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    1. Texas Instruments TI-83-Plus Graphing
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    2. Fujitsu ScanPartner FI-4120C Color
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    3. HP OfficeJet D135 Multifunction
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    4. Lexmark X5150 Inkjet Multifunction
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    5. Canon CanoScan LiDE 20 Scanner
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    1. Texas Instruments TI-83-Plus Graphing Calculator
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $93.90
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00001N2QU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Texas Instruments
    Sales Rank: 453
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description



    For students in math and sciences, or for anyone new to graphing calculators, Texas Instruments has created the TI-83 Plus--a powerful, problem-solving tool with features for storing, graphing, and analyzing up to 10 functions. Plus, it displays graphs and evaluates tables on a split screen, allowing you to trace the graph and scroll through table values simultaneously.

    The clear, readable display exhibits 12 characters and eight lines, in 64 x 96 pixels on an LCD screen. The TI-83 Plus has a pragmatic key layout and an easy-to-use graphing interface, with a simple programming language for creating conversion programs. The TI-83 Plus stores and analyzes up to 10 matrices combined with data storage in lists containing up to 999 elements per list. You can also solve equations interactively for different variables.

    With the TI-83 Plus, you can view an equation, its graph, and the coordinates all at one time. Jump from point to point by entering a number. Several useful plot types are available, including scatter, box-and-whisker, XY-line, histogram, and normal probability plots. Advanced statistics and regression analysis, graphical analysis, and data analysis are readily accessed, along with features for calculus, engineering, financial, logarithm, trigonometry, and hyperbolic functions--all crucial tools for advanced analysis.

    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspMatrix operations
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    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspEducational Apps(TM)
    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspEquation solver

    With its clear display and fast processing, the TI-83 Plus incorporates graphing tools for mathematics and science course work, including statistics and finance. Incredibly useful for college boards--PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I, SAT II, Math, IC, and IIC--the TI-83 is essential equipment for advanced placement courses in chemistry, physics, and calculus.

    The addition of the optional TI-Graph Link (software and cable) allows you to connect the calculator to your computer, permitting the transfer of files and data between machines. The TI-83 is powered by four AAA alkaline batteries and one lithium battery for backup, with an automatic shutoff to save energy. It also comes with a hard slide cover and is supported by a one-year limited warranty. --Barbara Price

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    Features

    • Advanced statistics and financial features
    • 160 KB archive space stores up to 10 applications
    • Split screen to display graph and editor or graph and table
    • Enter and save up to 10 matrices
    • Interactive equation solver

    Reviews (126)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Highly Useful Calculator
    I bought the TI-83 PLUS during my high school freshmen year. I bought it because we needed for Geometry. As a sophmore, I found this calculator to be a very useful tool as I continue to use it! I use it for algebra II AND chemistry -- plus, like they said, it's upgradable. Of course, I don't know ALL the functions of this calculator, but it's very useful nevertheless. It has a great keypad, a ton of functions, and it's easy to change modes. The TI-83 PLUS is incomparable to an ordinary scientific calculator -- it is SO much more! I think the TI-83 PLUS is the best buy, since it's upgradable and all. It's better than the the regular TI-83 and a better buy (since it's only a few bucks more). Even the overall look of it is different -- The TI-83 PLUS is pretty slim, in my opinion and its screen is better than the TI-83 screen. Overall, this is one of the best graphing calculators out there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars All-Purpose Number Cruncher
    Here are ten reasons you should consider the TI-83 Plus/TI-83 Plus Silver Edition:

    1. Very fast, reliable calculations
    2. Menu driven, so you can go straight to the category of functions you want, and select your item
    3. It's programmable, and for most applications, you can program useful algorithms and even games (games take up a lot more space than math programs however)
    4. Texas Instruments is constantly adding to the number of applications you can get, some for free, some for purchase. My favorites include: Poly Solver, Probability Simulation (you can draw from a deck of cards or roll dice). Also Detached Solutions has several applications such as symbolic math (in its first stages).
    5. Finance, Time-value-of-money, days-between-dates, and interest conversion given to you from the get-go.
    6. Solver, solve for any variable.
    7. Matrices, for linear programming.
    8. Graphing, including Function, Sequential, and Polar. (Differential equations app coming soon)

    9. Well written manual.
    10. Recommended for: Accounting, Finance, Business, Chemistry (Periodic Table app available), Biology, Most Math Classes (for Pure Math and Engineering, a TI-89/92 Plus is recommended)

    My favorite calculator, I use this one the most out of my collection. Well worth the $...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for any High-School Level Math Class
    Texas Instruments produces some of the most popular and well known graphing calculators in the industry. The TI-83 plus can do most any math problem found in Algebra I, Geometry, and even some Algebra II/Trigonometry. The wide screen allows for graphing equations and multi-line functions.

    The graphing capabilities of the TI-83+ are a superb choice for Algebra I classes. The ability to automatically find intersections and a variety of other important components of a graph are only key presses away.

    The calculator has a powerful matrix editor allowing for easy multiplication, addition, and subtraction of matrices. Division of matrices is not possible. The list editor allows for statistical analysis of data both numerically and graphically. Graphically, the 83+ can plot data in several different formats.

    Anyone who is familiar with the BASIC computer language can program the TI-83+ with ease. The calculator supports the use of almost every function through a program. Programs can be typed directly into the calculator, or on a computer. The TI-83+ also supports a special form of programs called Flash Applications. Flash Applications are generally quite complex, and are written in a special language on the computer.

    The manual included with the calculator is superb. It goes into detail on every single option the calculator supports. Every section includes a Quick Start tutorial that provides an practical example covering many of the chapter's topics. Learning to program in TI-BASIC, the programming language of the calculator is possible through reading the entire manual and following the examples.

    The TI Graph Link cable is the interface between a computer (PC or Mac) and any TI Calculator with a link port. It comes in several variations depending on what kind of computer it will be hooked to. The cable is not included with the calculator, but can be purchased as an option. The TI-83+ Silver Edition includes a Black Link cable for Windows PCs.

    When the TI-83+ is outgrown, upgrading the TI-89 will require little work for anyone who has gained experience with TI's entry level graphing calculator. The TI-89 has the capability to do Calculus and 3-Dimensional graphs primarily.

    Overall, the 83+ is an excellent choice for anyone taking an Algebra course or any math class above that. The calculator does basic arithmetic, graphic, statistics, matrices, and a variety of other mathematical operations.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended as a first-time graphing calculator
    I've had my silver edition for three years now. I took it with through highschool and now into college. The TI series in general is a very durable class of calculators, but I have never seen anything withstand my backpack for more than a semester, so this one takes the cake. It has the most versatile and self-explanatory features of any other calculator I use. In addition to the extra bonus features (like the periodic and help programs) being able to personalize my calculator makes it a little more me, and less of an obligatory tool.

    3-0 out of 5 stars TI-83
    It's a good calculator, but I recommend getting a TI-89 instead. Sure it costs more and it's more complicated, but you'll outgrow the 83 if you take anything past algebra. ... Read more


    2. Fujitsu ScanPartner FI-4120C Color Duplex Scanner

    our price: $892.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HZWU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)
    Sales Rank: 8674
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The ScanPartner FI-4120C color duplex workgroup scanner offers substantially faster speeds than its predecessors, possessing duplex and color capabilities of up to 25 pages per minute, boosting efficiency for your business's decentralized and low-volume scanning efforts. This model is equipped with a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) with double-feed detection for smooth paper flow. With its advanced ADF design, the paper path is almost linear--from thin slips to thick business cards and postcards, the transport moves pages steadily and without stress.

    Photograph-friendly dual 600-dpi CCDs (charge-coupled devices) scan both sides of a document at once for maximum efficiency, and the scanner's selectable dual interface accepts either SCSI-2 or USB 1.1 connectivity. It also comes equipped with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software to convert any document into an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Other in-box applications include ScandAll 21, a TWAIN utility, and QuickScan. Onboard JPEG hardware compression assists with large files. The unit is backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • True 600 dpi optical resolution; scans up to 25 pages per minute
    • Dual-CCD array scans both sides of a document simultaneously
    • 50-page automatic document feeder handles think and thin media
    • Adobe Acrobat 5.0, ScandAll 21, and QuickScan utilities
    • SCSI-2 and USB interfaces; PC only

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm buying my second one...
    We've used this scanner in our office for almost a year, scanning hundreds of pages per week. The problem is that having this has encouraged us to scan a lot more stuff (and have a lot less paper laying around), so there is a big line for the scanner. So I'm buying a second one!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great machine, weak driver
    Better than I hoped; a great scanner. It's about the size of a toaster, so I keep it on my desk between dual monitors and scan in client letters, invoices, receipts, reports etc. It's let me move my consulting business to a 'paperless office', saving lots of find-the-paper-file time.

    It's fast and easy, and in almost 3 months and 10,000 pages I've had no mechanical problems. (I chose this model because many newsgroup posters said it was business-level reliable.)

    Flies through 18 - 19 one-bit black and white pages per minute at 300 dpi - wow. (300 dpi is plenty for archiving and OCR page recognition software.) Is quite a bit slower at higher dpis - about 8 pages per minute at 400. Goes up to 600 dpi.

