Summary: Yes it is easy to use. However, HP used to be a good company, but now they have joined the ranks of the fallen and have abysmally stupid policies. I bought this scanner three years ago, it has all the features I wanted, especially the ability to handle legal size scans.
Summary: I purchased the HP 8300 direct from HP.com (foolish me). First the Windows software included was for Windows XP/Vista. Both my HP desktop and HP laptop have Windows 7. I followed the instructions to go to the HP website and download the software and drivers for Windows 7 which I did.
Summary: We purchased this scanner for the purpose of scanning our slides and negatives. When we tried to scan, we kept getting an error message that stated the TMA adapter was not installed. I tried to solve the issue by using the online chat with HP.
Summary: i only buy hp products and i own a big chunk of their stock. and i have been a happy camper i have been using the HP3010 scanner for my genealogy work: lots of old photos that i need to scan at 4800 resolution so i can restore them in cs4 photoshop.
Summary: Tried to use the slide scanner for the first time. TMA light would not work. Received message that said it was not connected. It was connected. Checked the HP site for this scanner and the forum on the site indicated this is a major problem with the 8300.
Summary: Comments about HP Scanjet 8300: I have faced lots of issues since I purchased this scanner. I purchased two of them. The Transparency Adapter was wrecked on both and had to be swapped. It also caused some trouble communicating with my PC.
Doesn't work on a MAC at all. Works intermittently on a PC
Alva R. Peach, Amazon
7 June 2008
Summary: I spent three hours with HP technical support trying to make this thing work. The things they had me try were basic, like removing and then reinstalling cables, cycling power, and like. Gee why didn't I think of that? They blamed everything else but the scanner.
Summary: I usually buy off of Amazon, but this time I bought off of CompuBizUSA to save money. What a joke? I don't advise it. They have poor customer service. My HP 8300 had glue underneath the glass and I had a hard time getting that replace. I finally got my scanner and I hate it.
Summary: The 8300 scanner is a big, heavy piece of equipment that is probably capable of doing everything HP says it will. Unfortunately, I'll never know whether it can or not, because the software is such a joke that after several hours a day for over a week of dinking around with it and many, many calls to...