Summary: I use a scanner daily in my work as a college teacher, as I put most of my teaching materials online. I was impressed with the specs of this scanner, revews were positive, and was happy for about two weeks. Then I bought a new Mac G5, OS 10.3 Panther. The 8200 software was incompatable for a very long time, during which I had to go back to my old scanner, as did all other Mac users. Amazon was not my friend here.
Summary: I use windows XP and although unlike others this scanner does a fine job as to image quality, that's only the case when it works. I've had to unload and reload the software for this so many times I've lost count. I've had it on two computers, and with the second computer I made sure that it was one of the very first things installed so as to avoid conflicts, and it worked fine for about a year, and now I'm back to fixing the registry, reinstalling etc.
Summary: I've had this scanner for over 3 years and I've never got a decent scan out of it. I've had to play around in Photoshop to make anything usable, but detail in never there. Everytime I scan I have to unplug it from the mains then replug it to restart it so that the software can find it. I've updated to all the latest software, but it never got any better.
Summary: Using this scanner is a frustrating experience. The current software from HP's site does not work well with Mac OS X. There is an option to descreen, but it doesn't do anything. The descreening option is either on or off, there are no parameters to set. The software interface is not intuitive, and the scanner is noisy, too. This is some of the worst software in recent history. There is no "scan" button.
Summary: I have windows xp. I installed the software, connected this scanner via USB 2.0, and have had nothing but misery since. For example, while I am writing this I am waiting the 5 minutes it takes to do a negative scan job using the HP software. Everything about this scanner is slow. Ok, well I once scanned a text document in, that went pretty fast, but if you want anything greater than 200 dpi scans be prepared to wait - and wait. The software is horrible.