Pros None that I have been able to discover
Cons Extremely difficult installation, software that is extremely time consuming to use, constant errors codes
Summary After 3 days of installation problems, the scanner began working. After about 3 scans, the machine began giving error code 23. The only solution is to unplug the unit, after 15 seconds plug it in again and try again. Usually this happens 3 to 5 times. Then the machine will begin working. My latest attempt was to scan a 6 page document in black and white at 300dpi. It took 19 minutes to get the scan completed.
Pros Auto reversing document feeder
Cons First unit errored out of the box. HP offered to send a remanufactured replacement. The store replaced it with another new unit. One week later the second unit failed with the same lamp error. Additionally, the HP scanning software is primitive.
Pros Simple to use, basic scanner with a higher resolution, auto document feeder and duplexing feature.
Cons I have not noted any negatives. Like any hardware, you must keep your PC maintained to insure maximum operation. Install errors can occur if you have other scanners, all in one's installed. Best to remove old software to avoid these conflicts..
Summary Just like any new hardware, once you get used to the operation and the software options you have "smooth" operation. The cost is very low for the features offered and even lower as it is an older model. I had looked at the hp newer, but the resolutions had been cut down on those and the prices seemed astronomical for me.
Pros Downloaded software - large file. Worked immediately. Scans are good. General document scanning works satisfactory. Have not tried negative film.
Cons Software loaded OK on first try, but took about two hours. large footprint. Takes about 5 minutes to scan 3 transparencies with avg. 2.3 mb files.
Summary I like HP build quality. This scanner has a lot of features and the downloaded software is quite complete. It worked just fine out of the box after a two hour installation. Needed twain for slide scanning, but it does the job and a bit of touch up in photo software generates a decent photograph. My experience is following directions generally results in favorable results. If you want a decent office/home general purpose scanner it is worth a look.
"Anchors aweigh!"on by safulop
Pros It won't punch you in the face after you swear at it for not working.
Cons After trying Windows and Linux, it has yet to make it through more than three pages without hanging up and dying with an error from the scanner. It is going to our recycling program as scrap.
Summary It is worth more as a boat anchor or conversation piece on the coffee table, than as a scanner. It doesn't actually scan anything beyond one or two pages, and sometimes crashes on the first page.