HP (Hewlett-Packard) Scanjet G4050 Photo Flatbed Scanner

USB - MPN: L1957AB1H
Product Details
Description
Scan multiple photos, slides, film and negatives and get superior color accuracy with 6-color, 96-bit scanning - exclusive to HP. Capture every detail with 4800 x 9600-dpi hardware resolution1. Get infrared-based dust and scratch removal too.The HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner is designed for families and photo enthusiasts with large numbers of photos, slides, negatives or medium/large format transparencies which they want to convert into professional-quality, color-accurate digital files.
Quick Glance
Scanner Type Flatbed Scanner
Interface Connection 1 x USB 2.0 USB
Max Vertical Scan Size 12.3 in
Scan Depth 96 bit Color / 8 bit Grayscale
Green Compliance Yes
Expert Reviews
Best Mid-Range Slide & Film Scanner
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Aug 22, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the HP Scanjet G4050 Flatbed Scanner as the Best Mid-Range Slide & Film Scanner. This product has also been rated as a best pick for the Best Flatbed Scanner and Best Budget Scanner. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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HP Scanjet G4050
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 20 expert reviews for HP Scanjet G4050 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
THIS PRODUCT IS THE BEST
5 Star Review   By ANDRUS on HP - May 4, 2013   

THIS PRODUCT IS THE BEST FOR SCANNING SLIDES AND PHOTOS THAT I HAVE FOUND ANYWHERE. I BOUGHT SEVERAL TYPES FROM OTHER STORES AND RETURNED BEFORE I FOUND THIS ONE. THANKS.

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This product met all my expectations.
5 Star Review   By mike50 on HP - May 2, 2013   

I needed a scanner to archive a lot of family photos and this scanner is a real time saver. It performs perfectly with my Adobe Photo Elements software and was able to scan multiple pictures of various sizes on the glass at one time. This alone saved me so much time. Most of the time the scanner was able to select the photos without adjusting the selection frames. I am so glad I bought this scanner.

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Fast, Clear, Nice Software
5 Star Review   By Scannergirls on HP - Mar 28, 2013   

Used to scan boxes of 35mm color slides and dozens of std. size photographs. Unit scans quickly, clearly, and included software is quite nice. Price point is perfect for our use; price from the HP online store is extremely competitive. Software in parts is less than intuitive and could use some tweak to UI. Overall very pleased. Delivery from HP was quick.

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Great scanner 4 lots of photos
5 Star Review   By Laurie4 on HP - Mar 24, 2013   

I have lots of photos to scan and this one is able to scan multi-photos at at time with great clarity. It's a time saver.

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nicktapa HP G4050
4 Star Review   By nicktapa on HP - Mar 4, 2013   

Compact and very efficient unit, does what you would expect from more expensive units. The built-in program is quite versatile although at times it can be a bit confusing. The quality of the output is extremely satisfactory. The controls on the cover are easy to use. In general a great buy for the money... I recommended...

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NOTHING HIGHER THAN 300 DPI
1 Star Review   By Trip59 on HP - Feb 19, 2013   

Have HP computer, so HP SCANJET G 4050 should work with computer. To date, haven't been able to get scanjet to reliably interface with desktop. Have worked with several HP support agents and they have only been able to occassionally get film negatives to scan at 300 dpi. 300 dpi "pictures" look grainy on computer screen. Would like to scan at listed 1200 dpi, but the scanjet yields error code. HP support has also tried using Vuescan software and as of this time, NOTHING works. You'd think an HP computer would easily work with an HP Scanjet.

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Old technology
3 Star Review   By 1LTFA on HP - Feb 5, 2013   

The G4050 is an adequate flatbed scanner for home use, but it has been on the market for at least 3 years. Seems odd that all sorts of other technologies have forged ahead, but scanning hardware and software have not improved. I was forced buy an HP scanner to prevent driver conflicts with the other HP IPG devices now on my system. I was satisfied with performance of my 3970 but HP declined to keep the software current with Windows, so I had to buy the 4050.

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So far so good.
5 Star Review   By Oriain on HP - Feb 5, 2013   

I have used the G4050 Scanner to transfer photos & slides to my PC & all has worked fine so far. It's a good product & I have no complaints.

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Excellent scanner for negatives
5 Star Review   By BJcal on HP - Jan 28, 2013   

I scanned 40 year old wedding negatives that were medium format, 6cm x 7 cm or 2.25" x 2.75". The G4050 did an excellent job and I only used the HP software. I selected restore colors, adaptive lighting for more contrast, and remove dust and scratches. No further adjustments were required. The 8x10 prints I made at Costco were excellent. HP also just reduced the price so it is an excellent buy.

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Exceeds my expectations!!!
5 Star Review   By Bonesbear on HP - Jan 27, 2013   

This scanner is easy to use. The clarity is excellent. I've used it for color photos, black/white drawings, and PDF files, with great results for all!

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Product Details
Description
Scan multiple photos, slides, film and negatives and get superior color accuracy with 6-color, 96-bit scanning - exclusive to HP. Capture every detail with 4800 x 9600-dpi hardware resolution1. Get infrared-based dust and scratch removal too.The HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner is designed for families and photo enthusiasts with large numbers of photos, slides, negatives or medium/large format transparencies which they want to convert into professional-quality, color-accurate digital files.
Quick Glance
Scanner Type Flatbed Scanner
Interface Connection 1 x USB 2.0 USB
Max Vertical Scan Size 12.3 in
Scan Depth 96 bit Color / 8 bit Grayscale
Green Compliance Yes
Summary
Product Title HP (Hewlett-Packard) Scanjet G4050 Photo Flatbed Scanner
Manufacturer HP (Hewlett-Packard)
Power Score 4.1 | 118 Reviews
Media Handling
Max Horizontal Scan Size: 8.5 in
Scanner Performance
Scan Resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi Hardware
Scanning Speed: 4.61ppm (Color)
External Scan Depth: 256 Gray Shades (8-bit), 79 Decillion Colors (96-bit)
Max Scan Resolution: Unlimited
Max Enlargement: 2400 %
Max Reduction: 10 %
Optical Scan Resolution: 4800 x 9600
General
Operating System: PC, Mac
Included Devices: Yes Integrated Transparency Adapter
Dimensions
Height: 4.25 in
Dimensions: 4.25" Height x 11.93" Width x 20" Depth
Weight: 11.68 lbs
Width: 11.93 in
Depth: 20 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ppm): 4.615
Product Line: Scanjet
Scan Color: Color
Maximum Color Scan Speed (sec): 29
Product Model: G4050
Software Included: HP Photosmart software (Windows and Mac)
Brand Name: HP
Recycled: No
Hardware Resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi
Media Size: 8.50" x 12.24"
Country of Origin: China
Frequency Band: Unlimited enhanced resolutionBuilt-in Transparent Materials Adapter (TMA):16 x 35 mm slides30 x 35 mm negative frames2 x Medium format film frames1 x 4 x 5" film frame (including hardware-based dust & scratch removal solution)Scan file format:PDF, BMP, TIFF, TIFF compressed, PCX, JPEG, FlashPix (FPX), GIF, PNG; HTML, TXT, Rich Text Format (RTF); PDF, PDF (searchable)Photo enhancements:HP Red-eye RemovalHP Adaptive LightingDust and scratch removal and color restoration
Expert Reviews
Best Mid-Range Slide & Film Scanner
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Aug 22, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the HP Scanjet G4050 Flatbed Scanner as the Best Mid-Range Slide & Film Scanner. This product has also been rated as a best pick for the Best Flatbed Scanner and Best Budget Scanner. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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HP Scanjet G4050
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 20 expert reviews for HP Scanjet G4050 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
THIS PRODUCT IS THE BEST
5 Star Review   By ANDRUS on HP - May 4, 2013   

THIS PRODUCT IS THE BEST FOR SCANNING SLIDES AND PHOTOS THAT I HAVE FOUND ANYWHERE. I BOUGHT SEVERAL TYPES FROM OTHER STORES AND RETURNED BEFORE I FOUND THIS ONE. THANKS.

