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HP Scanjet G3110
  • HP Scanjet G3110
  • HP Scanjet G3110 - Controls
  • HP Scanjet G3110 - Transparency Adapter
  • HP Scanjet G3110 - Sockets
  • HP Scanjet G3110 - Feature Table
  • HP Scanjet G3110 - Speeds and Costs


Our Score:



  • Straight to PDF scan
  • Quick OCR conversion
  • Colour restoration and dust removal


  • Slow scans, even for price
  • Driver installation glitch
  • OCR not that accurate

Key Features

  • 4800 x 9600ppi top resolution
  • 48-bit colour scans
  • Transparency and negative adapter
  • Four single-click actions
  • Scans from books as well as sheets
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £87.00

A flatbed scanner with a transparency and negative adapter built into its lid will normally cost you over £100, but HP’s Scanjet G3110 beats this price by over 10 percent and looks good into the bargain.

With something of the curves of a stealth bomber, its thick, ice-white top includes a raised plateau, which hides the transparency adapter in its lid and holds the four quick-task buttons, which are its only controls. These start scan, scan-to-email, scan-to-PDF and copy jobs. You need a printer to copy, of course.

The lid has extending hinges, so you can easily scan from books and magazines. A small panel at the back of its left-hand side offers a power switch and sockets for the separate, black-block power supply and a USB connection, the only way to transfer data.

HP Scanjet G3110 - Sockets

We had some difficulty installing the Scanjet G3110, as the install program kept claiming it had found a newer version of ‘MSI.BufferChm’ than the one it was trying to install. You’d think it would be happy with a newer version, but it refused to proceed and uninstalled the entire package.

After an hour’s online chat with HP technical support, we had installed all the software elements manually, but Solutions Center now claimed there were elements missing from the installation and it wouldn’t scan. In the end, we had to use a different PC, where it installed without problems. A quick search on the Net showed our experience wasn’t unique, though, and it’s something HP should resolve.

HP Scanjet G3110

The software provided includes HP's Photosmart Essentials and Solution Center, which includes built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - for turning printed text into machine-readable digital text - from IRIS. TWAIN and WIA are ways for PCs to talk to scanners so it’s good to have both supported here, but each uses a different scanner interface and the WIA-only HP Scanning application is a lot better-featured than its TWAIN counterpart.

The driver offers comprehensive control of the scanner, and includes colour correction plus dust and scratch removal. Both of these are reasonably effective, though not up to the standard of applications like Digital ICE.

Robin McHood

November 13, 2013, 3:32 am

Good scanner when you can get it to work. I had no problems installing to several different Win 7 Pro Dell PCs but failed totally on a brand new HP Elitebook 8470p and a brand new HP desktop!! You'd think HP installation software would at least work with HP equipment. In my case the installation appears to complete (though from past experience I could see it had not actually installed the additional software) correctly. But when you look for the scanner it either doesnt appear in the Devices and Printers list or if it does, it appears as an unrecognised device and then tries to find and install a device driver. This of course fails.

This isn't the first HP scanning device I've had similar problems with, the G2410 was just as bad and added to the problem by causing newer scanner type installations to fail unless you had removed every last file and registry entry before you did it.

Basically don't buy this scanner, or for my mind any HP scanner. Try a Canon, I've got several including some old Lide units which have installed faultlessly on Windows software starting at 2000 through Vista, XP various flavours and now Win 7

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