Pros None. Don't buy this.
Cons Does not do what it claims to do. Does not scan slides properly.
Summary We bought this scanner specifically because we wanted to scan slides.
Our scans of slides came out blurry and out of focus. There does not appear to be any way to focus the scanner.
HP should be ashamed that they shipped this product, as it can not scan slides in a quality manner.
We bought this scanner today and we are returning it today.
Pros Amazing scan quality. Beautiful high-resolution scans from original artwork. Very pleased.
Cons It is loud and slow, but I could care less about that.
Summary Yes, the software is a little counter intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, it works fine. The scan quality from this scanner is the very best I have ever seen and I have been scanning art for 15 years. I love this scanner.
"A Waste of Money..."on by gdvrrer
Pros There is a single feature with this device that I would consider a Pro except that it looks good setting on a table.
Cons Poor software; cloudy glass on flatbed, no excuse for that. Version 13 is so crappy; they just couldn't leave Version 9 alone.
Summary HP is definitely way behind the power curve when it comes to writing software for their products. Over five hours on the phone with tech support, the software still did not recognize the scanner; I could use the scanner from within Photoshop CS4!!!! It makes me wonder what happened to Versions 10, 11 and 12; that fact speaks volumes about their software capabilities. Their uninstall software is so sloppy, it totally gums up the register.
Pros Scans negatives and slides.
Cons Scans negatives and slides after several tries/false starts. The software is unpredictable. HArd to scan in grey scale, keeps going back to millions of colours.
Summary Okay scanner, software, not so much.
Pros Good scan results
Cons Default scanning orientation.
Cannot set default scanning size/resolution.
Cannot easily scan multiple images - such as a CD booklet (you have to keep clicking new scan and reset everything every damn time).
Summary The machine is big and lunky and slower than molasses to scan. Compound that with limited user choice software and what I've already stated above, I'd recommend that you buy a different brand of machine.