"Is it a Frame? Is it a Window? It's a scanner!"4.0 starson by JimmyJump
Pros: Sleek. Stylish. Quick. Silent.
Cons: Old (original) drivers can lead to foam around the mouth.
Summary: First, a word of warning to people from Belgium: when having trouble with a HP device (under warreanty or not), first check with HP to learn about their reparation/substitution policy, or you might get screwed, just like I was.
Secondly: the HP 4670 Vertical See-Thru scanner had, besides its good looks, a lot of child-diseases, both regarding the software and the scan-lamp (maybe that is the reason why it went out of production so soon?).
Upon unstalling the device (when I bought it, back in 2005) and having made a few scans, I was apalled about the dubious quality of the scans: too dark and too stripey. An with stripey, I mean freshly mowed soccerfield-stripey. Inch-wide, equally measured horizontal bands, especially visible in darker areas. And since the scans were too dark in the first place, the stripes were all over the pic.
In my case, on top of the bands in the scans, I had a lot of trouble with the start-up of the lamp and the scanner's software: the software did, more often than I want to remember, not 'find' the scanner, while it was sitting brightly besides my PC case. And when the software finally managed to contact the scanner, the scanner pretended to be away from home by not responding. Had to unplug the scanner's power supply adapter to reset the whole kaboodle, often resulting in the software not finding the scanner, etc....
After umpteen repluggings of the adapter, the scanner stayed schtumm one final time.
Brought it back to my dealer, in its original box, with all the accessories and stuff, and the scanner was shipped to HP Belgium for a close investigation.
Said investigation took just over a year (I'll spare you the details of all the shenanigans), after which a much smaller box was returned to my dealer, containing only the glass plate of the scanner. Upon my question what had happened to the power supply, the mini dia-scanner, the glass resting-plate, the resting-foot and the cables, I got the answer I deserved: HP Belgium threw the lot in the bin and returned the scanner only. Why? Because that's their policy...
Found an adapter and mini-scanner at a second-hand store, but the foot and glass backplate I haven't located yet. Which makes me the proud owner of a Vertical scanner I use flat on its belly.
Anyway, since my scanner was "repaired", it works fine. Still has those bands though, but less prominent, thus easy to get rid of in PhotoImpact or PhotoShop.
Am I cool with the scanner? Yes I am, because in very high resolutions, it is still fairly unbeatable. It's also still one of the most silent and quick scanners decent money can buy.