speed of the LiDE 80 should be about the same, as it also uses a USB 2.0 interface. The trick to fast scanning is to limit your scanned resolutions to 300dpi or less. The file sizes will be smaller, and there's less work for your PC to handle for each scan.

If the LiDE 500F is too pricey or fancy for your needs, be aware that refurbished LiDE 20's and LiDE 35's are available today (April/2005) for a song - $30-$50! But they are limited by a slower USB 1.1 interface, lower resolutions for your photos, and don't have the built-in edge-standing office convenience of the LiDE 500F. Note that I have not commented on the quality of the scanning, color faithfulness, or sharpness. I also cannot comment on its long-term durability. To me, the LiDE 500F performs quite well and exhibits none of the weird patterning and faint lines that seem to plague similar slim-profile models from HP. Truth be told, HP printing and scanning products seem to have suffered from shabby quality and design in the past five years, and are no longer the unquestioned "safe bet" they once were. In contrast, the LiDE 500F certainly seems to be a safe bet for those seeking an ideal balance of performance and portability that desktop scanners have never before offered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance for the price
This is the first scanner I have purchased. Setup was easy, the scanner driver software is simple to use and very helpful if you want to do multiple scans - just scan once - it sends the image to the calling application and then returns back to the scanning page. Repalce your items on the scanner and scan again for the next page - this is pretty helpful if you have to scan a lot of items. My friend has a HP scanner (6210) which does not have this feature.

My first scanner was a defective one (gave calibration errors), but Canon replaced it promptly (in 2 days).

The film adapter is also present for your 35mm scans.

Actually this is the only scanner in the market that has so many positive features

- self powered
- high optical scan resolution
- 35 mm adapter
- IR dust detection and correction (works quite well in the Medium setting)
- very sleek and small - can be easily put in a laptop bag
- has a LED based illumination system unlike other scanners - this means no need to wait for the 'warm up'

So far I haven't had a single problem. This is an excellent buy! 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars What more could you want?
I am quite impressed with this scanner.My last scanner was purchased back in 1999; this new one is in a different league!Scanning is fast and easy and I'm quite surprised by the quality of the images.I've scanned 20 year-old photographs and the quality of the scans easily matches the orginal prints!

Set-up was easy with the USB cable (no power cord needed); it is lightweight with a sleek design; and the software is quite usable.I spent a few hours reading reviews on the Internet before I purchased this and I am convinced I made a good decision.You're not going to do much better in this price range!

5-0 out of 5 stars Feature rich, mobile, quality - produce good scans for the $
Summary
+ Very mobile (no power cord uses USB connection for power)
+ Good quality
+ Plenty of useful software to get you started
+ Good resolution
+ IR image correction
+ Scans negatives (a 6 frame strip at once)
+ Small footprint, and 3 ways to setup the scanner on your desk.
+ Good match with the i950 printer.
+ No waiting for warm-up, just scan away.
(...)
+ Well matched with my I950 printer

- Slower than some of the $90 bulky scanners.
- Lower resolution than some of the bulky scanners.

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I purchased this scanner the day it came out (Jan 31 2005).(...)

There were more features, it was a newer product.So I gambled with the 500f and returned the LiDE80.
The reviews were mixed for the LiDE 80 to begin with.It seems that it's biggest asset was the slim profile.This attribute is compounded in the 500f since it can be setup "vertically".The footprint is minimized on the desktop.

The LiDE technology allows the use of LEDs to illuminate the object being scanned.Other technology uses a cathode/fluorescent tube.The advantages of the LEDs are that there is no warm up and thus no waiting.The life span is much greater for LEDs, and they are not damaged by movement or vibration.Though most cathode/fluorescent tubes can produce just as good a sometimes much better image quality, their lifespan can be shorter and power requirements are much greater.This technology is best realized if you will be moving the scanner, using it adhoc, or if you don't want to wait for a warm-up.LiDE is also what allows Canon to make the thing so thin (1").

The 500f scanner is rather slow at higher resolutions 2-3 sec preview and 30 - 40 seconds full scan.Other tube type scanners offer higher resolution with faster scan speeds for less money.These scanners are fine if you are not interested in the space saving aspect, and don't mind an initial warm-up.

The scanner does a good job at correcting minor scratches and dust on slides and photos.I think the over all quality is fantastic, not to mention the price.

