both scanners are 1200 dpi optical (real resolution). one advantage with the
Epson is icc profiles and the ability to set the scanner to use the profiles
of an Epson printer. This gives you the nice option of choosing sRGB color
management in PhotoShop or Corel Draw and have a "what you see is what you
scanned and what you will print" monitor display.
another alternative is the perfection 1640 (for another $100) which at 1600
dpi optical resolution (42 bits color depth) gives you the best resolution
of any available consumer scanner (flatbed).
> I also had a 5100C for a little over a year (just out of the warranty
> period, and I used it very little) and it started this model's infamous
> "grinding" problem which results in lousy scans. HP would do nothing for
> and I bugged them quite a bit.
> > From personal experience and from reading quite a few complaints in the
> > scanner NGs, I have concluded that HP scanners - while performing well -
> > NOT reliable and are likely to have a short lifespan. The only thing I
> > say about Epson is that I have read some good reviews. I think your
> > was correct in saying that the HP scanners do not match the quality of
> > printers. My HP Deskjet 600C, for instance, has been very reliable, and
> > been in use for about 4 fault-free years.
> > My former scanner, in use for 2 years, was a $300 HP 5100C. I now have a
> > Umax Astra 1600U. It is working great so far, and the price was $29
> > rebate.
> > > Hi. I'm looking for a good consumer-grade scanner for scanning family
> > > pictures. I've done some research on the web and got confusing
> > > information about the HP 5370 and the Epson Perfection 1240.
> > > For the 5370, one source described it as a solid scanner for $300;
> > > another described its scan quality as only "fair". Yet another said
> > > quality of HP's consumer scanners doesn't quite match that of their
> > > printers.
> > > For the 1240, it seems to get very good reviews, although someone
> > > experimented with it said its scan quality is comparable with that of
> > > professional scanners at 600dpi, despite the claimed resolution.
> > > Could someone shed some light on how these two scanners compare? If
> > > think there are other good choices, please feel free to share your
> > > recommendations.
> > > Many thanks.