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This product met all my expectations.
5 Star Review   By mike50 on HP - May 2, 2013   

I needed a scanner to archive a lot of family photos and this scanner is a real time saver. It performs perfectly with my Adobe Photo Elements software and was able to scan multiple pictures of various sizes on the glass at one time. This alone saved me so much time. Most of the time the scanner was able to select the photos without adjusting the selection frames. I am so glad I bought this scanner.

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Fast, Clear, Nice Software
5 Star Review   By Scannergirls on HP - Mar 28, 2013   

Used to scan boxes of 35mm color slides and dozens of std. size photographs. Unit scans quickly, clearly, and included software is quite nice. Price point is perfect for our use; price from the HP online store is extremely competitive. Software in parts is less than intuitive and could use some tweak to UI. Overall very pleased. Delivery from HP was quick.

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Great scanner 4 lots of photos
5 Star Review   By Laurie4 on HP - Mar 24, 2013   

I have lots of photos to scan and this one is able to scan multi-photos at at time with great clarity. It's a time saver.

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nicktapa HP G4050
4 Star Review   By nicktapa on HP - Mar 4, 2013   

Compact and very efficient unit, does what you would expect from more expensive units. The built-in program is quite versatile although at times it can be a bit confusing. The quality of the output is extremely satisfactory. The controls on the cover are easy to use. In general a great buy for the money... I recommended...

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NOTHING HIGHER THAN 300 DPI
1 Star Review   By Trip59 on HP - Feb 19, 2013   

Have HP computer, so HP SCANJET G 4050 should work with computer. To date, haven't been able to get scanjet to reliably interface with desktop. Have worked with several HP support agents and they have only been able to occassionally get film negatives to scan at 300 dpi. 300 dpi "pictures" look grainy on computer screen. Would like to scan at listed 1200 dpi, but the scanjet yields error code. HP support has also tried using Vuescan software and as of this time, NOTHING works. You'd think an HP computer would easily work with an HP Scanjet.

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Old technology
3 Star Review   By 1LTFA on HP - Feb 5, 2013   

The G4050 is an adequate flatbed scanner for home use, but it has been on the market for at least 3 years. Seems odd that all sorts of other technologies have forged ahead, but scanning hardware and software have not improved. I was forced buy an HP scanner to prevent driver conflicts with the other HP IPG devices now on my system. I was satisfied with performance of my 3970 but HP declined to keep the software current with Windows, so I had to buy the 4050.

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So far so good.
5 Star Review   By Oriain on HP - Feb 5, 2013   

I have used the G4050 Scanner to transfer photos & slides to my PC & all has worked fine so far. It's a good product & I have no complaints.

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Excellent scanner for negatives
5 Star Review   By BJcal on HP - Jan 28, 2013   

I scanned 40 year old wedding negatives that were medium format, 6cm x 7 cm or 2.25" x 2.75". The G4050 did an excellent job and I only used the HP software. I selected restore colors, adaptive lighting for more contrast, and remove dust and scratches. No further adjustments were required. The 8x10 prints I made at Costco were excellent. HP also just reduced the price so it is an excellent buy.

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Exceeds my expectations!!!
5 Star Review   By Bonesbear on HP - Jan 27, 2013   

This scanner is easy to use. The clarity is excellent. I've used it for color photos, black/white drawings, and PDF files, with great results for all!

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good for my needs
4 Star Review   By jkj1 on HP - Jan 23, 2013   

Would appreciate a more detailed owner's manual to help with the feature (slides to prints) that I needed most. The HP service rep was very helpful. Without his help I would have never figured out what I needed to do to complete the project I was working on. If there was more detail in the manual (my need was not addressed) it would have been helpful. Illustrations would be helpful also.

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Great Hardware, but Software disappoints
3 Star Review   By HTGEES on HP - Jan 11, 2013   

The scanner is great and installation (Windows 7) was easy. Initial use of scanning software was great; however, the moment I used higher resolutions and more specific features (making the HW stand out), it started to either fail doing anything, stopped working and presented me with stupid messages like start over, re-install and other things - which I did but 10 hours later I got the same results. I purchased vuescan and it works like a charm - however, some cool HW features the scanner got and HP's software featured are not supported so I wonder if I should have bought a product from some other vendor. Too bad - HP risks their reputation for great products!

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Doesn't work consistently on slides.
2 Star Review   By Gary1952 on HP - Jan 6, 2013   

I bought the scanner primarily for 35 MM slides and it just doesn't seem to work. Many of the jpg files generated have a yellow tint covering all or a portion of the picture. I tried installing the software on 3 different computers, used different scan settings in the software and moved slides around in the template provided. I talked to technical support. They were very nice, but couldn't solve the problem. Pictures scanned fine.

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Noisy, slow
2 Star Review   By pmaya on HP - Dec 27, 2012   

Software terrible. Takes over 45 seconds to scan a 3.5" x4.5" item. Old Hp scanner I had did it in 10 seconds. Force me to look for 3rd party software. Scanner is noiser than old one. Hp going backwards in development. Never again...

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Top-notch in all departments
5 Star Review   By Scott63 on HP - Dec 27, 2012   

I have owned many scanners, and this model is the easiest to set up and begin using immediately. It works particularly well on all sizes of negatives, which is the reason I bought this model. It even does a great job on 8x10 negatives. I already have recommended it to others, including a large business concern. Thanks for producing a top-flight unit for such an affordable price.

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Exceeds all expectations
5 Star Review   By WLB1 on HP - Dec 25, 2012   

Was exceedingly pleased. Out performs similar scanners that cost 10 times as much.

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UNDER WINDOWS7 POOR
1 Star Review   By PORK8IT on HP - Dec 18, 2012   

IN WINDOWS7 ENVIRONMENT, IT DOESN'T WORK WELL DOING 16 SLIDES WITH HIGHER THAN 600 PPI AND NEITHER DOES HELP OR CHAT HELP -- COULD ONLY GET 600 PPI TO WORK AT 100% ON A DEPENDABLE BASIS--ANYTHING GREATER THAN 600PPI I COULD GET TO WORK AT LESS THAN THE 16 SLIDES -- THE DOWNLOAD AREA IN HP SUPPORT AREA WAS UNREADABLE ON MY SYSTEM -- THE TYPE WAS SMALL -- DON'T HAVE THAT TROUBLE ON ANY OTHER PAGE. IMAGES ARE GREAT -- DOING SIXTEEN SLIDES AT A TIME IS GREAT BUT THE LIGHT JUST GOES OUT ON THE SCANNER AT THE HIGHER RESOLUTIONS -- THE HELP CHAT GAVE ME LINKS THAT GOT A LIVE CHAT WINDOW WITH NOBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE AND I WAITED FOR FORTY MINUTES ONE DAY -- I COULD TYPE WHILE I WAITED BUT COULD NOT SEND SINCE NOBODY WAS ON THE OTHER END -- I DID GET TWO EMAILS WITH LINKS TO THE CHAT BUT WHEN I WENT TO THE LINKS ALL I SAW WAS THE WAITING CIRCLE AND NOBODY ANSWERED.---I'VE HAD AN HP5500 SCANNER THAT WORKED WONDERFULLY FOR YEARS ON AN HP COMPAQ (XP) SYSTEM -- I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN HP I'VE USED HP PRODUCTS SINCE THE HP3000 (SERIES III)

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Okay if you're on a tight budget like me.....
3 Star Review   By bbell98138 on HP - Dec 10, 2012   

I needed a scanner to scan some very old negatives, slides, and photographs. The templates supplied for scanning "film" are only made for 35mm slides or negatives and one 4x6 negative. If yours are older and larger than that as mine are, you have to be creative to get them scanned and you can't scan as many at a time. Quality scans (1200ppi @ 400% scaling) take hours for one scan deck full. The hinges on the unit are also suspect. One side of my lid pulled completely out of the bottom half of the unit. The unit is brand new and maybe you're supposed to be able to completely remove the top lid, but I'm not sure. It went back in, but I'm very tender with it now.