The unit operates pretty quietly and is a good match with my printer (Canon i950 - which is incredible by the way).

The software offered is complete and allows you to really use the scanner.There is a simple tool which scans and saves - a tool for photo editing (feature rich I might add)- a tool for assigning actions to the 4 buttons (mail, pdf, copy, scan).The copy is pretty cool if you want the image to scan and go right to the printer to be printed.You also get a program which scans and converts image to text.If you were to scan the pages of a book the scan would be converted to text.I have not used this text recognition software yet, but it could be useful at some point.

A nice feature of the 500f over the 80 is the fact that you can scan a 6 frame strip of negatives at once.The 80 requires you to manually advance 1 frame at a time.If you're looking to archive negatives, or perhaps make reprints of your negatives, this is a really cool feature simply made better on the 500f.Other scanners offer the 35mm negative functionality as well...

I'm very happy with the purchase of this scanner.People that may feel it is lacking is those who are not in the market for a $109 scanner.If you want a really high end scanner you're going to be paying more than 2 times that amount.However; there are some scanners for less money that produce scans just as good but lack the features.

The scanner is only going to be as good as your printer; and for what I do, its a real bargain. ... Read more


14. Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOX Sheet-Fed Scanner with Automatic Document Feeder
by FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)

our price: $432.99
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Asin: B0002AAQIY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)
Sales Rank: 1801
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Features

  • 600 dpi resolution keeps text and images clear
  • Scans up to 15 double-sided pages per minute
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder
  • Automatic de-skew, image rotation, and paper size detection
  • PC compatible; 1-year warranty

15. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $649.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001ZRMZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 1015
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 21 ppm print speed; up to 2,400 x 600 dpi print resolution
  • Up to 21 cpm copy speed; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
  • Fax forward/paging, up to 390 broadcast locations
  • Parallel and USB interfaces; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This is the best MFC out there -- no question. It scans at lightening speeds with the automatic sheet feeder. The printer prints very fast too at 21 ppm. Terrific controls, with multi-line display. This machine is built to last. I spent several months comparing all of the MFCs out there. I really needed a good scanner with a sheet feeder, but wanted to have the flexibility of a flat bed (for things that won't feed through a scanner. This unit does it all. Brother is definitely leading the way with this one! ... Read more


16. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner with Transparent Media Adapter
by Microtek
list price: $1,799.99
our price: $1,473.99
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Asin: B000068CNE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microtek
Sales Rank: 17146
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With 48-bit color and an amazing 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, the tabloid-size ScanMaker 9800XL brings high-performance scanning to the corporate user, graphic designer, or medical professional. The large 12-by-17-inch reflective bed easily accommodates A3 scans, and attaching the included Transparent Media Adapter (TMA 1600) lets you scan transparencies up to 12 by 16 inches--including X-rays.

Other great features include 3.7 maximum optical density with multiple sampling to reduce random image noise. A triple interface with FireWire, USB, and SCSI-2 provides maximum connectivity; and newly designed templates accommodate a wide variety of film. Microtek includes a one-year warranty that covers parts and service. ... Read more

Features

  • 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color, 3.7 DMax
  • Handles transparencies and X-rays up to 12 by 16 inches
  • Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Firewire, USB, and SCSI-2 interfaces
  • PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars great scanner for small business pror
Microtek is a great company with a great product! I recommend this scanner for the professionals who need a larger scanner without the larger price. ... Read more


17. Fujitsu ScanPartner FI-4120C Color Duplex Scanner
by FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)

our price: $939.99
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Asin: B00006HZWU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)
Sales Rank: 4909
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The ScanPartner FI-4120C color duplex workgroup scanner offers substantially faster speeds than its predecessors, possessing duplex and color capabilities of up to 25 pages per minute, boosting efficiency for your business's decentralized and low-volume scanning efforts. This model is equipped with a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) with double-feed detection for smooth paper flow. With its advanced ADF design, the paper path is almost linear--from thin slips to thick business cards and postcards, the transport moves pages steadily and without stress.

