Summary: Other than setup if you have more than one HP machine scanning on network with Vista this machine is well worth the price. Fast, Capable and cheap (now) it works like a charm. Setup was a bit of a nightmare but not because it is an older model but because network setup with HP scanners and multifunction machines is just hit and miss.
Summary: Although a slightly older model, purchase for a mere fraction of the origional MSRP and works wonderful on my xp. I could have spent more for a more current model, but this is GREAT for the money you will save. I scan ton's of PDF files and love it.
Summary: I have 8 Fujitsu Duplex scanners, 4 Canon Duplex, and 6 HP simplex. Most color. Bought this unit as non working. Bad main board. Got no help from HP, Who wanted to charge me for information (unit out of warrantee).Found main board and replaced it myself. Unit made poorly. This cannot compare with any of the other units all of which I purchased used. I would never have another HP Duplex color scanner again, even if you gave it to me for nothing...
Summary: I needed away to transfer thousands of pages of documents to my computer and, could not afford $2000.00. This was scanner was the answer. A very fast and efficent sacanner. I have had very few problems with it. I would recommend it to anyone.
Summary: Have been using scanner for office for about a year, automatic paper feeder jams quite often, and most annoyingly tends to pull the paper into the feeder mechanism when it jams, even if paper had already passed through, apparently attempting duplex scan. Duplex scanning itself cannot be set from computer but rather have to push button on scanner. Other than jamming and pulling multiple pages at once, has worked reasonably well.
Summary: I was using an HP ScanJet 8250 at work and decided to buy one for use at home. I looked around and found a good deal on an HP ScanJet 8290 and wound up buying it. I had looked for a sheetfed scanner with a duplexer before and could not afford one. After using the 8250 at work and liking it, I decided to give this one a try.
Summary: I recently purchased my HP scanner from an online discount house. Unfortunately, the scanner arrived without software or a printed User Manual. However, rather than get upset, I decided to assemble the scanner (which took 1 minute). I then went to the HP website and immediately found and downloaded the software & device drivers. After installation, I attahed the USB cable, plugged in the power cord and, after a few seconds I was scanning documents at blazing speed.
Summary: Don't believe HP's claim that the 8290 is "network ready". I was disappointed to learn, after I purchased mine, that the scanner cannot be accessed over our network, because our operating system is not NT4. If you use Win98, Win2000, or WinXP, forget the network feature. Other than that bit of false advertising, I have no complaints.
Summary: This scanner is a mediocre flatbed photo scanner. It's strong point is that it is a document scanner with a duplexer adf. Forget it. The ADF is terrible. It jams easily, and you cannot get inside the ADF to clear out the paper. It also feeds two pages at once, which also jams the scanner. DON'T get this one.