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    1. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
    $351.49 list($399.99)
    2. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
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    3. Nikon CoolScan V ED Film Scanner
    $139.95 list($149.99)
    4. Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
    Too low to display $994.95 list($1,099.99)
    5. Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film
    $85.49 list($99.99)
    6. Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
    Too low to display $123.98 list($185.00)
    7. HP OfficeJet 5510 All-in-One Printer,
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    8. Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner
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    9. Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
    $225.14 list($319.99)
    10. Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual
    $1,021.24 list($1,499.99)
    11. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
    $446.49 list($799.99)
    12. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
    $360.99 list($649.99)
    13. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
    $170.99 $163.52 list($199.99)
    14. Planon DocuPen DPEN-R700 Rechargeable
    $109.99 list($129.99)
    15. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color
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    16. Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400
    $161.49 $136.00 list($179.99)
    17. Epson Perfection 2480 Limited
    $218.49 list($249.99)
    18. CardScan Executive 700 Compact
    Too low to display $104.88 list($194.99)
    19. Epson Stylus CX6600 Photo Printer,
    $15,856.00 list($20,995.00)
    20. Fujitsu M4099D Scanner Ccd 200-400

    1. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
    by Epson
    list price: $449.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007Y79GC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 688
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Quality performance. Precision detail.

    With the image quality of a dedicated film scanner, plus the flexibility of a flatbed scanner all in one affordable product, the Epson Perfection® 4990 Photo delivers a total digital scanning solution.

    This powerful performer scans multiple slides simultaneously, as well as negatives and photos. And, with its built-in transparency unit, it accommodates film up to 8" x 10". Housed in a sleek outer case with an illuminated scan progress indicator, this scanner delivers intricate detail, due to an astounding 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth, and 4.0 Dmax. And, it easily restores faded or damaged film and photos with Epson Easy Photo Fix™ and DIGITAL ICE™ Technology.


    • Scan images with precision quality and detail
    • Get high-quality scans from negatives and transparencies
    • Automatically correct an image when scanning damaged film and photos
    • Speed through every scan
    • Epson Premium software bundle
    ... Read more


    • Adobe Photoshop Elements, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6
    • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
    • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 4.0 Dmax, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
    • Adapters for slides, film strips, medium format, and 4-by-5 film
    • Epson Easy Photo Fix and Digital Ice technology

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT from the start
    Seldom have I been so pleased with a purchase!

    UNLIKE the Microtek scanner I previously owned that gave me nothing but aggravation from the git-go, I loaded the software, plugged the Epson 4990 in with the included USB cable and, using Photoshop as the platform, IMMEDIATELY scanned an 8 x 10 page of medium format negatives successfully.Eyeballing the colors, I did not think ANY correction was needed.I had NO PROBLEMS loading the software or with anything else.

    I subsequently read the CD contained instructions and found that I had failed to use the 8 x 10 transparent media placement guide.It worked ANYWAY!

    This scanner is particularly suited for "serious" amateur and professional photographers.It comes with negative holders for 35mm, 120 and 4 x 5 sheet film.In addition, as noted above, it will also scan the whole 8 x 10 inch area so you can do proof sheets from your transparent negative file pages.

    I also scanned a music CD cover and liner, using Photoshop to convert the liner to black and white, and a 4 x 6 color photo.The scanner worked perfectly on all.The resolution of the four to six point type of the CD liner was crisp.This was a scan as a reflective image and NOT using OCR software.

    I have only had it for a week and will update this review once I've tried its OCR capabilities. ... Read more

    2. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
    by Canon
    list price: $399.99
    our price: $351.49
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    Asin: B0002U41AI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 720
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    Product Description

    maximum resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi * 48-bit color depth * scan up to thirty 35mm negative frames or 12 mounted slides at a time * scans medium format 120 roll film * supports professional films up to 4" x 5" for both transparencies and negatives * FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) * high-speed USB interface * FireWire® (IEEE 1394) interface (compatible with MAC OS only) * ... Read more


    • USB 2.0 interface (PC/Mac), FireWire (Mac only)
    • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi maximum optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
    • Rich 48-bit color and subtle 16-bit grayscale
    • Batch scanning of up to 30 35mm negatives
    • Scan documents, negatives, slides, 35mm film, and large format 4-by-5-inch film

    3. Nikon CoolScan V ED Film Scanner
    by Nikon
    list price: $599.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0001DYTVW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Sales Rank: 2286
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Digital Time Machine - The Coolscan V ED is an affordable, high-performance film scanner that is designed to be easy to operate for first-time scanner users. For some film camera users, their best digital camera may, in fact, be their own film SLR camera. By using the Nikon Coolscan V ED, a Nikon N75 or N80 can produce digital scans at close to 22-megapixel resolution. The Coolscan V ED is perfect for those looking to bring old images back to life and preserve memories with better-than-original quality. Imagine removing scratches from a 1950s family reunion shot or sending your parents their wedding portrait looking better than the day it was taken. It's more than film scanning -- it's Timemachineography. With an optical resolution of 4,000 dpi and 14-bit A/D input conversion, the Coolscan V ED is the perfect tool for a home user or photo hobbyist looking to enhance their own film photography experience. A new plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface even improves the speed of image transfer. Scan speed is also surprisingly fast - the Coolscan V ED can scan an image in only 38 seconds (including image transfer and display) - making the entire process smoother and easier from start to finish. ... Read more


    • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
    • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.2 density
    • 14-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
    • Scan speeds as fast as 38 seconds
    • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best affordable film scanner
    I have a ton of negatives both black and white and color and simply scanning the prints wasn't always satisfactory. So I shopped around and found this particular scanner to be the best for under $1000. You can only scan 35 mm slides or negatives not medium format. The scanner has functions which cleans up dust and scratches, restores color, reduces grain among a number of functions but turning these functions on will prolong the amount of time it takes to scan the negative. However, the wait usually the longest being 5 minutes is highly satisfactory. The ED glass in the scanner and Nikon engineering has a lot to do about this. You have your choice of destination file types but generally given the very high resoluton you can have files up to 60 MB or more which I reduce to around 1-2 MB. The product was ready to use within minutes after installing the software and taking it out of the box. It's competitor Minolta Dimage IV was plagued by setup problems and also lacked the digital clean up of negatives. If you have a box of 35 mm slides or negatives and want to archive them digitally or restore then I highly recommend this product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner for APS films
    After researching the best way to scan APS film, I purchased a Coolscan V scanner from Amazon and IA-20(S) APS adapter from Adorama thru the Amazon site. I never really found any reviews concerning scanning APS film, so I stuck with the scanner that had the best reviews and bought the APS adapter to go with it.

    I found that these units were bid up on auction sites to within fifty dollars of the price of a new unit. My plan is to scan all of my film, then sell the scanner and adapter.

    The film scans are beautiful! Much better than scans of the prints and much quicker and simpler. The software has many nice tools, especially Digital Ice, which eliminates all dust and spots with no apparent effect on the scan quality.

    This is an excellent way to scan APS films, which are much easier to scan than 35mm strips. You just put the roll in the adapter. You click one button in the Nikon Scan software and it displays all 25 or 40 thumbnails in a minute or two. Since I had around 100 APS rolls to scan, I set up the defaults so that it would automatically have the normal parameters set when I scanned APS films. Then I just had to rotate the images to the correct orientation, select all of the thumbnails and hit the scan button in the software. It asks about the file name structure and the folder they will go into, and presents a few other options, then it spends about an hour to scan a roll of 25. I go do something else during that time. I haven't had any computer crashes during scanning, even while browsing or running other software on my computer (a low-end 2004 Sony VAIO desktop) simultaneously.

    You can preview all of the frames and adjust all of the scan parameters for each individual shot before the final scan. I found this to only be useful on films with mostly dark shots. It takes about 15-20 minutes to preview a roll of 25. It is time-consuming to correct each shot. If there are only a few dark shots on a roll, then I preview and fix the ones I am sure will need additional software cleanup. Then I scan the whole roll. After scanning, I reopen the files, perform auto contrast on most shots, make any other adjustments, then resave them. Very efficient.

    The APS adapter worked flawlessly for me for about 3 weeks, scanning about 55 APS films, mostly with 25 exposures but a few were 40-exposure rolls. Then it failed. I have returned the adapter to Nikon for warranty service. See my review of the adapter under "Nikon Coolscan IV APS Film Adapter"

    There are a couple things they should add for simpler APS scanning:
    1. A reader for the APS film's embedded magnetic strip. Inclusion of the date as data was one of the advantages of APS film. This data could be used to adjust the file date or included as part of the filename. This would make sorting easier.
    2. A "Select All" button for easier selection of a whole roll.

    Nikon Coolscan V is an excellent scanning system for APS film as well as 35mm.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner at an affordable price
    I've had this scanner for 6 months, and am very impressed with the results. Before this, dealing with dust, scratches and the like was a real pain, but with ICE I hardly need to bother looking for blemishes in scans. And DEE is able to pull detail fromseemingly hopelessly underexposed parts of a slide. GEM is slow, but good when every last detail counts (for large enlargements). The resolution is wonderful, still better than any digital camera I know of. With this scanner and a bit of digital artistry I've been able to resurrect photos from the dead. I am fully satisfied; the only thing more I could ask for is speed, but not at this price. A great way to retrieve those prized photos for digital archival and I'm still sticking with this scanner and a film camera for pictures I take now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to more expensive Coolscan 5000
    First of all, let me say I am relatively new at scanning and that I LOVE the Coolscan V as a cheaper alternative to the Coolscan 5000 which I have also used.I recently decided to go through my father's 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

    After culling my father's slides I ended up with about 750 I wanted to scan. After culling my own slides I ended up with another 200 slides. And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well. Just recently, my father in law enlisted me to go through his slide collection of about 1500 slides since he was blown away by the results I achieved on my father's slides with the Coolscan 5000.

    Most of my father's slides, and all of my father-in-law's slides are Kodachrome. Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome. Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The ICE4 does work, however, inconstantly with Kodachrome slides producing unacceptable artifacts in about 5 - 10 percent of the slides. It is a hit or miss proposition. I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts. I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes. Those stripes were really butchered by the ICE feature.The difference in scanning quality between the Coolscan 5000 and the V was negligible to this relative newcomer to scanning.

    The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly. The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably. The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time.The V took even longer than the 5000, but in neither case, IMHO, did the results justify the time expended.

    The good news: The scanner is does produce wonderful wonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi.The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted. Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking. I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases.I was unable to appreciate a significant difference between the two scanners in shadow detail even though the 5000 had a THEORETICAL greater dynamic range.

    The V was slower than the 5000, but honestly the difference for the non-professional scanner, to me, was not worth the additional investment.The V represents a superb value giving you nearly all of the advantages of the 5000 other than speed for a substantially cheaper price.

    It wasn't until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives. And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives. Don't even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad. Even pristine negatives have scratches and dustthat magically are erased by the ICE feature. What a godsend. I only wish it had worked so flawlessly on the Kodachrome slides. The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition. But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

    One note unrelated to the scanner itself. Until you've used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can't begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail. Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome. And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

    The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me. I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

    The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

    I can recommend this scanner without reservation. It is a phenomenal piece of equipment.If speed is not a paramount consideration and you are not a professional scanner needing the options (the auto feeder) offered by the 5000 then, in my opinion, the V represents an absolutely tremendous value.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scanner does not disappoint
    Decade's collection of fading film this COOLSCAN can handle.You can obtain detailed images that are truly vivid, sharp, and better than the original then technology.Just remember to use DEE correctly.Read below for further details on DEE.

    Batch scanning can be done with one click on the Scan button in Nikon Scan 4's firmware.The maintenance free red, green, blue, and infrared LED light source is gentle to film.The 4000 ppi optical resolution is an ideal start for outputting A3+ prints on the new crop of large format bubblejet and inkjet printers.

