Written on: 14/10/2008 by BogdanA74 (1 review written)
Provided that the drivers has been installed properly, the 5 button "bear paw" is quite usable, and the interface is decent.
Scanning speed is OK, and during negative scan the automatic discovery of the individual frames works quite well.
A nice feature: it has a paw-shaped support for keeping on it's side when not used, thus having a very small footprint; very useful on crammed desks.
The image quality isn't good. Has issues with color and the resulting images are quite dark. There is no provision for specifying that the chosen resolution is interpolated. Construction isn't that good either; following about 2 years of infrequent use, the inside of the scanner gathered dust and the flat wire connector is rubbing against the glass, requiring special cleaning (using a screwdriver to open the case and cleaning the glass on the inside in order to get rid of the permanent line embedded in photos scanned before the cleaning operation).
I bought the Mustek BearPaw scanner at a moment when I was in a great need for something to scan b/w documents and the factor of color quality wasn ' t the issue; though over the years I wanted it to do things that were advertised to begin with, only to find that the commercial hype wasn ' t backed with good performance. Images scanned are sub-mediocre, the film scanning feature is quite useless (the scanner seems to do its worst, shutting down its transparency lamp before scanning for about 1 second, thus throwing out all calibration done prior to the scan of the actual image) and the overall impression is of a product for the casual consumer.
If you need only basic scanning once in a while, it is a decent scanner. I found it useful for b/w scans and the black inner-lid prevents image leakage from the reverse of the paper, often found when scanning from a newspaper or some books using thin paper.
If you are looking for something more professional, keep looking, this one isn ' t for you.
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