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HP ScanJet 3970 Digital Flatbed Scanner

by HP

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  • Digital flatbed color scanner with high-speed USB connectivity
  • 2,400 x 2,400 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • 13-second preview speed
  • Transparent materials adapter included
  • USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible
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Product Details

Product Manual [585kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000ACOW4
  • Item model number: Q3191A#A2L
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 31, 2003

Product Description

HP ScanJet 3970 Digital Flatbed Scanner

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Customer Reviews

Color was washed out.
"bern1672"
It did seem a bit clunky, but I didn't bother playing with it enough to let it bother me.
GreenCapt
I purchased this unit on March 15, 2005, and it has already failed.
JM

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By 35-year Technology Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 28, 2004
I purchased this to replace an older HP scanner that was a good performer,...but wanted to take advantage of the higher data transfer speed of a USB 2 capable computer.
I'm frankly surprised by all the large number of low grades other users have given this machine. It has handled all the following scanning functions easily and with consistenly high quality output:
-Scanning photos to digital files (.tiff, .jpg and other bitmap formats);
-Reprinting photos directly to a photo printer;
-Importing printed materials directly into MS Office documents and Adobe Acrobat documents;
-Direct output of a scanned text document to a printer;
-Scanning negatives to digital files for editing/printing.
Minor...but not serious flaws:
-Other reviewers are correct: it only does 2 35mm negatives/slides at once (but scanners with an auto feed capacity are going to cost 2x-3x as much.
-Two of the 4 front panel buttons are directly related to marginally useful HP-specific functions ("HP Share-to-Web" and "HP Memories Disk"; their apparent presumption is that we don't know how to FTP or author CDs;-
-This model is among the loudest home scanners I've heard.
-The bundled software isn't outstanding, but it's certainly functional (especially if you take some time to customize the settings).
For $..., the digital and hardcopy image/text outputs are highly resolved and crisp
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mom of One VINE VOICE on October 25, 2004
I recently purchased this item from a local electronics store for a really good price (open box items are my best friend). In less than 15 minutes, I was able to scan twenty-one 8.5" x 11" pieces of artwork created by my students. Using the software provided by HP, I also took the items that were created in the landcape mode and rotated them. I renamed them, copied them into a file and also created a photo album. I then printed out the photo album, 15 images per page. OK...so it was able to scan very well. I then decided to test its ability to scan negatives and print them out.

I took a negative that was about 8 years old. Scanned it and then opened it in windows viewer. I printed one slide out as as an 8" x 10" print, and another as a 5" x 7". I printed them out on a laser printer using 600 x 600 dpi. Both printed out very well.

If you want to make money using the scanner, you might want to invest in something more sophisticated. However, it works just fine for the basic user in a home environment.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rosomax on December 4, 2003
For the price of $70-100 there are about 6-7 scanners. I picked HP for a simple reason -- proven durability. We have a couple of HP scanners at work and they've been used heavily for the past 3 years with zero problems. I've talked to many people who had Epsons and they all had problems of various kinds.
For the good: It scannes the old pictures very well. I come from a very "old" family and we have lots of pictures from 1800's. They turned out very good and easy to restore with editing software like the photoshop.
For the not-so-good: The software is a bit "clunky". Seems like it has too many tools that do the same job. A simple all-in-one program would have been just fine.
For the strange: Where's the power switch? You will need to physically unplug it if you'd like to save a couple of KWatts. One star taken off for that.
Otherwise a solid product that does the job.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Lazare on October 18, 2003
I should have figured I wouldn't get a great product for such a low price, but I tend to trust HP products.
Scanning photos works fine, but the quality of slide and negative scans is terrible. The slide scans were unusable. Also, it took forever for the lamp to warm up, so even if I had just scanned a photo/slide, I would still have to wait up to 2 minutes for the lamp to warm up again so I could make another scan. I'm returning this unit and looking for another.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Buddingtwigs on November 19, 2003
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I chose HP 3970 assuming it was good quality for the price, and that it would be easy to use with my HP Pavilion PC. It is a nice scanner, although a little slow, + does a decent job scanning, BUT the drivers/software is incompatible with a large number of systems. I learned this too late (after my 30 day return period), for i had only done test scans of photos and transparent materials, and a RESTART of my pc, not a cold boot. My pc will not cold boot with the scanner software installed, as there is a conflict with the NVIDIA video chipset which came with the HP pc. So, now i have a new scanner i cannot use without great pains. The next shopper should be forewarned to go to [...] and search for the 3970's known incompatibilities BEFORE spending money. Good luck! :)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By GreenCapt on January 17, 2004
Despite some reviews, I took the chance that the slide and negative scanning abilities of the HP 3970 *might* be ok... they are NOT. Whatever the specs may say, you can only scan up to 2 negatives or 1 slide at a time. The lamp DOES have to warm up AGAIN after each scan session, even if your last one was just moments before. This makes just waiting for a preview excruciating! Next, the scan time to actually scan a negative at only 300 dpi is about 45-60 sec.
Long and short- this scanner was set up and tested and now is going back to the store... all within about 1 hour.
I didn't even bother trying the regular image scan functions, as all I'm really interested in right now is scanning negatives and slides. I'm sure the basic functions are good, as HP does have a decent rep for flatbed scans.
The software installed easily though in Windows XP Pro. It did seem a bit clunky, but I didn't bother playing with it enough to let it bother me.
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