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HP Scanjet 3800

HP Scanjet 3800
alaScore 75

17 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of HP Scanjet 3800. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP Scanjet 3800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Robin Morris (

HP Scanjet 3800 Photo


The 3800 Photo from HP, a stablemate of the 4850 Photo, is designed for users who want to digitally store their photos and negatives, but don't want to pay a high price. It's a good effort, although we weren't completely convinced by the construction.

Considering its price, the Scanjet 3800 Photo is a very decent product from HP. The specifications are competitive, the scans are of a decent quality and the software is comprehensive. We'd still recommend stretching your budget a little, but at the...

Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

This award-winning scanner combines outstanding value for money with easy, one-touch scanning from photos, slides, negatives and documents. Scan multiple photos at once and restore faded colors or scratched images using intuitive software. The HP Scanjet 3800 Photo Scanner is designed for busy users, people who want a scanner that's fun and easy to use, produces great results and offers the ability to scan slides and negatives as well as photos and documents.


Certification:CE, FCC, GOST
Electromagnetic compatibility:EU (CE Declaration of Conformity), USA (FCC Declaration), Russia (GOST)
Energy Star certified:No / Y


Built-in display:N
Color of product:Grey, White
Scan type:Flatbed Scanner
Scanner Type:Flatbed / Flatbed Scanner

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):21

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Model:3800 Photo Scanner
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ScanJet


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 15 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Control panel:3 front-panel buttons (Copy, Scan, Scan to share)
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.299 x 17.717 x 2.559
Exifprint supported:Yes, Version 2.2
I/O ports:1 Hi-Speed USB - compatible with USB 2.0 specifications
Image scaling/enlargement range:10 - 2000% in 1%
Maximum dimensions (W x D x H):11.299 x 17.717 x 2.559
Maximum scan area:8.500
Media types supported:Paper (banner, inkjet, photo, plain), envelopes, labels, cards (greeting, index), 3-D objects, 35-mm slides and negatives (using transparent materials adapter), iron-on transfers
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:Macintosh; USB; 128 MB RAM; Mac OS X v10.2 and later, 250 MB; SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit colour); CD-ROM drive
Network ready: No
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):0 - 90
Number of cartons per pallet:14
Number of layers per pallet:5
Package dimensions (W x D x H):19.690 x 5.940 x 16.420
Package dimensions (WxDxH):19.685 x 5.945 x 16.417
Package weight:9.9 lb
Package weight (imperial):9.9 lb
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):39.370 x 47.244 x 86.929
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):39.4 x 47.2 x 86.9
Pallet weight (imperial):717
Power Management: No
Power Requirements:North America: 100 - 120 VAC (+/- 10%), 60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz); Continental Europe, United Kingdom, Australia: 200 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50 Hz (+/- 3 Hz); rest of world: 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD):11.300
Quantity per pallet:70
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Remote front panel software:Y
Safety:CB Report (IEC 60950-1:2001), North America (UL/c-UL UL60950-1), Europe (EN60950-1:2001, TÜV-Rheinland GS), Russia (GOST)
Scan input modes:Front-panel Scan, Copy, Scan to Share (with HP Instant Share, e-mail, or HP Image Zone software); user application via TWAIN; Transparent Materials Adapter (transmissive scans of film materials)
Scan resolution enhanced disclaimer (short):The maximum dpi at which you can scan is limited by available computer memory, disk space and other system factors.
Scan speed (4x6:12 sec
Scan speed (4x6, color photo):12 sec
Scan speed (OCR, A4):32 sec
Scan speed in preview mode:10 sec
Technical features:Easily remove dust and scratches, and restore colour to faded photos, slides and negatives.\nGet true-to-life results, at 2400 x 4800 dpi hardware resolution and 48-bit colour.\nThree simple one-touch buttons – Scan, Copy, Scan to Share.\nMulti-image scannin
Transparency adapter:Built-in Transparent Materials Adapter (TMA) for two 35 mm slides or two 35 mm negative frames
TWAIN version:1.9
Weight:6.8 lb
Weight (imperial):6.8 lb

Other features

Pallet weight:718.707

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HP Image Zone software / HP Image Zone Software for Windows and Macintosh, IRIS Readiris OCR software, HP Instant Share, HP Image Editor (with faded colour restoration, HP auto red-eye removal, HP adaptive lighting, and dust and scratch removal capabilities)

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4


Button functions:Scan
Light Source:CCFL
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:USB 2.0


Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:100-240
Power consumption (typical):21
Power supply type:AC


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:8-bit (256 gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:4800dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Film / Slides / Plain paper/Plain paper / Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Slides
Type:Flatbed scanner


Color scanning:Y / Yes
Duplex scanning:N
Film scanning: Yes
Flatbed scan speed (b/w, A4):30
Gray scale levels:256
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan size:8.5 x 11.7 / 8.504 x 11.693
Optical scanning resolution:2400 x 4800

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Windows 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000, XP Home, XP Professional; Mac OS X v 10.2
Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:500
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium II 233 MHz
Minimum RAM:64
Minimum system requirements:Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 2; USB port; CD-ROM drive; SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit colour)
OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000,Windows 2000 Professional,Windows 98,Windows 98SE,Windows ME,Windows XP Home,Windows XP Home x64,Windows XP Professional,Windows XP Professional x64

Weight & Dimensions

Package depth:5.94
Package height:16.4
Package weight:9.92 / 9.921
Package width:19.7
Weight:6.83 / 6.834