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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

85%
Overall score:85%

Pros:

  • Build quality, fundamental scan quality is good.

Cons:

  • Speed, poor control software, large design.

Product:

HP G4050

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£199.00

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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.

Full Specification

Connectivity:
USB 2.0
Operating System:
-

D-Max:
-
Colour Depth:
-

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

Optical Resolution:
4800x9600ppi
Illumination:
-

Output:
-
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