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Great Results at a good price
4 Star Review   By golfguy65 on HP - Nov 22, 2012   

I have been doing research on home scanners and found the HP G4050 to be a good value. HP was offering a discounted price and I received my order in two days. Easy to set up and use. The Photosmart editor that comes with the scanner is very limited so I got Adobe Elements 11.0 and it does a great job. I am working my way thru about 1100 slides and at 16 at a time this is going to take a while. Thats OK, I am retired and have time and I enjoy my new hobby.

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this product is top heavy
4 Star Review   By jon5336 on HP - Oct 19, 2012   

The lid has no counter weight. It needs another way to keep the lid open.

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Great at default settings, otherwise...
3 Star Review   By Oubaas on HP - Sep 25, 2012   

Using the default settings (300 dpi, JPG format), color slides scan great. 16 slides in about 10 minutes. Try the higher settings, 600 dpi and TIF format and be prepared to: 1. Wait a l-o-n-g time (hours!), and 2. then curse when it either locks up (best case scenario!), or 3. refuses to saves as the "File is too large"

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This product has performed just like I wanted.
5 Star Review   By Bpic200 on HP - Sep 13, 2012   

The product is doing just what I wanted. I wanted to scan my nagatives on to my computer. This product does this very well as well as the pictures I need scanned. The only thing I do not like about it is it scannes slower then my HP Photosmart Printer/scanner. Put that is the only think I do not like about it other wise it is a great product. I would recommend this product to others.

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Good scanner
4 Star Review   By taylorb on HP - Sep 12, 2012   

This is a good scanner. I got it because I need to be able to scan 4x5 transparencies - that was a deal breaker for a scanner for me. My only complaint is that the function "scan another image" that lets you scan several images quickly always puts them all into one multi-page file that is impossible for me to break apart into individual images. Photo shop won't open that kind of file. As a result I have to scan everything one at a time from solution center which slows me down. I usually don't have a lot to scan in one session but when I do it's annoying.

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Slow but satisfactory for a senior user.
3 Star Review   By skylar60 on HP - Sep 2, 2012   

Though not compatible with my desk top Mac OSX, I am using it in my lap top to compile old photographs in assembling the family history. Have yet to use all the photo programs.

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Great scanner
4 Star Review   By clc40Fan on HP - Aug 25, 2012   

This scanner works beautifully. I bought it to scan old negatives and it not only allows me to scan them, but also corrects the damage from fading. The photos turned out great! It is slow when corrections are made to more than a few photos, but well worth it. I would absolutely recommend this!

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Excellent Scanner
5 Star Review   By moon172 on HP - Aug 20, 2012   

Exactly what I expected from a great product

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Software annoyances
4 Star Review   By CutterJohn on HP - Aug 10, 2012   

Does a better job of scanning than most products in its class, but I have several complaints about the software. First, the way one selects six-color and 48-bit scanning has changed since the documentation was created, and neither the manuals nor the help have been updated to reflect the change. Second, when starting a scan, I often get an error box telling me that the computer can't communicate with the scanner. If I close the error box, processing continues normally, so the error box is just an annoyance. Third, there are obviously a lot of automatic tweaks under the covers and, though they work well for the most part, I'd like to have a handle on them, because I believe that for any given scan, I can do better; but there's no handle to be found. One example of something I'd like to be able to to tweak myself is the density of grey areas made up of an array of black dots. Such areas tend to be sparsely populated in the scanned result, even at 600 dpi. A selectable "expert user interface" would be the way to go. Fourth, scanning monopolizes the processor for an inordinately long time.

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Excellent scanner
5 Star Review   By Mom0921 on HP - Aug 6, 2012   

I'm a novice with albums of 40-50 year old photos which came to me following the passing of my uncle. The photos have been neglected and are in poor condition. Many were faded and scratched. The scanner's photo correction options are easy to use, most with just one button. It has done a remarkable job restoring these photos. They are not perfect, but there was never a hope of that. It seemed a little slow to me to start.. However, with the ability to scan multiple photos at one time and correct quickly, it was much faster than I expected. In about six hours, I was able to scan and correct 300 photos. I couldn't be happier with this scanner.

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So far, so good.
4 Star Review   By Suz65 on HP - Aug 3, 2012   

Works fine on slides. Haven't tried negatives yet. You must be patient. I would have liked some written instruction on use. Found I needed to reboot when stopped working, but just found it by luck not any troubleshooting help. So far, I'm satisfied.

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highlt recommend
5 Star Review   By DeeO on HP - Aug 3, 2012   

The scanner does what I wanted it for - old picture's copied

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Product Has Limitations in Windows 7
2 Star Review   By Jackie001 on HP - Jul 26, 2012   

I bought this product a couple of years ago and it was working very well on my PC that was running the Windows XP operating software. All the features worked, including the ability to scan negatives to color 'jpeg' files. I have since upgraded my operating system to Windows 7, and although I have downloaded and installed the latest software from the HP site, the ability to scan photo negatives using the installed Photosmart Essentials v3.5 with the Windows 7 operating system is incompatiable. Unfortunately I can't find a solution on the HP website. So the bottom line for me is that I wouldn't recommend this product if you are thinking of scanning all those old photo negatives and you are running Windows 7 as your PC's operating system. Naturally, if there is a solution I would be only too happy to withdraw my negative recommendation. Cheers, Jackie.

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terrific
5 Star Review   By johnnielid on HP - Jul 26, 2012   

It ran when I plugged it in . I bought it primarily to do slide conversions and it is doing much better than I had hoped . It is easy to use , that is the software works as easily as desired and as advertised . Thanks for a great product.

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Love it!
5 Star Review   By carol55 on HP - Jul 24, 2012   

I have tried other products which resulted in poor color quality of scanned pictures. With the HP G4050 the colors come out true to life and some of the scanned pictures are even better than the original. The ability to scan multiple photos at a time and have them saved to seperate files was very important to me.

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Scanjet G4050 is the BEST for Slides
5 Star Review   By OneHappyCamper on HP - Jul 21, 2012   

I was looking for a scanner that would help me do my many, MANY 35 mm slides quickly. My Epson CX7800 could only handle 5 slides at a time and each one needed lots of manual care during the task. The Scanjet G4050 handles 16 slides at a time and needed almost zero manual handling during each scan. All I had to do was set up the file, load, review the preview scan to orient as landscape or portrait, then launch the final scan and walk away. My efficiency increased by at least 400%. Reloading and doing the next batch was a charm. I used to scan 15 slides an hour, now I can do between 64 and 80. The scan quality is superb!

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Bought to scan 35mm slides
4 Star Review   By JayJo on HP - Jul 19, 2012   

I mainly bought this because I have several thousand 35mm slides I want to scan. Among low-priced scanners this sounded the most promising because it can scan 16 slides at one time. As a conventional flat-bed scanner, it works very well. It's very fast (at least it's a lot faster than my old scanner). It will scan straight to a jpg or a PDF, and it scanned direclty into PaintShopPro quite nicely. (It's only supposed to scan directly to a printer so you can use it as a copier. I haven't tried that.) If you have several smaller items to scan, you can put them all on the bed at once and it will automatically figure out the boundaries of each and scan them to separate files or images. If you have, say, three photos to scan, being able to do it in one pass instead of three is not that big a deal, but if you had dozens I could see this saving a lot of time. (If the auto-boundary doesn't get it right, you can manually adjust.) There's some bundled OCR software but I haven't tried that yet. As to scanning slides: They provide a kind of frame that you put on the glass, and then put the slides in this frame. Do a low-res, fast pre-scan and review the images. You can rotate or reverse slides programmatically if you didn't get them in the frame right -- I quickly found that this is faster and easier than physically rotating the slides. You can also make adjustments here, like lightening or darkening, adjusting color balance, etc. Then you click the "final" button and it scans at the full resolution and saves each slide to a file. In practice I found that by the time you go through all the steps and then put all the slides back in the tray and get the next group of 16, etc, that to get through a 140-slide tray takes me over 2 hours. If you don't worry about manually reviewing images but just take everything as is I think it would take about 90 minutes for a 140 tray. Curiously, when you put 16 slides on the glass, it takes 10 minutes to do the scan. But if you put a piece of paper or a photo on the glass, it can scan the same 8.5 x 11 area in maybe 2 seconds. And one nitnoid but annoying problem: I found it fairly difficult to get the slides out of the tray. Maybe somebody who hasn't bitten his fingernails to the nubs could get them out easily, but I had to use some little piece of plastic, like a pen cap, as a tool to pop them up. :-)

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This Product stands up to it's claims!
5 Star Review   By Sundowner3006 on HP - Jun 13, 2012   

When I received my HP G4050 scanner I read the instructions and then scanned 16 old color slides from the 1970's. All came out perfect. Then I scanned a few black and while negatives and the feature was great. The scanner may seem slow until one considers what the scanner is doing to bring old negatives and slides to life, making them bright and sharp photos. This scanner is just was I needed and at a reasonable price!

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This product has great features
5 Star Review   By hbpat92647 on HP - Jun 12, 2012   

I love that I can scan several photos at a time, 16 slides at a time or many negatives at a time.

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This product is outstanding!
5 Star Review   By Cal29 on HP - May 23, 2012   

A scanner by any other name is a scanner. That being said, this is the best scanner I have ever used,,,anywhere, It makes crisp PDFs of documents, and has photo scanning capabilities that are amazing. The best part for me though, is the ability to actually scan old negatives and get beautiful photographs from them, without the need to have them printed in a photo shop. Ditto for 35mm slides. This process is a little slow, but well worth the wait. All of this for a modest investment means that you cannot go wrong with this product. Obviously, I highly recommend it.

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good performance, slow
4 Star Review   By larryd2 on HP - May 22, 2012   

I'm using this scanner to digitize old 35 mm slides. The results are excellent, but once you select a few of the options the scanning time for a tray of 16 slides extends out to hours.

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scanjet g4050
1 Star Review   By hardcharger on HP - Apr 22, 2012   

There is at least one software glitch associated with this product. It would not work with the Officejet 6500A Plus also connected to the computer. Ten hours spent with help agents could not solve the problem. I am returning the scanjet. HP should have solved this issue before marketing the scanjet. Alternatively, HP should warn customers about the software problem.

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excellent features
4 Star Review   By ez6868 on HP - Apr 17, 2012   

so easy to use and fantastic results

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Had it for 2 years and it has never worked!
1 Star Review   By michaela on HP - Apr 14, 2012   

I have been trying to get this thing (it is more or less a paper weight at this point) for about 2 years now. I am only having to revisit it because of a house fire that destroyed all of my photos. It adds insult_ to injury_ that this scanner remains. I found some negatives in the ashes and I have to scan them. Well 3 days and nothing. I am going to have to buy something new with the little money that is left.

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still not sure
4 Star Review   By DINGO1 on HP - Apr 12, 2012   

the literature indicated that I could scan and send by email. so far I cannot figure out how to do this. a TI helped but he could not get it to work.

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Very happy with purchase
4 Star Review   By Elma on HP - Mar 29, 2012   

Very good quality results

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Not for Mac Users
2 Star Review   By Chowhound on HP - Mar 7, 2012   

I purchased this directly by phone from HP because I wanted to be sure to get a general scanner that would be able to scan medium format (120mm) slides and films. This one does. However, this scanner does not work properly with, and that there were no instructions for, a Mac. HP doesn't even have instructions online for use with a Mac. The scanner worked fine for scanning prints, but there was a loop bug in the for-Mac software that would not allow me to scan slides or film. When I tried to live-chat with HP, their website told me they did not support this scanner (that I had just bought directly from them) and would not let me live-chat with their technicians. So I returned the scanner and bought a similar other-brand scanner, which works well with my Mac. It is too bad, because the G4050 appears to be very well made and has a number of useful features, including well-designed film and slide holders. With some good Mac software, instructions, and chat support I think this would have been a great scanner for me.

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photo scanner
5 Star Review   By broccoli on HP - Feb 11, 2012   

Purchased this scanner to preserve old family photos and save them digitally...so far very pleased with how easy the scanner is to use and the quality of the photos also.

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Does not do the job
1 Star Review   By wingrider on HP - Feb 9, 2012   

I have spent the past three days on line chat trying to get this machine to do multiple photo scans. I have tried version 9 and 13, on two different computers, with two different operating systems, and none of the scans are satisfactory although every scan is different. You never know what it is going to do. It may crop one picture out of 4, 2, 3. It may send one, 2 3, or none of the pictures to file. It is completely unsatisfactory and does not do as it is advertised. I will be contacting HP for return instructions. Completely dissatisfied.

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Caption labelling
4 Star Review   By lent on HP - Feb 6, 2012   

I find the product very good scanner; however, HP needs to adopt an IPTC/XMP labelling standard. I spent a day scanning and labelling pix only to find that the caption was not included when emailed the pix or sent via dropbox. This problem needs to be disclosed in the information. I feel that there should be more documentation sent with product. I had to go back to pix and right click on each one and then to details to imbed caption so that it would go with pix. Today is a new world and HP needs to make fully compatible with Windows 7. I was told that it would have worked with Outlook Express but not Windows Live. I have not been able to see if that is true.

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Workks, but..................
2 Star Review   By ramcharger on HP - Jan 26, 2012   

Scanning is slow but good quality. Two week old scanner is no longer supported by HP. Acceressarys and parts not available. Customer service is a joke and not a good one.

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Not easy to use as expected.
3 Star Review   By a3om17s4 on HP - Jan 24, 2012   

The user guide's instructions for this HP Scanjet G4050 scanner does not match with what comes out on the monitor screen. On pg. 15 in the section titled "E-mail a document or picture", Item 2 states the "what are you scanning" dialog box will appear, but there is none. Is there another guide specifically for my model, G4050, rather than for all of the G4000 series? Please advise, Thank you

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Good performance for the price
4 Star Review   By Matt10 on HP - Dec 10, 2011   

I purchased this to scan film based x-rays for a dental office. The software could have more selections for the image being scanned as sometimes when it scans a large panoramic film, it thinks it is several smaller images and creates crop boxes around the lighter areas. I have to delete all but one and then expand the box and then it takes the whole image. Also, when I open it from the dental image management software, it will first automatically scan it as a photo, then I have to manually set it to film positive and rescan. There maybe a way to set a default to that but haven't figured it out yet. For the price it does what I need, but it could be more convenient.

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Phenomenal Scanner
5 Star Review   By BRClaveau on HP - Sep 27, 2011   

I am able to do simple to intricate scanning with this scanner. Also my parents were able to use it easy enough so the software is intuitive as it is functional. Its easy to use software packed with great features makes this a winner!!!

