The first thing you notice about this mid-range scanner from HP is its design. Far from being a piece of grey plastic office gear, it shows considerable design effort and should be just as at home in a smart study or even a living room, as it would in a trendy office.
The lid is one solid piece of lightly-tinted acrylic, sandwiched between a roughly A4-sized white panel on top and a grey flatbed cover underneath. The grey cover also holds the built-in transparency adapter, connected to the main chassis via a slightly naff grey cable.
The surround of the scanner is coloured in the same grey, with a number of moulded slots around its edge for styling. All in all, this is a pleasantly fresh take on what is normally a very utilitarian piece of computer equipment.
It's not all good looks, though. The two-stage hinges at the rear ensure the lid can left around 2.5 cm above the flatbed, while still remaining parallel with it. This means you can scan from something a thick as a Jeffrey Archer novel and still get a good quality scan.
Three control buttons are set into the white panel in the lid and these give single -ush connection to scan, copy and PDF functions, combined with HP’s Scanning software. At the back are sockets for a black block power supply, USB connection and the transparency adapter cable. The adapter can take two 35mm slides or two negatives; fine for slides but you’ll probably need to snip up your negative strips to get them scanned.
Software installation is straightforward and support applications are provided for both Windows and OS X, with IRIS OCR software built into both versions. HP Scanning is a Twain application, which aims to provide simple assisted correction for colour and other photo anomalies.