Microtek Makes Nice Impression

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2001-01-01 Print this article Print

When image is everything, a lightweight $150 scanner simply won't suffice.

When image is everything, a lightweight $150 scanner simply wont suffice. Microteks ScanMaker 8700 weighs 25 pounds and costs $1,000, but buyers get what they pay for.

I get by with a Canon Canoscan that weighs about 5 pounds and cost me $150 (shipping included), but the ScanMaker 8700 produces a much sharper, richer image in about half the time, even when running via USB. With FireWire, its even faster.

The trick is in Microteks EDIT (Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology), as well as an impressive 42-bit, 2,400-by-1,200-dot-per-inch optical resolution. EDIT is similar to Applied Science Fictions Digital ICE technology, which is found in Nikon and Minolta scanners, among others. EDIT allows the 8700 to scan at the emulsion level of a photograph, bypassing the refractive elements, such as glass and scratches. (Watch out, though. Accidentally using the photo setting on something other than a photograph produces sketchy results—literally.) Microtek includes a nice software bundle, and the 8700 has some built-in features that you wont find in other scanners, including JPEG compression and the ability to scan to Adobes PDF.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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