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HP ScanJet 4890 Photo Scanner

HP ScanJet 4890 Photo Scanner
alaScore 78

123 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP ScanJet 4890 Photo Scanner is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 123 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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HP Scanjet 4890 Photo Scanner


This flatbed churns out photo and film scans in a flash, but getting good image quality requires some fiddling.

Although the HP Scanjet 4890 Photo Scanner satisfies the need for speed--especially with transparency scanning--its features and default image quality could be better.

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HP Scanjet 4890 Photo Scanner


The HP Scanjet 4890 Photo Scanner ($199.99 direct) is the best argument we've seen lately for never buying a scanner based on the big numbers shouting from the box. The claimed 4,800 pixel-per-inch (ppi) optical resolution and 48-bit color depth...

Scans 35mm, medium-format, and 4- by 5-inch film, documents, and photographic prints. Fast performance, particularly for film

Low scan quality. Good only for printing scans at snapshot quality

With HP Scanjet 4890 Photo Scanner, working with film and photographic prints is easy, but scan quality lacks.

Consumer review by:




Like the other person said it is somewhat noisy.


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Bad news so far


Still trying to get it working.

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More scanner than I need


Sleek and easy to install. Great quality for the price. I like the Image software that comes with it, there are lots of tools available for use after the scan. (way cheaper than Photoshop) Turns out that I don't really need the high resolution like I...

Probably need some previous scanner expertise to get good scans/image quality. This is not a "scanner for dummies". Auto cropping doesn't work very well, so you have to check the cropping before you scan the images. The automated buttons on the top...

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I can see I'm going to be putting this machine to good use.

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Extremely poor


Looks sturdy and is well complimented by included software.

Where to begin the quality of photo scans is horrid, pictures look faded, blurry and the Preview shows them extremely granulated as to preclude any chance of judging what the actual scan will look like.

Consumer review by:

Its a scanner


Good image quality. Pretty quick

None really

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Ok if it works


Like another reviewer said, "If it works it works ok."

Does an average job of 35mm slides. Still have to crop the final scan

Didn't work. Looked like a repack maybe. HP sent me another one Fedex. (2 hrs with tech first!) Slow but for the price it may be right

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Ok if it works


Does an average job of 35mm slides.

Didn't work.

Product Specifications

HP's premium photo scanner, the HP Scanjet 4890 Photo Scanner, allows users to scan even more using the built-in film scanner. With a scanning resolution of up to 4, 800 x 9, 600 dpi and 48-bit color, users enjoy high-quality reproductions. One-touch buttons make it easy to scan, print and share quickly. In addition, users can enhance photos using HP Real Life technologies to remove red-eye, brighten dark photo areas, remove the appearance of dust and scratches and restore faded color.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Brazil / Mexico / Peru
Localization:English / Portuguese / Spanish
Model:4890 Photo Scanner
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ScanJet


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


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:4800dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.7 in x 12.2 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.7 in x 12.2 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:9600dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Slides / Film/Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Slides/Film / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

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