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ScanJet G4050 Defective Software
1 Star Review   By Grey on HP - Jul 25, 2011   

I bought the HP Scanjet G4050 to digitize old family photos. My goal was to replicate the look, display the ageing, duplicate the antiquity, and come up with a scan that looked as close as possible to the old original photo. After the Scanjet G4050 does the initial scan a screen comes up showing the “original scan” with another tab for “single image”. In all cases the “original scan” is very close to the original. The “single image” page displays the “final image”. This is the image that results after HP software “enhances” the photo. The “original scan” is perfect … the only problem is that is not what you will end up with. Your digital file (JPG, TIFF, etc) will be the “final image” and you cannot save the “original scan” to a digital file. There is no way to disable this “enhancement”. In all cases my old antique photos had a predominate green hue. You can edit, adjust, and minimize the green hue but you can never get the “final image” to look anything like the original. I tried every single option, adjustment, and setting and the results are the same … LIMEADE GREEN HUE PHOTOS. I worked with HP technical support for over an hour where they controlled my computer remotely and the determination was that the Scanjet was working up to specifications. In other words this scanner WILL NOT correctly scan your old, aged, slightly faded photos. However the Scanjet did a excellent job on documents and a good job on color photos. Also you can turn your photos into a black and white or grayscale.

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The scan software does not work.
2 Star Review   By guymaster on HP - Jul 8, 2011   

Although the scanner works (slowly), the software features do not. You can only use it on simplified scans. When you try to use the multi-picture scans and editing features, the software locks up and dumps the scans. The help menus that follow are laughable and useless -- e.g. reboot your computer. I am using a new HP TouchSmart 300 running Windows 7 and have two HP scanners, the g4050 and an All-in-one, and the software fails on both. HP needs to update/fix its scan software before I would recommend any of their scanners. I guess I'll have to find some real scan software that actually works.

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Do not buy this one!
1 Star Review   By Talley007 on HP - Jun 26, 2011   

i HAVE PREVIOUSLY OWNED 3 SCANNERS AN THIS IS THE WORST. iNTITIALLY EXTREMELY SLOW AND NOW DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. 3 TIMES CHAT SUPPORT AND SIGNING ON TO MY PC WAS ABSOLUTELY NO HELP.

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Linux & Mac users: caution
1 Star Review   By tuck on HP - Jun 18, 2011   

This scanner is not supported on Linux as of this date. From what I have read on the web HP hardware is problematic on Linux; some works fine, some not at all. To be safe check the Linux O/S your are using to see if any HP hardware you want to use is compatible. The scanner works on my MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard to some extent. Documents are scanned fine. But the software for scanning slides was crufty at best. You may want to consider some other software if you really want to use this scanner. Scanning large document was problematic. I was unable to save files reliably. I needed to break up larger documents [> 50pages] in to smaller ones. Admittedly this is not a common problem. But I though I should mention my experience. Basically I would buy a different scanner if I had it to do all over again.

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Does what I need it for.
4 Star Review   By Yussel1 on HP - Jun 3, 2011   

Any product is as only as good as if the purpose you purchased it for and it fits your needs. This scanner replaces my old Microtek scanner that did not support Windows Vista and above. It works well and copies all the materials accurately and automaticlly. My one criticism is SLOW. Slow to warm up and slow to send the image to the printer. I use it mostly for music scores and every note is clear and staccato.

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Upgraded from the Scanjet G4010
5 Star Review   By mdhunter2 on HP - Jun 3, 2011   

Well, we had a bunch of old family photos and 35mm film. Fortunately we don't need to mess around with slides but this G4050 scanner is certainly up to that task as well. The 4050 comes with every lid attachment holder you can imagine and some we'll never need. But the way I see it, it's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. I didn't mean to get all Nanny McPhee on you but in this case, it's true. The G4010 as a flatbed page scanner or a single strip of film scanner works just fine as the engines in the 4010 and the 4050 are the same. It's more a matter of convenience when you're dealing with many little film strips. With the G4050 you're swapping out a lot less. My one and only complaint is that it takes quite a bit of time for it to heat up for the 1st scan only. After the 1st scan it's pretty fast. Plus with the 96-bit 6-color dual-pass scanning, the output is FANTASTIC! I would highly recommend this scanner to anyone that needs to scan a lot of film strips, a lot of 35mm slides or a lot of film prints. If you're just using your scanner to save records, you could get off a lot cheaper. Great scanner!

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TERRIBLE SUPPORT
1 Star Review   By stanley on HP - Mar 4, 2011   

When my old computer died of an enlarged capacitor and I bought a new machine with Windows 7, I downloaded the software for my HP Scanjet G4050. The PDF scanning operation now does one page and then quits. The .TIFF scanning operation now scans all the images into a single file that cannot be dis-aggregagted. When I called HP for a simple answer, they wanted money! I'll never buy another HP Product!

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Not user friendly
2 Star Review   By DEmerson on HP - Jan 11, 2011   

I purchased this scanner to replace an older Epson which also scanned photos and slides and negatives. I had misplaced an integral part and could not scan slides on the Epson. So I replaced it with this updated HP model. Mistake. This scanner came with no manual and directions on the web are confusing and contain information for a different model which makes it even more confusing. There is nothing intuitive about this scanner. The Epson was simple to use and provided excellent results. If I ever get this one to work properly - maybe it will too, but I have spent many, many hours trying to figure it out to no avail. HP you need to improve your method of communication with your customers.

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G4050 Scanjet Photo Scanner
4 Star Review   By LaSmooz on HP - Jan 10, 2011   

G4050 Scanjet Photo Scanner I purchased this scanner, as an "add on" to go with my New laptop;. HP Pavilion dv6t SE, Select Edition customizable Notebook PC ------------------------------------------------------------ Components: • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 Graphics [HDMI, VGA] - For Quad Core Processors • 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) • 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection ------------------------------------------------------------- I thought I would have enough power to scan 20 years of negatives, prints and slides. This product was being promoted as a scanner capable of "superior color accuracy, high-definition scans with 4800x9600 dpi" Copying Slides: At resolutions of 1200dpi or more, which are necessary for slides, the scanner is excrutiatingly slow. The driver does not permit you to set up for batch scanning of multiple prints or slides - requirements for each photo must be set individually. The scanner is inconsistent in recognizing more than one print at a time. Sometimes it recogizes only one, sometimes more than one, and the scan must be set up for each scan. I set the scanner at its maximum definitiion and encountered the warning about exceeding capacity. The scanner suggested copying at its default setting of 200ppi instead. When I made prints at 4x6 inches, they were not very sharp. and the 8.5x11 size prints were worse. However, the color, brightness, and contrast were all very true to the original slides. If a person was limiting print sizes to 4x6, then results provided by the G4050 might be acceptable. Copying Prints: This scanner provides very high quality scans of printed photos - excellent color and detail. Unfortunately it handles slides poorly and the software is very "LITE". My MAJOR complaint! TWAIN driver has major problems: It contains errors, ignores some TWAIN commands, refuses to scan correctly sized images and crashes, all depending upon the image being scanned. Summary: This is an excellent scanner for one printed photo at a time, bad for multiple prints on a page, and not very good for slides, Software issues? So, for the money, this is the best scanner that I found out there.

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Great Scanner
5 Star Review   By xoques on HP - Jan 9, 2011   

better scanner than even HP thinks as they could sell sooooo many more if they only knew. to a large format film guy (like me) this is got lots of bang for the buck. they do not mention that one can scan 8x10 transparencies and that one can lay the film right on to the glass. no focus issues.....very forgiving scanner in this respect. i have been experimenting with the lid action and it can be made to 'fool' the HP software into allowing a scan with transparency mode and lid up. why? because one can use this as a back for a bellows camera. though be prepared to getting a 'puter with LOTS of ram. so, because of this machine i am now compelled to build a 'puter with lots of ram. i can think od a host of accessories for this scanner and hoping that HP does not discontinue this product because i can scan and makes for a project idea at the SF Exploratorium. cons: no sane-project stable driver; no pinout info on cable that connects top top bottom.

