Mustek 4800TA Pro II review

Review Date : Mon, 6 Mar 2006

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Mustek 4800TA Pro II

Solid scanner that can be used sideways to save desk space....

Pros: Small and attractive design; price; good reflective media scans
Cons: Disappointing film scan quality

The Mustek 4800TA Pro II is one of the cheapest scanner in this category, being nearly half the price of the next dearest competitor. Despite that, it's a neat design and comes with fully-featured scanner control software.

Being one of the smaller flat bed scanner designs, Mustek includes a special foot that enables the unit to be used sideways to save desk space. 2400x4800ppi resolution offered is also the lowest in the group, but it didn't affect our tests. 300ppi and 1200ppi document and print tests were on a par with the rest for sharpness and resolution. Film scans at 2400ppi, delivering three megapixel results, were just as sharp as most of the others tested. Contrast needs to be upped for a more crisp result, but that's about all with print scans. Scans from film, although quite swift at 2 minutes for 2400ppi results, need a lot more work. Slide scans look flat, lacking deep blacks or true whites and negative scans are too light and with a green cast.

With effort, a fair amount of this can be fixed, but it's fair to say that the 4800TA Pro is not a particularly good film scanner.


Film scans need work to get acceptable results, but apart from this the 4800 TA Pro II is a solid scanner and very affordable.

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