    Reading the Nikon Scan Reference Manual in the Nikon Scan Reference Manual/Easy Scanning Guide CD would be your best learning tool to get the most out of your scanner.For the most accurate results, the first thing to do before scanning is to set your preferences by clicking on the Prefs button in the Control Area of the Scan Window.

    When enabled, the Digital ICE quad Advanced software works well with most film.The Manual will explain that ICE, ROC, GEM, and DEE will not operate with the optional FH-G1 Medical Holder.

    ICE will not work on monochrome film unless the film has been developed in colour.ICE will not work properly on Kodachrome, but will work on other brands of slides.Noise may appear if ICE is used on overexposed or very vivid images.ICE will reduce the overall sharpness of the image.ICE is not not designed nor does ICE advertise itself to remove all dust and scratches from film. ICE will reduce most of the dust and scatches, however.You will have to use a third party application like Adobe Photoshop to remove the remaining dust and scratches.ICE alone will double the scanning time of 38 seconds.

    ROC may add colour to monochrome or grayscale images.ROC is not necessary for properly exposed colour images.ROC alone will almost double the scanning time.

    GEM will remove most grain and soften the image.GEM alone will almost triple the scanning time.

    DEE works best when the image is cropped to exclude other unexposed areas of the film.Don't get me wrong, DEE does work beautifully!If Unsharp Mask (UM) is used incorrectly prior to processing the image, DEE will show hot pixels in mid-tones and shadow areas effectively ruining the print.To avoid hot pixels in most photographs, either sparingly set the UM in Nikon Scan to less than 25% Intensity/25% Halo Width/0 Threshold Level or set the UM in Photoshop to about 125% Amount/1.5 Radius/1 to 3 Threshold.Depending on the image, using the default setting of 50 on DEE will produce smooth and pleasing tones.Turning DEE off and using Photoshop CS's Shadow/Highlight tool on the processed image provides similar manual control of shadows and highlights.Also, remember to correctly set the resolution output to your printer by clicking on the Custom button and select your printer in the Crop Menu.DEE alone will almost quadruple the scanning time.

    When enabled, Scan Image Enhancer (SIE) will automatically adjust hue.It does not work with darker images.In fact, the scan produces darker images.You are better off using DEE to pull out hidden detail in the shaded areas.

    ICE, ROC, GEM, DEE, and SIE together will almost quintuple the scanning time.

    UM can be created to all colours, or individually to red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, or yellow colours in the image.Deselect blue if you do not want to emphasize the grain in an image with blue sky.Remember to use UM at the end before scanning the negative to output the final image.

    The SA-21 strip-film adaptor only works for 2 - 6 frames.To save money by not having to buy the optional 1 - 6 frame FH-3 film holder, place a 1 frame negative into an empty cardboard slide holder and insert into the MA-21 slide holder.Remember to select Neg (color), and Calibrated RGB in the Control Area before scanning.

    Along with a short USB 2.0 cable, included in the package is a Nikon View 6 CD, which is an application, used to organize saved pictures in TIFF and JPEG file formats only.According to the Manual, large files created in Nikon Scan may not show on Nikon View slide shows.

    Before clicking on the Scan button, press Ctrl (MS Windows) and the Autofocus button.Then left click on a focal point in the preview image to ensure accurate focusing at that point.You can always change the focus point using the same method, or by using the Focus Tool in the Layout Tools palette.The palette can also be customized to suit.

    If you have to use the Analog Gain palette to correct or adjust the colour values for each of the elements in the scanner's light source, your LED's may require repair.The probability of repair to the LED's is not specifically discussed in the Manual.

    If desktop or cubbyhole space is an issue, the scanner can be placed with either the top or side vents facing up.Remember to provide the minimum clearances to the scanner for ventilation.The dual wrap around band of rubber feet will ensure a cushioned slip resistant footing.

    Compared to filmstrip scanners that come with flatbed scanners, COOLSCAN has more options and is by far the better equipment to use to obtain satisfying scans.Practice will make perfect photographs. ... Read more

    4. Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
    by Canon
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $139.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002U40NG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 478
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    maximum resolution: 3200 x 6400 dpi * 48-bit color depth * scan up to twelve 35mm negative frames or 4 mounted slides at a time * FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) * high-speed USB 2.0 interface * ... Read more


    • Batch scanning of up to 12 35mm negatives
    • High speed preview in about 2 seconds; USB 2.0
    • Maximum 3,200 x 6,400 dpi resolution
    • Sharp 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
    • Supports medium format and 35mm transparencies or negatives

    Reviews (24)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and easy!
    My husband and I were able to hook up our scanner and scan a about 20 photos all in less than 1 hour!I thought it would take me weeks to get through my pile of old photos but each photo only took seconds to scan. Also, contrary to the other reviews that I read, we found the scanner to be pretty quiet.I would definitely recommend this scanner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scanner I would recommend to anyone
    First, I am not a professional artists or anyone who need scanner for professional works, so I don't know how this scanner will appeal to those kind of people. However, to 'normal' people like me, this scanner is definitely a worthy consideration.

    I bought this scanner to replace my old Canon's N1220U; which still works fine, though. Although my old scanner is very nice for its slim size and no-mess connection(requires no external AC power), it is a bit noisy and way too slow.
    8400F is definitely larger and thicker than my old one, so I had to rearrange my workstation setup. However, its performance was worth the labor. Its scan speed is very fast(scans a page letter size color document at 150~200dpi in a few seconds, while my old one takes around a minute for same document in same setting), and preview pops up in about 2 seconds as advertised.

    Setup is simple; I mean, does anyone who cannot set this thing up really exist(unless software crashes)? Unwrap those tapes on scanner unit, plug the cable on the cover to the back of the unit, install the softwares you need(installation manual tells you to install softwares first for some reason), connect USB cable, connect power, done.

    Among included softwares, I only use PhotoStudio; so I don't know about performance of other softwares. Instead of the pop-up scan manager which pops-up when 'scan' button on scanner unit is pressed, I use inquire function of PhotoStudio only because I am more familiar with this method; and I use Paint Shop Pro if I have to edit the images. One complaint: I don't know why this new version of PhotoStudio doesn't remember file format setting I used last time to save image. Old version which came with my old N1220U did have this function. Well, it is acceptable, though.

    - Scanner might crash with certain applications, but it rarely happened(happened to me only once so far) and never messed up system; although communication with scanner was disconnected and photostudio crashed and closed, everything worked fine once scanner was turned off and then on again. There was no more crash although I didn't close down any other applications running. Therefore I guess that the crash wans't really specifically because of scanner, but usual unstability of Window.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A big NO for $138 price tag
    2 stars is the most appropriate rating for this scanner and let me tell you why.I bought this scanner because of the High rating from this Amazon site, but after trying all of its scanning functions, photo, 35mm negatives, and 35mm slides, (it has the adapter for medium film 120mm also) I would go for other scanner instead.First of all, I see the Contrast density of all 3 functions is not that good! Worse even comparing to my old-time scanner Epson Perfection 1260.And one thing that I hate is its Auto Correct/Adjustment feature.I don't know if you can disable it or not but I have not figured out yet!

    Let's say, for example, if you have some typical daylight photos (shot in natural light which is bright enough for hand-held exposure.) The scanning will give you a very acceptable image. But if you scanning an artificial-light photo you see a lot of dead pixels at the low contrast area.Dead pixels I mean are blockly imaging areas which replace details of your photo.

    This scanner is good enough for some typical works in the office, but it definitely is a NO for professional works.If you just need a scanner for your hardcopy photos, you canfind plenty scanners out there with a lower price.But if you choose this for your negatives and slides also, I recomment NOT.

    Also, its software/application need more works to refine the features.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful choice
    I have a large collection of old slides and photos which I wanted to digitize. Having used the Canoscan N650u without problem, the 8400f unit seemed a reasonable choice. I expected a utilitarian piece of equiptment but this this scanner is amazing!! It is incredibly fast and the results are excellent. It's "auto" mode is truly useful: an easy way to get lots of work done quickly. Most important is Canon tech help 800-828-4040. I did need them twice because my software skills are mediocre. Each time a live tech was on the phone in seconds (yes, seconds of waiting time). Because of this fabulous support I will never hesitate to buy a Canon product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent do everything scanner
    This is an excellent scanner. In the last 6 weeks I have used it to scan slides, film, photographs and b&w documents. It has not disappointed me. Before I bought this scanner I consider the Epson 4800 and Microtek ScanMaker 400S. Both these scanners had higher resolution, but the reviews suggested each had significant problems, either with speed or software.

    I bought the 8400F scanner primarily for its ability to scan slides to use in PowerPoint presentations. It does this with no problem. I've made prints from scanned slides and as long as the size is kept small the prints are fairly good. Expect to have to sharpen scans of slides to have them look their best. The resolution of the scanned slides is sufficiently high that sharpening is not a problem. Scanning slides is also relatively speedy. At the highest resolution it will automatically scan 4 slides in about 10 minutes.

    The results of scanning color photographs are excellent. The colors are great and detail excellent. A little sharpening made the images look even better.

    Black and white images/text also produce excellent scans. They are clear and crisp and make excellent copies. The ability to scan to a pdf and to add to pdf's, unlike Canon's earlier software, is a real plus. Be aware, however, that these pdf files can be large because even scanned text is consider an image.

    In using and evaluating a scanner it is important to keep expectations reasonable, especially with respect to slides. Even using photographic techniques it is difficult to get great prints from slides, so don't expect the same quality from and inexpensive scanner. However, it is possible to get good, useable scans of slides.
    ... Read more

    5. Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner
    by Nikon
    list price: $1,099.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001DYTOY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Sales Rank: 2655
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Super Coolscan 5000 ED scanner is loaded with features and benefits designed for a wide range of users, including Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE4 Advanced technology, Nikon's exclusive Scan Image Enhancer and other one-button-simple solutions. Coolscan scanners can help small or large businesses to streamline their operations and increase productivity while giving home users and hobbyists an affordable solution to revitalize, restore and save precious family memories. Despite the the way digital is dominating today's photography and printing markets, there are still an enormous amount of film images as well as a need for creating high-quality, versatile hi-resolution digital files. In American homes, literally millions of negatives and slides holding precious family memories are wasting away in shoeboxes and attics. A Nikon film scanner is an incredibly useful tool to help unlock the potential of an image and use the advantages of digital to bring that image to life. Greater Efficiency, Increased Profits - The Super Coolscan 5000 ED is designed with the needs of imaging professionals in mind, delivering 135/IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image (including image transfer to display) - at 4,000 dpi optical resolution. This, combined with a 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel, gives pros the speed and power they need to truly affect the scope of their business. ... Read more


    • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
    • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.8 density
    • 16-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
    • Preview scans in 11 seconds, full scans as fast as 20 seconds
    • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies

    Reviews (6)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of Nikon Super CoolScan Slide Feeder
    We purchased a Super Coolscan 5000 ED with SF-210 slide feeders, hoping to scan my parents' thousands of Kodak slides.The Super Coolscan worked flawlessly on single slides, but the SF-210 slide feeder simply could not scan more than 2 slides without jamming.

    The instruction manual does say that the feeder basically works only with Fuji compatible slide mounts, and warns of problems with Kodak and other mounts - but it's buried in the middle of the manual and you don't find out until you've purchased the producdt.I have been unable to find those restrictions mentioned anywhere inthe literature.At nearly $400 per feeder, I would expect it to work - or at least have the sales literature mention its limitations.

    I complained to Nikon, but never even received an email response.I will never buy a Nikon product again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good scanner but be aware
    I've been doing this for some time and have Nikon gear top to bottom. I have the slide feeder and the negative adapter that lets you feed full strips into it. Both work well 90% of the time. I get mis-feeds on the slides from time to time.

    You will get a bluish hue on your negatives. I have tried several films and they all yield the same problem. Expect to take some time in Photoshop to correct this problem. I am taking the advice of a poster to alter my color settings to compensate.

