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HP ScanJet 4850 Photo

HP ScanJet 4850 Photo
alaScore 79

302 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 302 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP ScanJet 4850 Photo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 302 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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I hAve two computers. One has Windows XP and one has Windows Vista. I tried installing the software with the XP system install disk and got errors. I tried installing it on my other computer with the Windows Vista install disk. I got different errors....

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Good product; sturdy construction; usual HP quality;

Best repro of any of the scanners I''ve had to date. No need to "enhance" original scan. no need to lock when transporting like some scanners require

Had problems getting it to scan entire dovent, but customer service resolved. [Select Settings/scan settings/Solution Center scan button settings/ and c "show preview".] It took 30 min for the Custormer Service Rep to find this, but it solved the problem

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Won't work with Vista at present


Won't presently work with Vista.

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No Comment.

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I was very disappointed


If this were a $xx bargain scanner I would understand. But I consider $xxx to be mid range, and yet this performed worse than the scanner included in my Canon all in one! And the HP twain driver is far worse to use than the canon's. It's an OK...

Lid is very flexible for 3d scanning, installation was easy, product worked first time, not so expensive

Very dissapointed in scan quality and included software. Despite marketing claims, real optical resolution maxed out at 1200 dpi (higher dpi just blurred image.) Contrast was horrible - even when turning off all filtering, most details were completely...

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I was very disappointed


Lid is very flexible for 3d scanning, installation was easy, product worked first time, not so expensive.

Very dissapointed in scan quality and included software.

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Great value


Makes me wonder what kind of job those big money models can do. Must really be something.

5 eggs for the money. Scan old negatives, nice resolotion. All around a nice rig to have. Great service my new egg

none for the money

Product Specifications

The HP Scanjet 4850 Photo Scanner is ideal for families who need to turn multiple prints, slides or negatives into professional-quality digital files. With a real interest in photography, they will also want to edit and enhance these images. Get crisp, sharp scans of photos and documents for true-to-original results. Give your memories a new lease of life - scan multiple photos, slides or negatives at once. Get the job done quickly and efficiently with one-touch buttons and easy-to-use software tools.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Argentina / Brazil / Chile / Colombia / Peru / Venezuela/Europe
Model:4200C/4850 Photo Scanner
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ScanJet


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


Color Depth:36-bit color/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/USB
Interface Type (2nd): None
Max H-Optical Resolution:4800dpi/600dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.7 in x 12.2 in/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max Supported Media Size:8.7 in x 12.2 in/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max V-Optical Resolution:1200dpi/600dpi/9600dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper/Plain paper / Slides / Film/Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Bulk objects (such as books)
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies/Film / Plain paper / Slides/Plain paper
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 months warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP