I had a Microtek scanner until about 5 years ago. It was awful ? slow and buggy. I dumped it and changed to Epson and still have it. It works as well as on day one. (I haven't had such success with Epson's cheap printers ? three failed over only three years, once a total seizure, twice paper jamming which I could not clear. All had to be replaced. I changed to Canon, iP4600, same low price, more reliable and intelligent.)
I have an Epson 3170 Photo scanner that has been serving me well and currently has a mechanical problem that I may not be able to resolve. The scanning mechanism will not return back from the end of its scan and it makes a horrid noise whenever I turn it on.
Has anyone experience with this problem? Has anyone solved the issue?
Has anyone any particular recommendations for a new scanner. The magazines last reviewed flatbed scanners that were not printer-scanner-coffee maker-fax machines-chauffeurs-golf caddies back in 2008 and I am concerned about the tendency of scanner makers to not support Apple's OS upgrades (most particularly Snow Leopard). Since Tiger was the 2008 Apple OS, I don't want to get burned the way HP did me when I needed to transition from Apple's System 9 to OS X.
I have a Mac Pro Cheese Grater with dual quad-core Nehalem processors running at a leisurely 2.93 GHz with 8G of DDR3 1066MHz system RAM. I regularly scan everything from letters to photographs, I do web design, video editing, compositing, and photo retouching with my Mac.