    100 dpi color scanning is quick but 300 dpi color is quite slow, about 2 pages per minute. The rate limiting step seems to be data transfer, not the scanner itself.

    Duplex scanning - both sides at once - is wonderful, with lots of uses I didn't foresee.

    Comes (Jan 2004) with Adobe Acrobat 5.0, which works fine. Upgrade to Acrobat Standard 6.0 was then just $100 and Acrobat Pro just $150. They sell normally at $300 and $450. A big savings. Acrobat 6 has built in page recognition - scan the page, and Acrobat will OCR it so you can search and cut and past text.

    THE DRIVER SOFTWARE IS POOR. My version (Jan 2004) shipped with a driver that was two iterations out of date, and couldn't handle color scans on Win XP. Blue scanned in as green, etc. Useless. Tech support was friendly but evasive: "Reinstall your _other_ software", for eg. Yeah, right. Figuring out myself to download and install the latest driver fixed the color problem - except now it supports only 24-bit color, not 8-bit, which is unacceptable, I think, since mechanically the scanner will do 8-bit and 24 bit files are way big.

    Also the scanner-driver has lots and lots of buttons and settings - good. But few of the settings are obvious, and the user's guide, which was written in Japanese, translated into Serbo-Croatian, then into Eskimo, and finally into English, is often undecipherable. Not much point having an SDTC Variance DTC Variance slider if you don't know what SDTC Variance DTC Variance is.

    Still, if you're archiving business correspondence, reports, etc, the standard settings work fine, and the thing is a reliable little duplex speed demon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Easy to set up and use and what a difference duplex scanning makes - the scanner eats up the pages. I was able to format a size for cancelled checks and scan them one at a time - the scanner automatically scans the back and places the scans in order ( probably with the help of the Adobe program, but it was easy) This scanner replaces a Fujitsu 620C sheetfed and flatbed scanner and quite honestly is so much faster and easier to use. It takes up no space on a desktop - especially compared to the old scanner. I would recommend it to anyone. ... Read more


    3. HP OfficeJet D135 Multifunction
    list price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005V3EF
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 11975
    Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Combining the fax machine, printer, copier, and scanner your business or home office needs into one powerful machine, the Officejet d135 saves space, money, and time. With a rated speed of 19 ppm black and 16 ppm color, the d135 produces crisp text and bright color at up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi (when using premium photo papers). PhotoREt III Color Layering Technology also makes color richer and skin tones more realistic.

    As a fax machine, the d135 boasts a 33.6 Kbps modem, with color and black capabilities, 100-page memory for incoming faxes, one-touch keys, and speed dialing. Scanner features include resolutions up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi optical, up to 9,600 dpi enhanced. The flatbed design lets you scan and copy bulky items like books, up to legal-size.

    The d135 has a 50-sheet auto document feeder and comes with ink cartridges. Connecting via USB (optional parallel cable adapter available), the d135 is compatible with Windows 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000 with Service Pack 2 or higher, XP Home, and XP Professional and with Macintosh (USB-connect for Mac OS 9.1 and above). A one-year limited warranty is included, with the option to extend via an HP support pack. ... Read more

    Features

    • Print, fax, scan, and copy all from one compact unit
    • Up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi photo printing; 600 x 1,200 dpi optical scanning
    • Built-in USB, optional parallel port; PC and Mac compatible
    • 150-sheet input tray, 50-sheet auto document feeder, optional 250-sheet tray
    • Convenient one-touch operation keys for ease of use

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great multifunction but as usual it has a few quirks
    I was hoping for the best, but I guess there's no such thing as an all-in-one product that does everything perfectly....

    Overall the D135 is a great multifunction. All the functions work very well and in many cases rival the quality of individual components. Uses HPs new print engine with separated ink cartridges and print heads. The print heads are user replacable and are rated at 3 years or 50000 pages (not bad!!). This should be an economical machine to use.

    The scanner has been upgraded from the G85 and is better in every way. The document feeder is much better than the G series and the scans are now optically 600 x 1200 48 bit color (unless you have a Mac which is limited to 36 bit I believe).

    The fax is also 33.6 color (assuming you find someone else with a color fax)....Plenty of memory for preprogrammed numbers and 10 one touch keys.

    Overall The D135 is quite easy to use with good ergonomics and tons of usable features. Also watch for the forthcoming D145 and D155 which add CF, SM and Sony Memory stick slots for digital camera users, a duplexer to allow two sided printing and copying and, in the case of the d155, a second paper tray for power users.

    Pitfalls, and there's always a few....

    1) Typical for HP printers, prints are often skewed just a little bit on the page. About 1mm off when comparing left to right. This seems to be an HP trait. I tried 4 different D135 machines, all with a similar problem.... Many users won't notice the slight skewing, but I found it quite easily when printing borderless photos.

    2) The WinXP software isn't ready yet so the functionality is limited a bit right now. PC faxing yet not enabled yet and sone scanning functions don't work yet (including OCR unless you buy an off the shelf Twain compliant OCR program).

    3) The scanner head is a bit noisy. No biggie, just thought I'd bring it up. Don't expect to use it in the bedroom while the wife is sleeping!!!

    Despite the quirks, overall HP has a winner!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice Features...BUT Beware of Gotchas!
    Based on three days of experience, I believe this machine meets most of my expectations. The print quality (both color and B&W) is very good. But there are two exceptionally serious gotchas that potential buyers should be aware of. First, HP has not yet ported its crucial "Director" software to Windows XP. As a result, many important features of this all-in-one cannot be used or controlled from an XP computer...including OCR!!! So if you use XP and you expect to OCR with this machine, think again. Or, you can just ignore HP's claim that the D135 includes OCR software, and you can plunk down your hard earned cash to buy a separate OCR package. Think also about whether you want to do business with a company that is so lame that it has not yet produced XP software AND that has made no firm commitment as to when such software will be available. Second, when this machine prints or copies documents, it reverses the order of the pages. In other words, if you copy a 100-page document, the copy will comprise a stack of upward-facing pages with page 100 on top and page 1 on the bottom. Think about it for a minute. You've got your copy, but before you can use it, you have to manually re-sort the stack so that page 1 is on top and page 100 is on the bottom. I have spent several hours wondering which genius at HP thought of this clever "feature". Perhaps that explains why the XP software is unavailable: all the engineers were busy trying to figure out how to get the machine to produce copies which must be manually resorted. Clever! In any case, if I had known about this, I definitely would not have purchased this machine.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tiny ink cartridges means big money for HP!-DO NOT BUY!
    I had an HP Officejet 1170 and gave it awa for this piece of junk! Not only does this All-in-1 have small ink cartridges that seem to run out way before their time...HP also includes an obnoxious popup software to tell you it's time to blow some more money on their bottom line! This feature is unrelenting and leaves me wondering if the cartridges have an internal battery designed to last 30 days regardless of use! Plus, I have never been able to successfully refill these...even the black ink...a great way to mess up the whole device...artfully designed to screw you. In my neck of the woods, adjacent to the second largest city in the USA, no one seems to carry #14 cartridges and when I do find them...what a rip-off! Also, when the fax is used on tone dial, it never works...when HP was made aware of the problem within warantee period...their fix was to have me set it to rotary dial! No repair, no replacement of the disfunctional internal modem...just disable it and go back to 1960's!! What a bunch of crap HP!!! You are theives in the night and I will never buy another HP All-in-1 anything!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Expensive piece of junk. Stay away from this HP product.
    I've used MANY HP laser printers over the years with no problem whatsoever; this was my first ink jet from them and from now on I'll stick to Epsons as I always did. OK, I feel better now. Let's continue...

    From the very beginning I've had problems such as "carriage jammed" and paper jams. If it happens when you receive a fax you loose it, etc. It could be a great printer (from the specs) but it is a nightmaring one in reality. I just hate it now.

    Contacted HP about this supposedly jammed carriage many times and their suggestions were so basic or idiotic that I won't print them here (I tried them all to no avail anyway).

    The ONLY sensible one they suggested was to clean the encoder strip (about 1/4"-wide clear mylar) that runs from side to side of the printer suspended in mid-air behind the print carriage. I used a Q-tip dipped in alcool and cleaned both sides of the strip. It SEEMED to solve the problem at first but the problem returned and cleaning didn't solve it that time.

    If someones find a solution please email everyone else on this thread. We all paid good money for this machine which I now use solely as a scanner!

    An ex-HP customer.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Print Quality in the TANK!
    This printer has the all great all in one functionallity. . .but beware! To get this printer to print at any decent level of quality, you have to turn up the ink consumption. HORRIBLE, absolutely HORRIBLE overall print quality. Its OKAY when you are printing full color. . .but there will be so many dropouts when printing grayscale/black that you think you have an old 8 pin dot matrix printer. GET WITH IT HP!! ... Read more


    4. Lexmark X5150 Inkjet Multifunction
    list price: $149.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000088XKP
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lexmark
    Sales Rank: 6498
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With Lexmark's X5150 multifunction print center, you can copy any document at the touch of a button, without even turning on the computer. Copy text, color graphics, books of variable thickness, and color photographs; reduce or enlarge images 25 to 400 percent. In draft mode, the Lexmark X5150 can produce up to 16 copies per minute (cpm) in black, and up to 11 cpm in color. Capture fine detail with 600 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution, true 48-bit color, and 12-bit grayscale. Print up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi in black and color on photo paper, inkjet paper transparencies, and plain paper.