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No race horse.
3 Star Review   By oldcrab on HP - Dec 16, 2010   

I previously used a HP Pavilion PC with a HP 5300c scanner. I use my system, a lot, for Family History research & scan a lot of documents & photos. I purchased a new Pavillion pc (with Windows 7) & discovered my old 5300c would not work with Windows 7. So I purchased the new G4050. The G4050, with its "HP Solution Center" software is like a turtle compared to the 5300c. Scanning documents or images to a "save as file" is cumbersome. Wish I could use my old 5300c system.

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Love This Scanner
5 Star Review   By Lincurt on HP - Dec 3, 2010   

We have this scanner at my place of employment. I have used it extensively on the Mac at work and love the ease of scanning documents. I like the scanner so much I bought one for home use. It is easy to use on both a PC and Mac. I like the software for the Mac better. A great scanner. I would highly recommend it.

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Great features ...but hangs up occasionally
4 Star Review   By edco on HP - Nov 5, 2010   

I have been mostly happy with this scanner. I had an earlier HP scanner and it worked great but could only scan 5 or 6 slides at a time. This one can scan 16 at a time plus larger photo negatives. I have had it hang up a couple of times and have had to shut everything down and reboot. I don't know if there is an update to software for this product or not.

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be careful!
4 Star Review   By adoranora on HP - Nov 4, 2010   

this is a great scanner, had it for a week scanned all my old slides so far, did a great job. BUT BEWARE, hp's software literally sucked all my personal photos/graphics from every place on my pc and left my files empty! i didn't know that at the time so i deleted my personal stuff from the hp file, but when i went to my own files they were empty! all my pics from ten years of sorting and saving were gone! fortunately, i had a recent copy i had backed up on an external hard drive, it could have been catastrophic. and fortunately i had my own cd's of the game graphics it also took, just re-installed them all. hp has no business sucking out all my own files/photos/pics, leaving my files EMPTY and moving them to their own hard to figure out software! i only wanted to scan! very time consuming fix!

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Great Product
5 Star Review   By Carls on HP - Oct 8, 2010   

I bought this product to scan in all of the hundreds of 35 mm slides from when I was in service military and haven't looked at them in over 40 years. Its ease of use and filing system is wonderful. It does all that I could hope for.

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A big disappointment
2 Star Review   By GaryZ on HP - Sep 27, 2010   

THIS SCANNER AND SOFTWARE DOES NOT RELIABLY SCAN MULTIPLE BLACK AND WHITE NEGATIVES. It crashes. Often. I know I am NOT the average scanner user. I own three computers and have owned a number of printers and scanners. This one is a disappointment folks if you are looking to scan multiple black and white negatives at the same time. I replaced the scanner and reinstalled the software several times, which didn;t help or change my assessment. WHAT IT SEEMS TO DO WELL It seems to scan multiple positive images well. The preview comes up, you draw a box around the areas you want to scan and presto! WHAT IT CAN'T SEEM TO DO THAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO Multiple negative Black and white images. Stick them in the supplied holders, wait for it to do it's default positive scan (annoying that I can;t figure how to make the default a negative film scan...wasting a lot of time). Change it to a negative scan, wait wait wait for the rescan (why the delay? Never seen this in a scanner before). Select the areas to be scabnned....make some adjustments in the settings and press finish. And every time it craps out before completing the scans, offering helpful (?!) instructions of resetting the scanner, reinstall the software, etc. Never worked on my 64 bit System Seven PC and this obne, despite its potential, goes back to the store for a refund. CONFUSING AND LIMITED CONTROL SETTINGS Negatives that would scan on other scanners, this scanner seems to wash out or is unable to capture the detail unless it is perfect. Really odd. Yeah, you can use Photoshop after, but honestly, if the scaqnner didn;t capture the detail well to start, no amount of Photoshop folling will fix that. A lot of potential because of the full page transparency option. But unless you want to try to capture them one at a time, this is just a problematic design.

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Dont buy this!!!!!
1 Star Review   By Kerri on HP - Sep 22, 2010   

I purchased this for the high capacity slide scanning. I am an advanced scanner user for the last 10 years. I use scanners for photos, documents, slides and negatives. This one couldn't make it past my initial testing on slides. First, the software is a burden for those not very familiar with scanning. It trys to make it easy by giving very few options on the main screen, but that just makes it difficult to find the settings you will need to be able to change. The finished scan on the slides: all were off center and missed part of the picture, while scanning some of the cardboard. This could be corrected by hand prior to scanning, but was very time-consuming and inaccurate as well. The finished "photo" from the slide scanned was poor quality. Blurry, a little off-color, pixilated, etc. They were all difficult to look at. I tried over 20 different settings to try to remedy this, but there was very little difference in visual quality-only file sizes changed. It even refused to allow me to scan at the hghest quality, saying the files would be too large., 5 gig each slide. Save yourself time and frustration and look for another scanner.

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High quality images
5 Star Review   By nabob on HP - Sep 8, 2010   

I'm scanning 35mm slides and this scanner is performing better than I expected. Fast and easy to use. The scanned photos on my iMac look as good or better than the projected slides. Very pleased with its performance.

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Great Product, Excellent Price
5 Star Review   By george1913 on HP - Aug 6, 2010   

great product, excellent price

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Good purchase
4 Star Review   By Hane on HP - Aug 2, 2010   

The scanner works good. With the scanner HP Scanjet G4050 I bought OCR Software bij I.R.I.S. 8.0. This software never worked. What can I do to make it work properly? Kind regards, Han

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Great scanner
5 Star Review   By Uni312 on HP - Jul 13, 2010   

I don't understand the people that say it is not compatible with Vista. I have had this scanner for over a year, and it has been running great with windows Vista ultimate. I have just upgraded to Windows 7 and it still works great. It is the 4th HP scanner I have owned and everyone has always worked great. Every few years, I upgrade to a newer model except once where they would not upgrade the software to windows HP and I had to buy a new one to work. I am not a fan of HP computers but I love their scanners and printers. I have always built my own computers since after my first one.

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Excellent Product
5 Star Review   By DEED on HP - Jul 2, 2010   

This is by far the best scanner I have had for home use. I used it to convert my 35mm slides and to scan editable text. To this point of time all features of this scanner have worked well. An excellent product for the price

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For the money
5 Star Review   By Casey210 on HP - Jun 13, 2010   

For the money this is the best scanner that i found out there. Besides the best DPI and the ease that it can scan all my slides and pictures. it was just really great.

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Excellent scanner
4 Star Review   By Davsaint on HP - Jun 12, 2010   

I reviewed several scanners and the HP G4050 was the one best suited to copy slides, negatives, and old pictures. Some scanners can only scan one item at a time. Whereas the HP G4050 lets you place several items on the flatbed at the same time and the software has the ability to scan each of them as individual files automatically.

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Very Good Scanner
5 Star Review   By Debobie on HP - Jun 11, 2010   

I love it, the techology has greatly improve. It faster it give you a lot of control with your scanned items. And the sofware montiors all my hp printers.

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scanner
4 Star Review   By tribo on HP - Jun 11, 2010   

works great, way to noisy!!

