Summary: The Visioneer 8700 USB Scanner is no longer manufactured. It does everything I want a scanner to do. I wanted a back-up to my present scanner without having to go to the trouble of having to reconfigure another model scanner. I previously ran into problems in trying to set up different Visioneer model scanners.
Summary: I just bought this scanner the middle of February, 2003. I liked it's resolution and ease of use. It now will not scan. I tried to contact the manufacturer since it is under a 1 year warranty. They do not have a toll free number or email address. Since it is not in production the web site suggests calling their 900 number for $2 per minute. If on hold for 8 minutes I will have spent the same amount that I paid for the scanner.
Summary: I bought this scanner new at Best Buy for 69 dollars after first buying (and returning!) two HP scanners. While I found the HP scanners to be slow, noisy, bulky things, this one was a pleasant surprise! It's compact, VERY quiet, VERY fast, the lid comes off completely for larger scans and wide paper and because it opens from the side, it fits will in small places and is easy to access. I will never have another scanner. Visoneer makes fantastic scanners.
Summary: I was worried after reading some of the reviews that this scanner would have conflicts with Windows XP but it seems to work perfectly fine! I haven't had any problems with it and I love the copy/print option that makes it just like a copier! It's easy to use and with a touch of a button, it scans quickly and quietly. I tried OCR with this once and it didn't seem to work well but that's the only thing I see wrong with it thus far.
Summary: I got one of these for Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The box advertises OCR abilities and there is an 'OCR' button on the scanner body. Setup was easy and the scanner speed seemed very good. It looks like a fairly nice scanner for photos.. After going through all the setting options, I never got OCR output with better than about 60% accuracy (most settings produced no OCR output at all). The Canon N656U is much slower, but produces acceptable OCR results.
Summary: I think this scanner works great! I am using WinXP pro and I had the scanner working in minutes. I use twain to scan and have not used the one button features yet, I may never use them as the twain interface is more to my liking. I think if you are looking for a good basic scanner this is a good choice. Update: I've been using this scanner for a couple of weeks now and I like it even more..