    Included in the box are the Lexmark X5150, two print cartridges, drivers and installation software, power supply and cable, and editing and managing software for your scanning and printing needs. Lexmark provides a one-year warranty that covers parts, service, and instant exchange. ... Read more

    Features

    • Scanning, copying, and printing, all in one unit
    • 1-touch printing of color photos
    • 2,400 x 1,200 dpi print resolution
    • 600 x 2,400 dpi scan resolution
    • Easy-to-use software; 1-year warranty

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Really good but a little slow
    I think the Lexmark X5150 is a great printer in the scan quality, printouts, fax, and photocopies. The printing is really fast but a color photocopy takes a little long. The fax is not that fast either. Overall, it is really good for an all-in-one but it not a) a fast copier or b) fast faxer. It is good for everyday use and I use it everyday to photocopy, scan, and print and it works great. If you are looking for an inexpensive all-in-one for your home, this is the one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Printing : REALLY poor scanning
    I purchased the X5150 about a week ago a local Best Buy. I brought it home and immediately tried to print one particular digital photo that I've had diffuculty getting a good print of. My old Canon BJ3100 just couldn't cut it. The print quality with the Lexmark X5150 exceeded all of my expectations. Kudos to Lexmark for having the highest quality inkjet prints I've ever witnessed. The experience then got much worse...

    I had an old UMAX 2100 scanner with which I'd begun scanning all of my old family photos. It's scan quality was abysmal and this is one of the main reasons I sought to replace my poor printer and poor scanner with this unit. I started scanning photos only to realize that skin tones appeared very yellow, almost jaundiced. White walls appeared beige, and just about everything had a yellow/brown tone to it. I thought maybe it was a calibration issue so I consulted the manual only to find out that there is no calibration. I contacted Lexmark's tech support via Email and they advied me to reinstall the driver software, which I did and the problem remained. I then called their phone support today. I was on hold for only a few minutes and the fellow I spoke with was polite and knowledgable. He surmised that there is probably a problem with the 'scan head' and that I should exchange the unit. I took it back to Best Buy and in the space of 10 minutes I had a new unit. I just arrived back home with it and after installation, I see that it has the exact same problem. This appears to be a design issue and not a defective unit.

    Best Buy's exchange process was quick and painless and their price was unbeatable, I have no complaints there (with this purchase...)

    I have to applaud Lexmark for excellent print quality and for fabulous tech support, but the scan quality is just awful. The images are sharp, with few artifacts, but the color is WAY off. I could touch up each and every photo with software, but I plan to scan thousands of photos and I'd rather not wast my time that way. I'll be returning the unit and exchanging it for a different model. I intend to try another, slightly higher-end Lexmark unit as I was very happy with the print quality. Perhaps a higher-end unit will have better scan quality. ... Read more


    5. Canon CanoScan LiDE 20 Scanner
    list price: $49.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006AMSH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 7601
    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Up to 600 x 1,200 dpi resolution
    • 48-bit depth for over 281 trillion possible colors
    • 1 cable handles both USB and power
    • Z-Lid expansion top accommodates bulky objects
    • Scan, copy, or e-mail photos at the touch of a button

    Reviews (59)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good little performer: fast, light, no AC adapter needed!!!
    After setting this up in about a minute I was scanning. The software/driver package is average. Warm up takes only a couple of seconds becuase it is not a CCD/lamp scanner, it is a CMOS scanner which requires less power and less components. Hopefully it will bring more reliability. USB powered. Easy for people to "borrow" or bring to a friends house. Just remember to lock/unlock it when traveling and scanning. Images are average but the speed is awesome. Beats my UMAX 1220U (1998) scanner by far. I'll probably try out epson scanners next, the quality and speed on that is supposed to be really good. If you are looking for fast, simplistic, reliable scanner, the LiDE 20 fits the bill without paying a big bill.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Scanner For the Money
    Like the previous reviewer (June 18), I debated on whether or not to get this scanner. But I figured the price was low and overall the reviews were very favorable. I'm glad I did. It is very easy to set up - just take it out of the box, install the software, plug in the usb cable and it is ready to use. Note: I only installed the drivers, not the image editing software because I use other programs instead, like Macromedia's Fireworks. It installed on Windows XP with no problems, and also interfaces with my image editing programs perfectly.

    This scanner looks very good, and I like the slim design. I use lower resolutions because most of the scans are for the web or for viewing on a monitor - even at lower resolutions they look great. The biggest delay is when you make the first scan - it takes about a minute to calibrate. After that, the speed of the scans is relatively quick. It's nice not needing a power cord. Be advised that you will probably have to use a powered usb hub, not the one on the motherboard. I already had one so this was no problem.

    Negative: when I scan multiple pictures, the software doesn't always recognize each picture - it sometimes combines more than one. Or, it chops off parts of the pictures. However, I might not be following the instructions so I'll give the scanner and software the benefit of the doubt here.

    Overall for the price, this is an excellent value - good quality and good looks. I am happy with this purchase.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Thin Space Saving Scanner That Gets The Job Done.
    Upon opening the box I was suprised to see how thin this scanner really is. It is about a little over an inch thick. It is great for saving space on the desk because of it's non-bulky design. It has three buttons on the side one for scanning photos, one for making a copy, and an other one for misc. I really liked the copy feature because when I need to make a quick copy for a document I just put it in the scanner and press the "copy" button and walk away let it do its thing. It scans it and then automatically send its to the printer where I can pick it up in a minute. I didnt even have to touch the computer! I only have experience with using the Mac Software it is average software nothing spectacular in interface design but whatever. Images come out in good enought quality for me.

    Goods:
    -Small space saving sleek designed case.
    -ONE usb cable for everything [power AND data]
    -Canon reputation for good quality imaging.

    Bads:
    -Sometimes the software can be buggy and keeps my computer from waking up, but that happens only occasionally. [Mac software, dont know about PC]

    Conclusion:
    This is a great scanner with an incredible value for all it does. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good looking scanner with excellent quality scans from photos to text documents.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Needs trick to install OmniPage SE on Mac OS X
    The scanner works great, but under Mac OS X some programs run in the Classic emulation box, instead of natively. In addition, the included OmniPage LE didn't want to install under OS X until I did the following:

    1. Copy the folder "OmniPage" from the installation CD to the desktop of your hard disk.

    2. Click once on the copy of "OmniPage" and select Get Info from the File menu. In the window that appears, expand out Ownership & Permissions, expand out Details, change all three Access settings to Read & Write, click Apply to enclosed items. Note: you may have to click on the padlock icon and enter an administrator password to open the padlock.

    3. Close the Get Info window

    4. Open the copy of "OmniPage" and then double-click on "OmniPage SE C Setup".

    5. Delete the "OmniPage" folder from the desktop.

    The above allowed the entire OmniPage application to install without any errors. Even better, the resulting installed copy of OmniPage runs fine, though it does run in Classic instead of as a native application.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy and works great!
    This scanner is a real bargain! I got it up and running in a flash. So far I've scanned and e-mailed photos and made copies for schoolwork. It works great and is about 1/3 the size and weight of my old scanner. Granted my old scanner is several years old, but it cost twice as much. I have windows XP and it works with nary a glitch. ... Read more


    6. Texas Instruments TI36X Solar Scientific Calculator
    list price: $28.95
    our price: $22.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00000JBNM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Texas Instruments
    Sales Rank: 8449
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Ideal for students at every level, from junior high school algebra to college calculus, the Texas Instruments TI36 packs a lot of punch in a small, inexpensive unit. This solar-powered calculator combines features for statistical analysis, Boolean logic operations, and unit conversions in one sleek package.

    Math students will appreciate TI36X's ability to perform fractional equations and calculate angle units (radians, grads, degrees) when performing trigonometric functions. Everyone will find the calculator's English/metric conversions helpful.

    The TI36Xs single-line LCD is a little difficult to read when the unit is lying on a desk, and users in need of graphing functions will have to look elsewhere. Overall, however, for a calculator in this price range, the TI36X provides enough power for most high-level math and science needs. ... Read more

    Features

    • Numerator/denominator fraction format
    • Performs trigonometric functions
    • Polar/rectangular conversion
    • One-variable statistics
    • Slide case included

    Reviews (16)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice Layout But Has Flaws
    In terms of price and features, this is a nice scientific calculator. The layout of the functions is quite apt. I like the case design and the cover. It has only a one-line display but I can live with that. The purple text used to label the functions activated by the "3rd" key is admittedly a little hard to read.

    However, consider this calculation and its result:

    (262144 * 4096) - (2^18 * 2^12) = -0.01

    The correct answer, obviously, is 0. That may be a silly calculation to perform, but I actually did this once as a check.

    TI's support - via email - suggests that this is a normal rounding error. I am not sure that this is acceptable in a calculator of this class. The size of the operands doesn't seem unreasonably large.

    If it were not for that, I would give the calculator 4 stars. It's really too bad because I like the layout of this calculator MUCH better than that of the Casio. But I worry about getting other errors that won't be immediately obvious to me.