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Hardware is Excellent, Software Not Good
3 Star Review   By Bobbo on HP - Jun 4, 2010   

I've read and agree with all the negative and positive comments made. I think I have experienced all the frustrations as well. My computer is self built AMD Dual CPU at 2.21 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. My Scanner came with software for XP and for Vista. I installed on XP. I am only interested in BATCH Slide Processing and in XP the scanner would show a memory error when scanning at 1200 dpi. It would however scan a full 16 slide tray at 600 dpi. I then found HP download for installing on Win 7/64bit operating system ((same computer I can dual boot)) so I did that. I am pleased to report I can now consistently scan 12 slides at a time at 1200 dpi. Only problem now is that twice now I have rebooted and the HP program will not scan at all providing an immediate memory error report. So far, this has been fixed by rebooting the computer until it decides to work--3-4 reboots for that to occur. What I notice is that my disk space on the C Drive "retains" about 1.5 GB of space for what I assume is a temporary file that the HP software uses. On shutdown, that file is not released and the scanner will not perform until my computer regains access to that 1.5 GB. ((There is still another 1.5 GB free on my C Drive but the scanner doesn't like it?)) Scanning at 6 colors and full bit and optimized for Kodachrome, I find the scanned slides not as good as the original but just the same as what my digital camera would take. I find image adjustment to be much easier and quicker after a straight scan is made. We always want better but I think this scanner is a sweet spot for what is actually available. I'd love to work with HP to redesign their gui. Why the template has their numbering scheme running backwards ((from right to left)) is beyond me, but we learn to work with it. One SAVE for this program: while it runs steady at about 65-80% RAM, and the dual cpu average about 50-80% and only occasionally spike to 100% usuage, the scanner does not interfere with other multi-tasks going on at the same time. That makes scanning slides in the background pretty easy and a real must. HP--if you ever make your software faster/better==please keep its ability to play nice with the multi-tasking computer. It will be fun to see how this scanner works with my next computer which I plan to be quad-core. Given I do alot of video work and camera work, I really don't understand why the scanning process takes so long. ((Varies from 15 to 25 minutes per slide depending on factors I cannot identify.)) Anybody know why? The computer certainly captures and transcodes HDTV much quicker. Seems there should be some technology transfer there to make the slide scanning much faster. There should be some way to "force" the software to use RAM memory only and not use page file? Hard to tell just what the software is doing in order for us end users to tweak the software/hardware to perform at its best.

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Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner
3 Star Review   By BillieBob on HP - Apr 24, 2010   

The software that comes with the scanner would not let OmniPage or PaperPort work. I tried to remove HP's scanner software but it was eveidently bundled with the driver. Anyway HP Tech Support (the fellows in India) could not help. I sent the scanner back and purchased a different flat bed scanner. It works great. I would recommend this scanner to anyone that did not use OmniPage or Paper Port.

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scanner G4050 and Windows 7
2 Star Review   By dedo23 on HP - Mar 12, 2010   

I loved using the scanner until I bought Windows 7...now it is not compatible with Windows 7 when I try to scan slides. Windows 7 does not seem to accept this scanner. Is there any way to correct this problem? I am able to scan individual sheets of paper but that is all. I would not recommend this to anyone who plans on buying Windows 7. It is a lovely scanner but......

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skip this scanner if you want to scan slides
2 Star Review   By Okiebug on HP - Mar 9, 2010   

the scanner worked ok the first day, but scanning slides at a decent resolution for printing larger was a fiasco. none of the images came out good at all. then i used the twain driver and they worked well, but i bought a new computer with windows 7 and the updated software apparently either hid or removed the twain option because now i can't get any decent results no matter how i change the settings. it's very slow using the 6 color option but the slide results are not worth the time it took to create the scan. and before anyone says its the slides, i'm using slides that were professionally captured with high quality images on them. i just wanted a scanner that could reproduce them digitally without issues. and good luck trying to get hp support about what to do in this situation. these scanners are only good for novices who are impressed with the technology that allows a paper image to show up on the screen. if you want serious results, you'll be disappointed. i just wish i could send it back.

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Great value for price
4 Star Review   By ljrack on HP - Jan 18, 2010   

I have this scanner primarily to scan large format 4x5 color transparency film. The quality I get from these scans compared to other flatbed scanners at 3-5 times the price is amazing. Yes, you must also be proficient in Photoshop, which is the case with scanning any film on any scanner if your primary output will be prints. The scans from this scanner will NOT compete with high end professional drum scans, but I have had very beautiful prints made up to 20x24" from this scanner. Flatbed scanners are NOT the best method for scanning 35mm slides or negatives, so I won't comment. Scanning slides or negatives are inherently slow. When scanning a 4x5 transparency at 2400ppi and 16-bit, the resulting files are over 500MB! I don't expect to scan this is 5 seconds. The preview feature with this scanner is fast though. Scanning documents, prints and all the other typical scanning functions work great also with this scanner. I have had this scanner for nearly 2 years with no issues.

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Unable to use with Windows 7
3 Star Review   By oakpalms on HP - Jan 16, 2010   

I have been exasperated trying to get software for my G4050 that will work with Windows 7. Everything that I download gets to a place where it is not compatible for Windows 7 even though HP says it is---it does not work! HP has had plenty of time to put out new drivers and software to get this recently built scanner up and running with Windows 7 and they have failed to do it. I will not buy another HP nor would I recommend you to buy The Scanjet G4050 until HP comes out with software to make it work if you are moving up to or already have Windows 7!!!

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Finished scanned all my old photos
5 Star Review   By harrydog2000 on HP - Jan 10, 2010   

I have to admit that it took some time to complete but now all my old photos, negatives and slides have been digitized thanks largely to this HP G4050 scanner. That's over 6000 files in total. For the most part this scanner was very easy to use and the quality of the images where excellent. And it was all worth while when I see my mom's face as she sees photos from over the past 70 years blown up on a 28' monitor. The details in the photos are amazing. Everyone in my family now has their own set of all the photos....no need to every worry about them being destroyed. They will now live forever. What really helped the process was that I was able to literally put on as many photos that would fit onto the scanning surface and the software would automatically pick them out and save them to individual files.

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photo scanner
1 Star Review   By pebbls on HP - Dec 29, 2009   

This item was the biggest waste of money I ever spent. I should have known by the price that it would not prefrom well. It does not scan slides at all. If you use the proper setting (slides) every one is black and it takes at least a half hour to correct. If you use the flim option it will scan the slides but changes the color and it can not be corrected. It did work ok for simple doc's but I already had an hp all in one for that. Now not even that works correctly. Says that there is a bulb error for 5/6 times and then it will finally scan. If you tell it you want a preview first you better have about 6 hours to spare. i still have my photosmart s20, which was excellent, but it is no longer compatible with any newer computers.

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There are no drivers available for this scanner
1 Star Review   By yosemite on HP - Nov 18, 2009   

I purchased this scanner based on the fact that the HP website says that the scanner is Windows 7 ready. However, there are no drivers for this scanner. The work-around from HP Tech Support was to download drivers for the old G2410 scanner. But after loading this driver, the only function available is a simple scan...no OCR functions, no slides or negative scanning, not even scan to print was available. I will be returning this scanner. Once drivers are available, I will consider repurchasing it as this scanner gets high marks from other on-line reviews.

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Very slow
1 Star Review   By StructuralEngineer on HP - Nov 16, 2009   

This is a very slow scanner, if you want to use it for the highest resolution 4800x It takes 25 min to scan a 3.5"x4" black and white picture in the best resolution they offer. The scanners keeps giving you warnings that you should use a lower resolution. Why then did I pay $215 ??? If I wanted a 300x or 600x resolution I would have bought a cheap scanner. Very archaic, crude to use. I am returning mine.

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Great Scanner
5 Star Review   By bruceo on HP - Sep 16, 2009   

Easy to hook up except the usb cable did not make good contact at first. When I called service they suggested that I plug it in and remove it several times to improve the electrical contact. That worked and I am up and running. Very easy to use with my Mac PowerBook G4 and scans with good quality for a

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HP Scanjet G4050
4 Star Review   By TexArt on HP - Aug 27, 2009   

The G4050 Scanner works exactly as advertised and is actually better than I expected. I use the scanner on a Windows VISTA 64 bit system. Setup was simple and quick. Resulting Pictures are really good. The packaged editing software is good but I use my own editing software which is better. I wish the 2 gig limit on Resolution/Scaling was just a tad higher. When scanning 16 slides at once, I was limited to 1200 bits reso. and 300% scaling which is plenty good for just about any use, but what can I say, I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. But for the price you could not possibly ask for more.

