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165 reviews | 3.6 out of 5
This is one of the worst products I purchased and I am an avid HP owner (computer/printer, previous scanner was an HP). 1. Did not live up to expectations.
2. Did not function properly.
3. Would not load software.
4. Froze up the computer on several occasions. You name it, it went wrong. To this day, we still cannot uninstall the whole program. 6-7 hours spent trying to get this product to work and nothing, naddah. Would I recommend this scanner - NO WAY!!!!!
If I thought that I was going to live to be 150 I might be able to accomplish the project that I am working on, or if I purchased 5 G4050s and used them all at once I might accomplish my project in 30 years. Without my 7 phone calls which totalled 20 hours, two software patches, and finally a new version of software I wouldn`t even be able to complete my project in 300 years. The software is absolutely garbage. Major problems in the slides area. Scans originals alright. Color is a little off. You need photoshop to adjust colors.
Everything I've tried with this scanner works just as it is supposed to. The quality of the output has been excellent. Copying pictures and converting text with OCR has been done with ease.
Product turned out to be everything I was looking for. I use it for the business I am in as a document scanner. Had issues with set up, ie:CD downloading. Ended up going to HP web site to download it from there. Works wonderfully.
I tried 4 different scanners before I purchased the HP G4050 a few weeks ago. None of them measured up until now. I have scanned over 500 35mm slides and the HP has worked perfectly. Hopefully, this scanner will last a long time.
Does ok for a non professional device. When finished with my slides, product won't be used any more. I reccomend it for the non professional user.
I needed to scan old negatives. Found that this scanner over-exposes negatives, compared to an Epson scanner I used before. Too bad - because I could really use that multi-negative frame! But resulting quality is just unacceptible. This puppy is going back to where it came from.
One major reason for purchasing this Scanner was to scan medium format, black and white negatives. The results were terrible! I also had some color transparencies that turned out fair. It worked very well with my 35mm slides. I enjoyed being able to do 16 slides at a time! This is not a multi purpose Scanner. It works well for scanning photos, documents and 35mm slides. For this reason I would recommend it.
Convertes 16 slides within 10 to 12 minutes to
Only problem encountered is the photo support software installed with an error.
An excellent scanner for scanning various sizes off negatives. Very helpful for family history.
I wanted a scanner that you scan pictures with good quality and sharpness. This scanner meets my expectations.
Purchased to scan old pictures. It has worked well for this purpose.
Meets all expection. Produces excellent scans of documents and photos.
I am more than pleased with this scanner.
It has done everything I wanted with my old photos and negatives
some dating back 70 years.
Thank you hp! What a great scanner well worth it.... AWESOME!
The G4050 is my 3rd HP scanner. I upgraded from the 1st and "wore out" my 2nd. I mostly scan photos; thousands. As with any new software, I had to get use to the new software with the G4050. The software has many more features with it that I have yet to try out. I have a seperate leading photo software program and I use that for organizing. But the HP seems to have a nice progrom for that. What I particular like is that you can scan more than one photo at one time and the G4050 automatically crops each picture and it does a great job at automatically cropping. Then it re-scans and automatically gives you individual scans. Before you "Accept" the scan, you can manually adjust the cropping of each picture if you have to by just clicking once on the scan that needs adjusting (rarely required). Great feature. (The older models did not do such a good job at automatically cropping.) The "Auto Straightening" leaves a slight bit to be desired. I also like the fact that it gives me a choice for 48 dpi or 96 dpi. I mostly use the 48 dpi for snapshots, as it is faster, and the 96 dpi for portraits, which is a bit slower. And certainly not least, I really like the lid handle that HP put on this one. It makes it much easier & quicker to raise the top. You will like that. (If you get one, don't forget that HP put an off/on switch at the back of the G4050.) The only thing I miss from my last HP scanner is the automatic photo feeder. (HP no longer makes a low end scanner available for auto photo feeding.) This was really great for scanning lots of 4 x 6 photos. However, once I have completed scanning my thousands of photos, I suppose the auto photo feeder option would not be so important with digital camera these days. Overall, I give the G4050 very high marks. I strongly recommend it.
I have been scanning all my negatives from 1990 until 2003 (which is when I finally broke down and bought a digital camera) and this scanner has surpassed my expectations. It is simple to use, yet very powerful. The image quality is sometimes even better than the printed photograph I got from the developing place at the grocery store! If there’s one area I could improve (I am an engineer, and constantly looking for things to improve), I would consider redesigning the film tray (and the photo/slide trays). The negative strips usually come in lengths of 4 pictures each. The film strip takes 6 per slot. I find myself either having to cut film strips in 2, to add to the 4 that are in the slot, or leaving a space open in each slot. If the slots were arranged vertically instead of horizontally, you would be able to have the exact strip size, and you would be able to fit the same number of film negatives in the tray. Same with the other 2 trays, the more pictures that can be scanned, at the same time, the better!
I am glad I waited so long to get a scanner for slides because the G4050 is the best!!! I just would like to be able to copy the slides onto a CD..and have not be able to figure out how to do
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.
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.