    Here is the biggest issue with this scanner. PROPERLY exposed slides scan dark. This is with Fuji 50/100/400 and Kodak. This is a known issue and you will see dozens of posts all over about this problem. Flat and dark scans that need to have the analog gain pumped up to compensate. This throws off GEM and ROC and makes the software unusable. It also washes out detail and increases grain. I contacted Nikon and they stated that Fuji has a 4th layer of emulsion that impedes scans. This is not true for slides, there is no 4th layer. End conclusion, there is a problem with the scanner design. Nikon has failed to give a reason why this is occurring other then to point the finger at someone else. If it was just my problem, I would say it was something on my end, but there are dozens of people stating the same thing on many different photo boards.

    ROC and GEM are "OK". I would scan clean unless there is an obvious problem with the neg/pos that needs to be addressed. Any time you alter grain or the physical layer of the film you are altering original quality. See what you have first before changing setting across the board.

    If you have any questions about this, my AOL-AIM is above as my Amazon username. This would include Nikon if the finally have a reason WHY there are issues. Overall, it's a good scanner. I would buy it again, but at least I would know what to expect and not expect it all as advertised.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works beautifully, although slower than you might expect
    I am using this product almost exclusively for slide scanning, so my comments only apply to that aspect of this product.

    If you are like me and wondering whether you should suffer through using a consumer level slide scanner or fork out the dough for this one, then the quality this produces when scanning dark slides should be enough to convince you alone.And that's just the beginning.I've used consumer level scanners before and no amount of tweaking or photoshop'ing can match the quality the Coolscan 5000 produces.For professionals, this is of course a no brainer, but for semi-professional folks like me, this is a major investment, and I needed some convincing that it would be worth it.I am now convinced.

    Don't put too much stock into the scan times (and feed times for the sf-210 auto feeder).These times are without any Digital ICE, auto exposure, auto focus, etc.However, I have found if you do not use these features, you are wasting your time.After much tweaking to get all the settings such that the final result looked just like the original slide, I am looking at about 1 minute and 30 seconds per slide using the sf-210 (AMD 2.2 Ghz 1GB Ram, scanning at 2000 dpi)

    I have found that without tweaking, you get a bluish hue (although a little less so for Kodachrome slides).I have turned red up +20 and blue down +20 (green at 0) and to me, this seems to give the best results (ymmv).

    Use the digital ice features!!!They are simply amazing.The dust and scratch removal is phenomenal.The grain removal is also wonderful - and it keeps the picture sharp much more so than using a software filter like those found in Photoshop.Personally, I set the Digital ROC (color restoration and correction) to 0 because it is too unpredictable.

    Lastly, use a bright, high quality LCD monitor!You would be amazed at the difference this can make when doing color matching, especially on dark pictures.I was astonished to see the difference.

    When you take the above into consideration, this scanner is superb.Plan on spending a few hours getting your settings just right, but after that, sit back and enjoy.I've done 8x10 prints of my slides (scanned at 2000 dpi) that are just beautiful.It is near impossible to match the luminance and beauty of a projected slide, but the Coolscan 5000 does a darn good job.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, if imperfect, scanner.
    First of all, let me say I am a neophyte when it comes to scanning.My mother passed away recently and I wanted to go through my father's 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

    After culling my father's slides I ended up with about 750 I wanted to scan.After culling my own slides I ended up with another 200 slides.And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well.A daunting project!But honestly well worth the effort.

    Most of my father's slides are Kodachrome.Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome.Well, I have some good news and some bad news.The ICE4 does work, however, inconstantly with Kodachrome slides producing unacceptable artifacts in about 5 - 10 percent of the slides.It is a hit or miss proposition.I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts.I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes.Those stripes were really butchered by the ICE feature.

    The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly.The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably.The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time.

    The good news:The scanner is fast and does produce wonderfulwonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi.The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted.Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking.I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases.

    It wasn't until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives.And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives.Don't even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad.Even pristine negatives have scratches and pit marks that magically are erased by the ICE feature.What a godsend.I only wish it had worked so flawlessly on the Kodachrome slides.The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition.But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

    One note unrelated to the scanner itself.Until you've used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can't begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail.Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome.And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

    The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me.I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

    The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

    I can recommend this scanner without reservation.It is a phenomenal piece of equipment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best 35mm filmscanner under $50,000
    The previous generation (CS IV and CS 4000) were hard to top, but Nikon did it yet again. Scans are smooth and gorgeous, color accuracy (provided your monitor is calibrated) is unrivaled and the updated ICE4 including DEE are a blessing. In fact the scans are so good that I have started to prefer CS5000 scans from well exposed Fuji Provia 100F or Astia 100F slides than images from a 6MP DSLR. Hard to believe but thats true.

    Did I mention scanning speed ? I timed a 4000 DPI scan with digital ICE turned off, on a P4 2.6Ghz with 1 GB ram and USB2. It took 17 seconds from begining to end (excluding autofocus and auto exposure). Thats right. Actually three seconds faster than Nikon's claim of 20 sec. Beat that Minolta.

    IMO the next step up can only be a $50K HowTek drum scanner ;) ... Read more

    6. Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
    by Canon
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $85.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002U40MC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 238
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    High Speed Performance for Photos and Films. A powerful addition to any home office.The CanoScan 4200F Color Image Scanner quickly produces superb scans from a wide range of materials including photos, documents, magazines, slides and negatives. It delivers an exceptional color resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi (max.) as well as 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors.For cleaner, more robust scans of older originals, automatic retouching and enhancement technology automatically removes much of the dirt and scratches that may appear on your originals. It even auto-correctstone and optimizes highlights and shadows, for the best scans possible. This is one smart scanner.Amazingly, it's quick, too. The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface1 enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer and the fastestpossible scanning speeds, with previews of your scans ready in approximately 2.6 seconds.Plus, four easy buttons - Scan, Copy, E-Mail and PDF - automate the entire scanning process, so your projects can go faster. Just position your original, select the use for the image, and in seconds it's ready! Included with the CanoScan 4200F scanner is a powerful suite of applications to help you organize your photos, featuring ArcSoft PhotoStudio software.Archive old slides and negatives. Now you can scan your old slides and negatives, turning old pictures into new again. Simply place them into the included film adapter and press ... Read more


    • USB 2.0 interface, cable included; Windows compatible
    • 3,200 x 6,400 dpi maximum optical resolution, 9,600 dpi interpolated
    • Rich 48-bit color with 16-bit grayscale
    • Scans slides or negatives plus photos and documents
    • 4 easy buttons to scan, copy, email, or create PDF files

    Reviews (14)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Wonderful
    After many years of using HP scanners and being most satisfied with their performance, I made the mistake of purchasing the All-in-one 1350. Printer was good, scanner lousy.

    I decided to switch to a Canon product and bought the 4200F. It is a great little scanner and saves me oodles of time when doing large quantities of scans for my business. The only drawback I have found so far, is that annoying checkwork pattern that pops up when scanning certain types of colours and/or surfaces. I have been unable to correct the end result satisfactorily with all the tools available and have come to the conclusion that either the scanner has a shortfall or I am totally incompetant.

    I have not contacted Canon Support as yet (most companies usually tell you that you'll have to live with the problem) but would appreciate comments from other users who have encountered similar problems and how they have overcome it, if they did. I can be reached at . Thanks, and happy scanning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Happy I didn't buy the CanoScan 9950F or the 8400F
    When I got my digital camera I didn't think about buying a scanner or printer if I did I probably wouldn't of ended up with a panasonic digital camera, a HP 8150 Photosmart printer, and a CanoScan 4200F Scanner but hey it works!
    I was looking at the CanoScan 9950 because of the resolution. I looked at the CanoScan 8400F because it was cheaper then the 9950.
    I bought the 4200F because it had Highlevel resolution and editing ability at an entry level price.
    It comes with photo editing software which works quite well. I was able to correct the color on a scanned photo without hyper over correcting it and ruining the picture. The software is easy to use and intuitive. I was able to adjust certain parts of the picture without reading the instructions.
    When I reprinted the picture the color was rich and beautiful. It works well with my HP photosmart printer.
    I haven't tried film scanning or turning anything into a pdf but will write an update when I do.
    I highly recommend this scanner. The results are stunning and the price is incredible for this quality.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good little scanner
    I am very happy with this scanner. It is actually a refreshing experience. I bought an hp about a year ago and it immediately crashed my computer.

    Since then I was wary of buying another scanner, but finally broke down and decided to try this one because I needed it for my freelance cartooning work and the price was right. I needed something to scan black ink lines (sometimes very thin or textured) accurately and smoothly. This little scanner did the trick. I've only had it for a couple months and it does what I need.

    The software is easy to use and the set up is simple.

    The scanning is a bit slow (waiting for it to warm up the light then scan), but I can certainly live with that seeing how much easier this thing has made my work.

    I've scanned color photos as well and it seemed to work with that too. Sometimes I use photos for different projects, but so far I havent scanned photos for serious work. So that is still somewhat untested.But for just scanning holiday snaps to email or whatever, it works just fine.

    Conclusion: So far so good!Best scanner I've had (and that includes another ridiculous and more expensive hp that I have at the office)...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Made excellent scans of 35 mm film
    I had been thinking of getting a dedicated 35 mm film scanner for several years but was put off by the price and that fact that those types of scanners do only one thing - scan film. So my expectations were exceeded when I hooked up my new CanoScan 4200 last night and scanned a slew of old negatives and found most of the results to be excellent. I don't have a professional film scanner available to compare to, but I believe that the quality of these scans to be more than adequate for the kinds of photos that most regular people take. ( I would call myself a "serious amateur.")I am certain that the prints I get from these scans will be far better than the original, aging prints which had previously been all I had to look at, so in this alone the CanoScan will have fulfilled its mission as far as I'm concerned. I had tried to scan film with my previous flatbed scanner (which was not designed to accept film) with poor results, so I had pretty low expectations for this item at such a low price, but I was very pleasantly surprised. My only gripe is that when previewing the scan, the interface seems to want to automatically adjust the level of brightness of the preview, causing it sometimes to be completely black or completely white, and I can't figure out a way to turn this off. But I don't think this auto level feature affects the final scan when you have the automatic settings turned off. I found the metal (?) film holder to be well-designed and reasonably easy to use, but don't expect fast, effortless scans - you have to handle and load the film carefully, and a hi-res scan can take a couple of minutes. The maximum resolution of 3200 dpi generates large, clear jpg files for a typical 35 mm photo, on the order of about 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is plenty good for a 8 x 10 print.This is my fourth scanner in ten years and it is by far the best, so if your scanner is a few years old, quit wasting your time and get this scanner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just right!
    An excellent machine -- compact, versatile, powerful, and easy to use. Exactly what I wanted! ... Read more

    7. HP OfficeJet 5510 All-in-One Printer, Fax, Scanner, Copier
    by Hewlett Packard Office
    list price: $185.00
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C9ZJY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
    Sales Rank: 503
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    OfficeJet 5510 Color All-In-One Printer, Print/Copy/Scan/Fax ... Read more


    • Up to 600 x 2,400 dpi optical scan resolution, 36 bit color depth
    • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
    • Color printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
    • Up to 17 ppm print speed, up to 17 copies per minute
    • 4,800 x 1,200 maximum optimized print resolution

    Reviews (82)

    5-0 out of 5 stars [HP OfficeJet 5510 All-in-One]
    When it works it is a good machine, but....

    I had mine for 4 days before it broke.I sent 2 faxes and printed 2 pages and then it went into this permanent paperjam - there was nothing stuck in the machine.I worked with tech support, reset the machine and was promptly told it had to be replaced.Fine then send me a new machine - but nooooo, i buy a new machine which immediately breaks and all they will send is refurbished because that is policy.


    buy new machine which instantly breaks and get used replacement from the manufacturer - next time I buy a lexmark

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's Not a Piece of Junk, but returns are common
    The 1st 5510 I received wouldn't scan properly - so I had the unit replaced.The new one does ALMOST exactly what I wanted from it.I can now scan, fax, copy, email, & print multiple pages thanks to the document feeder.May be a bit slow, but if I wanted laser speed then I would've bought a laser mfc.Configuring the software for use with this printer was not rocket science, but it does require you to follow the installation instructions.Also, not all config options are available via software - for more involved tweaking you'll have to use the printer's panel.