    I can't prove one or the other how likely this rounding error is to happen in "typical" calculations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great buy!
    I'm a research scientist. I started using a slide rule in high school about 1947, a computer in 1958, and scientific calculators some time in the early 1970s. Despite the power of computers I still like to have ready access to a good calculator, and my favorite brand (for versatility and ease of use) is Texas Instruments. The TI36X especially impresses me. It is a very powerful, very user-friendly scientific calculator for less than [price]. It performs virtually all scientific functions plus basic statistics and linear regressions and is light-powered in virtually any light. In my view, this is an incredible bargain. In fact, although I already have Texas Instruments calculators in my bedroom, den, living room, and at work, I couldn't resist the TI36X and bought one. It's a terrific calculator! If you don't need graphing capability, I highly recommend this powerful bargain calculator.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT buy in an engineering calculator!!!
    This is a very easy calculator to use. At around $20, it performs some very useful functions, such as linear regression, S.D., English/SI conversions, fraction/decimal conversions, etc. Everything an engineer needs. I bought one of these on a last-minute deal and was quite surprised at how easy it was to learn how to QUICKLY make complex calculations with minimal effort.

    Some talk has been made in other reviews of the 3rd function's purple text. Yes, it IS a little difficult to read, but TI has recently released a newer version of this calculator that has addressed this (I had a chance to play with a new one today while I was picking up some photos at a discount store). The current version (not pictured here) is very easy to read.

    About the only things I would like to see changed would be the addition of a 2-line display and dual power (sorry, the solar power is a little slow sometimes in dim light). Are you listening TI?

    All in all, at $20, I consider this a best buy and will probably purchase more for work, home, school, and any other calculator need I have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only calculator MOST people will ever need.
    I got this bad boy back in 1990 as recommended by my 7th class math teacher. This is a great little workhorse, still going strong today I might add. Yet, I DO have an older 36x that is blue in color. So I cannot comment on the reviewer who is dissatisfied with it b/c the 3rd function keys are hard to read being purple on the black background. On mine the 2nd functions are yellow and 3rd functions are white, and very easy to read.
    Also, my calculator is not slow at all. It is the fastest solar powered calc I've ever used in my life, even operating in dim light. The person who claimed "10-20 seconds to make a calculation" is either grossly exaggerating, or flat out lying. Or the newer builds of this calc are more cheaply made to cut costs for TI (i'd say definately possible)

    If you are a parent, and want a good calculator to start your kid off in school with, THIS TI-36X would be it.

    However, if you want financial functions, or graphing capabilities, this would not be the place to go of course. You're gonna have to spend a little more $ than this hehe
    Yet many college professors don't allow graphing or financial calculators to be used on tests, and always keeping my 36x in my backpack as backup has saved me on more than a few occasions!

    2-0 out of 5 stars the worst design
    there is one major flaw in this calculator that I will give it a 2 stars no matter how good or power it is on the other aspects. and that is: all of the 3rd function text on the calculator is purple, which is extremely hard to read on the black case. I am a programmer that use primarily the HEX calculation on it, and every time I use it I have to gaze so hard to find the A-E. Can Texas Instruments not be so dumb? Purple text? what a laugh! ... Read more


    7. Epson Perfection 1660 Photo Scanner
    list price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006AMSF
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 12354
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 1,600 x 3,200 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 dpi interpolated
    • True 48-bit scans for remarkable color accuracy
    • Built-in 35mm filmstrip adapter
    • Fast USB 2.0 connectivity
    • Easy 4-button automated scanning

    Reviews (40)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the common user
    I am not a scanner buff by any stretch of the imagination, and have only owned one other scanner before this one, but I know what I like. I like the Epson Perfection 1660. From its crisp scanned images to its sleek design, this scanner is a winner. But, setting aside how it looks, or how well it scans, leaves you with software. Epson SmartPanel is superb. Push a button on the scanner, and the software launches automatically (you can run it by normal methods, too), giving you many options for the upcoming scan; whether you want to scan to a file, to an e-mail, to the web, to an application, or perform OCR on a document, this scanner/software combo can do it all. I was very impressed, and I think you will be, too.

    One minor addition; for those who have had trouble with XP and the 1660, I just don't get it. I use XP Pro and had the most effortless and simple install imagineable. The scanner works flawlessly with XP's own scanner/camera wizard, and Smartpanel works perfectly. You folks are doing something wrong.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Get the CanoScan LIDE 30 instead.
    I've installed this scanner under OS X (download the TWAIN driver, there's none included) and Windows 2000. I've also installed the less expensive Canon LIDE 30 under both environments.

    I recommend the LIDE 30 for the reasons described below. In particular the Perfection 1660 has fine hardware, but the most abysmal documentation I've see in years. The installation is awkward and the software is unimpressive. Some of the software is specific to Epson printers, for example. Scan color under OS X has a bluish tinge, though that evaluation is complicated by the lack of Epson documentation on ColorSync settings. When you do a scan the progress box is immovable and sits atop all windows -- so you can't work during a scan. A minor point, but it illustrates how unrefined the Epson software is.

    Additional comparison to the CanoScan LIDE 30 (emphasis is on OS X, but much of this is true for Win2K:

    1. Image quality (color picture, 300 dpi, 24 bit)
    Both seem to produce excellent color photo scans, though on the Mac the EPSON colors were a bit bluish.
    CanoScan > Epson

    2. Durability and reliability. The EPSON feels more rugged and
    durable, as befits it's significantly higher price.
    Epson > CanonScan

    3. Convenience. The Epson seems to be about 4 times bigger and heavier than the LIDE 30. The LIDE 30 gets its power from the USB bus, the Epson needs yet another power brick (and we have no room to spare!). The LIDE can be stored on its side.
    CanoScan >>> Epson.

    4. Performance. The CanoScan is at least twice as fast with a USB 1.0 connection, and probably even faster with a 2.0 (though the images I'm taking aren't huge).
    Epson >> CanoScan

    5. Drivers (OS X). The CanoScan uses a PhotoShop Plug-In compatible with GraphicConverter, Canon's software, and PhotoShop like products), the Epson uses a TWAIN driver. I thought that OS X (in particular) would have native support for the Epson, but in fact this is no advantage. Without installation of the TWAIN driver Image Capture acquires only a very low res image (400K TIFF). After installing the
    TWAIN driver Image Capture behaves exactly the same way, but
    GraphicConverter will get an image. The image acquisition software seems similar, with the EPSON having the advantage of more control over embedded color tables and ColorSync use; but I'm not sure the ColorSync setting are doing anything! The EPSON is biased however to EPSON's peculiar proprietary color matching software. I didn't pay attention to the rest of the bundled s/w, but I thought the CanoScan had a slight advantage overall. The Epson OS X TWAIN installation should be straightforward, but for some bizarre reason one has to burrow through folders and extractions to fine a nice simple disk image. CanoScan installation was bizarre, but the front buttons work under OS X. The Epson buttons don't work under OS X (not that I would use them anyway!)
    CanoScan > Epson

    6. Cost. The EPSON is almost twice the cost of the CanoScan.
    CanoScan >> EPSON (much better, not more expensive!)

    7. Support. The Epson web site is fair. Tech support is by phone or mail. Canon has a very good web site.
    CanoScan >> EPSON

    8. Documentation. Excellent on the CanoScan, worst I've ever seen for the Epson.
    CanoScan >>> Epson.

    9. Bundled software. Epson has none for OS X, fair to poor for Mac Classic and Windows. CanoScan is fair for OS X, fair to good for Windows.
    CanoScan >> Epson.

    8. Other features. The EPSON has a negative scanner that's said to work (I've not tested it).
    Epson >> CanoScan

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive to Buy - Quality is Better than Most
    I bought this scanner in a hurry to complete a project. In turned into being a better scanner than my expensive one.

    It installs quickly and the software that is provided with it is adequate or you can use your own software easily. If you are planning on scanning mostly text you may want to get a better OCR software product. The scanner does a great job and then it is up to the character recognition software to finish the job.

    If you scan a photograph and print on quality paper it it does the job of a photo scanner. Everything I have scanned with this scanner from text to photographs is high quality.

    I am considering buying a second one at the price that is offered. It's a DEAL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Workhorse!
    I am 65 and after 40+ years of marriage, my wife and I had accumulated about 5,000 pictures and slides in albums, boxes, envelopes, etc. I have now finished scanning them all and have PhotoShopped, date-labeled, filed them in folders in "My Documents" and created CDs for the relatives. The Epson 1660 performed flawlessly! My conscience no longer nags me!

    Based on my satisfaction, I looked to Epson for a combination printer/scanner/copier. (I left my scanner and printer at our Florida home) I bought the Epson Stylus CX5400 based on the very favorable user reviews and the remarkably low price. It too is a great product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I will never ever buy EPSON again
    First, I'm computer professional and I've been doing this stuff for years and years. The Epson software for this scanner is flaky. I've used it under Windows 2000 and Windows XP and it is not reliable. Sure, when it works it's ok. But, quite often it pops up modal or non-modal but very non-standard Windows windows that you can't get to with Alt-TAB and they are not in the Task Manager. Basically, you're hosed and you need to reboot. If you've scanned a bunch of images in and they have not yet been saved to file, they are gone. You've just wasted a little bit of your life. And installing the drivers is another time that Epson gets to steal from your life.

