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HP Scanjet 5590

alaTest has collected and analyzed 363 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design. The value for money also gets good opinions, but some have doubts about the size and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP Scanjet 5590 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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HP Scanjet 5590


This pricey but proficient scanner includes an automatic document feeder that easily churns through stacks of documents.

The office-targeted HP 5590 is a good pick for OCR work, thanks to the proficient automatic document feeder that comes bundled.

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HP Scanjet 5590


When you see a scanner with a 50-sheet, duplexing ADF built into its top cover, as with the HP Scanjet 5590 ($399.99 direct), it's a safe bet that it's designed to scan multipage documents for OCR and document management applications, as well as fax...

50-sheet, duplexing ADF and 35-mm transparency adaptor are standard. Handles OCR well. Better slide scan quality than most flatbeds

No batch scanning. Transparency adaptor is external, rather than an integral part of the unit. Lacks feature for removing scratches or dust from image

The HP Scanjet 5590 is clearly designed for business use, with a 50-sheet, duplexing ADF to make quick work of scanning, faxing, and copying multipage documents, at least compared to most other desktop flatbed scanner It also scans photos and 35-mm...

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Frustrating to Use


I have had this scanner for about 4 years. I scan with it daily, but 30% of the time I have to rescan because of a lamp error. It is very difficult to get much done when I am constantly rescanning documents. For the price I paid, I felt obligated to...

Duplexing Scanner

Lots of errors with lamp timing out. Slow to scan


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Just like any new hardware, once you get used to the operation and the software options you have "smooth" operation. The cost is very low for the features offered and even lower as it is an older model. I had looked at the hp newer, but the resolutions...

Simple to use, basic scanner with a higher resolution, auto document feeder and duplexing feature

I have not noted any negatives. Like any hardware, you must keep your PC maintained to insure maximum operation. Install errors can occur if you have other scanners, all in one's installed. Best to remove old software to avoid these conflicts

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Works great as a 35mm slide scanner


I like HP build quality. This scanner has a lot of features and the downloaded software is quite complete. It worked just fine out of the box after a two hour installation. Needed twain for slide scanning, but it does the job and a bit of touch up in...

Downloaded software - large file. Worked immediately. Scans are good. General document scanning works satisfactory. Have not tried negative film

Software loaded OK on first try, but took about two hours. large footprint. Takes about 5 minutes to scan 3 transparencies with avg. 2.3 mb files

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Anchors aweigh!


It is worth more as a boat anchor or conversation piece on the coffee table, than as a scanner. It doesn't actually scan anything beyond one or two pages, and sometimes crashes on the first page.

It won't punch you in the face after you swear at it for not working

After trying Windows and Linux, it has yet to make it through more than three pages without hanging up and dying with an error from the scanner. It is going to our recycling program as scrap

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lucky if you can get 1 scan out of it before it crashes


not much

software is terrible. It can only do 1 thing at a time; and constantly crashes. Reboot computer does no good until you reset the scanner also. why do software companys think the more features they add, the better the software? I just want to scan

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Highly functional though fiddly to get to grips with


On the whole I've been very pleased with this scanner, if you are willing to invest a bit of time initially then you'll be rewarded with a scanner that does the job with a minimum of fuss.

I was skeptical initially, having read some negative reviews, especially regarding the automatic paper feeder. I've been pleasantly surprised. The paper feeds fine and I've been busy saving a load of teaching materials to PDF format

It doesn't really work straight out the box. The software interface is fiddly and takes a little while to work out. Changes various setting takes a bit of trial and error, but once you have it fine tuned to what you want it works fine

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Pretty good WHEN it works.


Its only saving grace has been that once it started working during a scanning session, it continued fine until the next time I booted it up. I have scanned the pages from about nine 3-inch notebooks, something I would never have attempted without the...

As long as the paper is in good shape, the sheet feeder is wonderful

I've been battling Error 23 ever since I got the scanner. Unplugging it and plugging it in again seems to be the solution, but often it takes doing this multiple times to get it working. When paper get jammed in the feeder it's not easy to get out

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very disappointed


doesnt work like it should

not capable of saving files

Product Specifications

High-quality scans at 2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color - plus fast, easy operation from a duplexing automatic document feeder. Scans slides and negatives with included adapter. TWAIN drivers and document management software included. PRODUCT FEATURES: Unattended two-sided, multi-page scanning with included automatic document feeder; Scan up to 8 pages - or 4 images - per minute and preview scans in about 7 seconds; Scan, copy, print, e-mail, and more - many features available using one-touch buttons; Plug and play using Hi-Speed USB-compatible with USB 2.0 specifications; Scan and e-mail photos and documents - no slow downloads or large attachements; Scan documents with existing data management systems or included software; Choose copy quantity, settings, and more using convenient copy center buttons; High resolution scanning at 2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color; Easy to learn and use software for graphic arts and digital photography projects.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.4in/19.2in/19.2in / 13.4in
Width:13.4in/13.4in / 19.2in/19.2in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Belgium / Netherlands/United Kingdom
Localization:Dutch / French/English
Model:5590 Digital Flatbed Scanner/5590p Digital Flatbed Scanner/7650 Document Flatbed Scanner
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ScanJet


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


Automatic Duplexing: Yes
Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Autoload/Autoload / Manual load/Manual load/Manual load / Autoload
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:8-bit (256 colors)/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/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Max V-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Media Feeder Type:Autoload/Autoload / Manual load/Manual load
Supported Document Type:Film / Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper / Transparencies/Film / Bulk objects (such as books) / Slides / Plain paper / Transparencies/Film / Slides / Plain paper / Transparencies/Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film/Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies/Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Transparencies/Film / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies
Type:Document scanner/Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP/Apple MacOS X 10.1.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later/Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1.5