5200C USB Color Scanner Review
(5200C, 5200Cse, 5200Cxi)
Last updated: 07/29/03
PERFORMANCE. Here are some benchmarks I obtained
with the same test document and using the Normal scan mode:
Using the same scanning software, the 4200C with a USB
interface, is as fast as my 4P with a SCSI interface; i.e., fast.
HP's PrecisionScan software had no trouble detecting and
working with my 4p scanner. It's single-pass scan capability made it
much faster than the 2-step scans used by the PaperPort software which came
with my 4p.
In my opinion and as shown in the table, the parallel interface
isn't worth doing.
The 5200C with the USB interface scanned the same document
with the Fast, Best Quality Photo mode in 22 sec. The quality was so
so. In the Best Text, B&W Only mode, a scan took 28 sec. and the
quality was poor. I doubt I would use either of these modes.
HP's Copy Utility turns your scanner, computer, and printer
into a copy machine. Put a document into the scanner, push the green
button, and wait while your printer prints a copy of it. It's no speed
demon, but the quality beats using your thermo FAX machine as an occasional
copy machine and the speed is about the same: 30 seconds with a 400 Mhz K6-2
and an HP 895C USB
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