Summary: Or so it would seem if HP had their say about its customers. I paint on large canvases and when I discovered this scanner, I thought I had it all! Before that, the best I could do for my money (or lack of) was to take crappy digital photos and do my best in Photoshop to correct lens distortion and color errors. To get an image with 48 bit quality would require a photographic studio worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Started off fine 6 months ago but now the software crashes
John Whelan, Amazon
6 May 2005
Summary: It worked perfectly for some time. Hence two stars on average during the time I have owned it. Today I'd probably rate it zero. Note later comment at the end. Currently of the two HP software programs one currently refuses to recognise the scanner. The other recognises the scanner, scans, crashes, the full windows XP message to Microsoft but the scan is available after the crash. That's OK but it adds to the time taken to scan.
Summary: 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.
Summary: This scanner is a work of art to look at. The software is also not too bad. The slide and negative scanning attachment is really cool. As for everything else, well.. Higher resolution scans are extremely slow. I tried a scan at 600 DPI using maximum bit depth settings for text and graphics, and it took almost *20 minutes*. On the other hand, scanning at 300 DPI with the standard bit depth settings, I got a scan in 1 minute. Not bad, but still, a bit slow for 300 DPI!
Summary: It is so slow when scanning at 600dpi or more and if you look very carefully you can find the color has a certain white and black patten because the scanner scanner the same place twice at higher resolution. I won't suggest anyone to buy this one and the 2 stars is for the style.