Summary: 5 Star scanner for the price. I am a realtor and scan 20 pages into PDF files to email which works great. Even after several years of use the document feeder keeps working. Pages are crisp and clear.
Summary: The feed is the key on these scanners-- that's what tends to break. I've owned HP's and Fujitsu scanners at much higher prices. HP held up a little longer--Fujitsu feed broke almost immediately. At half the price, this scanner is quite reliable- excllent value.
Summary: I spend $30 returning the scanner. The scanner won't scan image of document only to Word File. Then some of the images does not scan too well. Emailed Customer Service. Took them FIVE days just to ask me what my problem was. Got so FRUSTRATED returned the product.
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: the noise level isn't that bad. i thought it was comparable to your average scanner. I've never used this to scan text, but i can see the lines that can appear from the document feeder being a problem. i would recommend this if you plan on using it for artistic purposes.
Pros: scanning 30+ pages in under 5 minutes is a life saver. i use this for scanning art (animation frames) and doing 30+ pages on a flatbed would take well over 30 minutes.
Cons: like others have said, the white "line" that appears when using the document feeder. not so much a line but more like a gap that runs the length of the page. also, this scanner is kind of bulky.
Summary: Have purchased multiple ScanMaker 5950 units to use for work and will do so again as needed. Easy to use, pretty much plug and play and scanning is very fast when you have multiple documents to work with at once.
Summary: We just bought a second one, after the first one died after a household move and some really heavy use. Tried other scanners with document feeders that were more expensive and slower! So went back to the same Microtek model that we knew and loved.
Summary: Bottom line, it's a cheap scanner that gets the job done, if you are willing to play with it a little bit. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to do a simple task - scan multiple page documents into a single PDF file.