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.
Pros: the concept behind this scanner - that you can take multiple scans of large artwork by picking the unit up and placing it over different parts of the piece - is stunningly cool, and would be an absolute boon for graphic designers and illustrators if it wa
Cons: First, there's the terrible color reproduction and banding as mentioned in other reviews. My old Epson Perfection 610 performed much better. But even more worrying for me is that it's very hard to re-assemble a piece from multiple scans - the scale in one