    I was particularly pleased with the photo quality of the print.I printed out a couple of photos using quality photo paper in both my Epson Photo printer and the 5510.I didn't expect much from the 5510, and was very surprised to see that it blew away the same prints from the Epson.

    The only real complaint that I have about this device is that the fax machine is an either/all proposition.If you share a phone line with this device, the fax machine will usually try to intercept your call.I haven't found anything in the config to allow me to set the number of rings - just "on" or "off."

    1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of junk.Stay away!
    Don't even consider purchasing this printer.The software is the worst I've encountered in the last 5+ years. Total junk.I have considerable computer expertise and couldn't get this machine to operate fully under either Windows 98SE, ME or 2000.The printer might work, but not the scanner.The thing might scan, but not print.The OCR never worked on the rare occasion the scanner did. More often than not the software would cause errors during boot-up.I had to repreatedly restore from an older registry to get the machine back up and running.Maybe you'll get lucky if you are running XP, but I wouldn't count on it. Installation errors galore...missing files...incoherent and often outright incorrect instructions given by HP on-line help. And the software takes up close to 1 Gigabyte! The software for the Brother MFC-210C I replaced the HP with takes up less than 10 Megs!It has all the functionality of the HP...and it works!!!!And watch out if you have to uninstall the HP software...that function doesn't work either.Even if you download the special uninstall program from HP's web site.You're left with HP stuff scattered all over your system.Stay away!You've been warned!!!The Internet is filled with horror stories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Multifunction Printer
    This printer is excellent.When I bought it I was hoping and praying that I would like it and not have any problems with it.Sure enough, this printer turned out to be a great investment for us.I have no problems with it and it has been a year since I bought it.Alll four functions (copier, printer, fax and scanner)work well and the color is clean and crisp.Personally, this multifunction printer is great for me and my family.I love it!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Printer seems oky doky
    Ok I got mine and installed on a fresh computer, with new WinXP Home Service pack 2. (All updates from Microsoft were added before printer install.) I also build computers.
    Followed directions about NOT plugging in printer until software is set. (I get the feeling that some people did not do this.)
    The printer works VERY well. All-in-ones used to do everything poorly. (Bad print quality, low res scans, blotchy faxes...etc) This all-in-one seems to do it all very well. (I agree with everything said in the main review on this printer.)
    Still agree with some people that the software could be better. I don't like to have extra icons on my startup, eating up resources, when I could just run the software when I need it. I like to have that option.
    Also the only other big gripe I have is when I use Quicken to write checks. The paper is loaded face DOWN. So when I go to print checks, I have to get ONLY the number of checks that I have to print and put them face down on the feeder. BUT if I have only one check left on the 'last' sheet I have to make sure it gets pushed up to the paper feeder, while its on the 'bottom' of the pile. The printer will then print the last check first, on up to the single 'first check'.
    The Epson I used before I just grabbed a slug of checks and put them in the feeder and it would just spit them ORDER!

    For the people that had trouble, send that printer back and get a new one. (A few just sounded like they were bad.)
    But before you try installing again, scan your computer with an UPDATED virus scanner.
    Next get into IE and go to tools and click on Windows update, make sure ALL the Win stuff is up to date. (You should be doing this once in a while anyway.)
    A new install would be the best thing, but people tend to not want to wipe out their drives once a year.
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    8. Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner
    by Epson
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002P4UM2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 840
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Classic moment, even better than before.

    Offering superior image quality and performance, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo delivers a remarkable value. True 4800 x 9600 dpi with Micro Step Drive™ technology ensures precision clarity and color. And, with powerful one-touch colorrestoration and dust removal capabilities, anyone can easily restore faded color photos, slides and negatives. The convenient built-in transparency unit enables users to scan multiple 35mm negatives, slides, or 2 1/4" transparencies.

    The Epson Perfection 4180 Photo offers fully automatic scanning for increased productivity, plus two advanced scanning modes for greater control. With all that, plus a full-featured photo software solution including Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0, this powerful performer makes it easy to achieve high-quality scans from virtually any original for stunning color reprints and enlargements. And, with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo speeds through every scan.

    Compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh® system, this scanner provides an unbeatable solution for any task or project. When partnered with an Epson Stylus® ink jet printer, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo offers the perfect choice for creating brilliant images that last.

    ... Read more


    • USB interface, cable included; PC and Mac compatible
    • Up to 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
    • Epson scan and productivity software, Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0
    • Scans multiple 35mm slides, negatives, and medium-format transparencies
    • Copy, scan, save, and scan-to-email directly from the front panel

    Reviews (11)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Broke in two weeks
    I thought the scanner did a good job scanning etc.In two weeks the scanning arm jammed and failed to work.(I scanned 500 negitives) The troubling part is at the epson web site, they failed to answer any Email request for help. The good news is amazon is sending another scanner. So there is a happy ending. Amazon responded on the first email.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked well until day 4
    I had scanned a few slides.It was slow but they turned out well.If you have to scan a lot of slides though I would not recommend this scanner because it will take a very long time.The following two days, I scanned some photos that seemed OK.On day four when I turned the scanner on there was a loud grinding noise and the red light started flashing.I went over the troubleshooting steps and there is nothing I can do but return it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
    This scanner performs well for the user who expects very good scans from flatbed and negatives/transparencies at this price point.
    Costs under $200.
    Scans negatives and transparencies--35mm, mounted slides, and 120.
    Includes very easy-to-use-and-integrate software.
    Installs easily (on WinXP SP2).
    Makes scans that are very usable in Photoshop CS.
    Is able to make scans that I don't need to mess with (for web, email) without using Photoshop.

    35mm holder allows filmstrip to buckle.
    Minor software tweaks would be desirable.
    No good way to store film holders when one of them is in use.

    I'm an amateur photographer who develops his own film. I had been getting my film developed by an excellent, and inexpensive, local chain that also provided a CD-ROM of scanned images for each roll processed. Once I started developing my own b/w film, I wanted a scanner that could do decent scans so that I could continue to keep medium-resolution "contact sheets" on my PC. I thought that the 4180 might do the trick at a pretty inexpensive price point. I was right.

    It scans well, within timeframes that are reasonable. I've read other reviews here, and I'm not sure what everyone expects of their scanners--but given your connection (USB 2.0, etc.) and whatever else you have going on, I think you'll find this scanner performs as expected. It takes a while to do medium-to-hi-res scans, but that's what I expect of a scanner. I expect it to transmit to my PC pretty darn quick, but the scanning part can take its time.

    The scanner software does not always detect the framelines between 35mm frames correctly. I think this might be what another reviewer was referring to regarding black lines. Usually, re-previewing the set of frames corrects this. Worst case scenario, you just preview and scan the whole set of frames and then go back and scan that problematic one individually. It's really not a big deal.

    If you're intending to scan a great deal of 35mm negatives, slides, or 120 transparencies/negatives quickly, then this is not the right scanner for you. The provided film holders don't hold a lot of frames. I do appreciate being able to scan 12 35mm negatives simultaneously, but when you're dealing with rolls of 24-36, it does take some time. Luckily you don't have to be present during most of the scanning process.

    The 35mm frame is very good at holding the film, but because it isn't a sandwich of glass, it does not hold your film flat if it's not flat already. Artifacts in the resulting scan are common, especially at the ends of 35mm strips.

    The software should have a way of overriding the "selection" of frames by the software. Usually it's accurate, but when it's not I'd rather not have to redo a single scan because the software selected a too-narrow area or one that overlaps two frames.
    The enclosed software is very good. It includes a densitometer, editable histogram, and other tools for working with your scans. I have not worked much with the grain removal and dust/scratch removal tools, but I'm more comfortable working with those problems in Photoshop.

    For excellent thumbnails and fast, very good printable scans, I've found this scanner to be excellent.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very Slow ; No support
    I have a Pentium 4 with 512MB memory and 20 GB free HD space.To scan 4 slides, it takes the 4180 5 800dpi. Each sucessive batch of slides takes increasingly longer time. After 5 rounds of e-mails,the support group gave up. So did I.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Noisy...but decent scanner overall
    If you like to scan late at night, this may not be the scanner for you. The motor is the noisiest I have ever heard!

    However for the low price, built-in light lid adaptor, and the ability to scan up to 12 35mm negatives with the press of a button, it is worth the under $200 price tag. ... Read more

    9. Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
    by Epson
    list price: $449.00
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001B5AK8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 2127
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    PERFECTION 4870 PHOTO FBSCAN 4800X9600DPI USB ... Read more


    • USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
    • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 x 12,800 dpi interpolated
    • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 3.8 Dmax
    • Transparency adapter built into lid with 4 film holders
    • Digital ICE and Epson Easy Photo Fix for color restoration and dust removal

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner for the price
    I just received the scanner today. It was easily installed and worked great out of the box. This scanner is identical to the PRO version (the only difference is the additional software in PRO). For home and family photo scanning this version is more than enough. If you are a serious photography hobbyist or professional, the extra software (upgrade in Silver Fast from the LE version plus Monaco EZ Color calibrating system) in the PRO version more than makes up for the price difference. After much thought, I went with the PRO version. The software does have a slight learning curve, but even winging it on my first scan I got great results. I have been very happy with all my Epson products over the years and this scanner, I can tell, will fall into the same category.

    4-0 out of 5 stars well worth the price
    I rate this at 4 1/2 stars...
    Bought this over the weekend specifically for scanning 4x5 transparencies (taken during the 1950's) and so far very impressed with the quality.I've also scanned 35 mm film strips with equally amazing results.I'm new to this aspect of computer use and my laptop may not be powerful enough at this juncture and so it seems slow when I scan - converting it to 2400 dpi, but the results were definitely worth the wait. This was an upgrade; had an epson 3170 and was very pleased with it but wasn't getting clear results...saw dots all along profiles.

    The only difficulty I've had is when I use both 4x5 frames it will only read one frame - here again it may be because my computer needs to have more power.I also had difficulty with 2- 1/4 x 2-1/4 negative but didn't have that problem with the 35 mm strips.

    I did try and scan a very old 8x10 color proof and used the ice aspect - might be my inexperience with computers and such but the outcome was better than the original, however, don't think the 8 minute wait was worth the effort; if I used the photoshop software I may have been happier but as I really intend this for negatives and transparencies I'm one very happy customer.

    Haven't had a chance to use any of the accompanying software so I can't comment but for straight scanning what a wonderful machine.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Epson / Adobe Problems
    When you buy a $400 product you expect it to work. The 4870 comes with Photoshop Elements 2. I keep encountering a memory error that crashed Elements. I called Adobe helpline and their response was I should upgrade to Elements 3 for an additional $80 or I could pay them $40 to diagnose the software bug because Elements 2 is no longer supported.

    So, recognize a hidden cost of $80 because of old, bad software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, but more than what average user needs
    I bought the Epson 4870 scanner to scan my old pictures and negatives. I read many reviews on different scanners. I chose Epson 4870 mainly for the high resolution. I also, liked the firewire option and the speed seemed to be reasonable.
    I managed to scan hundreds of films and pictures in the last few months with no problem. The product works excellent, but that itself could be the problem. It is just too good for my needs. The very high resolution would produce files about 100 MB; way too big to adjust the lighting or the color on it. My Intel P4 machine with 256 MB RAM had hard time managing those files. The resolution was much higher than anything my $1000 digital camera could ever produce. Unless you are a professional photographer or you need to make large posters of your pictures, you will never need such a high resolution capability. I ended up using the lower resolution settings and still have very good quality scans. Save your money and buy the Epson 3170.

