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Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner

Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner
alaScore 75

39 reviews

Jul, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, 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 Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Scanners on Amazon.co.uk.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL A3 Scanner ( 48 bit , 1600 x 3200 dpi , 3.7Dmax , Firewire , SCSI , USB )Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL A3 Scanner ( 48 bit , 1600 x 3200 dpi , 3.7Dmax , Firewire , SCSI , USB )

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on Amazon.com.

76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner with Transparent Media AdapterMicrotek ScanMaker 9800XL Scanner with Transparent Media Adapter

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Simon Eccles (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

ScanMaker 9800XL

 

The image-quality is impressive once the scanner has been calibrated; the wide dynamic range pulls out subtle details in highlights and shadows. Unfortunately, neither ScanWizard nor SilverFast incorporate dust-removal routines. Users have to spend a...

Consumer review by: Bill M. (newegg.com)

Great High Performance Scanner

 

I've had great results and I'd buy another one if needed.

I have two of these scanners, one plain flatbed and one with the optional TMA unit for scanning transparent media. If you are really into scanning it does a beautiful job. I have had no trouble with either of the units in the maybe seven or eight years...

The software that is shipped with the 9800xl is feature packed but could be a bit more polished, however, this is not a kiddie scanner.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: Chad P. (newegg.com)

Cheapest LF scanner, very poor longevity!

 

Save your money, it makes that good scanner so much more expensive when you throw this thing off the roof in 4 months.

When it worked, it was great. Apple driver support. Cheapest LF you can find.

Same story as the rest - only lasted about 4 months before it blew out capacitors. I was able to stretch the lifespan to about 1.5 years after repairing the electronics 3 separate times. Has problems with the multiple interfaces: would work on Firewire...

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: Chad (newegg.com)

Cheapest LF scanner, very poor longevity!

 

Save your money, it makes that good scanner so much more expensive when you throw this thing off the roof in 4 months.

When it worked, it was great. Apple driver support. Cheapest LF you can find

Same story as the rest - only lasted about 4 months before it blew out capacitors. I was able to stretch the lifespan to about 1.5 years after repairing the electronics 3 separate times. Has problems with the multiple interfaces: would work on Firewire...

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: Powerslave (newegg.com)

EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT

 

I work as a graphic artist/Tech-in-training for a book bindery, and we have 6 9800XLs all of which have been replaced twice, and soon to be a third time and we've only had them for about a year and a half. They all start developing scanlines and...

A decent LF scanner will cost you twice as much

If it is still working well after having it for a couple of months you are one lucky individual

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: Jesse A. (newegg.com)

EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT

 

I work as a graphic artist/Tech-in-training for a book bindery, and we have 6 9800XLs all of which have been replaced twice, and soon to be a third time and we've only had them for about a year and a half. They all start developing scanlines and...

A decent LF scanner will cost you twice as much

If it is still working well after having it for a couple of months you are one lucky individual

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: artulo (newegg.com)

Great - when it was working

 

Price.

BOTH of these that I purchased failed within the first 3 or 4 months.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: artulo (newegg.com)

Great - when it was working

 

We bought two of these for scanning tabloid size documents, and went with this particular one because of its price. We already had two Epson Expression 1640XL's that have been rock solid for years. I won't buy another Microtek product.

Price. Tabloid size.

BOTH of these that I purchased failed within the first 3 or 4 months. The lamp would go out on one, and the other one was not recognized by any computers we hooked it up to. Both were RMA'd within the first year and repaired. Shipping to them is at...

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: Jason P. (newegg.com)

Great - when it was working

 

We bought two of these for scanning tabloid size documents, and went with this particular one because of its price. We already had two Epson Expression 1640XL's that have been rock solid for years. I won't buy another Microtek product.

Price. Tabloid size.

BOTH of these that I purchased failed within the first 3 or 4 months. The lamp would go out on one, and the other one was not recognized by any computers we hooked it up to. Both were RMA'd within the first year and repaired. Shipping to them is at...

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: The Grand Hero (newegg.com)

Works Great, With Lots of Connection Options

 

Nice, big scanning bed, which is just what I needed for my home studio.

The unit is particuarly noisy when scanning.

Jan, 2007
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Product Specifications

The ScanMaker 9800XL is Microtek's member of the A3 scanner family designed on the success of the ScanMaker 9600XL with greatly improved specifications and connectivity. The large 17" x 12" scanning area combined with a very high 1600 x 3200 dpi resolution covers almost all reflective scanning requirements. The improved optional transparency adapter now offers a very large 16" x 12" scan area and the maximum density of 3.7D. The scanner captures huge amounts of subtle highlight and shadow details, with accurate color values, thanks to the 48-bit CCD sensor and the inclusion of multi-sampling. The transparency adapter option also includes a set of film templates for 35mm slides, 35mm strips, medium format film and 5" x 4" film. Extra holders make this the perfect scanner for producing large contact sheets with the ability to deliver high-quality final scans too. To cover almost all connectivity requirements, three interface options are included as standard, FireWire, SCSI-2 and USB 1.1. A PCI FireWire card for Windows and cable, plus a USB cable are also included. Windows NT users can also use this scanner with the addition of a SCSI card and cable. The ScanMaker 9800XL includes a powerful software suite. Adobe Photoshop Elements, LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 5.5 (IT-8), ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR and Ulead PhotoExplorer are all included for both MacOS and Windows. Windows users can also benefit from the ScanWizard Pro Network Scanning solution that allows several PCs to share this scanner over a local area network.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:24.5in/24.7in
Height:5.1in/7.1in
Weight:32lbs/41lbs
Width:14.5in/14.8in

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Microtek
Model:9800XL
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microtek ScanMaker

Miscellaneous

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

Scanner

Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Fast SCSI/IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / USB
Interface Type (2nd):IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:1600dpi
Max Supported Document Size:12 in x 17 in/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)
Max Supported Media Size:12 in x 17 in/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)
Max V-Optical Resolution:3200dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper/Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies/Plain paper
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.1 / Apple MacOS 8.6 / Apple MacOS 9.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 8.6 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP