[bksvol-discuss] Re: o.t. purchasing scanners

  • From: "Monica Svopa" <svopa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 11:42:47 -0500

Donna, thanks for your note.  Actually, I payed about $280 for the HP.  I 
should have written that in my previous message.  

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Donna Smith 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 11:46 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: o.t. purchasing scanners

  Hi Monica.


  It's been a long time since I used an HP scanner, so I can't speak to the 
issue of whether it allows you to set brightness options.  However, I know that 
changing the brightness option is not an adjustment I usually make.  I can 
usually fix the problem by fooling around with the resolution setting.


  I can speak to the quality of Epson scanners.  I've been using an Epson 1660 
(no longer available for purchase as a new product) here at home for about four 
years, and it has been a real workhorse.  I've also been using an Epson 3271 at 
work for about three years and it's even better than the 1660.  I don't think 
you can go wrong with an Epson scanner.  


  Having said all that, I've purchased an Opticbook 3600, and although I had to 
send it back because the light was damaged in shipping, I'm anxiously awaiting 
its replacement as I've heard so many good things about it on this list.  One 
of the appealing factors for the Opticbook (aside from the cool feature of 
providing the edge of scanner option for placing the book for easy and complete 
scanning of a page), is that its strength is focused in scanning text as 
opposed to images.  I think most commercial scanners focus on how well they can 
scan pictures/graphics and/or convert to PDF format.  While these things are 
useful in their own right, for the work we do, getting the best scan of text is 
the ultimate goal.  According to everything I've read on this list and on the 
web the Opticbook 3600 is the power scanner of choice for scanning books.  


  Finally, cost plays an important part in making such a decision.  If you got 
a good price on your HP scanner, (anything under $150), then you might want to 
take it out of the box, download the driver and see what kind of results you 
get.  If you're not satisfied, then you can box it up, return it and buy 
something else.  The Opticbook is $230 from Tiger Direct (a partner of 
Amazon.com), and I'm guessing that a good Epson scanner would be around $200 at 


  I know this doesn't answer your question outright, but perhaps I've given you 
more to think about.


  Good luck.





  From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Monica Svopa
  Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 11:28 AM
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] o.t. purchasing scanners


  Hello list.  I had a question about scanner preferences.  I had recently 
bought, but have not taken out of the box yet, an HP 5590.  I will be using 
Kurzweil 11.  In my recent discussions with some tech folks, they had told me 
that the HP doesn't allow you to change the brightness setting.  They suggested 
that buying an Epson or Optic book would be better.  My computer instructor is 
not a Kurzweil expert.  So, I pose the question to you.  I can return my HP and 
buy either an Epson or OpticBook.  I do want to get the best results possible.  
Or I can keep my HP but have to download the commercial drivers?  Any thoughts. 
 Thanks again for all of your help.  


  Monica Svopa 


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