    Epson used to make the ONLY printer in the old days, but I don't know what they are doing now. But I do know that I will never buy an Epson product for the rest of my life. ... Read more


    8. Sharp EL-506VB DAL Series Twin-Powered Scientific Calculator
    list price: $21.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005BHPR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 7529
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sharp's advanced D.A.L. series scientific calculator is ideal for students and professionals. Use its Direct Algebraic Logic system to enter the elements of an expression in the exact order they appear in the textbook. The extra-large 10-digit, two-line display (one line for equations and one for numbers) is easy to read. Plus, after getting an answer, you can use the multi-line "Playback" mode to play back the expressions and substitute new numeric values. Additional features include differential and integral calculus functions and 330 other advanced functions. The 506VB comes with a hard case. ... Read more

    Features

    • Advanced scientific calculator
    • Alphanumeric display
    • 330 functions
    • Solar and battery power supply
    • Differential and integral calculus functions

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for college students
    I'm a pre-med student on a quarter schedule, which means I have a lot of science courses to fit in a very small time. The DAL calculator is great: the keys are not too large and not to small and all the functions are labeled clearly with no obscure menus, this makes it a handy tool for those timed tests that can make or break your grade. The only thing I can recommend is making several copies of those little conversion rate guides that slide right into the cover because it is too easy to lose them. Oh, and read the manual, it helps.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A damn fine pocket calc.
    All through high school, I used a TI-86 graphing calculator. Unfortunately, once I got to college I found out that Chemistry professors are none-too-fond of programmable calculators, so I had to buy a new one. After some deliberation between another TI, a Casio and this Sharp, I finally decided on the Sharp. Needless to say from my review, I'm glad I did. Here's why:

    College is tough on equipment, so high build quality of a calculator is a must. I'm used to a TI-86 (which is built like a tank), so the extremely light EL-506v is quite a change. However, the build appears plenty solid. The calculator is gray on the front, with a dark blue back and a dark blue translucent cover which snaps on nicely. The buttons are translucent as well, with the number and main function keys dark blue and the secondary keys white (the on key is also pink, and the secondary function key is yellow). There are slightly fewer keys than on TI's comperable model, but every button has several contextual functions. The display is quite nice. There are two lines, a large numerical one where data is input (with a small section dedicated to exponential notation) and a smaller one on top which shows you the entire equation you're working on. The screen has great contrast, and is large enough to be easily read. The keys have little travel and feel slightly floaty, but nothing that would suggest cheapness.

    The EL-506v claims to posess 330 functions, and I believe it. I count 37 keys (besides the d-pad, which allows you to edit your current equation or cycle through old ones), and all posess a 2nd-key function and most have a third contextual function. There are all the things one would expect from a scientific calculator, and some you wouldn't. Most notable are a whole series of 44 unit conversions (technically; though half are simply the same conversion the other direction). Everything's there: mass, volume, area and more. There's also 40 physical constants. Both of these abilities are accessed through pushing a key and entering a reference number for the conversion/constant you want; the ref. numbers are printed on a two-sided card held in the calc's slide cover. I'm very pleased with the abilities of this calc, many of which I thought were confined to the realm of graphing units. Also, one last interesting ability is the so-called "advanced DAL" (Direct Algebraic Logic) input method, which allows you to type in equations just as they appear in textbooks. This makes things much simpler, since you needn't learn all types of esoteric entry methods for complex equations.

    So, the lesson is this: if you need a convenient, small, thorough pocket scientific calculator, pick up one of these. You won't likely regret it. ... Read more


    9. HP OfficeJet V40SE All-in-One
    list price: $185.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005A8XC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 15624
    Average Customer Review: 3.35 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    When you need multiple peripherals but aren't in the market for separate units, the Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet V40SE saves you time, space, and money. It combines an ink-jet printer, scanner, and copier into one reliable and easy-to-use product.

    Designed to allow printing, scanning, and copying at the same time, the V40SE also works as a standalone copier to produce both color and monochrome copies. With 600 x 600 dpi monochrome printing (2,400 x 1,200 dpi color), the V40SE offers copy speeds up to 4 copies per minute in black and 2 cpm in color, plus reduction/enlargement from 50 percent to 200 percent.

    The flatbed scanner features resolution of 600 x 1,200 dpi with 36-bit color and 8-bit gray scale. The printer delivers speeds of up to 5 pages per minute in black and 3 ppm in color. Fax at six seconds per page with 14.4 Kbps. Program up to 60 speed -dial numbers. A 50-page memory preserves data, and a 20-page automatic document feeder speeds your work.

    The paper tray handles plain paper, ink-jet papers, labels and transparencies, glossy and matte photo paper, and more. A one-year limited warranty covers parts and labor. ... Read more

    Features

    • Printer, fax, copier, scanner - all in one
    • Up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi color printing, 600 x 1,200 dpi scanning
    • Stand-alone color and monochrome copying
    • Optical character recognition software included
    • Convenient USB connectivity, easy-to-use controls

    Reviews (26)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this device...
    I have had my HP v40 for about 6 months now, and I have really enjoyed it. Not only does this device print, but it also copies, scans and faxes.

    First the printing quality is excellent for black and white, but also quite good with color. I think that the black and white speed is very good. I am a computer programmer, and author so I frequently print code and chapters when working or writing. Printing large chapters in Draft quality is twice as fast as my previous printer, the HP 722C, which I also thought was fast. I have attempted to print photos, with mixed results.

    Although I am not 100 percent sold on the scanning feature, I have used it before and it works pretty good. I still rely on my HP ScanJet for professional quality scans.

    Copying is pretty good on this device. You can modify the copy quality right on the device's control panel as you are making copies. I think that the Fine quality images/documents turn out looking really good, while the Normal quality leaves a little to be desired.

    The fax machine built into this device is really what sold me. I frequently need to fax dozens of pages at a time to various locations, and the feeder tray has never failed me; with this fax machine I have never had to resend a page yet - knock on wood. You are also supposed to be able to store numbers in the fax machine's memory, but I have yet to figure that out.

    In all, this is one of the best multipurpose devices I have ever purchased. I am very happy with it, and I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good printer, installation pain
    The quality of this printer is excellent. It performs faxing, copying, and printing like a champ. Ink cartridges seem to hold up with a fairly large capacity, and HP's design is easy to refill if necessary.

    Scanning is fast, and I can for the first time scan multiple pages into my applications which support it, like Acrobat.

    One complaint: Installation of this printer is a royal pain. You can usually count on redoing the installation at least once. It's very sensitive to Windows XP/2000 permissions.
    HP uses a custom USB port interface, which has blown up on me during installation of other software.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Does what it should--and what I want--for the price
    I got this machine as a replacement for another HP all-in-one machine--OfficeJet 710--and I can see already that this will do what the other one did and has an overall better design, since the document feed and the paper feed are not using the same port.

    I know that a lot of people out there (including all of the salesman at computer stores) and magazines like "Consumer Reports" do not recommend getting an all-in-one machine, but I have very limited space and really like having the fax utility without having a separate fax machine. There are times that I like having a fax much more than even having a computer. I'm able to fax prescriptions to my pharmacy for pick-up later, and--now that I have one set rate for all my phone calls (local and long distance)--I can fax government forms at 4 a.m. to Albany, New York at my leisure.

    Set-up with Windows ME was simple as could be and also it works quite well with my DSL connection.

    The only drawback--for some--is that the scanner is not a flatbed scanner, so if you're looking for a machine that can scan pages from books or magazines without having to tear out the page, this is not the machine for you. But I have found friends' flatbed scanners to be a royal pain in the you-know-what, so I don't think this will be a drawback for me. Machines that have flatbed scanners are just too big for the space I have allotted my machine. I have already tried it with my OCR software--which is my main reason for scanning--and it works just fine.

    Lastly, being able to buy this machine at 3 a.m. through Amazon when my old one finally gave up the ghost was the ultimate in convenience. Since Amazon discounts the machine and I didn't have to pay sales tax or pay for a taxi to drag the thing home (I'm a real New Yorker without a car), I didn't mind paying for delivery and I even opted for two-day delivery, which normally I'm too penny-pinching to do, and it came on the day it was promised. Ordered in the wee-hours of Sunday, delivered on Wednesday (Monday was a holiday); can't get better than that.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware inaccurate tech specs
    Beware! Amazon's Technical Details list "Windows 2000" as a system requirement. Note that this product's drivers do not run on Windows 2000 SERVER, only Windows 2000 PROFESSIONAL. Don't end up burned and disappointed by HP like I was. I have seen spec after spec of this printer say that it runs under "Windows 2000". That is less than half true at best, and downright misleading at worst.

    5-0 out of 5 stars typical HP product
    It's a typical HP product. You can't kill it with anything less than a sledge hammer. It'll run till the cows come home. ... Read more


    10. HP PSC 750 Multifunction (750se)
    list price: $149.94
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005A8XK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 11363
    Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    When your home or small-office needs to print, scan, and copy, but youaren't in the market for three separate units, the Hewlett-Packard PSC750se all-in-one will save you time, space, and money. It featuresphoto-quality images, 36-bit scanning, and a maximum copy speed of 11pages per minute, all built into one reliable product.

