HP 4C 10/10
HP 4C is one of the great scanners of the last century! Boasting a native
600 dpi resolution and 2400 dpi interpolated it is still by today's standards
a fine scanner. Newer HP models do however offer an amazing native optical
2400 dpi! The HP 4C comes with an ISA SCSI adapter. I use it with a PCI
2940U2W interface and it is far better than the supplied ISA interface.
The supplied programmes include Adobe Photoshop LE which is good for amateur
users, but you can upgrade to the full version for a special price.
the standard TWAIN interface the HP 4C can be used from most imaging applications.
The Deskscan software is easy to use, and you can change the settings
like resolution and brightness. The preview scan is quick and automatically
determines what settings it should use for the final scan (however, high
resolution settings need to be put in manually). Most of the time 150
dpi or 300 dpi is about right. You only need to scan in items at 600 dpi
if you wish to enlarge them considerably to print on A4 or larger. Thankfully,
HP supplies drivers for this scanner even for new operating systems like
Win2000. It is a pity that many manufacturers no longer update their drivers
like HP, forcing users to buy newer products. I've been using this scanner
for over 6 years, and there has never been a problem with it, so why would
I want to change it. If you use it alot though, you do need to change
the bulb. The build quality is outstanding like most other HP products.
It feels like one rock solid piece of granite. True, it was more expensive
than its' competitors when we bought it, but given that it has lasted
a long time without requiring additional expense, I can safely say it
has been value for money. There is also a strange HP Jukebox application
which works on most HP scanners. It plays music on you scanner, by moving
the bulb back on forth, if you have an HP scanner you should download
it just for fun. It is limited to a screeching sound, but you can actually
tell which melody the scanner is playing.
current range of HP scanners has a lot to live up to. Lets hope that the
current crop of HP scanners will still be around and working in 6 years