Summary: This scanner has essentially replaced my Epson as the diameter of this flatbad along with the resolution enable me to use it for just about anything imaginable. Although it takes up some real estate the overall solution has been rock solid and in use for the past 6 months with no problems...
Pros: Low cost, high quality scanning solution that provides excellent capabilities. Works with all versions of Windows including Windows 7 (32/64) bit.
Cons: In comparison to the other technologies, this product has probably a low MTBF, however given the cost it is easily justifiable purchase. The software which is included with this product is both annoying and useless if you use Photoshop or other scanning tools.
Summary: So what can you scan with the Mustek A3USB 600/1200 Pro scanner? No much. You are limited to a flat piece of paper which is pressed down firmly with a large flat object. If that is all you want to scan, you are better off saving space and getting a paper fed scanner.
Pros: I am writing in regards to what may be a faulty line of Mustek A3USB 1200 Pro scanners. I received this unit for review in early May 2011 and have determined that the focal distance of the employed photo detector to be too short, or excessively divergent. This results in an overly narrow distance...
Cons: Scanning a book is typical scanning scenario that maybe 50% of customers will likely be interested in. Don't want to scan textbooks? Ok, how about a map? Map scan test The next scan test was that of a folded map which was pressed down onto the glass with the weight of the scanner lid. The scanned...
Summary: I draw webcomics and this scanner is useful for me, because I deal with low-res images. But I would NEVER use it for hi res scans. I'm not exaggerating. The image that comes out is absolutely unacceptable for art scans.
Pros: 11" x 17" scanning bed.
Cons: Image is inconsistent and blurry. The scanner only works if you download their image capture program from their website. They don't explain this to you anywhere. So it takes some detective work to find out why your computer isn't recognizing it after you've installed the drivers. (Good job Mustek.)
Summary: Years ago I had a Mustek scanner of this size. It gave me many years of reliable scans before it no longer worked. I then "upgraded" to a much more expensive (over $1000) Microtek 9800XL, which worked well for a while, then crapped out. At that cost, its demise was less tolerable.
Pros: Very inexpensive. The scans are professional quality (I am a 25-year + veteran commercial artist) and actually better than those done on a more expensive large-size scanner I've used.
Summary: Contrary to what some of the other users have posted here, my experience seems to be the exact opposite. I have both a Mac Pro and a PC laptop (HP), both loaded with Photoshop (CS3 on the Mac/CS2 on the PC). Based on comments here I thought, well, I'd better use this scanner with the PC. Disaster.
Pros: The almost too-good-to-be-true price. I have a Microtek 9800XL that's basically crapping out on me that cost over a thousand dollars. Unforgivable that it's on its last legs (hence the need for another oversize scanner). I had a Mustek years ago, and it worked well.
Cons: As noted, Mustek's tech support is nonexistent.
Summary: Maybe by plugging this into a Linux box and using their generic software one can bypass the toy software that one is expected to use. I haven't tried this (yet) - but any change has to be an improvement.
Pros: The large scan area
Cons: 1) for no clear reason it'll lock up the XPpro PC it's tied to at the beginning of a scan. Have to reboot the machine to get it back. Have tried different USB ports, different cables, but no improvement - besides, everything else works nicely on the same PC. 2) the software is bad, really bad. It...