"4990 PHOTO + Firewire cable = smooth sailing"4.0 starson by PSSaini
Pros: FAST High quality scans, Epson reputation for scanners
Cons: It's rather large
Summary: This is for people who consider scanning pictures a top priority. Setup was quick. IT IS WINDOWS XP compatable, I don't know what another reviewer was talking about. Firewire is a must, usb 2.0 does not suffice. After using this scanner for 4 months, I've scanned 1000+ photos. I bought this to scan all the old photos of my parents (from the 1950's and 60's), and to scan all the images of my sister's and my childhood. All of these photos were stored in albums, but after a major reorganiztion, we decided to save our images to guarantee their existance. I use this scanner in conjunction with the Canon i9900 photo printer and have received outstanding enlargements of images over 50 years old. The Digital ICE feature is nice, but takes quite a bit of time to complete. Buy this if you have a lot of photos to save. After ensuring that my family photos will always be around, I think the price I paid was validated.