Photograph-friendly dual 600-dpi CCDs (charge-coupled devices) scan both sides of a document at once for maximum efficiency, and the scanner's selectable dual interface accepts either SCSI-2 or USB 1.1 connectivity. It also comes equipped with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software to convert any document into an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Other in-box applications include ScandAll 21, a TWAIN utility, and QuickScan. Onboard JPEG hardware compression assists with large files. The unit is backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • True 600 dpi optical resolution; scans up to 25 pages per minute
  • Dual-CCD array scans both sides of a document simultaneously
  • 50-page automatic document feeder handles think and thin media
  • Adobe Acrobat 5.0, ScandAll 21, and QuickScan utilities
  • SCSI-2 and USB interfaces; PC only

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm buying my second one...
We've used this scanner in our office for almost a year, scanning hundreds of pages per week. The problem is that having this has encouraged us to scan a lot more stuff (and have a lot less paper laying around), so there is a big line for the scanner. So I'm buying a second one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great machine, weak driver
Better than I hoped; a great scanner. It's about the size of a toaster, so I keep it on my desk between dual monitors and scan in client letters, invoices, receipts, reports etc. It's let me move my consulting business to a 'paperless office', saving lots of find-the-paper-file time.

It's fast and easy, and in almost 3 months and 10,000 pages I've had no mechanical problems. (I chose this model because many newsgroup posters said it was business-level reliable.)

Flies through 18 - 19 one-bit black and white pages per minute at 300 dpi - wow. (300 dpi is plenty for archiving and OCR page recognition software.) Is quite a bit slower at higher dpis - about 8 pages per minute at 400. Goes up to 600 dpi.

100 dpi color scanning is quick but 300 dpi color is quite slow, about 2 pages per minute. The rate limiting step seems to be data transfer, not the scanner itself.

Duplex scanning - both sides at once - is wonderful, with lots of uses I didn't foresee.

Comes (Jan 2004) with Adobe Acrobat 5.0, which works fine. Upgrade to Acrobat Standard 6.0 was then just $100 and Acrobat Pro just $150. They sell normally at $300 and $450. A big savings. Acrobat 6 has built in page recognition - scan the page, and Acrobat will OCR it so you can search and cut and past text.

THE DRIVER SOFTWARE IS POOR. My version (Jan 2004) shipped with a driver that was two iterations out of date, and couldn't handle color scans on Win XP. Blue scanned in as green, etc. Useless. Tech support was friendly but evasive: "Reinstall your _other_ software", for eg. Yeah, right. Figuring out myself to download and install the latest driver fixed the color problem - except now it supports only 24-bit color, not 8-bit, which is unacceptable, I think, since mechanically the scanner will do 8-bit and 24 bit files are way big.

Also the scanner-driver has lots and lots of buttons and settings - good. But few of the settings are obvious, and the user's guide, which was written in Japanese, translated into Serbo-Croatian, then into Eskimo, and finally into English, is often undecipherable. Not much point having an SDTC Variance DTC Variance slider if you don't know what SDTC Variance DTC Variance is.

Still, if you're archiving business correspondence, reports, etc, the standard settings work fine, and the thing is a reliable little duplex speed demon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Easy to set up and use and what a difference duplex scanning makes - the scanner eats up the pages. I was able to format a size for cancelled checks and scan them one at a time - the scanner automatically scans the back and places the scans in order ( probably with the help of the Adobe program, but it was easy) This scanner replaces a Fujitsu 620C sheetfed and flatbed scanner and quite honestly is so much faster and easier to use. It takes up no space on a desktop - especially compared to the old scanner. I would recommend it to anyone. ... Read more


18. Canon DR-2080C Color Document Scanner
by Canon Office Products
list price: $799.99
our price: $699.94
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Asin: B00006L4XD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
Sales Rank: 3240
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A compact scanner from Canon, the DR-2080 provides high quality color scans and fits onto nearly any convenient surface. A 24-bit color depth provides brilliant colors, while a 600 x 600 dpi maximum resolution ensures that even the fine print is clear and legible.

The DR-2080C connects to a host computer via either a USB 2.0 or SCSI-II port, and supports Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, and NT operating systems. Able to handle originals up to 8.5 by 14 inches, the DR-2080C still has a very small 11.7-by-3.89-inch footprint, freeing up valuable desktop space for other uses, while a weight of just 5.5 makes transportation a snap.