    Here are some technical notes:
    The setup on my XP machine was very easy and took only few minutes. I used both firewire and USB with no problem. I noticed absolutely no "stability & reliability problems" as other reviewer has reported. I wonder if that reviewer's machine did not have the muscle to handle the large files. You need at least 128MB of memory. Also, if you use Windows, make sure you have set enough space for your virtual memory (on XP: Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System ->Advanced -> performance ->Virtual Memory).
    The black & white setting of the software does not work, but you can use the color setting for scanning the black and white pictures with no problem (you will get a good quality B&W scan).
    The Adobe Photoshop LITE included with the package is definitely needed to adjust the lighting and the color. For more repair work on damaged films or for applying special filters, I would recommend the full version of the Adobe Photoshop.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything That Epson Said it Would Be
    I researched this scanner very carefully as my options (I live in Taiwan) were limited and the only other option was to order a dedicated film scanner from the U.S..

    Epson said "Will rival dedicated film scanners." In my opinion, it not only rivals them, but outperforms some of 'em.

    I read some reviews that listed an 8 minute scan time for a 35mm slide with ICE enabled, that is about right if you save as .jpg. I save as .tif, so the scan times are closer to 12 minutes. However, I save double that just by not having to do dust and scratch removal manually. I have it connected to a USB 1.1 port (Pentium 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM) and am planning on putting a USB 2.0 card or Firewire card in and upping the RAM to 1GB. However, I don't really expect huge performance increases (I do a LOT of scanning, so if I can shave a minute off of each scan, that will add up to a lot more productivity over a month).

    I have noticed that this scanner does a little better with negatives than with slides, go figure. Both work well with some post processing in Photoshop (all scans need that, the only possible exception is if you are using Silverfast Ai, which I am not and which is, in my opinion, well worth the investment of US$100 to upgrade from the included Silverfast SE).

    Overall, I found Epson Scan to be barely adequate. The professional mode needs more tweakability. I do final color balancing in Photoshop, and usually resample the images down from 4800dpi to a maximum x or y of 5000 pixels for archival images. The grain removal feature seems not to work at 4800dpi on any machine, Epson's response seems to be "tough." If it is a real problem (on some push processed B&W I have), I simply use Silverfast SE to do the grain removal (SEs non-ICE defect removal is FAR better than Epson Scan's).

    All in all, I have had virtually NO problems with this scanner and I've plugged it in (while trying to figure out why the grain reduction didn't work) into 5 computers, including 2 running Chinese Windows XP (a notoriously buggy environment). ... Read more

    10. Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV Film Scanner
    by Konica Minolta
    list price: $319.99
    our price: $225.14
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001BG1SI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
    Sales Rank: 1027
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Dual IV makes it easy for 35mm and Advanced Photo System film camera enthusiasts to create beautiful digital images from their film slides and negatives. It is an ideal choice for those who have never owned (or even operated) a film scanner as well as those who wish to replace their current film scanner or are not satisfied with the performance of today's flatbed scanners. The Scan Dual IV provides high scanning speed, high image quality, focus accuracy, dust-removal performance, and image correction capabilities surpassing today's flatbed scanners. With 3,200-dpi resolution, simple operation, and a USB 2.0 interface, creating beautiful digital scans is now quick as a click. 3,200 dpi, 3-Line Color CCD - The DiMAGE Scan Dual IV uses a 5,340-pixel-per-line, 3-line CCD to achieve a resolution of 3,200 dpi. To accurately view image details, the Scan Dual IV uses an advanced optical lens system with high-speed autofocusing. This technology allows all the detail in today's high-resolution films to be captured quickly and precisely. ... Read more


    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0; USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible
    • Delivers sharp 3,200 dpi color scans with 16-bit A/D conversion
    • Multi-sample scanning; batch scanning using film and slide holders
    • 35mm and slide mount holders; supports optional APS adapter
    • Pixel Polish, Auto Dust Brush, and Grain Dissolver for optimized image results

    Reviews (49)


    5-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for batch scanning
    I've just finished installing and testing my slide scanner....what fun!I had absolutely no problems with installation or using this scanner.Using advice from Jeff Lindborg's review and the manual, I installed the software first, then hooked up the hardware, then followed the manual's instructions for batch processing.I did roughly 40 slides in about 1 hour, including the time to do color/brightness adjustments (my slides are from 1970's).

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
    I have returned this to Amazon and they have kindly agreed to refund my money. Other buyers should be warned. This is a poorly engineered, flimsy, badly documented product with no support number that I could find in the materials that came with the scanner.
    The documentation is simply wrong in its startup instructions for a Mac OSX machine. After figuring out how to make it start, I successfully scanned several slides and negatives (fewer than ten out of hundreds needing to be done) when the machine physically jammed. The cheapo plastic slide and film holders may be the problem, or the motor of the scanner, or gears, who knows? You can't get in touch with Minolta support to find out. Once I got it unjammed, the scanner inexplicably stoppedmaking legible scans. The picture would be either a purple blob, for color slides, or black and white ultra-high contrast things for b&w negatives that lookedlikesomeone had done a bad Xerox of a newspaper photo. Awful. The level of detail would not be acceptable in a thumbnail, much less a finished scan. I tried restarting the computer, the scanner, re-initializing, etc, and nothing worked.
    If the scanner itself had not failed, I am sure the plastic film holders would have broken long before I finished my work.
    Anyway, at that point I asked for my money back and boxed it up and sent it back.

    1-0 out of 5 stars If it worked, it might be good.
    Needing a slide scanner for an upcoming project, we bought this one in January, in California, and finally installed software, etc. and did hookup in April.Ran through some slides, and seemed okay,until we previewed the slides and found a narrow 'rainbow' line running vertically through each slide, just left of center.After examining every aspect of our undertaking it came down to the scanner, so we called their customer service dept, in New Jersey.The person with whom we were connected knew nothing about the technical aspects of scanners and would only say that we had to send the scanner to New Jersey for diagnostics/repair and we MUST include an orginal copy of the paid sales slip or we would be billed.When asked, we were told it could be 6-8 weeks before we received the scanner back, from the time they received it.So, in the middle of our project we had to box it and send it off - at our expense - to Neverland (New Jersey), and go buy another scanner for our project.Do you think we bought another Konica/Minolta?Not in this lifetime.A product is only as good as its mechanical abilities and the customer service behind it.So far, this company and this product are a miss, in our experience.Pay more and buy from the competition, where you will get a better product and much better customer service, with local repair possibilities.

    As an aside, we shipped over ten days ago, USP Priority Mail, and have yet to hear from Konica/Minolta.We are not holding our breaths.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good results but quirky operation
    I have been happy with the results produced by this product. I used this scanner to scan my original slides for posting to my website (review the results there)

    However the scanner is a little quirky, if you follow these steps you should have few issues:

    1) Do not attach the device until you have installed the vendor provided software (read the manual for full instructions)
    2) Do not turn the device on until your PC has fully booted
    3) Always have the door closed when starting the scanning software - wait until it grumbles about there being no slide holder inserted - then insert the slide holder

    The image scanning isn't razor sharp - but good enough for a device costing $240. The manual focus operation is impossible to use - so if the autofocus scan fails you're out of luck. ... Read more

    11. Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
    by Microtek
    list price: $1,499.99
    our price: $1,021.24
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000066TOR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Microtek
    Sales Rank: 6305
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    With 48-bit color and an amazing 3,200 x 1,600 dpi optical resolution, the tabloid-size ScanMaker 9800XL brings high-performance scanning to the corporate user, graphic designer, or medical professional. The large 12-by-17-inch reflective scan bed easily accommodates A3 scans, and adding the optional transparent media adapter (TMA 1600) lets you scan transparencies up to 12 by 16 inches--including X-rays. Other great features include 3.7 maximum optical density with multiple sampling to reduce random image noise, a triple interface with FireWire, USB, and SCSI-2 for maximum versatility, and newly designed templates to accommodate a wide variety of film. Microtek includes a one-year warranty that covers parts and service.

    What's in the Box
    ScanMaker 9800XL scanner, Kodak IT8 reflective target, USB cable, FireWire cable, FireWire card (for PC only), Software CD(s), user's guide, warranty information ... Read more


    • Firewire, USB, and SCSI-2 interfaces
    • 3,200 x 1,600 optical dpi
    • True 48-bit color
    • 3.7 maximum optical density
    • 12-by-17-inch tabloid size bed

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars When a Large Bed is Necessary There is No Alternative
    Microtek makes one of the only large format scanners on the market today, which concerned me as I don't like to see a monopoly as then product quality won't be job #1.I was surpised, albit pleasantly when I was received the scanner from CDW and how easy it was to use.It has SCSI, Firewire and USB connections on the back which make it easy to setup and install.Scanner quality is excellent as we scan dental xrays and then send them to insurance companies, who are always complaining about fuzziness of the scans.Needless to say we have had no difficulties with this Microtek and would probably buy another one in the future!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Scanning lamp went out
    I thought the scanner was great, but the lamp went out just after 1 year after I bought it. So now all my scans have a rainbow line from top to bottom. Microtek's extent of technical support is reinstall the drivers, if that doesn't work you have to return it so we can repair it, because there are no authorized repair people out there, but us. They will not sell me the lamp, because they need to repair it themselves (they want the labor dollars). So, after I paid $1,400 for this thing a year ago I am going to have to pay another $200-300 for repair and shipping both ways.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the scanner and an extra star for!
    I have waited four years to buy a large bed scanner. I will never understand why the slight difference in scanner bed size increases the cost so greatly, (an 11 X 14 scanner is as little as $...) but that's the market as it stands. As an artist, I needed a scanner that would capture my work in one scan.

    The Microtek scanner came practially ready to go right out of the box and installed into Windows XP effortlessly. It even came with a firewire card to install into the computer in the event the buyer didn't already have one. Very considerate! All necessary cables, both a Firewire OR a USB will operate it,and all the software was there and ready to go. Plugged in, it woke right up and scanned perfectly on it's first time out, as easy as downloading pics from my digital camera. No problems! not only had the best price after a year of looking around, but offered free shipping and still got it to me the next day. If I had to spend this much on the scanner I at least got great service and treated well by the seller, as well as a quality product. OUTSTANDING!

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's a very good scanner
    We are a small publisher who scans large print publications for professional use. We ordered the Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL without the optional slide-scanning attachment, since we never scan slides. (The Amazon listings are not very clear on this point, but the more expensive version of this scanner has the slide attachment.) We ordered the scanner on a Saturday and it arrived on Tuesday. It was probably drop shipped from the manufacturer, who is in the same state as us, but that's still pretty efficient. The scanner is faster than our large-format Agfa Duoscan (which we bought for $5,000 six years ago and which is now broken). The Microtek bed is several inches larger than the Agfa's.

    The only think I don't like about the Microtek is, the lid will fold up on a hinge but only at right angles. This bunches up really large publications that need to slop over the edge of the scanner bed at that end. The lid of the old Agfa lifted off completely, and I liked that significantly more.

    But other than that, the Microtek is a great scanner at a reasonable price. ... Read more

    12. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
    by Brother Printer
    list price: $799.99
    our price: $446.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001ZJRTY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Brother Printer
    Sales Rank: 2380
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    All in One Solution that Will Suit Most Medium to Large Office Needs The Brother MFC-840D multi function laser printer will suit most medium to large office needs. With the ability to print, copy, scan, an fax this unit is your all in one solution. The high resolution if this unit insures crisp clear prints every time. ... Read more


    • Parallel and USB interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
    • Printer, copier, scanner, fax, and PC fax
    • Up to 21 ppm print and copy speed; up to 2,400 x 600 print resolution
    • Automatic duplexing; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
    • Fax forward/paging, 40 one-touch memory locations

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Money
    I purchased the MFC-8840D because my job requires me to print forms for customers then scan them back into the computer as PDF files for electronic submission.I also do a small amount of copying.The MFC-8840D seemed like a good solution.I've had good luck with Brother products in the past and their software has always been reliable and kept up to date.I saw a similar model from Brother at a local office and was very impressed.

