Summary: The s400 did a much better job out of the box and was an order of magnitude faster than the one it replaced. (an ancient UMAX Astra 1220P) I was disappointed when it gave up the ghost after a short four years. (The aforementioned Astra, despite being MUCH older, still works AFAIK.
Summary: so, funny story, the microtek s400 has no support for mac os x 10.5 leopard, and microtek has no plans for updated drivers. which i guess is okay, because the software was never honestly that good. the scanner hardware itself is fine, though strictly par.
What a POS No Mac OSX Support***Company going under***
Homey G "Bikerman", Amazon
22 November 2007
Summary: I gave it one star because there was no other option. I owned a Scanmaker E3 for years (bought in 1997 and retired in 2007) without issue and now I wasted 100.00 on this no longer supported POS. I've owned this for about a year now.
Summary: I've been holding out on a scanner for quite a while as I've been mainly concerned with digital cameras and skipping the step of going from film to digital. While out shopping I was browsing through the scanner department when this modern high tech looking scanner caught my eye.
Summary: I have found the Microtek ScanMaker S400 Flatbed Scanner a very versatile and useful product at a very reasonable price. I particularly like its ability to start up on its own and center on the copy being copied. This saves me time, frustration, and 'clicks.
Summary: This is a Great Scanner for the Money. And no I don't work for the Microtek company I am just a satisfied customer that would like to share his thoughts on this product. These days you never know how well the product you buy will perform until it's too late.
Summary: To begin with, the first one they shipped me was DOA out of the box. After a normal amount of back-and-forth, they shipped me another one. It has never worked properly despite multiple reloads/updates/tech support emails, etc.
Summary: So far the scanner has worked great. I have not used the light lid yet for negatives. the email feature integrates well with other programs and perfom without a hitch. the push buttons are well lit and easy to use. It has a large footprint by today's standards, but makes up for it with quality.
Summary: I spent 6 hours yesterday trying to get this scanner working. I have a total of 5 photos scanned to show for it. The software that comes w/ it is buggy as hell. I got REPEATED "hanging application" errors. I even updated to the most recent drivers/software from Microtek's website. NOTHING fixed it.