    The PSC 750se copier works as a standalone unit to producefine quality copies in color and black ink, at copy speeds up to 11copies per minute for black, and 8 cpm for color. You can selectmultiple copies from 1 to 50, and reduce or enlarge your images from25 to 300 percent. p>The 750se flatbed scanner features 600 x 1,200 dpioptical resolution (up to 4,800 dpi enhanced) to a maximum scan size of8.5 by 11.7 inches. OCR software is included for easy editing andrevisions, and the hinged cover permits scanning of 3-D objects.

    Inputcapacity is 150 sheets, with the paper-handling tray accommodatingplain, ink-jet, glossy and matte photo paper, labels, transparencies,and more. With USB connectivity, the PSC 750se supports both PC and Mac systems and is backed byHewlett-Packard's one-year limited warranty covering parts and labor. ... Read more

    Features

    • Printing, copying, and scanning - all in one
    • Compact, flatbed design
    • Accepts a wide variety of originals and media types
    • Convenient USB connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
    • Easy-to-use integrated software

    Reviews (42)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest!
    I love my new HP750. After having a separate scanner and printer and never being able to easily use the scanner, this one is a snap. It's for the people who don't want to spend all afternoon trying to figure out how to get the stupid thing to work. We plugged it in and off we went. I copied a picture of my husband and my dogs and me for our Christmas card and the copies looked as good as the originals. I can't say enough good things about this. For the price there is none better. Yay!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mac OSX problems
    I do reccomend this printer. I love the quality and I love the price. It scans and copies like a dream. Now, I also am using Mac OS X to use it and this little error occurs if you try to cancel a print project while using OS X . It causes all future print jobs to no longer be recieved by the printer. It somehow gets rid of all OS 9 software and the comptuer can no longer locate it in the USB . Anyhow I reinstalled the drivers and fixed it. It happened again. I now know what the problem is. To not cause this to happen again you can only cancel a print job by pressing cancel on the machine not the computer. Or it will happen all over agin. HP is working on fixing this and all will be well. Ido reccomend this all in one .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Versatile Package
    Though at first skeptical of multi-function devices, the HP PSC 750se has won me over! The small package combines an excellent printer and scanner and fits nicely in my apartment. Besides working with my computer to print and scan, it also works alone as a one-touch color or black-and-white copier. It's amazing how many uses there are for a handy copier at home!

    The HP PSC 750se provides a great price/performance value. If you need fax or media card (i.e. from your digital camera) reading capabilities, compare the HP PSC 950 or HP PSC 2210 models.

    2-0 out of 5 stars HP PSC 1350 - and bugs
    I bought this printer recently and followed the instructions to install it. However, I have two problems now. The first is that if I do not turn off the printer when the computer is off, upon re-start I get error messages at a very low level and the computer will not boot up. Fortunately, when I turn off the printer and re-start the computer, then every thing seems ok.
    The second problem is that something happened to my MS IE 6, I can now no longer have the Home page I want and invariably while surfing I just get a blank page. It is really frustrating as many of my applications (like Home Banking) are no longer working. Although the printer prints well, I would not recommend it until something is done about their installation software.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Scanner/copier dead
    After 1 year the scanner/copier functions stopped working. I called the supplier and was told it was probably broke and would cost more to repair than buy a new one. I don't think so! The next multi-function printer I purchase will not be an HP. ... Read more


    11. Sharp EL-334MB Semi-Desktop Basic Calculator
    list price: $14.99
    our price: $11.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000645VA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 17195
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sharp's EL-334FB comfort-grip calculator offers rubberized buttons and a large, easy-to-read display, perfect for everyday use around the house. Functions include a four-key memory, +/- tax, grand total, percentage, and constant calculation.

    Features unique to the EL-334FB include a dual power source that automatically switches from solar to battery power in low light conditions, and a "kick stand" that converts the calculator from a handheld to desktop calculator in a snap. The EL-334FB is backed by a one-year warranty.

    What's in the Box
    EL-334FB calculator, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

    Features

    • Extra-large 1-line, 10-digit LCD with punctuation
    • Dual-power, switches from solar to battery power in low light
    • Kick-stand converts calculator from handheld to desktop
    • Large rubberized buttons
    • 4-key memory; easy-to-use design

    12. Lexmark X125 All-in-One Office Center (13H0180)

    Asin: B00006HYP2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lexmark
    Sales Rank: 22793
    Average Customer Review: 2.36 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Lexmark's X125 is a compact, self-contained multifunction device for your printing, scanning, and faxing needs, and most of your copying needs as well. The scanner uses a feed-through device instead of a flat bed, so pages pass through one-by-one. You can scan them into your PC or make copies in black-and-white or color without a PC. The X125 looks much like an enlarged fax machine, and indeed provides full fax facilities, including speed dial and memory storage for up to 70 numbers.

    Paper feeds from a near-vertical tray at the rear to a long pullout tray at the front. Above this is a second (clip-on) tray that catches pages as they exit the scanning mechanism. The machine uses old-style, high-capacity cartridges, which are easy to fit and clip into place.

    A two-line LCD eases setup by directing you to, for example, align the machine's print heads before installing the driver software. The bundle includes photo editing and OCR software as well as facilities for faxing. These utilities install easily, but the driver isn't as user-friendly as those typically supplied with the more consumer-oriented printers, lower in Lexmark's price range.

    In our tests, printed output was generally good, with sharp black text and finely detailed color prints. Resolution is high at 2,400 dpi, but we could still see fine dots in areas of variable shading. The print times, particularly for text, were low, with a five-page text document printing in just over a minute. Photo printing, at the best quality, took nearly 3 minutes.

    Color copies weren't that effective, losing definition and bleaching some colors, particularly magenta tones. While they would be okay for quick copies intended for personal use, they would probably not be appropriate for giving to customers.

    As a multifunction device, the X125 is functional and well-designed. It has some restrictions, most noticeably an inability to scan from books or magazines because it is sheet-fed, but still provides printing, scanning, copying, and faxing in one compact device at a good price. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk

    What's in the Box
    X125 All-in-One Office Center, ViewAhead Photo Center software, ABBYY FineReader Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, #20/15M0120 high-resolution color print cartridge, #70/12A1970 high-resolution black print cartridge, installation software CD-ROM (drivers and utilities), phone cord, power cord, quick reference guide, setup sheet, scan/fax exit tray ... Read more

    Features

    • Copies, prints, scans, and faxes--all in color
    • Up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi print resolution; up to 16 ppm black, 8 ppm color
    • Up to 600 x 1,200 dpi optical scanning, 36-bit color
    • 99 copies at a time, resizing from 25 to 200%
    • USB interface; Accu-Feed system virtually eliminates paper jams

    Reviews (14)

    3-0 out of 5 stars mostly fine but doesn't fax
    It prints acceptably fast and the quality is good. Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't have any software glitches (running Windows XP). It can make copies, I use that quite a bit: but the default is to copy in color - output for documents is much better and the speed is faster if you set it to black & white. Paper feeding is reliable and the envelope printing works well - my HP managed to print envelopes only about 50% of the time without jamming.

    The ink is expensive, quite a rip-off.

    I never got my unit to fax, I'm not sure what the problem is. Not critical for me, but the fax capability was one reason I bought it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars print type
    I am using this as a stand alone, no computer connection.I have tried to get this to print black ink all the time. I have written the help center 8 times. They don't know how to do it. I don't want red ink only on every page I copy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good printer when it cooperates
    The printer works well when it doesn't lock up our computer and refuse to print. We have Windows XP, and the printer and XP don't seem to like each other - often, we have to restart the computer when trying to print. We have had no issues with sending faxes but haven't tried to receive them. Copy printing works fine, too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars An okay product.
    This unit is fairly acceptable, and since I did not pay much for it, i'm not too worried about what it can and can't do.

    Anyways, primarily purchasing this unit in order to fax documents, I find that it faxes acceptably, but in order to receive faxes (if you don't have separate phone lines), I've found that it is not very reliable.

    Also, as one reviewer stated, the Lexmark Settings Utility program does not exit quietly when shutting down Windows XP.

    The "Scan" feature is OK. However, if you are looking for a scanner, I do NOT suggest the paper-feed scanners, I suggest the scanners that have the open-up top. We used to have one of those, but it broke and we had to buy a new one. This scanner has ripped a hole in two of my pictures when I scanned it. Also, it can only scan certain dimensions. For example, to scan a regular devoloped picture I had to attach the picture to a piece of paper and then insert it into the scanner. Thus, if you have small documents you'd like to scan, I suggest you just get a regular flip-top scanner. Also, sometimes when scanning a picture, I have found that the scanner does not provide an accurate color scan. Some of my pictures have been messed up badly when scanned onto the computer, and when editing them with Jasc Paint Shop they did not seem to come out any better. Even more reason to get a flip-top scanner which seems to give a better scan.

    The "copy" feature is fairly well, as stated above you cannot copy documents under a certain dimension.

    When printing, the printer has never jammed but some of the documents have been tilted due to the sloppy input mechanism thing.

    ALSO, the ink is VERY expensive. I buy re-furbished ink and find I am still paying too much. The ink is also not that easy to replace for the first time (you have to pull out on the cartridges and when I first did it, I felt I was going to break the ink mechanism).

    That's about it, I really do not recommend this printer for full use. I primarily use my HP Laserjet Printer for documents, and only use this color printer for items such as greeting cards.

