Microtek ScanMaker i700


Microtek Scanmaker i700
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The recently announced Microtek ScanMaker i700 is a 4800-dpi (9600 x 4800), mid-range scanner targeted towards home business and small corporate offices. If offers up a legal size scan bed of 8.5? x 14?, has a built in 4? x 9? transparency adapter for film handling and a FilmView light box to preview film before scanning.

One of the much heralded features of the ScanMaker i700 is Kodak DIGITAL ICE. A picture restoration and reconstruction technology, this particular scanner is equipped with three different levels of strength to accommodate different needs. There is Normal and Strong to help fix scanned images depending upon the degree of damage (including rips, cracks and wrinkles, as well as dust and scratches), and Manual, in which users of the i700 can create a custom defect map to help the scanner find and correct specific isolated damage.

The Kodak DIGITAL ICE technology is applicable for both scanned photos and film. The one-touch process is activated by press an ?ICE? button on the front panel of the scanner.

Another technology of note for the ScanMaker i700 is ColoRescue. Developed by Microtek, this automatic color recovery system helps to bring faded colors in everything scanned back to the original tones. It is controlled by the user through the ScanWizard software installed on a connected computer.

To hold items in place during the scanning process, the i700 offers a variety of lock holders which can accommodate various sizes of film. Specifically, eight 35mm slides, 12 35mm filmstrips, 4? x 5? film and medium format film up to 6x17cm panoramic can be locked down.

The ScanWizard software, after determining the film quantity and format, automatically crops the frames as needed.

Other features of the Microtek ScanMaker i700 include an optional 50-page auto document feeder, USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity, 48-bit color support and seven buttons on the scanner, including the ICE one, to help simplify access to common tasks. The buttons can be left to their presets or customized.

The Microtek ScanMaker i700, which is a single pass model, weighs 11.9 pounds and measures 21.5? x 11.7? x 17.1?. The suggested retail price is $349.99.

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