Summary: These other reviews have absolutely no merit so please ignore them. I've had this scanner for 6 years and it's absolutely fantastic. I've never had any problems of any sort. It handles high resolution like a champ and it works great on slides and the like. HIGHLY recommended.
Super Scanner, Read This Before Touching Software Disk!!!
Molly M, Amazon
11 June 2012
Summary: Ok, for starters, this is the only prosumer scanner I can find that comes anywhere near replacing my dying HP8200 scanner. So I had to eat my review-based words about not getting an 8300. When I examined the reviews more closely almost all of the problems were, or could have been, with the bloated HP Wreckware, not the scanner itself, and like the other reviewers who had no trouble with scanner operation, I use Hamrick's incomparable VueScan software and have for years.
Summary: If you need a scanner for legal size documents or converting slides or negatives to digital images this scanner fits the bill perfectly. It's substantial but it's one of the most capable flatbed scanners available and the resolution is just amazing.
Summary: This scanner is not only quick, but high quality. Many built in features make it the best scanner I have ever had. I do a lot of reproduction and restoration work, and nothing compares with it.
Summary: I received my scanner this morning and I found the plug and play to by quite good and fairly simple. I got the drivers for Windows 7 64-bit online from HP. No trouble with the software, although yes it could be a little more intuitive. I purchased the scanner for the purpose of digital photo restoration, and the scans look amazing. For my purposes I could not be happier.
Summary: COMPRE UNOS SCANJET; Y ESTE VENDEDOR ES MUY MUY SERIO... ESTE VENDEDOR VENDE EXACTAMENTE LO QUE PUBLICA Y ENTRAGA RAPIDO.... EL SCANJET HP 8300 ES UN EQUIPO MUY BUENO PARA TENERLO EN LA OFICNA... MUY RECOMENTDADO ...
Summary: I am a senior and although I am comfortable around computers I certainly am not an expert or even close. Anyhow, I found this scanner very easy to set up, and also easy to use. I plan to use the scanner to archive old documents, photos, slides, etc to preserve family info for my children and grandchildren. For example, I have my mother and father's wedding certificate (1931), their old passports, many old pictures, etc.