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HP PhotoSmart S20xi

HP PhotoSmart S20xi
alaScore 70

74 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of HP PhotoSmart S20xi. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP PhotoSmart S20xi is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart S20xi from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Scanners on

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: (

decent film/print scanner


i've had this scanner for years and have used it to scan tons of negatives. i've used it under win2k and winp without significant problems. driver can be dl'd from hp site. this scanner is useful because it has a small desktop footprint and can do neg

you can preview scan a sheet of up to 5 negs at a time, but you have to tweak each one's color balance, cropping, etc individually. there's no way to set a preference for 'full frame', or no auto-color-balance, for example

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Great scanner better then the $1,000+ ones


(S20 not S20xi)Works like a champ on windows 98, no idea about XP. slides always feed in fine and the software is one of the best ever seen and even reviewed higher then off the shelf pacakges. have done over 700 slides now and going strong. I would rec

Wish it was USB 2.0

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: (

HP provides no support


The S20 (don't know about the S20xi) scans films, slides, and prints

The S20 (don't know about the xi) is the most unreliable hardware I have ever owned. There are many problems listed on the HP Web site, but none can revive my sometimes working S20 scanner. There are no drivers listed for XP or W2000. I'll never buy an

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: (

Good Scanner


Nothing to write home about, but this little scanner does a nice job. If I had to do it all over again, I would.

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: (

The HP PhotoSmart S20xi. What a Workhorse!


I purchased this scanner three years ago, and I can say I pushed this scanner to over 5000 scans, both negatives and photos! Dosen't seem to work with Windows XP Pro...

Mar, 2003

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I put a slide in and it never came out until I took it apart and then it was all bunched up...and ruined!! I tired Customer Service, but do you think I could get through..nope!!!

Oct, 2001

Consumer review by: (

Great scanner comparing to others in the priced range


the 1st one died after 600 scans in one week, the 2nd one is holding up better. Great feeder for the slides and negatives but prints feed in crooked sometimes. I'm getting great scan results, reaching 2000 scans in the last 6 weeks. I could have spent...

Sep, 2001

Consumer review by: (

Does exactly what I expect it should do.


Well designed, easy to set up and use, ultra-reliable, highest quality output. Versatile, handles tranparencies and prints, even old or fade black and white or sepia prints, and handles black and white negatives. Meets all my expectations for...

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: (

Good idea but hardware faults


I have the previous version of this scanner too. It had to be replaced by Hewlett Packard 3 times! There is a fault in the scanner lid and all the replaced ones had the same fault!

Jun, 2001

Consumer review by: (

Great for slides and negatives


Have scanned over 3000 slides and negatives in about 21 months. Still working great. Sometimes dust is a problem. Print scanning is not as good because of streaking & low dpi

Apr, 2001

Product Specifications

The HP Photosmart S20xi photo scanner is a film/photo scanner that provides high-quality scanned images from all 35 mm film formats; positive and negative strips, mounted 35 mm film and photographs up to 5 x 7 inches.

Dimensions & Weight



Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart


Color Depth:36-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Max Supported Document Size:5 in x 7.05 in/5.12 in x 7.1 in
Max Supported Media Size:5 in x 7.05 in/5.12 in x 7.1 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Slides
Type:Flatbed scanner/Sheetfed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows NT 4.0