    I hope you found this review to be informative and helpful.
    :-)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid
    I agree with what others say about this unit: avoid it. In fact, I bought a Canon replacement and will install it when the ink cartridges on the Lexmark go empty. Why? The printer does occasionally jam (paper feeding is sloppy, jerky), the driver/software does crash once in awhile and does not gracefully exit Windows XP when I shut down my computer, the ink cartridges are extraordinarily expensive, and the print quality is--at best--mediocre.

    I didn't pay much for this thing, so I'm willing to eat my losses instead of buying more cartridges. ... Read more


    13. Sharp EL-531VB Calculator
    list price: $13.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005IX7Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 23916
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    It's hard to imagine a more capable scientific calculator than Sharp's EL-531VB in this price range. For the money, this device is absurdly powerful, especially because it features a two-line display that lets users see how their equations are shaping up on one line as they enter data in the second line.

    The two-line display affords a freedom that single-line screens simply can't offer, like the ability to use the EL-531VB's arrow keys to move to any point of the equation you've entered and edit it before calculating the final results. This feature was found only in the most expensive calculators just a few years ago, and it really makes this device easy to use for people of all ages. Another nice touch is the Direct Algebraic Logic entry method, which lets users enter equations exactly as they are printed on a blackboard or in a textbook. Output is purely digital--the calculator can't solve abstract algebra problems and display the results in terms of x and y (or in any other alphanumeric terms)--and the calculator can't produce graphs, but it's excellent for number-crunching and checking work for students who understand the fundamentals of problems they are working on.

    Thanks to the use of a shift key, the calculator has 183 functions, including the ability to perform statistical calculations. It also has an extremely clever integrated case cover that slides up and folds flush with the back of the unit without ever being removed from the calculator (meaning it can never be lost). The high-contrast design makes the buttons' notations easy to read, including the shift functions that are listed above each key. --T. Byrl Baker

    This review was originally written for model EL-531RB. ... Read more

    Features

    • Advanced scientific calculator
    • Extra-large LCD display
    • 183 functions with three memories
    • Allows for fraction calculations, also has continuous calculation function
    • A quality Sharp product

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost the best calculator ever!
    I have been using a version of this Sharp calculator from early high school all the way up thru a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and now as a professional - it rocks! For science/engineering students, there is none better. It is simple and will do everything you need (almost - see below). Forget about those cumbersome, expensive graphing calculators. Save some money and buy one of these bad boys instead. Graphing calculators are a waste of time - learn how to do it on paper. This calculator deserves 5 stars, but I can only give it 4 because they took away the conversion functions for hexadecimal, octal, and binary numbers - essential for computer science & electrical engineering students. What the heck! Where can I still buy the EL-506? Mine finally broke... ... Read more


    14. Sharp EL243SB Handheld Calculator with Hard Cover

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    Asin: B00005T407
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 31263
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    Features

    • 8-digit large, easy-to-read display
    • Solar powered with battery backup
    • Memory plus, memory minus, and recall/clear memory keys
    • Percent and square root keys
    • Automatic power off; protective hard cover

    15. Sharp 10-Digit Calculator (EL-377S)

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    Asin: B00006E21R
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 16412
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    16. HP PSC 950 Multifunction
    list price: $349.99
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    Asin: B00005OA3Z
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 11000
    Average Customer Review: 3.66 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Why buy multiple office machines when you can have one that does it all? The HP PSC 950 combines the functions of a printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine into a single solidly crafted unit that weighs less than 20 pounds. Plus, it supports your digital camera's CompactFlash, Smart Media and Sony Memory Stick cards, for quick and easy photo printing.

    Print speeds are an impressive 12 ppm (10ppm color), while print resolution tops out at 1,200 x 2,400 dpi, resulting in crisp, accurate images. Great for photos as well as office documents, the paper handling options are impressive: a 100-sheet input tray, 50-sheet output tray, and a special tray for professional-quality 4-by-6-inch photo paper.

    The copy function lets you reduce or enlarge images anywhere from 25% to 400% of original size, and it makes up to 90 copies at a time. Copy speeds are around 12 cpm (9 cpm color), while a copy resolution of 600 x 1,200 dpi provides accurate images with little to no degradation.

    The flatbed fax has a number of useful features including fax forwarding, auto-redial, broadcasting of up to 20 locations, distinctive ring detection, and more. 60 of your most often used numbers can be stored into speed dial memory for quick access, while a transmission memory of up to 55 pages ensures that you won't miss important faxes, even when your paper tray runs out.

    The scanner has an optical resolution of 600 x 1,200 dpi (9,600 dpi enhanced) with 36-bit color depth, providing bright, true-to-original reproduction. Installation is easy with a USB port connecting to either Mac or PC systems. The PSC 950 also comes backed with a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Printer, scanner, copier, and fax - all in one unit
    • Up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi color printing, 600 x 600 black
    • Direct photo printing from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Sony Memory Stick
    • Fast 12 ppm black printing, 10 ppm color
    • Convenient USB connectivity; PC and Mac compatible

    Reviews (62)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, a productive timesaver and fun!
    Though I purchased this elsewhere, I wanted to give a big "thumbs up" to Amazon customers considering getting a multifunction printer/copier/scannner/fax machine such as this. The speed and high quality printing, copies and scans have been a real plus. Set-up was a breeze--as a scanner, it is almost effortless with abundant options for modifying scans, etc. What sold me on this was being able to load my SONY handicam's media stick, print out a sheet of thumbnail images, pick which ones I wanted to print, etc. Many photo printing options--for example, one can print out single or multiple images on the same sheet, fitting a variety of combinations (e.g., 2 4x6 plus several wallet, 8x10, 9 wallet, plus custom sizing). If you love to scan photos or take digital ones for custom printing, you will enjoy this. Color and black-and-white copying is photo-quality and best of all, the machine is quiet--great for doing work late at night! Plus, you can use the copy or fax functions without bothering starting up your PC (unlike some scanners with a "copy" function). The only negatives have been 1.) the lack of an included USB cable ( ~ $5-$35, depending on size, where you shop, etc.) and 2.) I'm spending too much time playing with it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hewlett Packard PSC 950
    Well now that I've had my new 950 for about a week now I can tell you that it is everything that I expected and more . I had no trouble it setting it up . I did everything that the instructions told me to do. Eazy as 1 2 3. I have run everything that it will do. I have scanned, copied, printed text(this is fast), Printed envelopes, made a Greeting card, I took my memory stick from my Sony camera and printed color pictures (this was fast and the color was excellent), I ran a fax and had one sent to me (this was alsome.) I recomend this very highley. No where could anybody touch the low price Amazon.com had on this HP psc-950 printer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic on XP
    I upgraded to this printer after using a Cannon BJC 6000 for about four years. The difference between the two printers was remarkable. Installation of the psc 950 using the installation CD was quick and easy. You can even go to the HP site which will inspect your system to determine if you are using the latest drivers. If you aren't you can download the latest from HP's site. This printer is fast and quiet and the software package includes HP Director. With Director you can setup and control all of the machines major functions, scanner, fax and printer. The psc 950 is well build and stylishly designed. I put the PSC 950 on my home network which consists of one desktop running Windows XP, two other desktops running Windows ME, and a laptop also running XP. So far we've had no problems. The latest ME drivers are also downloadable from the HP web site. This is a great machine which doesn't take up alot of space and can handle most small business or home office faxing, scanning and PC printing needs.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK for SOHO, but envelopes are a pain
    This is not a professional level product, once you understand that you'll be fine. It's OK for SOHO. Scanning and faxing is one page at a time, so don't look for high productivity there. Fax Manager is useful, it does a good job at managing my faxing needs. A tighter link to MS Outlook would be nice. Print quality is OK for my needs.
    Printing envelopes is very difficult, I usually shred one or two for each successful result.
    Setup was easy, and I have not experienced the problems described by other reviewers. (I use XP and have no complaints about the printer handling.) Print speed is consistent with other inkjet systems.

    1-0 out of 5 stars HP lies when they say this is Mac compatible
    I've had this turkey for a year now and it has been nothing but one big headache. Tech support has been miserable, and most of all the original claim of working w/ a Mac is just not true, it won't shake hands half the time. I've had to resort to shutting down, waiting 5 min. EACH time to print even a simple word document. ... Read more


    17. Olympus P-RBW Replacement Ribbon for P-400 Series Photo Printers, Gloss Finish (200861)

    our price: $39.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000ET7JE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 1293
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Designed for use with Olympus P-400 series photo printers, the P-RBW replacement ribbon provides four-pass printing, including one for each color plus a smooth, clear-gloss finish that helps to protect your prints. Each color cartridge supports 50 sheets of full size, card, photo-album or index paper prints. ... Read more

    Features

    • Replacement ribbon cartridge for Olympus P-400 series photo printers
    • 4-pass, dye-sublimation print technology
    • 50-sheet output capacity
    • Gloss finish
    • A quality Olympus product

    18. Sharp UX-200 Plain-Paper Fax Machine
    list price: $89.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005RFAV
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 9791
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    A solid fax machine at an accessible price, the UX-200 combines a space-saving design with a price that makes it ideal for home office use. With a 14.4 Kbps modem, 10-sheet automatic document feeder, and 24-page memory to manage those big documents, the value of the machine is obvious.