The included Canon CapturePerfect software provides a quick and easy editing tool for your scans, and sports a scan-to-email feature that lets you send originals directly from the scanner. Optical character recognition allows you to easily create searchable text files out of your scans, while a pre-scan feature lets users adjust scan settings on one page, then apply those settings to an entire batch scan.

Scanning speeds in simplex mode are as fast as 20 ppm, while duplex mode supports speeds of up to 40 ppm. The automatic document feeder lets you scan up to 50 pages with the touch of a button and supports originals of up to 0.2 mm in thickness. The DR-2080C also comes backed with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Scanner with document feeding system, AC power, cable, software CD-ROM, setup instructions, warranty ... Read more

Features

  • 50-pg. ADF, 24-bit color
  • 20ppm black/7ppm color
  • 600dpi, SCSI-II interface
  • Small, 11.7-by-3.89-inch footprint
  • USB 2.0 and SCSI-2 interfaces; PC compatible

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful little scanner
This is actually a very good scanner. It scans pretty quickly at 200 dpi/black-and-white OCR - it took me about an hour to scan in and OCR 400+ pages of class readings. I'm not exactly sure about the timing, since I wandered away every so often for a while. The duplex features are great - especially the option to remove blank pages. You can also change the threshold on what the software considers a blank page - it asks you to specify percent coverage, although they use a different term.

Complaints about this product that caused me to give it less than 5 stars:

1. As the last reviewer said, putting in the paper adjusters prevent the flap from closing.

2. It states on the DR-2080C's brochure (downloadable from Canon's website) that it is "Able to scan batches of mixed documents of different sizes, shapes, and weight." I took this to mean that you can drop differently-sized papers into the scanner, and it will scan it for you correctly and automatically, thus not requiring you to sit there and feed a stack of differently-sized papers one-by-one through the machine. I was mistaken however - the user manual says that you should sort your papers by different sizes and shapes before scanning them. When you do drop papers of different sizes in there, it will try to scan them, but the smaller sheets will be skewed and then incorrectly de-skewed.

3. Feeding stacks of paper into the scanner is a tad tricky - you have to wiggle it around a bit or the scanner will not be able to detect that any papers are in the ADF.

Canon also sells additional rollers so that you can replace them yourself without having to return the scanner to the manufacturer. If you use a Linux system, so long as you have a kernel that supports USB, a copy of VMWare (you can download a 30-day trial version for free) and a copy of Windows, the scanner works just fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little scanner
This is a great scanner, and you can't beat the price. As others have already noted, it is better than some scanners costing thousands more. I love it's size, speed, and duplex scanning features. I do have some complaints though:

1. Installing the paper guides prevents the dust cover from being closed

2. The deskew and border removal functions don't always work as expected (they remove more than required, and you can't control how much to remove)

3. The bundled software is clunky and stupid (for example, you can't use the arrow or page up/page down keys to navigate through a scanned document). Ditto for the help files, although that seems to be true of most software from Japanese hardware makers; for heavens sakes, folks, hire some native English speakers! The software also has some bugs, e.g., it frequently has "file access errors" when trying to append pages to existing files. However, it is fairly easy to use, and is good enough for low volume scanning.

Some tips:

1. Don't adjust the paper guides too snugly against the paper; the automatic feeder requires some "wiggle room" to catch the paper.

2. Use the "Scan ahead" mode to speed up scanning.

3. If you're creating PDFs, get Adobe Acrobat (the full version, not the free reader) to manipulate your PDFs.

4. Set up custom paper sizes to quickly scan odd-sized documents like credit card statements, etc.

In spite of my complaints about the software, I'd highly recommend this scanner (in any case, my complaints are moot if you use some other scanning software). In the week since I got this scanner, I've scanned more than two thousand pages, scanning for a few hours every day (most of the time was spent organizing and ordering the documents). My big, ugly filing cabinet is almost empty...hurray!

You can get a cheaper scanner from Visioneer, but the ADF on that sucks. The DR-2080C uses an almost straight-through paper path, so very thin, very thick, or creased paper doesn't jam as much as with scanners that use a U-shaped path.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for travelling
This unit is small and compact, yet has some very nice features. I especially like the duplexing feature allowing it to scan BOTH sides in the same pass, no flipping a stack of documents over. It works from within Adobe, and Microsoft Office Imaging.