    I had no trouble getting the unit up and running under Windows XP using the supplied setup instructions.I also had no problem getting printing and scanning running on Linux (Fedora Core 2) using the instructions from

    This unit is very easy to use.The front panel controls as well as the software are very straight forward.

    I was also able to share the printer portion of the MFC over my network without any problems.The N model or optional network adapter is not required for this.

    The bottom line, good quality, extremely easy to use and setup, works great, good software, Windows & Linux support.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Does What it Promises...and Very Well...recommended
    This the third Brother laser printer I've purchased in the past seven years. This machine was a logical first choice based on my good experience with this brand. I've had this one for about four months and have put it to heavy use. Simply put, this machine does exactly what it promises and without any glitch. I used it with both my Mac and Windows XP PC at home; the software integrates well. Four other positives are worth mentioning: (1) the toner refills are inexpensive ($60 for the 7,000 page version), (2) they can be reliably refilled once each with the toner refill kits off of ebay ($12-16 each; not a messy process), (3) mine's not as loud as another reviewer's unit seemed to be (or maybe I'm used to the level of noise from Brother printers;), (4) The duplexing works very reliably (not a single jam since I bought this unit). Highly recommended.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but some small issues
    Pros:For $450, getting a fax + copier + scanner + duplex laser printer is a pretty good deal. I considered buying higher quality printer, scanner and fax-modem components separately and then using my computer to integrate them, but there is something to be said for "press-a-button" copying and faxing that just works. I've found a lot of unexpected uses for the copy machine - no longer need to tote the whole textbook; just copy the chapter I plan to read, etc.The N-in-1 feature is useful - you can fit many textbook pages onto a single sheet.The printer is completely quiet when idle, though it takes a few minutes to fan down after printing something.

    Cons:My biggest requirement in a printer was built-in duplex (double-sided printing). I couldn't find another laser duplex multifunction device for under $1000. (For those deciding, if black & white text print quality matters to you, do NOT buy an ink jet - or at least do a careful side-by-side print comparison. Laser is much better.) Anyway, I was pretty mad to find out that this printer only supports printing at 600 DPI duplex. There was absolutely no mention of this in the specs. There is a noticeable quality difference between 600 and the HQ1200 mode. Lots of jaggies in 600 dpi - almost looks like my old deskjet, though slightly better. It's still suitable for documents you'll just read over once. The other con is that this printer is darned ugly. When photocopying a textbook it is almost impossible not to accidentally press at least 10 of the over 50 buttons littering the front panel.It would have been nice if the cover was removable - I have had trouble scanning some textbooks that really aren't that large.My experience with Brother customer service was pretty bad - I had to literally wait 45 minutes on hold to speak to someone about the duplex issue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Slick Machine....
    After much research and some looking and testing, decided to go for this Brother machine based on reviews and my other good experiences with Brother equipment.Bought this at Costco for somewhere around $375.Set up was a breeze -- less than 30 minutes, and no problems with XP Pro.Networked it to my colleagues without problems.Works like a champ.Faxing is a breeze and sheet feeder is fast and well-designed.Copying is also slick.Printing has been fast with sharp text.Have not needed to scan anything yet.Toner save is a real plus for us b/c of the volume of faxes, copies, etc. that come through every day.Making command changes is a snap and pretty much intuitive.I thought the manual was very clearly written, and it's easy to find command changes you want.The size of the thing is a little intimidating -- I think it frightened away our other little inkjet, but I'm perfectly happy with it -- in fact, I think we got a steal on this thing.If you're looking for a sturdy, reliable, quick, 4-in-1 laser, take a look at this one.I think Brother has pretty much won me over -- I still have HP's, Epsons, and Canon printers around, but Brother is making some darn good quality stuff these days.I know there are a ton of 4-in-1 machines out there and prices are dropping quickly, but give this one a shot as you're looking around.I'm sure glad I got me a Brother.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of serious consideration!!
    65% of its use is as a copier, 20% as a printer and 15% as a fax machine. So far, it has perfomed as I expected. We have 3 Brother laserprinters in the office.Brother has always proven to be an excellent workhorse and this is no exception.Also, Brother provides great tech support for both Windows and Mac systems.I have no loyalty to Brother.But as long as their products have proven themselves, they stay near the top of my list.

    Software installed without any problems on both Windows XP Pro and OS X.Haven't used the scanning abilities and I doubt we will (so I can't comment on its capabilities).But as a copier, fax and printer, it has worked great. The ADF is a pleasure (no jams after 3,000+ copies) and the copier itself is fast. This copier DOES have a page counter, but it can't be reset.So if you have an unknown amount of papers to put in the ADF and need 20 sets, you can determine the amount of copies made.

    Toner life is an expected 6,700 pages and I suspect we'll get close to 6,300 before needing replacement (always seem to get 5% less then the expectd yield on text imaging). The unit did come with a smaller yielding toner cartridge (3,500 impressions), but we had the higher yielding in the office and used that first.

    If there is one thing I wasn't expecting is the noise it makes.Not that it is any louder then the Canon 780 in our other office. Having various Brother printers throughout the office, this unit is a bit louder then I expected.Also, it is built well, but not as solid as the Canon 780.But comparing the two is like comparing a Buick to a Cadillac.Both good and reliable cars, just one make is slightly better constructed then the other. All in all, this is a great unit and worthy of serious consideration. ... Read more

    13. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
    by Brother Printer
    list price: $649.99
    our price: $360.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001ZRMZU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Brother Printer
    Sales Rank: 1563
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The MFC-8440 is a 5-in-1 flatbed laser multi-function center combining performance, connectivity, and reliability. The MFC-8440 is a full-feature fax, and an up to 21ppm, laser printer, which prints at up to 2400 x 600 dpi (HQ1200). An up to 21cpm, legal-size digital copier and a 9600x9600 dpi (interpolated) resolution color flatbed scanner. You can copy objects such as books and magazines, or make reduction and enlargement from 25-400%.

    Also included is PC Fax capability, allowing you to send and receive faxes directly from your PC. An optional second paper tray and optional network capability makes this an optimum solution for your business. Both USB and parallel ports are standard, so the MFC-8440 can work with Windows® and Mac® applications effortlessly.

    ... Read more


    • Parallel and USB interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
    • Prints, copies, scans, and faxes
    • Up to 21 ppm print speed; up to 2,400 x 600 dpi print resolution
    • Up to 21 cpm copy speed; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
    • Fax forward/paging, up to 390 broadcast locations

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars High quality and stellar performance.
    First, let me say, this machine is more than I needed. I do mostly copy work but it's difficult to find a plain old copier anymore. The 8440 makes beautiful copies, although not in color, but I knew that when I bought it. Although I don't use it, the FAX function on this machine appears to be very comprehensive and can do just about anything when it comes to sending and receiving faxes. After installing the machine and its software, AOL changed my dial-up connection from my computer modem to the 8440 FAX machine. But I changed it back and have had no more problems. There has been some question about its scanning quality, so I scanned a couple documents and they would certainly have met my needs, but I didn't scan any photos. As a laser printer, its text and graphics output are excellent.

    It has a 50 sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) which can be used for faxes or document copying. The scanning glass can also be used for document copying. It has a 250 sheet paper feeder and a single sheet paper feeder. Both can handle all sizes of paper and envelopes. A second 250 sheet paper feeder is available as an option.

    There are an endless number of menus that can be programmed, so you will need to spend some time with the owner's manual which is very thorough and easy to follow.

    If you don't need color printing, color copying or duplex printing this is a great machine. I would highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Machine for a Mac Home Office
    This is a fast, high quality, printer, scanner, fax, copier.This machine supports my Mac well, handles heavy workloads, plays well with various software, etc.I added a second paper tray ($200) so that I could print on copy paper or bond without messing with the trays, maxed out the RAM ($40) to speed things up and improve the multiple copies function of the copier, and selected "Print as Image" in the advanced printing options, which finesses Acrobat issues.This is the peripheral for you (although you'll still want an inkjet printer to print photos).The printer seems slightly slower in Word than the HL-1470M printer it replaced, which is pretty fast.It prints Acrobat documents very fast with the added RAM.The manual printer feeder handles envelopes, thick paper, whatever.The copier is very fast and tends to correct exposure problems on its own.The scanner is very fast.The fax machine works very well.The feeder for the copier, scanner and fax works well.At a street price of less than $400, this is an outstanding value!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good one!
    I bought the printer from Amazon. So far, so good! Had some problem printing PDF's. The print out was smudged. Setting the option "Print as image" to true(in advanced options) solved the problem.

    Print outs even with Toner Save mode ON are great. Scanning documents using Document feeder is very convinient and easy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Regarding intial toner life.
    1. Phenomenal value for the money. Bought mine for $375 at However, Costco is currently selling for $359 with an Instant $20 rebate and $40 Brother Mail In rebate.

    2. I called Brother... apparently "shipped" or out-of-the-box toner is a "sample" catridge. Good for 20% of full-toner catridge, which equals ~20%.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Buena maquina con algunos problemas
    Nosotros estabamos buscando una máquina multifuncional para atender aproximadamente 8 usuarios, y esta unidad nos pareció aceptable. Una vez la tuvimos con nosotros encontramos que:
    1.- Es sumamente compleja de instalar en redes donde el sistema operativo no es uno solo. Es decir en nuestra pequeña empresa tenemos win Xp y win 98. Fue muy trabajoso el lograr ponerla en punto. Ademas las instrucciones y soporte escrito o en CD son muy pobres.
    2.- Tiene un problema serio de JAM PAPER, al punto que hemos tenido que habilitar la salida directa trasera para evitar problemas constantemente.
    ... Read more

    14. Planon DocuPen DPEN-R700 Rechargeable Handheld Pen Scanner
    by Planon
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $170.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002W5QXW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Planon
    Sales Rank: 1439
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Dual roller guiding system, Scansoft paper port software, Rechargeable feature , USB port to download ... Read more


    • Windows compatible; USB interface, cable included
    • Scans text and graphics at up to 200 x 200 dpi
    • Scan text and images up to 8 inches wide and 36 inches long
    • Dual-roller guiding system for smoother scans
    • 2 MB of flash memory; automatic USB-powered battery charging system

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    I got it, installed the software, and it works really well.I now use it a lot more that I planned.Don't plan on photo quality scanning - use it for information that you need to keep, but don't care how it looks.

    I have since upgraded the software to PaperPort version 9 and that works with the Planon driver.PaperPort 10 does not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Rechargeable Batteries Rock!
    I had the previous DocuPen (DPEN-BW) model and it worked excellent to my needs as a lawyer.

    Now Planon introduces a new DocuPen version with rechargeable battery feature like the batteries used in cell phones/laptops, but in this case the R700 model recharges through the USB cable.

    The two rollers is another nice addition, it allows for more parallel rolling/scanning of the page.

