By Philip Ryan

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More scan for your buck MICROTEK'S SCANMAKER i800

is one loooong flatbed scanner: 22.6 inches long, to be exact. But then, most flatbeds can only scan originals up to 8.5x11 inches. The i800 scans up to 8.5x14-inch prints—great for panoramas. It also does up to 8x12-inch film and has holders for 35mm, 110/120 film strips, and 4x5 negatives or chromes. These solid, easy-to-use holders have a new design that uses rubber ivimii^^^B

fj What's Hot

• Good resolution on film scans.

• Well-designed film holders.

X What's Not

• Somewhat slow scan speed.

• Long size demands more desk space.

• ScanWizard software not so user-friendly.

grips to hold your film flat. And the i800 sports both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire connections, scans and outputs in 48-bit color. Best of all, it will only set you back $360 (street).

The i800 scored an Extremely High rating on our color accuracy test on prints (Delta E: 9.93) and an Excellent rating on the same test on Kodak Ektachrome slide film (Delta E: 7.69). The 4800x9600-dpi resolution is more than enough for large blowups of prints. On 35mm film, we measured a resolution of 42 lp/mm, which is about the equivalent of a 2400-dpi film scanner. That's enough to make 11x14-inch prints; you can go even larger from medium-format negatives or slides.

The speed could've been faster. Using the FireWire connection, we scanned a 4x6 print at 1000 dpi in 2 min

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