Hewlett-Packard today announced the release of a collection of new color scanners aimed at consumers and small offices and home offices. The new Scanjet models include the 4400c, 4470c, 5470c, and 5490c.
The new Scanjet models all sport two sensors, which scan at either low or high resolutions depending on what’s commanded. They also feature a new scan-to-CD feature that will enable users to scan documents directly to CD-R/RW media, simplifying the process of archiving documents and pictures. A photo reprint feature also enables users to arrange photos on a single sheet of photo paper.
The Scanjet 4400c and 4470c scanners will be available at US$149 and $199 respectively. They both sport 48-bit color depth and a maximum optical resolution of 1200 dots-per-inch (DPI). A 300 DPI sensor is also included in the scanner, which enables the scanner to produce high-speed low res scans. Preview scans are available in about 13 seconds with either model. The 4470c model includes a lighted adapter to scan 35mm negatives and slides.
The Scanjet 5470c and 5490c carry retail prices of $299 and $399 respectively. Both scanners feature 48-bit color depth support and 2400 DPI sensors and 600 DPI sensors, to capture either low-res or high-res imagery depending on the application. Both scanners also include a lighted 35mm negative and slide adapter, and feature LCD displays for selecting, scanning and copying options. Both models do preview scans in about eight seconds. The 5490c also features a 25-page capacity automatic document feeder (ADF) that scans eight pages per minute, supporting up to legal-size documents.
All the new Scanjet scanners mentioned here are USB and parallel-equipped, and are compatible with both the Mac and PC. System requirements call for Mac OS 8.5 through 9.x. Hewlett-Packard confirmed with MacCentral that the scanners do not work out of the box with Mac OS X, but the company plans to support Mac OS X with the new scanners soon.