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Great for slides, Painfully slow with film
3 Star Review   By JamesDivesSF on HP - Aug 23, 2009   

Does very well with 35mm slides and hard copy, but difficult and slow with 35mm film. Biggest problem is with 35mm film negatives. With film the software will often leave out a image and nearly always one or more with a full tray of film (20-30 images). You have to count film frames and compare to see if all were scanned. Also likes to run slides together or cut portions off. Find I have to re-scan film several times to get all the photos to register, and sometimes it just does not like a photo and will not register it at all. Tedious and a real challenge to determine out what images did not come through if you do not also have the prints of the negatives to use in comparison. No provision for, as a previous reviewer noted, that 35mm film is almost always cut into groups of four while the transparency mask is set for six. Go figure why there are not smaller blanks provided for the likely two open slots in each of the five columns. Suggestion: use newspaper gloves (thin cottom gloves, ~$1/pair) to protect scanner bed and film/slides/photos from fingerprints. The scan is VERY SLOW for film, the speed claims ("up to" 8.5 sec) is for PREVIEW, not for actually doing anything you would want done. More accurate in timing is the claim of 60 seconds per image to pdf, seems about the sampe to jpg. Figure 20 minutes to scan half a roll of film once. Will take multiple scans to get all the images to register. My estimate is one hour per roll (36 images) if you are lucky. Despite my quibbles, the device is the best out there for this type of consumer scanning application that I could find. The option is to use a commercial scanning service, not sure how good they are or if they scan film with any better accuracy. Good thing I am retired as this thing takes huge amounts of time in scanning film.

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HP Scanjet G4050
5 Star Review   By Buck on HP - Apr 16, 2009   

I just completed scanning 6430 35mm slides of my family and I am immensely pleased with this scanner. The quality fo the scans is outstanding which I agree is subjective but I was not scanning for commericial purposes. It scanned 16 slides of various densities in approx. 9 to 12 min. and I had the scanner set at 600 ppi. I would not hesitate to recommend this scanner to anyone for the above use.

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Works great for six months
1 Star Review   By BadRainDeer on HP - Jan 11, 2009   

This Hp scanner works great for scanning old photos since you can scan four or five photos at one time and they will each have their own file name. The slide scanner is it's best feature as you can scan 24 slides at one time, also having their own file name. Scanning negatives is it's worse feature and is almost impossible. The reason I gave it a one star overall rating is that it develops a problem over time. In about six months it starts to show what looks like dust on the photos. It is a known problem that Hp doesn't seem to want to fix. I have followed their glass cleaning procedure to the letter, along with cleaning my photos/slides with a lint free cloth only to find that tons of dust show up on the final scan. Using the "remove dust" feature does not help so I am almost convinced that it is either a problem with the glass deteriorating with time or the scanning element going bad; either way it's a real problem that makes scans worthless. If a person is going to take all the time to scan photos and slides then they want them in almost as perfect condition as possible; at least as good as the original print. This is not the case. My old cheap scanner continues to work (without the dust problem) but I don't use it because it scans at a low resolution. If Hp could fix this known problem with the dust then it would be a great scanner but for long term use it's almost worthless. Don't suggest you buy it until Hp resolves the problem.

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Vista 64 Warning
1 Star Review   By Vista64Busted on HP - Jan 10, 2009   

I bought the G4050 right after it was released as part of an upgrade to my digital darkroom. It advertised many features that I considered important to my workflow, including being Vista compliant. It is not at all. A very disappointing purchase. A year and a half later there still has not been an upgrade to permit me to get any functionality out of the scanners advanced features or utilitze the scanner for every day simple scans.

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Slow, slow, very slow going
3 Star Review   By malenb on HP - Dec 1, 2008   

As photo scanners go, this one is pretty good -- especially if you do not plan to print your photos in large dimensions. My purpose was to archive 6,000 slides from my parents. Being able to do 16 slides at a time is wonderful, however, each scan takes about 1.5 to 2 hrs. from start to finish. I have set the scanner to 2 passes for optimum quality at 300 dpi. Every slide needs to be reviewed in the preview to make sure that the scanner has located the exact picture area. Some slides are adjusted for color and/or lighting. However, the results are variable. Often the pictures end up with some snow (white dots). I can only do 2-3 scans a days as when the unit heats up, it tends to start malfunctioning -- not scanning every slide or not allowing color adjustments. Even so, this scanner is one of the best out there.

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Tampa user
3 Star Review   By Tampauser on HP - Nov 27, 2008   

I had replaced my previous HP scanner with the G4050 to allow me to scan in old photos and negatives. I have a HP desktop with Vista. I loaded the scanner software designed for Vista. Initially it worked very well allowing for multiple image scanning. Over time the software has become more and more dysfunctional and now I can no longer scan multiple items arranged on the scanner glass. In fact I have to go in and out of the software 1 image at a time because the software creates an error otherwise. The image quality is excellent. Since I have a very fast copmuter, I have not had problems wifh file size and dpi options. I am amazed that HP has chosen not to produce a software for the device capable of running on Vista. I am happy with the image quality and would recommend the device on that basis. However, you will the patience of Job to scan large volumes of images with this device using a Vista-based computer.

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Great Buy
5 Star Review   By terry531 on HP - Nov 26, 2008   

This scanner is a super addition to my home office. I love to be able to scan paperwork and all pages placed into one pdf file. HP makes it so easy to buy online and they have the fastest delivery.

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Issue with Slides
2 Star Review   By Pericles on HP - Nov 17, 2008   

I bought this unit for scanning 35mm slides, 16 at a time. Two major problems occurred: 1. About half the slides were not scanned correctly - either the top of the slide or the borttom of the slide was cut off. I think the scanning process is starting either a little too soon or a little too late for many of the slides, on a random basis. I can repeat the scan of the same slides and the problem still occurs but with different slides. 2. Occasionally, as many as 5 slides out of 16 are completely dark. They were not scanned at all, even though they showed up in Preview and were cropped and selected. Unfortunately, I am going to have to return this unit to the store for a refund. I may try a different unit in the hopes there is a hardware or software malfunction with the one I have.

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TWAIN driver has major problems
1 Star Review   By Anonymous on HP - Nov 13, 2008   

We develop dedicated applications for the pulp, paper and printing industries that use a TWAIN interface to the scanners. The G4050 driver is simply not ready for distribution. It contains errors, ignores some TWAIN commands, refuses to scan correctly sized images and crashes, all depending upon the image being scanned. Specifically: 1. GAMMA settings appear to be ignored. The command to set the gamma is acknowledged, but the image is the same regardless of the gamma setting. 2. Scanning a sheet with a grid of small black dots (0.1mm dots spaced 0.2mm apart) cause the G4050 driver to either crash (with an error message), or to scan an image much smaller than requested. Solid white samples and solid black sheets scan correctly, but samples with dots appear to confuse the driver. 3. Irregular shaped sheets (round papers) evokes random results, including crashes, incorrect sizes, etc. 4. The reported grayscale from a known calibrated gray target results in gray values that are very non-linear, probably because the gamma setting cannot be changed.

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HP G4050 Scanjet scanner
2 Star Review   By member doctorjonny - Jul 18, 2008   

Strengths: large bed for scanning, hi resolution.

Weakness: complicated to use, impossibile to install.

software failed in initial installation and messed up existing operation of the computer. I'm a college professor, PhD, who knows his way around a computer. The hard drive had to be wiped clean and all programs reinstalled - a mess which took techies 2 days to fix.

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