    Again I am simply amazed with the new rechargeable battery feature.I intend to buy some more for holiday gifts this season for my friends who are in the legal industry as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars DocuPen is the perfect tool for the road warrior
    Easy to install and easy to use.
    I used to have the older model (DocuPen BW) but after knowing that the new model featured rechargeable batteries I decided to buy it (my son inherited the BW and now uses it at school)
    Since I bought my DocuPen R-700 I have been carrying it around with my mobile and my notebook and it is almost like having my whole office on the road.
    The scan quality is good for my purposes (it is 100 dpi, not a 1600 dpi flat bed scanner OK?) and the best part is that I don't have to look for photocopy machines anymore.
    I have heard some complaints about the installation but it worked perfectly to me and have not found any problem (I use XP). If you follow the instructions on the screen you should not have any problem at all
    Anybody working on the road should have one. ... Read more

    15. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner
    by Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
    list price: $129.99
    our price: $109.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002OG6JI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
    Sales Rank: 1016
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner combines sleek styling with heavyweight performance. One convenient cable provides both power and a USB connection, reducing the number of wires around your desk. A USB Hi-Speed interface* enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer, along with the fastest possible scanning speeds. Previews of your scans are ready in seconds. For added convenience, four easy buttons - Copy, Scan, PDF and E-Mail automate the scanning process, so your projects can get done more quickly. Just position your original, select the use for the image and in seconds it's ready to go.You're going to love the results. The LiDE 500F scanner delivers a maximum 2400 x 4800 color dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors. The unique Doubled-Hinge expansion top lifts approx. 1 inch vertically and lays flat on the page to help ensure clear, sharp scans with minimal light distortion.Here's a simple solution for all those old negatives you've got sitting in boxes, just place them in the LiDE 500F's film adapter and press the Scan button! These valuable images can be archived on your computer, safe from heat, humidity and dust, and then printed for family and friends. FARE (Film AutomaticRetouching and Enhancement) Level 3 is a built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. The result? The final scans of dusty and scratche ... Read more


    • USB interface; PC and Mac compatible
    • 4,800 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
    • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale
    • Double-hinge expansion top for scanning bulky items
    • Scans negatives and positives with included film adapter

    Reviews (5)

    2-0 out of 5 stars This was a bit of a let down
    Scans photographs OK, but there are blurry areas on other images, around the edges. I've been using scanners for many years, was tempted by the slim design...just didn't work out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best portable scanner available today
    I looked hard at the Canon Canoscan LiDE 20 through LiDE 80 series and found much to admire. Even though I am a committed buyer of older-and-proven tech products, I paid a bit extra to get the newer Canon LiDE 500F. Why? Great design, great portability, great scanning resolution, great software - all for a great price. The LiDE 80 has these too, but the latest evolution of the Canon LiDE concept embodied in the 500F goes much further.

    I'm a freelance writer, and I needed a slim and portable platen-based scanner powered through a fast USB 2.0 port to avoid a separate power supply for the scanner. I have a sheet-fed scanner built into my trusty old HP OfficeJet T45, but it's only good for documents neatly printed by PC printers, not odd-sized info from books and magazines that require a platen-based scanner. I use the Canoscan LiDE 500F to "copy" info when gathering research, both with my office desktop PC and in remote locations with my laptop. I use ABBYY FineReader 7.0 optical character recognition to recreate the original document or article's text (complete with the original graphics and layout) saved in Microsoft Word. The offsite alternative to this is a crude, time consuming, and expensive hassle using a local library copier.

    The LiDE 500F's double-hinge expansion top design enables the platen lid to fold away flat, so any book or magazine covers the platen for scanning without having to deal with the platen lid at all. The Canon software is quite comprehensive, covering the gamut of customized scanning needs from simple office automation to highly complex scans for graphics. A built-in stand enables the LiDE 500F to stand on its edge in the office, enabling space-saving efficiency and convenience, with it's software-automated buttons for "copying" to a printer, scanning to a bitmap file, scanning to an Adobe PDF file, and inserted a saved scan into an email as an attachment. You will especially love the one-step convenience of inserting a bill or invoice into the scanner while mounted on its edge, and having the scanned item automatically print directly to whatever default printer you preselect. The software also well supports the external film/slide adapter up to the 48-bit 2400x4800 max - including the vaunted FARE Level 3 (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. Canon's FARE Level 3 works, and works quite well to my eyes.

    Is this the ideal scanner for the graphic artist or photography enthusiast? No. Desktop-only scanners dedicated to these pursuits are far superior in every way, only lacking the portability and all-round usefulness that the LiDE 500F offers for the price. The LiDE 500F reminds me of why the Olympus DS-330 is such a great voice recorder for both workstation-docked recording of telephone interviews and on-location voice recordings: a combination of great design for both stationary use and mobile use, and great software that handles every contingency for both the professional writer or general corporate user.

    Drawbacks? The LiDE 500F is larger than the LiDE 20-80 series, a bit heavier, and a bit thicker. Note that it is almost exactly the same size as an Apple 17" Powerbook, so an Apple neoprene laptop sleeve for that PC fits it perfectly for slipping into your briefcase (if your briefcase is large enough). Just make sure you lock the platen down with the switch on the back before moving it to avoid damage. I've heard that the LiDE 500F is "noisy." It's not, really - no more than any other scanner. Just a low hum when scanning that disturbs nobody in today's noisy libraries, and virtually unnoticeable in any corporate office. I read somewhere that it is "slow." All scanners are slow compared to a high-speed copier, but the LiDE 500F's USB 2.0 interface boosts its performance considerably compared to the earlier LiDE 20/30/35 models that use a slower USB 1.1 interface. The speed of the LiDE 80 should be about the same, as it also uses a USB 2.0 interface. The trick to fast scanning is to limit your scanned resolutions to 300dpi or less. The file sizes will be smaller, and there's less work for your PC to handle for each scan.

    If the LiDE 500F is too pricey or fancy for your needs, be aware that refurbished LiDE 20's and LiDE 35's are available today (April/2005) for a song - $30-$50! But they are limited by a slower USB 1.1 interface, lower resolutions for your photos, and don't have the built-in edge-standing office convenience of the LiDE 500F. Note that I have not commented on the quality of the scanning, color faithfulness, or sharpness. I also cannot comment on its long-term durability. To me, the LiDE 500F performs quite well and exhibits none of the weird patterning and faint lines that seem to plague similar slim-profile models from HP. Truth be told, HP printing and scanning products seem to have suffered from shabby quality and design in the past five years, and are no longer the unquestioned "safe bet" they once were. In contrast, the LiDE 500F certainly seems to be a safe bet for those seeking an ideal balance of performance and portability that desktop scanners have never before offered.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance for the price
    This is the first scanner I have purchased. Setup was easy, the scanner driver software is simple to use and very helpful if you want to do multiple scans - just scan once - it sends the image to the calling application and then returns back to the scanning page. Repalce your items on the scanner and scan again for the next page - this is pretty helpful if you have to scan a lot of items. My friend has a HP scanner (6210) which does not have this feature.

    My first scanner was a defective one (gave calibration errors), but Canon replaced it promptly (in 2 days).

    The film adapter is also present for your 35mm scans.

    Actually this is the only scanner in the market that has so many positive features

    - self powered
    - high optical scan resolution
    - 35 mm adapter
    - IR dust detection and correction (works quite well in the Medium setting)
    - very sleek and small - can be easily put in a laptop bag
    - has a LED based illumination system unlike other scanners - this means no need to wait for the 'warm up'

    So far I haven't had a single problem. This is an excellent buy! 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What more could you want?
    I am quite impressed with this scanner.My last scanner was purchased back in 1999; this new one is in a different league!Scanning is fast and easy and I'm quite surprised by the quality of the images.I've scanned 20 year-old photographs and the quality of the scans easily matches the orginal prints!

    Set-up was easy with the USB cable (no power cord needed); it is lightweight with a sleek design; and the software is quite usable.I spent a few hours reading reviews on the Internet before I purchased this and I am convinced I made a good decision.You're not going to do much better in this price range!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feature rich, mobile, quality - produce good scans for the $
    + Very mobile (no power cord uses USB connection for power)
    + Good quality
    + Plenty of useful software to get you started
    + Good resolution
    + IR image correction
    + Scans negatives (a 6 frame strip at once)
    + Small footprint, and 3 ways to setup the scanner on your desk.
    + Good match with the i950 printer.
    + No waiting for warm-up, just scan away.
    + Well matched with my I950 printer

    - Slower than some of the $90 bulky scanners.
    - Lower resolution than some of the bulky scanners.

    I purchased this scanner the day it came out (Jan 31 2005).(...)

    There were more features, it was a newer product.So I gambled with the 500f and returned the LiDE80.
    The reviews were mixed for the LiDE 80 to begin with.It seems that it's biggest asset was the slim profile.This attribute is compounded in the 500f since it can be setup "vertically".The footprint is minimized on the desktop.

    The LiDE technology allows the use of LEDs to illuminate the object being scanned.Other technology uses a cathode/fluorescent tube.The advantages of the LEDs are that there is no warm up and thus no waiting.The life span is much greater for LEDs, and they are not damaged by movement or vibration.Though most cathode/fluorescent tubes can produce just as good a sometimes much better image quality, their lifespan can be shorter and power requirements are much greater.This technology is best realized if you will be moving the scanner, using it adhoc, or if you don't want to wait for a warm-up.LiDE is also what allows Canon to make the thing so thin (1").

    The 500f scanner is rather slow at higher resolutions 2-3 sec preview and 30 - 40 seconds full scan.Other tube type scanners offer higher resolution with faster scan speeds for less money.These scanners are fine if you are not interested in the space saving aspect, and don't mind an initial warm-up.

    The scanner does a good job at correcting minor scratches and dust on slides and photos.I think the over all quality is fantastic, not to mention the price.

    The unit operates pretty quietly and is a good match with my printer (Canon i950 - which is incredible by the way).

    The software offered is complete and allows you to really use the scanner.There is a simple tool which scans and saves - a tool for photo editing (feature rich I might add)- a tool for assigning actions to the 4 buttons (mail, pdf, copy, scan).The copy is pretty cool if you want the image to scan and go right to the printer to be printed.You also get a program which scans and converts image to text.If you were to scan the pages of a book the scan would be converted to text.I have not used this text recognition software yet, but it could be useful at some point.

    A nice feature of the 500f over the 80 is the fact that you can scan a 6 frame strip of negatives at once.The 80 requires you to manually advance 1 frame at a time.If you're looking to archive negatives, or perhaps make reprints of your negatives, this is a really cool feature simply made better on the 500f.Other scanners offer the 35mm negative functionality as well...

    I'm very happy with the purchase of this scanner.People that may feel it is lacking is those who are not in the market for a $109 scanner.If you want a really high end scanner you're going to be paying more than 2 times that amount.However; there are some scanners for less money that produce scans just as good but lack the features.

    The scanner is only going to be as good as your printer; and for what I do, its a real bargain. ... Read more

    16. Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II 35mm Film and Slide Scanner
    by Minolta

    our price: $548.14
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    Asin: B0007WZN12
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Minolta
    Sales Rank: 400
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Scanning color negatives can be a tricky business, even for experts. But with the DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II, you can take advantage of a new Film Expert algorithm that draws on decades of Konica Minolta expertise in photofinishing and optical imaging technology.As a result, you can get consistently beautiful results without the hassle of manually adjusting scanner settings to match the different exposure characteristics and color balance of various types of negative film.The DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II boasts class-leading 5400 dpi resolution that transforms a single frame of 35mm film into more than 42.2 megapixels of rich, 16-bit color data. Designed specifically to meet the demands of people who are serious about image quality, it captures every detail and tonal nuance of the original, allowing you to produce stunningly beautiful large-format prints*.16-bit analog-to-digital signal conversion and a wide, 4.8 dynamic range deliverover 65,000 gradations in each of the three RGB color channels. The result is smooth shading of color tones, with excellent shadow and highlight detail.There's no need to compromise on scanning area when you're working with filmstrips, because the DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II offers edge-to-edge 24mm x 36mm scanning that captures 100% of every frame.Multi-sample scanning allows images to be scanned 2, 4, 8, or 16 times, significantly reducing random noise in shadow areas and revealing subtle tonal gradations tha ... Read more


    • 35mm film and slide holders; advanced color restoration
    • USB interface; PC and Mac compatible
    • 5,400 dpi optical resolution with 42.2-megapixel sensor
    • User-selectable 8 or 16 bits per color channel, 4.8 DMax
    • High speed scanning at 25 seconds per frame

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Photographer Determines the Quality of the Scanner
    The photographer is the limiting factor. Period. I am sorry, if one takes a blurry picture and scanned on this wonderful optical 5400 resolution and complained that this scanner is a lousy scanner yielding blurry images...this does not make sense!

    I will admit that this scanner's resolution is astounding. What seems to me of the crisp images I see on my light table only reveals the **flaws** in my technique as a photographer and *not* on the scanner!

    // The Review of the Scanner //

    Software: Konica Minolta Utility.

