5200C USB Color Scanner Review
(5200C, 5200Cse, 5200Cxi)
Last updated: 07/29/03
SOFTWARE. The following software is included
with the scanner:
- HP PrecisionScan version 2.0 with integrated OCR from
PhotoDeluxe Business Edition - photo touch-up and special
- Caere PageKeeper Standard Edition - document management
- Hemra's NetGraphics Photo-Objects Gallery. Although
HP's Web site states that the scanner comes with Hemera's
NetGraphics Optimizer, the 5200C I reviewed came with Hemra's NetGraphics
Photo-Objects Gallery. I downloaded a trail of the Optimizer and
didn't think too highly of the software and most certainly would not pay
$39.95 for it. It optimized a 40K file to 13K gif file. I manually
optimized it with Corel PhotoPaint to a 10K jpeg file. The Photo-Objects
Gallery software allows you to catalog images and includes a few nice pieces
of clip-art with transparent backgrounds, but, after a brief look, I
did not find it useful for what I do with a computer. A novice
user may like it.
- HP Copy Utility.
INSTALLATION. The 5200C was easiest HP scanner
I've ever installed (I state this with some trepidation, however,
after quite a few problems with other HP scanners). In my experience,
both the 4P and 5P and, more recently, low-end HP scanners can be troublesome
to install (see my articles on the 5P and 4100C scanners). The
4P is also problematic. Not the 5110C, at least the one I used for
this review (note my disclaimer). Before installing the scanner
you should take the following steps.
- You don't want to connect this scanner to your printer
port. It's just too slow and it has no provision for sharing the
printer port with a printer. Buy a USB board if your computer doesn't
have a USB interface.
- Windows 95 versions below OSR
2.1 do not support USB. You will have to find the upgrade to 2.1
or upgrade to Windows 98 (I recommend the later).
- If you have a Super7 motherboard with the Via MVP3 chipset,
scoot over to VIA's
Web site and download and install the VIA USB Filter Driver.
- Make sure your USB ports are enabled in your computer's
Once these items are taken care of, installation is just
a matter of following the instructions on the poster. Like all HP scanners
I've seen, this one installs logically backwards. Install the scanning
software first. It includes the driver installation. Don't install
the rest of the software until the scanner is working. Step through
the driver installation choices, shut down, install the USB cable, unlock
the scanner mechanism, connect the power cable (there is no power switch--its
an Energy Star, green machine, man), turn-on the computer, and watch Windows
install the software (if you have a problem at this point, see my article
installation problems). Once this is completed, put a document
in the scanner and push the green button on the front scanner. This
should fire-up HP's PrecisionScan software and scan the document. You
will hear a ping on your PC's speaker when it's done.
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