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HP Scanjet G4050

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1091 reviews of HP Scanjet G4050. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The price is also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability. Opinions are divided on the size.

usability, price, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP Scanjet G4050 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for HP Scanjet G4050


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of HP Scanjet G4050 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Scanners on Reviewers are impressed by the size. The usability also gets good opinions.

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Scanjet G4050 Flatbed Photo ScannerScanjet G4050 Flatbed Photo Scanner

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for HP Scanjet G4050


alaTest has collected and analyzed 488 user reviews of HP Scanjet G4050 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative comments about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design


63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner (L1957A#B1H)HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner (L1957A#B1H)

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

HP Scanjet G4050 review


Scanners are hardly considered cutting-edge tech these days, but every now and then some company comes along and surprises me. This time, it's HP, with its six-channel Scanjet G4000 series. Like the proverbial "overnight sensation," the G4000 has been...

Excellent scans, especially of very saturated originals; very nice industrial design.

Only supports sRGB color space; random color registration problems on slide scans; weak driver; many operations are very slow.

The HP Scanjet G4050 is a solid scanner that could use a driver overhaul and a better means of handling slides.

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: M. David Stone (

HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner


The HP Scanjet G4050 delivers better scan color by scanning with six colors instead of the usual three.

Six-color scanning yields excellent color quality. Scans photographic prints and film. Can scan up to 16 slides at once.

Scan software is cumbersome in some ways and sometimes slow to react to a command.

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Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Gagan Gupta (

HP Scanjet G4050


HP's colossal scanner packs in the goods but fails to deliver

The sharpness and detail levels of the scanner were excellent. When scanning textures, we got an equal amount of detail from the parts that were touching the glass bed as well as the parts that were slightly raised. Its the raised part where most home...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: Richard Leon (

HP ScanJet G4050 photo scanner


HP's ScanJet G4050 photo scanner offers a six-colour scanning process.

Good colour-quality but slow speeds make the HP ScanJet G4050 a more compelling proposition for those who occasionally need high-quality scans rather than for professional or semi-professional applications. At the price, there are alternatives that may...

May, 2007

Expert review by: Robin Morris (

HP ScanJet G4050


Hot on the heels of the Epson Perfection V700 and V750, which lured customers with the promise of not one but two lenses (reviewed by PC Advisor's sister website Digit here and here), comes this ambitious six-colour scanner from HP.

Considering the wealth of features on board, £202 seems a paltry sum to pay for the HP ScanJet G4050. It's about half the price of the Epson Perfection V700, yet the HP certainly isn't outclassed on general performance and results. If you have a...

Mar, 2007

TIPA Award!

Expert review by: TIPA (

Best Flatbed Photo Scanner: HP Scanjet G4050


The Hewlett-Packard Scanjet G4050 gives superior colour accuracy and photo reproduction, thanks to its innovative 6-color, 96-bit scanning engine. It scans up to sixteen 35 mm slides or 30 negative frames, and also can scan other film sizes using a...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: PC Authority (

HP Scanjet G4050


Superlative quality is let down by slow scan times and unintuitive driver software.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: WDC Team (

HP G4050 review


HP's G4050 flatbed scanner employs a novel two-pass technique to extract maximum detail.

Build quality, fundamental scan quality is good

Speed, poor control software, large design

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Simon Williams (

HP Scanjet G4050 scanner


The standalone scanner's not dead yet It's becoming rarer for home users to want separate printers and scanners, primarily because of the space each one uses, which is why multi-function devices ...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: (

HP - ScanJet G4050


Flatbed scanners range from about £40 to several thousand pounds, so how does the technology improve as the price increases? The maximum resolution and colour depth of scans increases, facilities like transparency scanning come into play ...

As long as you don't need blazingly fast scans, the ScanJet G4050 punches well above its weight, in flatbed scanning terms. The versatility of its film and transparency scanning and the ease of use provided by the dedicated function keys make it a very...

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

The HP ScanJet G4050 Photo Scanner contains technology exclusive to HP - six-color, 96-bit scanning at 4800x9600dpi. The scanner produces incredibly color-accurate, faithful and detailed images that make impressive reprints for those who wish to scan photos, slides, negatives and documents to an almost professional standard. The scanner is perfect for the restoration of old photos due to built-in hardware based dust and scratch removal. Faded color can easily be heightened, dust and scratches removed and dark areas lightened using HP Real Life technologies.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Model:G4050 Photo Scanner
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ScanJet


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

Other features

Pallet weight:621.7

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4


Color Depth:96-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:8.50 in x 12.25 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.50 in x 12.25 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:9600dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Slides / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Slides
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition