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Microtek ScanMaker 5600

Microtek ScanMaker 5600
alaScore 85

200 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 reviews of Microtek ScanMaker 5600. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and design are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical opinions about the size.

usability, price, design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microtek ScanMaker 5600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microtek ScanMaker 5600


alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 user reviews of Microtek ScanMaker 5600 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and usability also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative opinions about the size.

usability, price, design, reliability


85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: CanoScan 5600F ScannerCanoScan 5600F Scanner

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Microtek ScanMaker 5600


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Microtek ScanMaker 5600 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the reliability. The price is also appreciated. There are some negative views about the usability.

price, reliability


58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microtek ScanMaker 5600 ScannerMicrotek ScanMaker 5600 Scanner

Dec, 2018

Editor's Choice!

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Canon CanoScan 5600F


Any flatbed scanner is technically suitable for all-purpose scanning, since you can scan anything on it. But some are clearly targeted more for some uses than others. A case in point is the Canon CanoScan 5600F ($149.99 direct), which focuses on...

High-quality scans of both prints and film (slides and negatives). LED light source for reflective scans eliminates warm-up time

Scans only four slides or one strip of film at a time. Dust and scratch removal feature does little for scratches

Although it's a bit slow and comes with little software, the Canon CanoScan 5600F offers lots of value thanks to its high-quality scans and low price.

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Microtek - ScanMaker 5600


Unlike the majority of scanner manufacturers' products, which are heading towards ever slimmer and sleeker designs, this USB-connected ScanMaker 5600 is more chunky than most scanners of its type. That's partly because it's not aimed at ...

Although you can buy flatbed scanners for 50 or even less, these are really only suitable for home use. If you want something a little more capable, and with the option of automatic document feed and a transparency scanner, then the Microtek ScanMaker...

Jun, 2002

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Big Size but Excellent quality


Had to buy this SATA burner due to my Gigabyte motherboard doesn't have IDE ports.

Mind blowing scan quality, especially when you set the 4800DPI

Did not install on Windows-7 even after downloading the correct x64 drivers. Had to install on my XP laptop. Size is very big and heavy, you don't get the idea looking at the photo

Sep, 2011

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A Lot of Scanner for the Money


I was a little disaapointed with the way the scanner came packaged from Newegg. The scanner arrived in the manufacturer's box (not a problem) and box lid was not sealed in any way for shipment. In other words, if someone wanted to take something out...

I purchased this scanner to replace my Canon scanner that I purchased from Newegg eight years ago. My old scanner took a full minute to scan a single page at 150dpi, but this gem takes less than 10 seconds. I scan a lot of photos from magazines and...

None yet. Only gave this scanner four stars because I have only had it for one day and have not had a chance to fully explore it's potential

Sep, 2011

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film scanning is for 35mm only


Good scanner for the money

Film scanner is for 35mm ONLY. The lighted top is a narrow strip, and not the entire top of the scanner lid. Avoid this model if you want to scan medium format negs/slides

Dec, 2010

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Very Nice, Good Price


Major props to New Egg, I ordered this at 3:30 am Sunday and got it around noon Monday. I couldn't ask for faster delivery than that if they were to drive it down themselves. At $89, adding in the fact that shipping was free-I feel I got a great deal.

Installation is fast and simple enough. The software isn't too bulky, and it's very easy to use ; I opened the box, installed the software and drivers, and scanned my first picture in under 10 minutes ; Scan quality is very good so far. It reads pencil...

It seems as though one has to use the Cannon software that come bundled up with the scanner to get full use out of it

Dec, 2010

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Good scanner


Make sure that PC has a good CPU and plenty of RAM. Processing a 300+ meg file can be taxing on system resources.

Scanner worked fine. Scanned in 35 mm negatives and slides @ 9600 dpi. Pictures came out very clear ; Regular scanning also worked as I hoped it would

None that I can think of

Oct, 2010

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5600F Gets the job done. B+


Will do the job for professionals, even, but you might want to see if you can find one with a faster interface (USB 3.0?) and slightly improved software. Large footprint on your desk.

I didn't get this here, but I noticed it on sale and figured I'd leave a little review ; I've been using this for - wow, 2 years ; Scanned around 10,000 photos so far. No problems with the hardware ; Works on XP and Windows 7 x64 ; Nice Looking

Software is kind of great, kind of poor: It has all the features you need and then some, but my main gripe is that it doesn't remember certain preferences, like save location. So every time you save a batch of scans, you have to hunt down the folder...

Sep, 2010

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Some very good some OK


Although bought elsewhere on a three day deal thought I would pass along my thoughts. On the pro side, good feel, pretty solid physical build to it. I scan a lot of one page documents off and on and that can be a pain with CCFL, and the warm up time....

For my particular use, the software is a pain as opposed to the old toolbox stuff. I scan documents that default to one encrypted drive and then clone the documents to a secondary encrypted drive with specific names, dates etc and that is where I find...

Sep, 2010

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Great Scanner


Have owned other scanners, but will not mention brand names. The others cannot begin to compare with ease of operation and speed of this component. Highly Recommended !

Mac immediately recognized scanner and downloaded drivers. was scanning slides and old photos within 20 minutes of unpacking scanner ; Reproductions were flawless with no complications in iPhoto. Scanner operation is smooth and quiet. Quality built


Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

With a maximum resolution of 4800 x 9600dpi, this advanced CCD technology scanner has the capacity to deliver scans with very high levels of clarity, photographic detail and with accurate color reproduction. The 48-bit input ensures the accuracy of colors and brings the best out of your images every time. The scanner has the capacity to create 300dpi A4 scans in a remarkably fast time of approximately 11 seconds. Both 35mm film and slide scanning are delivered with exceptional quality. It is possible to scan film straight into your PC or Mac. The inclusion of a high-brightness white LED for reflective scans equals fast operation. This is superbly demonstrated via zero warm-up, so there is no need for the user to wait around before they can begin scanning. This is a sophisticated scanner with many creative functions, but it remains easy to use. Seven EZ buttons are provided - they are all on the front of the scanner - and these allow the most common tasks to be performed with one-click. The buttons cover copy, scan, email and creating PDFs. The buttons can also be configured by the user to suit their individual preferences. Auto scan mode is another creative, yet straightforward feature. The scanner automatically senses what is to be scanned - document or photo - and scans and saves these using settings appropriate to the original. This can be completed from the one-click software menu.


Scan type:Film/slide scanner
Scanner Type:Film/slide

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):3.2

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Australia / New Zealand/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CanoScan/Microtek ScanMaker


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

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):10.7 x 19.3 x 3.82
Scan time:11

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ScanGear, MP Navigator EX, ArcSoft PhotoStudio

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4
Letter: Yes
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4


Sensor Type:CCD


Power consumption (standby):3.2


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:Hi-Speed USB/USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:2400dpi/4800dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:4800dpi/9600dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper/Plain paper / Slides / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Slides/Plain paper
Type:Flatbed scanner


Color scanning: Yes
Film scanning: Yes
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan size:8.5 x 11.7
Optical scanning resolution:4800 x 9600

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000\nMac OS X v.10.3.9, v.10.4,v.10.5
Mac compatibility: Yes
OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 or later / Apple MacOS 9.x / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000 / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Apple MacOS X 10.5 / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP

Weight & Dimensions