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: When is HP going to figure out that this is not 1998 and the Mac platform is not dying, and in fact growing faster than the rest of the industry. I agree with the other comments that the OS X support on this product is the bare minimum to legally say it is compatible. In the real world, I am not pleased. I love HP and like a lot of their products. But OS X software has to stop being and after-thought.
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.
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: 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: When it works, it's pretty good...but the ADF jams a LOT, and it accidentally grabs two pages instead of one a LOT. Finally, the scans are a little washed out/overexposed. I must believe there is a better product out there, even if it's $2000...