Summary: I purchased the Microtek i900 flatbed scanner a couple months ago. I use a scanner for a lot of things for which any cheap scanner would suffice, but was looking for a scanner with a higher density rating for scanning my artwork, which frequently has lots of subtle darks. I've had scanners in the past - cheap ones too - that would give me excellent color quality and detail in my artwork scans, but the universal problem was getting the darks to read dark enough in the...
Summary: The quality and clarity of scans is excellent for a mid-range flatbed scanner. The options to scan reflective, photo negatives, and transparencies of all sizes made this an attractive purchase. The cover can also be raised for book scans. But it seems interminably slow, even though it will do background scanning, the wait time is excruciatingly slow.
Summary: Please note: I purchased a somewhat different model - 6100 Pro - over 1 year ago. I was unhappy with the purchase from the onset and have subsequently purchased a Canon 8400F ... a great scanner. The Microtek took very good scans from photos and film (35 mm slides). However, it rarely worked. It failed to recognize my computer and when I finally achieved a good scan it just stopped.
Summary: When I first got this scanner, it took me about ten tries to install the software so that it worked. This is a known problem, and all they tell you is to try reinstalling the software. Their flowchart for troubleshooting pretty much says "if anything goes wrong, reinstall software." When we installed it on a NEW computer that had next to no software, I bet my husband $100 it wouldn't work, but surprise of surprises, it installed the first time.