Summary: Especially if you are buying a scanner for your new USB Macintosh computer, get the Agfa 1212U. This scanner is very competitively priced and will scan at a quality that will enable you to make great output on either your monitor or printer. Scanners are basically all the same anymore - what makes the difference is the software that comes with them. Make sure your scanner has good software. I recommend the SnapScan.
Summary: I have had this scanner for over a year now. It produces very good images, but it takes forever to do it! One interesting thing I found was that the scanner came with the old, Foto Snap software, insted of new acclaimed ScanWise software, so I thought I would download the new software and make it better and faster. Was I wrong! It took twise as long to scan a picture! I would recommend this scanner to first time buyers who do not need speed.
Summary: No matter what I did, I couldn't get this scanner to work. I don't know if it was my computer, but I tried EVERYTHING to get it to work. The reason I'm writing is because the AGFA tech support was very supportive and very patient. I don't know if the scanner will work for you, but if you have any problems, you can count on the tech support.
Summary: This is a great scanner, IF you are smart enough to run it. It produces good clear images, and is very simple to hook up and use. It is not a thousand dollar scanner, so obviously it is not going to scan like one, for the money it is probably one of the best scanners you can buy. I have not had any problems with mine, and the software is great. If your looking for a good quality, but affordable scanner this is it.
Summary: I have been using this scanner for 16 months, coupled to a HP Pavillion 4450, running Windows 98. I am about to order another SnapScan 1212p for my daughter. I think that in itself says it all. It really is a snap to set-up and use. It performs extremely well on text as well as B&W and color photographs. The supplied software offers a wide range of easy to use adjustments / enhancements to please both the novice and the old hand.
Summary: I had alot of trouble with my scanner and will be returning it. Probally will look for another brand. The installation and set up was real easy. After that I couldnt get it to work. Every time I tried to scan I got a message that the scanner was not plugged in or turned on. It was on! each time I'd click on "OK" the message kept coming back on. I found if i rebooted i could scan with out getting that message. Had to reboot everytime I tried to scan.
Summary: I've had my scanner about 2 weeks and have found it very satisfactory for the uses I had intended. I was especially surprised at the good quality of the color copies, which I usually send as e-mails and don't copy (photos, magazine, clippings, etc.). The frustration some reviewers have felt is EASILY ELIMINATED if you BE SURE THE SCANNER IS TURNED ON WHEN YOU TURN ON THE COMPUTER! I had some fury with the computer saying the scanner wasn't turned on, too.