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HP Scanjet G4050 (L1957A#B1H) Up to 4800 x 9600 dpi USB Flatbed Scanner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Decent hardware, but not easy to use 04/28/2014

This review is from: HP Scanjet G4050 (L1957A#B1H) Up to 4800 x 9600 dpi USB Flatbed Scanner

Pros: When you actually get it to work, it makes decent scans
Works with Windows 8.1
Nice assortment of holders for slides and negatives
Pretty quiet compared to my Nikon Coolscan 5000

Cons: HP software VERY poor
Scanning at high resolution is painfully slow
Strange issues with the IR dust removal (see below)

Other Thoughts: Don't waste your time with the buggy and poor quality HP software. Get VueScan Pro and you will be happy. After much tinkering, I am able to scan negatives and get good results, although it takes a lot of time at a decent resolution. Also, I am observing what appears to be a shadow effect caused by the IR dust removal. You see the dust spec, then you see its shadow. Saw this at 4800 dpi, but not 2400. Strange, but then again, almost any settings I used seemed to provide different results and behaviors such as this. I settled on a format of scanning 120 format negatives at 2400 dpi as Images (not negatives!) in VueScan with only light IR dust removal. These are saved as DNG raw files and then reprocessed in a second very quick step by VueScan into positive DNG Raw files using the film profiles built into VueScan. Then I go to Lightroom 5 with the reprocessed DNG files. This works very well with only minor tweaks required by Lightroom to give stunning results. You would not believe the sharpness from my 120 negatives shot on Kodak Ektar 25 Pro!

NETGEAR Powerline AV500 Nano Kit (XAVB5101), up to 500Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs A snap to set up...speed distance dependent 07/11/2012

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 Nano Kit (XAVB5101), up to 500Mbps

Pros: Easy to install and it works. Getting a far better signal to a remote room than my wifi alone can do.

Cons: Seems like the speed drops off the farther away you are from the source device. If the two adapters are in the same room, then you get the full 80 Mbps, but if you are about two rooms away it drops to "amber" which is <50 Mbps, which is still OK, but I am not sure I would have sprung for the 500 version if I knew it was so distance dependent.

HP Smartbuy ZR2740w Black and Brushed Aluminum 27
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Posted a review a few weeks back and gave it a low rating because of a big defect HP should have seen before shipping it. Now I am satisfied as I have a pefect one. Those trashing this unit because of antiglare are fools. The display is sharp and text is crisp and almost looks like ink on paper. Wonder if these folks work for the competition?

Cons: To get wide color gamut you need a 10 bit card.


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Display Name: Gary C.

Date Joined: 04/01/02

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 12/31/05
  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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