Summary: I have owned my HP scanjet 5530 for a few years. I use it together with one of my printers (a Konica Minolta magicolor 2550 and an HP photosmart 7660) as a copier. I also scan & print from color negatives or slides. I selected this unit because it's very high resolution allows me to make 8 x 10 prints with very sharp images. The Konica Minolta printer is a color laser printer and gives amazingly good resolution.
Summary: It took me forever to get this scanner working with Mac OSx Leopard. After I upgraded to Snow Leopard it broke again. The support for MACs is abysmal and as others pointed out the photo feeder jams constantly or will miss grabbing the photo forcing you to feed them in one at a time as well as correcting for miss alignment. Horrible absolutely Horrible.
Summary: I'm going to keep this short. The scanner preformed well with all tasks except, as noted elsewhere, the Automatic Photo Feeder option and its many problems--failure to feed, jams, misalignment, ad nauseum. Seeing as how the APF is the main reason for buying this scanner, such issues become major concerns. But that's all been exhaustively detailed. My main complaint has to do with longevity: I've had the scanner a little over 2 years and it died dead.
Summary: Yes, this scanner has all the problems mentioned by the other reviewers, but the autophotofeeder (APF) makes it worthwhile. Yes, it fails to pick up pictures now and then and gives you funny messages that should say, "Hey! Restart your scan!". Sometimes, you have to help it take up photos for some glossy prints (Fuji is the worst) or cheap paper. But, it rarely messes up your photos (I think this was by design.
Summary: I bought the 5530 primarily to be able scan a stack of photos and also 35mm framed slides. This scanner does both. I read the other reviews and was concerned about the device but bought it anyway. HP offers a 30 day money back return - no hassle policy. Regarding the "jam" problem, at last one of the other reviwers was correct in saying there is nothing in Help about this situation - you have to go to HP online to obtain the info.
Summary: I bought this scanner with the Automatic Photo Feeder so I could digitize my grandparents' photo albums and create a present for my mother. I'm now seeking a refund directly from hp. This is why: 1) The APF is not usable. 2) The scanning interface is abysmal. (actually a script running in Internet Explorer!) 3) HP support has offered no response to problems. The hardware would actually be cool for the price.
Summary: Many recent HP products have great designs but poor execution, and this is unfortunately one of them. Like many other reviewers, I was looking for a scanner with an automatic 6x4" photo feeder, since I was very sick of placing pictures on a flatbed one by one only to be confronted with slanted scans. This HP is the only one on the market with this well-thought-out feature. And like some of the reviewers, I saw its high rating in both PC World and PC Mag.
Summary: Having boxes of childhood slides that I wanted to convert to digital, all of the product details showed this to be the one, for the money. The slide holder allows a scan of 3 slides at once, BUT... When you crop the 8 1/2 x 11 digital image down to one slide, and zoom in to see the image, the quality is worthless. The colors are gone and the resolution is terrible. Since I ONLY bought this for scanning slides, it is going back.
Summary: This is a mid-range consumer scanner with some great extra features that you don't find on other scanners in the same price range. After reading some of the other reviews I was hesitant about buying the scanner but made the plunge after using the scanner at a friends. Note that this was PC Magazines Editor's Choice. Check out their website for the review ([...