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January 23, 2003|By Kevin Washington

HP scanner fine with paper, not transparencies

Hewlett Packard's ScanJet 3570c flatbed scanner ($150) performs admirably when handling photographs and documents, pulling in crisp, colorful images for Web use or printing.

But the 3570c's film transparency scanning left much to be desired. Producing low-quality scans, the lighted transparency adapter will make do if you want to digitize one or two slides.

The 3570c has 1,200-by-1,200 dot-per-inch resolution and 48-bit color. Compatible with a PC (running Windows 98 or later) or Mac (running O.S. 9.1 or higher), the 3570c performs even more quickly if you have a USB 2.0 port. It's sleek and attractive. A row of four buttons on the front provides quick access to the scanner's functions.

I liked the hinges on the scanner lid, which should be standard on all scanners, so that thick source documents can fit easily on the scanner platen.

The 3570c is a little pricey if you don't use the transparency adapter to scan 35 mm film and slides, and a bit underpowered if that's all you scan.

Information: 888-999-4747 or www.hp.com.

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