Summary: I am one of the people who never had a problem with this scanner. As a matter of fact, I am pretty happy with it. Is is fast, and pictures turn out beautifully. The only thing is, I lost my electrical cord. Does anyone know where to get a replacement? I could not find anything on HP.com
Summary: First, you don't need to use HP's software. But I found it works perfectly for scanning with many options. One is picture recognition so you can scan multiple pictures at once. When your done, there is a picture viewer window that opens.
Summary: Comments about HP Scanjet 4850: This scanner has saved my life in trying to keep the kids entertained. My kids love to scan photos that they find in the newspaper or in a magazine. This scanner works very well and so easy to operate that I don’t even have to help them create their masterpieces.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy Setup, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Widely Compatible
Summary: Comments about HP Scanjet 4850: If you are a picture fanatic like me then you are going to want this scanner! Its scans so well you would think you are looking at the original! You can also scan all of your slides and negatives and that is a HUGE + for me!
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy Setup, Good Bit Depth, Widely Compatible
Summary: Luckily for me I didn't read the negative reviews here before I purchased, or I wouldn't have the really nice 4850 scanner. Maybe I'm just lucky, but everything about this scanner has worked very well and the scans are great.
Summary: I purchased another scanner on Amazon and returned it shortly after due to horrible performance. I bought this scanner instead and have to say it was very easy to set up, works perfectly and is an attractive addition to my computer. I highly recommend this for general at-home scanning tasks.