It does have a drawback, however, the drivers are not Windows XP, and it can be a bit disconcerting installing them. I finished the installation with no adverse affects (that I noticed) to my 2 laptops, and a stand alone machine.

If you travel and need a high speed scanner, I highly recommend this unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Canon Quality
The Canon DR-2080 Duplex Color Scanner offers exceptional scanning for its small price tag. The output quality and speed of the DR-080 are comparable to competitive units 3 to 4 the cost and, in MANY cases, far superior to more costly units.

Although considered a "work group" level scanner, the DR-2080 will provide "Department" level productivity, limited only by original document size and daily duty cycles. Additionally, the DR-2080 comes with Canon's user friendly Scan utilities allowing very easy set-up and the ability to easily scan to a wide variety of file formats such as PDF, TIFF and JPEG.

The DR-2080's ease of use, superior output quality and reliability, as well as Canon's versatile, bundled software, will provide an effortless, stress-free scanning experience. ... Read more


19. Epson Perfection 2480 Photo Flatbed Scanner
by Epson
list price: $149.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002ICEBS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 545
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Features

  • Crisp 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • Built-in transparency adapter for 35mm slides and negatives
  • 1-touch color restoration, Epson Easy Photo Fix technology
  • ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software
  • USB 1.1/2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible

20. Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
by Epson

our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001B5AK8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 667
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 x 12,800 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 3.8 Dmax
  • Transparency adapter built into lid with 4 film holders
  • Digital ICE and Epson Easy Photo Fix for color restoration and dust removal
  • USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Installation problems for Epson 4870 USB 2.0 Windows XP
The scanner works fine, but slowly in USB 1 ports. When connected to the USB 2.0 hub, although the scanner was recognized by Windows XP, there was no response from the scanner, although on and properly connected. Several hours of uninstalling and reinstalling its software and downloading USB patches and updating drivers from Viaarena.com did nothing to solve the problem. If the problem isn't cracked in the next day or so, the scanner is going back where it came from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Scanner!
I scan only 35 mm black-and-white negative film (including C-42). Scanning at 4800 dpi, 16 bit I get beautiful scans with great detail (about 58 MB files). Love the automation of scanning 24 negatives at once. It takes only about 70 minutes. Scan quality better than a pro-photo cd and close to the quality of a drum scan.

Setup was easy. Build quality is good. I'm quite happy. Would highly recommend.

2-0 out of 5 stars Huge Stability & Reliability Problems
I just received my Epson 4870, and have just spent a frustrating 12 hours getting this thing to work reliably.

My observations so far:

1) The hardward and drivers are very unreliable. Half the time, neither the Epson nor the Silverfast are able to communicate with the scanner. Turning the scanner off and on and rebooting the computer sometimes helps, but I sometimes I have to reboot multiple times in order to get it to work. I am using the USB cable that came with the scanner.

2) After upgrading to Silvertfast to 6.0.2 to get ICE support, the software simply stopped working, freezing Photoshop.

3) When I am lucky enough to get the scanner to work, the Epson software often quits halfway through the scanning process, citing an inability to communicate with the scanner. This is very frustrating, as I am scanning 120 film, which takes a good 20-30 minutes per slide (with ICE enabled).

4) The scanner is S-L-O-W. If you are scanning medium format film, be prepared to spend 30 minutes or more on each scan (not counting retries due to the unreliable nature of the scanner).

5) There is no way the resolution on this thing is 4800 DPI. Although I haven't been scientific about it, my guess is the real resolution is closer to 2700 DPI.

6) The scanner does not come with a carrier that supports 120 film longer than 12 cm. Although I knew going in, I would have liked to have a carrier that accepts longer film strips, because I also shoot using a 6x17 panoramic.

7) Epson technical support is 9-6 Monday through Friday only. I work during the week, so my chances of getting any support from Epson are close to zero, unless I decide to take a day off work.

I am very unhappy with this purchase, and will be looking into returning my scanner back to Amazon, probably replacing it with a Canon 9900.

4-0 out of 5 stars Scanning 2 1/4x2 1/4 transparencies......
There is no discernable way to scan these. Bummer!

5-0 out of 5 stars To mister 'art_professor'
Digital ICE has never worked with normal B&W film. That has nothing to do with the Epson 4870. Probably something with the specifics of the ICE-workings. ... Read more


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