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HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner



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Scan even more slides and negatives, plus get superior color accuracy with 6-color, 96-bit scanning.

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HP HardwareHP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner

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Scanning 16 slides didn't work

By abey

from chicago

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I purchased the Scanner G4050 because of its ability to scan up to 16 slides at one time. Unfortunately, this feature did not work. I sought the help of the HP Support team but on two separate occasions, they were unable to resolve the problem. Very disappointed and have to return the device for credit.


Easy to use

By Anita503

from Delray Beach, Florida

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I was going crazy trying to scan all our family photos using my business "all in one". Plugged in my new HP and started up without a hitch. It is very easy to use and very fast. The 16 slide adapter was not only a bonus but is amazing. Great product for home photo and slide scanning.


Love the negative holding trays . . .

By Richard24

from Salt Lake City, UT

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I bought this to replace an old scanner that is no longer supported. My old device was great, and this one is even better. Warm up time is quick. I installed the software on a Windows 8 laptop. The software is intuitive and friendly. My favorite feature is a set of negative holders that hold multiple strips of slides. Love HP products, and this is a great addition.



By Pold

from Charlotten NC

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

Scans documents, photos and slides. will not scan negatives. Backlight will come on for slides and will not come on for negatives. This appears to be a software failure not an equipment failure. As this is a replacement for the first scanner which was delivered two weeks ago and had exactly the same failure I am in despair. Contacting HP over the failure of the first failure was a nightmare of being switched from one operator to another and finally back to sales who decided the best answer was to replace. In addition, the instruction manual frequently refers to software which a one liner on the set up documentation says is no longer included. This is not acceptable. Here's hoping that this review brings a sensible reply from someone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I like the slide scanning feature.

By Pedalpower

from Iowa

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I had to replace my old HP scanner because a driver was not available for Windows 7. I chose the ScanJet G4050 because of its slide scanning feature as I have hundreds of slides from the pre-digital age that I would like to get into digital format. I hesitated choosing this scanner because of the negative comments on setting it up. I could not find another scanner that I would rather have so I decided to take a chance on it. The scanner setup went flawlessly as described in the User's Guide. I have scanned one newspaper article and a couple of slides to my satisfaction. Based on my experience, so far, I would recommend this scanner.


Better than I expected.

By kchisos

from Santa Fe, NM

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I was reluctant to buy another scanner, since all the scanners I've used before gave such poor results when scanning printed photographs. The HP Scanjet G4050 was a pleasant surprise. The color of the digital scan is very, very close to the original prints. A couple of years ago, I lost all my digital photographs due to a hard-drive crash. I foolishly did not have my files backed up at the time. I lost several dozen art-photos. Fortunately, I had 8 x 10 prints made of most of them, which I still have in inventory. I am now able to replace those digital files in a matter well enough to produce up to 11 x 14 inch prints that mimic almost exactly the original photographs. I am very happy with the quality versus the purchase price. I highly recommend this scanner for the casual and professional photographer.


Extremely Satisfied

By LauraP

from Daytona Beach

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I use this scanner to digitize photographs and restore old photos. The quality of the photos upon scanning are of good quality because of the settings one can choose prior to the scanning process. I am very pleased with this scanner and would recommend to anyone wanting to use them for this purpose. The only thing I would have added to this is an automatic feeder. This maybe in another model. BUY THIS ITEM!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


This Product is a DUD

By snowbird1955

from Miineapolis

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

This is the second scanner delivered by HP. The first one was defective. This one is very difficult to set up. It takes hours to set it up. After getting it to work then it scans very very very sloowwly. A terrible product. I woul not recommend anyone to buy this device.

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By tacomajoe

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I bought this scanner with the intention of using it to scan 35mm slides to digital format. The program loaded right up and I was up and running, no problems. I have since scanned a couple of dozen slides and a photo or two. The photo scans as expected were right on the original. The 35mm slides copied quite nicely with color and contrast exactly like the slides. I have tried some high resolution scans and they are a bit slow but overall I am very satisfied with the performance of this unit.



By TheBlueAbyss

from Long Island, NY

Comments about HP Hardware HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner:

I've always supported HP products and highly recommend them. I switched over to Mac a few years ago and immediately realized my HP flatbed scanner wasn't mac compatible so I kept my old windows laptop. Recently, found an old photo box full of negatives so with intention of preserving the photos I purchased this new scanner. I have a new 2013 high end Mac Pro so memory/power etc.. isn't the issue. the HP scan software isn't mac compatible. I installed it reinstalled etc.. (I am VERY computer savvy so disclaimer not the user). To better explain, it will install, but like other reviewers stated- it will freeze up during use. I mean FREEZE UP STANDSTILL like windows normally does- i forgot about this because macs never freeze up. I spent twenty minutes tweaking/cropping negatives and scanned at 2400 which is half the max and WASTED TIME! Froze up and error messages states remove, power down etc... and restart. So again I repeated and same issue. After wasting an hour, I turned everything down and waited 20 minutes, restarted and rescanned etc.. then clicked save and it finally worked. Albeit I waited approximately 8 hours total for 7 negatives to complete. This is unacceptable especially since this defeats the purpose of the purchase. To further explain the software issue, HP scan will install correctly but when it comes to NEGATIVES it is hit or miss whether it's in the mood to function properly. Hp rep recommended the Mac imaging software but that didn't work either with the scanner (again, hit or miss). I am using the latest Mac OS and I'm assuming this is why I haven't seen any other review state the above. Why didn't I return it? I went away on vacation for two weeks etc.. too late to return especially when the wife threw out the box. Not to mention under $200 vs spending thousand's mailing the negatives to scan is a no brainer. It's no an OVERSIZED paper weight that I only use when I know I'll be home all day and have the patience to standby as I repeatedly try to scan negatives. When it does work, I must say that I am impressed with the scans. Mac is light years ahead of windows but unfortunately after over 20 years of HP dedication their products aren't mac friendly and I might be switching over to Epson or Canon. (I had the same issue with my new HP printer regarding compatibility). If you are a windows user I'd probably highly recommend but as a mac user I would NEVER recommend. This is the only reason I didn't give it zero stars as my experience should be rated. Oh, one more thing, I tried it with my wife's computer (windows) and yes, it still takes HOURS LITERALLY HOURS to scan negatives. VERY DISAPPOINTED and no help from HP tech.

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