HP's G4050 flatbed scanner employs a novel two-pass technique to extract maximum detail.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Overall score:85%


  • Build quality, fundamental scan quality is good.


  • Speed, poor control software, large design.


HP G4050

Price as reviewed:


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Desk Dominating 

If you like your scanner to dominate your desk, the G4050 could be for you, being easily larger than the already-big HP G3010 we’ve tested. Inside the big box is a unique scanner CCD that is sensitive to six colours instead of the usual three (red, green and blue). This mode is switched off by default and the reason is a major increase in scanning time once it’s turned on.

Performance and Scan Quality

Scan quality is already quite good in standard mode and we couldn’t see a major pay back for the long waits in six-colour mode. Film scanning takes ages too and for a scanner of this price we’d expect classier film frame previewing and selection facilities.

The G4050, ultimately, promises much but doesn’t deliver a great deal extra.


Connectivity:USB 2.0
Operating System:

Colour Depth:

Film Size:16x 35mm slides/ 30x 35mm neg frames/two medium format
Maximum Print Size:5x4in film frame

Optical Resolution:4800x9600ppi

Sensor:Cold Cathode lamp/CCD+optical lens

Bundled Software:Lighting, HP Image Editor, USB 2.0Integrated OCR, HP Photo-smart Share, HP Adaptive
Dimensions:303 x 508 x 108mm

Weight:5.3 kg