    The UX-200 is compatible with users who have call waiting/caller ID on their phone lines. The machine also functions as a copier, making up to 99 copies from one original. With its low price, pragmatic features, and small size, the UX-200 is just right for small offices. It's backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • EZ Navigation Buttons fro quick access to fax, phone and programming functions
    • 10 Sheet Letter Size ADF, 50 Sheet Paper Tray
    • 448 KB Memory with Multi-copy capability
    • On hook dial
    • Caller ID Ready

    Reviews (4)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor print quality
    Print quality is only fair - blurred text. Forget any kind of small chart or image.

    Ribbon is not in a cartridge, making it hard to load.

    There is no tray to catch pages.

    Main advantage is a small footprint.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use!
    Yes, this machine has a fax/phone switch. It's a button actually. Maybe some should read the owners manual before posting reviews on a product. Cartridges are about 29-34 dollars for a pk of 2 where I live. And, yeah it will run thru a lot of cartridges, if you use it daily as a copier! I use mine once a week, and mainly for faxes. Never had problems with this machine!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Buy lots of cartridges!
    This thing chews through the thermal transfer cartriges at about $ per cartridge.

    3-0 out of 5 stars No phone/fax switch
    I didn't even set up the unit because I need the phone/fax switch. I wish this information as well as whether the fax is call waiting compatable was available before I took it home. I will return it. ... Read more


    19. Sharp UX-510A Plain-Paper Fax Machine
    list price: $169.99
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    Asin: B00005LVWH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sharp
    Sales Rank: 23144
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The UX-510A is a top-of-the-line plain paper fax machine. Convenient features--such as a 20-page automatic document feeder, 200 sheet paper capacity, and a 512 KB memory capable of storing up to 30 sheets of incoming (and outgoing) faxes--are designed to help save you valuable time and avoid headache.

    The UX-510A has a continuous copy feature (up to 99 copies for both letter and legal) and comes with a fully functioning telephone that is ready for caller ID and distinctive ring. It also provides on-hook dialing and boasts 38 one-touch and 61 speed-dial settings.

    A six-second transmission time and 64 levels of halftone also add to the attractiveness of this machine. The UX-510A comes with a 90-day parts and labor warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Plain paper fax
    • 512 KB 30-page memory
    • 20-sheet document feeder
    • Up to 99 continuous copies
    • A quality Sharp product

    20. Epson Perfection 2450 Photo Scanner
    list price: $399.99
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    Asin: B00005OCWM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 12688
    Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Epson Perfection 2450 brings professional-quality scanning options right to your home desktop. Possibilities include batch scanning of film negatives, as well as a number of settings that let your determine specific priorities for each project. The 2450 is an excellent choice for the devoted photographer who demands both high-speed processing and exquisite attention to detail.

    Designed to process slides, photos, filmstrips, and transparencies, as well as plain old text, this scanner offers stunning 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution. Equipped with a 4-by-9-inch transparency unit, it also delivers 48-bit color at remarkable speed, processing full-color graphics at 11 milliseconds per line. The built-in zoom feature provides a range of 50 to 200 percent, supplying plenty of options for enlarging or cropping your final prints. A cold cathode ray lamp is used as the light source, an economical choice that provides hours of efficient, powerful lighting. Maximum scan size is 8.5 x 11 inches, large enough for most office documents as well as your favorite vacation shots.

    The USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectivity ensure the fastest data transfers, as well as rapid setup; you'll be e-mailing those family photos in just a few minutes. The included software bundle is designed to help you edit and organize your images, and includes LaserSoft SilverFast SE, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Epson Smart Panel, and Epson Twain. Epson provides a one-year warranty covering parts and labor. ... Read more

    Features

    • 2400 x 4800 dpi hardware resolution with Micro Step Drive technology
    • 48-bit color depth
    • Built-in transparency unit for transparencies, slides, and negatives
    • Software bundle includes Adobe Photoshop Elements and LaserSoft SilverFast SE
    • USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 Firewire connectivity; PC and Mac compatible

    Reviews (24)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A dream product
    I needed a scanner mainly for scanning my old prints, negatives and slides. Initially I was going to buy a cheaper photo scanner (Epson 1250), but was disappointed by its poor quality.

    The 2450 has exceeded my expectations. From prints or negatives, it is producing superb quality scans, and it does it FAST. A few comments from my experience so far:

    - The scanner comes with an excellent bundle of software. TWAIN is a great product - very user friendly UI for all types of scans (scan to file, print, email, post to the Web). Not too happy with SilverFast though (bad UI and unstable). Photoshop Elements, although a learning curve is needed, is excellent photo editing tool.
    - Unless you have to print a HiRes photo over 8x10's, use 300dpi: you'll get the same results as higher resolutions, and is much faster (scanning a color print at 300dpi is ~30sec, compared to over 5min at 1600dpi.
    - If you scan at 1600dpi/48bit, be prepared for huge amount of computer resources for processing the image, both by TWAIN and Photoshop. I have a 2.2GHz P4, 1GB memory, and when I tried to scan a large photo at 1600dpi, about 500MB of memory was used (good thing TWAIN displays how much mem is needed prior to the scan). Photoshop's performance was also degraded.
    - After some experimentation, I'm getting best results by making some pre-scan enhancements via TWAIN (mainly Gamma & Color adjustments), and add final touches with Photoshop. Assuming you have the time to spend, this will be a fun thing to do, and will feel great when you see that with a decent photo printer you can produce better photos than your originals!
    - The scanner works fine with XP. Its drivers are not certified by Microsoft for XP, (which means you have to manually install the drivers that come with the scanner), but so far I had no problems.

    I think this is one of the best buys I made. The only concern I can think of, is its size compared to other scanners (shouldn't be a problem to most of you, unless you live in an apartment in Manhattan as I do...). You can get a scanner at half price or less, but if you need to digitize your photos and slides, this is the way to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of equipment...
    I bought this unit about a month ago, effectively replacing an HP film scanner which I liked a lot & a Microtek flatbed that was a great workhorse for me for years but only scanned about 8 or 16 bits. The prime motivator (other than the highly impressive reviews I found while doing extensive research) was some large format (4X5) transparencies & negatives that I'd had in storage for years & wanted to print. Well, let me tell you, the Epson Perfection 2450 Photo Scanner has exceeded my expectations by miles. I've scanned those 4X5s as well as a bunch of 35mms with superb results in terms of color & resolution. I have also scanned a collection of victorian-era floral chromolithograph prints from old seed catalogs that had previously defied all scanning & reproduction attempts on my part. The output from this unit was amazing. Printed on my Canon S9000, the prints are a close match to the originals, not an easy feat. The Epson interface is powerful & flexible but easy to use. You get a lot of format options, resolution choices, graphics applications interfaces, plus a bunch of other features, in a very friendly format. The previews & scans seem pretty quick. The system tells you in advance the size of the resulting files at various dpi. I've sold the HP - for slightly less than I paid for this Epson - because as far as I'm concerned it was redundant.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Scanner Delivers!
    After searching for the best price for this scanner, I purchased it from Amazon. By using the free shipping option, the Amazon price was right up there with the best. Now for the scanner...

    I owned an Epson 1650 photo, which was not suitable for scanning 35mm if you want to print larger than 4x6. After reading countless reviews, I decided to upgrade. I have scanned 35mm color and B&W negatives as well as slides with the 2450. 8x10's stand up to darkroom prints made on my Leica Focomat. In many ways they are better, because I use the included Silverfast software plugin to Photoshop to adjust the image at scanning. Further tweaking in Photoshop renders wonderful prints - better than spending hours in the wet lab dodging, burning and bleaching.

    I also have panorama negatives taken nearly 100 years ago that are roughly 2.25 x 6 inches. The 2450 with it's 4x9 scanning area outshines the competition, allowing me to scan the entire negative at once. This scanner really delivers with medium and large format - 6x6 cm and 4x5. The resultant prints are stunning - much better than I'm able to achieve in the wet lab. The results of scanning vintage photos for which I have no negatives are also superior.

    I know a dedicated film scanner would give better results, but I can't pay the $3,000 to $5,000 freight for a 4x5 film scanner. Since I don't plan to go bigger than 13x19 prints, I'm happy as a clam with this setup....

    1-0 out of 5 stars Professional Photographer
    Buyer Beware. I bought two of these scanners and both were defective. The first one had a large piece of plastic shaving under the scanning glass. The second one did not operate as the scanning light did not illuminate and I had to return that one too. I really liked the features that this scanner offered but I am not convinced of the reliablility of this product and would not recommend. If you decide to buy it-check your unit out closely when you get it home.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Check out the 2450 before you buy
    I don't know about other customers, but my 2450 is worthless to me. It looked good and got good reviews and for my interest in photography I thought this was the answer to my needs. I assumed that it really would work with windows XP. That's questionable. Epson doesn't write the SmartPanel software and there have been many issues with that. After having new, updated software installed from Newsoft and the SmartPanel still didn't work, I then received an e-mail from Newsoft which said that there likly would be problems with the new version too. A phone call to Epson brought no resistance and a quick offer of a refund. That alone might have saved a customer for future purchases of Epson products. But not this 2450. ... Read more


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