Summary: I based my purchase on other reviews of this product. I found them to be quite accurate. The ArtixScan M1 is not a high-speed device, but does provide high-quality output. I am primarily using it for scanning 35 mm transparancies, and am quite pleased with the ability to load 12 slides at a time...
Microtek sucks!!!!! It should be moved to 1 Star now
26 March 2009
Summary: Microtek's M1 is the worst scanner I've used. The 1st one I bought worked great for the 1st set of slides I did. Then, a couple months later, the 2nd set didn't scan the colors correctly by a long shot. Soooo, they had me pay to send it back so they could send me another one..
Grade "A" Scanner; Grade F Support and Proprietary Software
Dennis Fetty, Amazon
1 March 2009
Summary: The good news is that this is a great scanner designed to scan film and slides as it's primary objective. I have been looking for a scanner that will do a good job on all of my old negatives and slides of various sizes. And it works as a regular reflective scanner also.
Summary: I researched and purchased the Microtek Artixscan M1 Scanner to convert old positive pics and negatives to digital. The scanner proved easy to use and does its job well. The included Adobe Elements(5) software would not load because the serial number on envelope did not match disk version.
Summary: I have a Microtek scanner and just downloaded the latest drivers. It turns out Microtek wants a program called Scan Finder to load at every start-up, and there is no way to disable this. The product works satisfactorily, but for my money, I will purchase something else.
Summary: I was surprised at the amount of dust inside the scanner on the bottom of the platen glass. No way to clean it. Microtek does not sale a replacement lamp if yours burns out but will offer you a discounted price on a new scanner. In other words this scanner is not repairable.
Difficult with Windows Vista; Now it's out of focus!
D. Lawson, Amazon
6 September 2008
Summary: I'm disappointed with this scanner. I initially installed the drivers on a PC using Windows XP - seemed to work fine, though it is somewhat slow and noisy - lots of clunks and whirrs as it goes about its business.
Excellent results for medium format...skip the SF-Ai version
A. Gara, Amazon
23 August 2008
Summary: I've struggled for years with MF scan results, trying everything short of the now old and stupid expensive Nikon 8000/9000's. I was tired of used equipment with huge prices so bit on this one (most recently Minolta Scan Multi II).