    Effective and intuitive. The scanner software is capable to the extent that one does not have to resort to third party softwares like VueScan or Silverfast.

    Build Quality: lightweight hence plastic. This does not result to "cheap" feeling. It has a quality appearance and handling.

    Film Holders: 4-Frame Transparency and 6-Frame Negative. These two holders are both built of plastic and again, I re-state that although plastic-built, they do not feel cheap in quality.

    // Color Accuracy //

    No scanner is perfect and no scanner will give the exact match. There is always the initial tweaking during the scanning and the final tweaking in Photoshop or some other image editing software. The scanner is as good as the person operating it.

    // Final Conclusions //

    I recommend this scanner to any one on a budget. For me personally, it was either the Nikon V ED or Konica Minolta DS Elite 5400 II. I picked this item because it was new on the market and that it has 5400 optical resolution instead of Nikon V ED's 4000 DPI.

    If one desires more review / further input. Use Google or visit and type in "Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II" in's "Search" button. ... Read more

    17. Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition Photo Flatbed Scanner with Feeder (B11B172171)
    by Epson
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $161.49
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    Asin: B0006TVTGE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 2043
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Real-world solutions so you can rest easy.

    Quickly scan stacks of business cards or 4" x 6" photos. With the Epson Perfection® 2480 Limited Edition, it's easy to scan and organize important documents and snapshots, as well as slides and negatives. 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution offers consistently brilliant results. And, the included Multi Photo/Business Card Feeder makes scanning and organizing all your business cards and 4" x 6" photos a snap!

    User-friendly software means anyone can work more efficiently and still achieve remarkable results. In fact, the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition even includes Epson Easy Photo Fix™ for one-touch color restoration of faded photos, slides and negatives. And, this powerful performer speeds through every task thanks to Hi-Speed USB 2.0.


    • Scan and organize stacks of business cards, or photos up to 4" x 6"
    • Enjoy high-quality scans for brilliant reprints and enlargements
    • Get more done with easy-to-use organizational software
    • Restore faded color photos with just one touch
    • Scan slides and film strips with ease
    • Quickly scan photos and important documents with Hi-Speed USB 2.0
    ... Read more


    • USB 2.0 interface; PC and Mac compatible
    • Up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
    • Scan and organize stacks of business cards or photos up to 4 by 6 inches
    • Built-in film strip and slide adapter and photo/business card feeder
    • Easy 4-button operation to scan, copy, email, and start

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even easier on a Mac
    I first tried setting up my new 2480 on my PC, but after a driver install and a reboot I couldn't get the USB to work. So I popped the CD into my iMac plugged in the scanner and in less than a minute I was scanning photos. The photo auto feed unit is great and I was able to keep the scanner running non-stop for almost an hour. As I flipped my photo album and pulled pictures, I put them on the bottom of the feed stack and as pictures were finished they popped out into the output tray and back into my photo album the went... on to the next page. The only complaint I might have is the photos scan a little too red with the default/automatic settings, but this nothing major to adjust. This scanner is far better than my HP Scanjet.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Connectivity problem
    Buried in the Trouble Shooting guide is an advisory that the 2480 may have problems talking to your computer if you run Windows XP. Epson refers you to a patch in the CD if you recieve connectivity error messages. I loaded the patch and the scanner still locked up. Based on the number of rave reviews, I'd guess that this is an infrequent problem. But if it hits you take the thing back before you pull your hair out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for batch scanning - except for the constant jams!
    I have thousands of prints on all manner of different papers.This feeder rarely makes it for more than ten photos before it jams.Still, the scanner and the software are very easy to use, and the software saves each image with an individual file name.So far I have scanned over 1000 pictures since I got the machine last week.

    My PC has a 3 Ghz chip and 1 Gig of RAM, and yet the Epson software responds slowly sometimes and seems a little buggy.I also agree with another reviewer's complaint that the Epson software insists on popping windows open on top of whatever else you are working on.

    The bottom line is that, when everything is working perfectly, it's a great scanner/software combo for converting your old prints to digital images.Just be prepared to have some patience sometimes.

    EDITED AFTER TWO WEEKS TO ADD that the feeder has been working better.Once you get the hang of this thing, you really can just load a bunch of pictures and walk away.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice but not perfect
    Interesting, though I like this scanner, I don't rate it quite as highly as others. I didn't have much luck loading more than 8 pictures at a time without the automatic feeder jamming. On further testing however, I realized I wasn't loading the pictures exactly the way the scanner directed. If you lift the automatic feeder and stuff the pictures all the way down, I had much better luck loading larger stacks and jamming less frequently. I did figure out, as others did, that you can keep feeding the stack before it finishes the last one, which saves you from going through 3 verification screens for each new stack.

    It had one slightly irritating habit of popping up a new scan window on each picture, so if you're doing something else on the computer, all of a sudden you're typing into the scan screen and hopefully not messing it up. But this wasn't too big an issue. If you don't use their SmartPanel app and go right to the lone "scan" utility, you don't get the popups.

    One drawback is that at one point we apparently went through a 5" X 7" picture developing stage which the automatic feeder can't handle. We had quite a stack of these and only 2 will fit on the glass. On the nice end though, if you separated the pictures enough, the scanner was able to provide you with 2 perfectly cropped images instead of 1 big one. It was a nice surprise also to find that it automatically rotates images that are slightly misaligned.

    So all in all I'm glad I bought this, it saved me lots of time, but it wasn't perfect. I scanned 1169 images in about 20 hours of time - though I was doing lots of other work while I did this so my time wasn't all eaten up managing the scanner. Could have been a lot worse.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Versatile
    Over the past 5 years, I have been scanning the family's photos.This involved a very manual process of laying out the pics on the scanner (an older epson), and then marking off the prints and scanning them.

    I've been looking for an automatic scanner since I began - one with a photo sheet feeder.I've considered a few, but the reviews all seemed to indicate jamming problems.

    When I saw this one for $169, I gave it a shot.

    It works incredibly well.The photo feeder will pull in up to 24 pics, scan and eject them.You can define the folders and the scan quality for the process.With photos that are in good condition, I have not had a single jam - very impressive.

    A number of photos I have were in albums, and after removing them are curled.The feeder did take these in too, but with occassional jamming.

    The automatic feeder in general though is very impressive.

    The process is not fast - probably about a minute per print.So this is not something to sit and wait for.Do something else and then come back to add prints, or set it up to do a stack at night.

    The scan qualities are very good.Color and sharpness are fine.The quality of the scan is dependent on the quality of the original of course, so expectations can't be too high for pics taken 30 yrs ago on 126 cartridge film. (Remember that?)

    I've also scanned using the flat bed - this works very well too.If you put multiple prints on the glass, and separate them with some space, the software will recognize them and scan them in as separate images.

    Slide scans are very good - but only 2 at a time.

    One note - the sheet feeder is an entirely separate cover for the scanner.To switch between flat bed scanning and sheet feeder, you have to switch these covers.Very simple to do though, and not an issue.

    Altogether, this is very versatile, with good scan quality and I highly recommend it. ... Read more

    18. CardScan Executive 700 Compact Business Card Scanner
    by CardScan
    list price: $249.99
    our price: $218.49
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    Asin: B0002WYJN0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: CardScan
    Sales Rank: 946
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    • Includes detachable USB 2.0 cable
    • Stores and organizes business cards electronically
    • Produces 3-4 second color and 2-second monochrome scans
    • Includes software to search and manage card storage
    • Weighs just 8 ounces

    19. Epson Stylus CX6600 Photo Printer, Copier, Scanner
    by Epson
    list price: $194.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0002A9RJ8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 1293
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The EPSON Stylus CX6600 is the ideal home or office All-in-One solution. It combines high speed printing, scanning and photocopying with the flexibility of a memory card reader, the quality of EPSON DURABrite inks and the cost-efficiency of separate ink cartridges.

    ... Read more


    • USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible
    • Maximum 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi print resolution
    • Up to 22 ppm black text, 11 ppm color speed; copies up to 16 cpm black
    • Up to 1,200 x 2,400 dpi hardware scan resolution, 48-bit color
    • Borderless printing; digital camera memory-card slots

    Reviews (20)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product but installation may make you annoyed
    I'm an extremely experienced computer user and I had issues with installation, even by following the instructions. Eventually, I ended up resolving my own problems after about five hours of time. Specifically: The "step by step" instructions were fine, until the next step "click next" didn't apply anymore. The installer was freezing, and if I allowed Blue Screens, was clearly crashing. I have a number of USB devices and spent hours trying different configurations, none of which helped. I downloaded the updates online and installed those, which continued to be problematic with not much offered in support in help, documentation, or by phone (banker hours, long distance support) and I dreaded trying to get this done by e-mail. Through sheer persistence I resolved whatever my conflict was, which was clearly as USB conflict, but the consumer should expect the same. It's no joy of life to debug this, I'd dread what your Aunt Lila would go through trying to sort this if she received this as a birthday gift.

    That said, the product is fantastic once it gets going. I am more than pleased with the copying ability, and for my purposes the photo quality is more than acceptable.

    Users which claim Epson printers have a low life expectancy are correct, but I usually plan on replacing them every two years anyway. It's par for the course. At the market price for this all in one, if you get a year out of it you've done well. Make sure you use it atleast once a week to keep the jet tubes cleared and you'll be better off.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great overall value
    I purchased this printer to replace an HP Laserjet Multifunction unit.Overall I am very satisfied with this model.I was initially looking for a simply a new inkjet printer, but purchased this due to the low cost.Consider this model when comparison shopping.

    - Fast print speeds, excellent print and scan quality
    - Flatbed scanning and copying; scanner cover can be removed to accommodate a book or larger item to scan or copy
    - Photo-quality borderless prints - looks like a postcard
    - Unlike HP, Epson has separate ink tanks for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, so only replace when needed
    - Card reader allows printing from card, AND can transfer images to your computer using USB 2.0 (elimilates need to waste camera battery)
    - Can copy or print from memory card without a PC
    - 150 sheet input tray

    - A bit noisy when feeding in paper, but this is typical of any inkjet
    - When one cartridge is out of ink, you cannot print without replacing it

    2-0 out of 5 stars Clogged printer heads can't be cleaned, Dont purchase
    Loved my Epson All-In-One printer until it just went over its year waranty.Then the printer would not print even though the ink cartridges were 70% full of ink. The Epson troubleshooting guide said to replace cartridge with new ones when cleaning the printer heads mutiple times didn't work. I wasted money buying 4 Epson replacement cartridges and still not getting the printer to print.Gave 2 ** since the scanner still works.Fortunately I have a backup HP printer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great All in One Device
    Great Speed, quality color and b/w prints at low cartridge cost. You can print, copy and csan documents/pictures, and even Fax with any software fax utility like MS Word Fax.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Epson, especially the CX line!
    About a year and a half ago I purchased my CX5200 to replace a nine year old Epson Stylus printer. I don't print that often and was getting down to the end of my second set of replacement cartridges when the ink on the paper started to smear. I tried a few head cleanings, but the problem persisted. Next I replaced the black cartridge and, SURPRISE, no more black. I then replaced more magenta. I did some research and found that all the Epson printers get clogged jets after a period of time. I bought the Epson cleaning solution and tried that. Now pretty much nothing works. I can't wait for all these five star reviewers to come back in a year. I will never buy another Epson printer again since this problem seems to be huge with their printers.

    My advice to anyone, stay away from any Epson product. ... Read more

    20. Fujitsu M4099D Scanner Ccd 200-400 DPI 90PPM Dual Interface SCSI & Video
    by Fujitsu
    list price: $20,995.00
    our price: $15,856.00
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    Asin: B0000515VL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Fujitsu
    Sales Rank: 59195
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    Product Description

    Speed and reliability.Ideally suited for production environments. The fi-4990C image scanner (Ultra Wide SCSI interface / Third Party Slot Interface) offers high-speed, duplex color scanning, and other excellent features achieved by Fujitsu expertise. And these products will be widely used in your business scene. ... Read more

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