Microtek is okay for home use, for scanning for school homework, for teaching the family how to scan, but its a challenge to take them seriously as either professional or a prepress scanner. Sorry Microtek, but there are just too many other better scanners out there, such as Fuji FineScan.

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Microtek was my very first scanner, almost a decade ago.

I long ago replaced it with three Umax PowerLook scanners which I liked much better. I then replaced the Umax with Heidelberg Linoscan equipment which has better software than Umax. Subsequently I upgraded all the way to the top with a Creo EverSmart Supreme scanner, at that time a $54,000 item. The price has since dropped to about $45,000.

The Microtek scanner at Brevard Community College broke down; whether from student use or not it did not leave a good impression. So when we bought two slide scanners we bought Nikon CoolScan instead. Both work just fine after all these years.

Most Agfa desktop scanners are rebranded from Microtek. The Agfa XY 15, however, is a rebranded Fuji Lanovia, a really great scanner. The Creo Jazz is the same as the Microtek ArtixScan 6000 (which does not give 6000 dpi). The Polaroid 4000 is the same as the Microtek ArtixScan 4000t, just with a different label. All the Nikon scanners are better.

If you are only scanning 35mm slides, and never have to scan any photographic prints, then the Nikon CoolScan would be a better choice.

If you need to scan photographic prints, I would recommend a Heidelberg Linoscan flatbed scanner. We get outstanding results with our Linoscan equipment.

If you are prepress shop, skip Microtek and Umax. If you are a serious commercial company you need Creo EverSmart Pro II, Select, or Supreme; or at least the Fuji FinePix 2750.

If for whatever reason you already have a cheap scanner, or simply can't resist them, at least do yourself a favor and get SilverFast scanner software from LaserSoft Imaging.

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