Umax Astra 1220P Flatbed Scanner

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  • Affordable and Easy to Use!

    Jan 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very affordable, Good Resolution
    Cons: None that I have found

    Summary: My husband and I, weary of driving to the nearest public computer center, to scan photos or documents, finally decided to look into buying one. We were very surprised at the affordability of scanners, and the variety of them available; they had ... read more

  • Buy something that is worth buying, this machine is not worth your money.

    Jan 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good quality copies
    Cons: Slow, very, very slow Scanning.

    Summary: This Umax machine is possibly one of the worst machines ever made. Sure, it might have been one of the fastests scanner; that was back when these machines were invented. Umax has to wake up and smell the twenty first century. The quality of this ... read more

  • Great product for a low price

    Aug 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: High Quality Scans, Lots of Scan Options, Ease of Use
    Cons: Poor product quality

    Summary: I got this product very cheaply so I'm not complaining much. The scans are very good. It allows me to scan pictures with very high resolutions. It also has options that makes magazine and glossy scans a lot clearer. It can be very slow when ... read more

  • Umax, Uscan, U-need Another Plan.

    Apr 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Scans, sometimes
    Cons: slows and crashes computer.

    Summary: Intro About 2 years ago, I was infested with the idea of getting a scanner. Having my own pictures on the web, was a totally awesome idea to me. After all, I got to see other people's pics, but they couldn't see mine? No way, it's unfair! ... read more

  • I Think I'll Nap While I'm Waiting....

    Apr 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy Installation, Fairly Small and Very Inexpensive
    Cons: Scans at a Snails Pace and Some System Lock Up Dilemmas

    Summary: The best thing about this particular scanner for me was the fact that I didn't pay a dime for it. Now I know why my sister was eager to abandon the darn thing! I was in the market for a scanner when this one fell into my lap. Grateful to ... read more

  • Not just for scanning pictures...

    Apr 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: life like scans, easy to use
    Cons: picture has to be on it, in order for it to be scanned

    Summary: I got this little toy for my birthday about a year ago. It has more uses than just scanning pictures! Not to mention it's light wieght, easy to hook up, and affordable. All scanners scan pictures, so what's so special about this one? ... read more

  • This Is An Amazing Scanner

    Apr 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy Cheap Good Quality Photos
    Cons: None

    Summary: The Umax Astra 1220P is an amazing scanner. You can scan anything you want photos documents you name it! It's easy to install the scanner and the software. It's also very easy to scan. You can do just about anything with the pictures/documents you scan. ... read more

  • Umax Astra 1200 Parallel

    Feb 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Pretty good quality scans.
    Cons: Slow color scanning.

    Summary: This is the first scanner that I've owned. Not the best one I've used but it is very good for the price. Scanning full color photos is extremely slow. I tried to scan an 8x10 full color photograph and it took well over two minutes. ... read more

  • Not very good

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap
    Cons: bad interface, no windows 2000 support

    Summary: I bought this scanner, because it was cheap, but advertised all the same relevant specs as the competing products. The unit I bought had been refurbished. I purchased it at Fry's Electronics in another state, so returning it was not an option. ... read more

  • OK for beginners and those short on cash

    Dec 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good for a starter scanner
    Cons: Poor technical support

    Summary: OK, so the Umax Astra 1220P was a good deal. It held up for 2 years before dying. But, I expect more life out of the products I buy. Umax Technical Support was stumped when I called to describe the problem I was having with the scanner, so here it ... read more

  • What a scanner.

    Nov 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: There is an indicator light which tell you that the system is on whenever you need it.
    Cons: It scans to slow and it's very noisy

    Summary: I was in the market to buy a fax machine which would've made me use the copy feature when a friend recommended a scanner instead. When I had researched the scanners on the market, I didn't realize how long the machine was. Definitely new ... read more

  • GREAT scanner

    Nov 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: quality scanning
    Cons: none

    Summary: I purchased this scanner to go along with my new computer. I found this scanner to be excellent. It is easy to use and turns out excellent quality. At a low cost you get the best scanning capabilities. I have scanned so many different things. I love ... read more

  • Won't buy again!

    Oct 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Never worked properly

    Summary: I recieved the UMAX Astra 1220P scanner as a gift. It never worked properly. I fought with it from the beginning. It produced dark copies, only copies half of a sheet and the software was very hard to work with. After three months it quit scanning ... read more

  • Decent home scanner, but cheated by UMAX

    Oct 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: decent all around performance
    Cons: UMAX = lousy, cheating company

    Summary: Major complaint - I purchased the scanner in December 1998 and my $30 rebate was ignored. Through 2 phone calls, 4 emails, and 4 letters/faxes, UMAX has done little or nothing to address this. This is a LOUSY company that does not understand ... read more

  • Good Scanner, Better Price

    Jul 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good quality, high resolution, Excellent value
    Cons: scans are a little dark, software could be better

    Summary: I bought this scanner 2 years ago, and i'm still completely happy with it. For $85, you get 36 bit color, and resolution up to 9600 dpi. That's WAY more than 98% of computers (and users) can handle. It is pretty simple to install, it goes through the ... read more

  • Don't Buy This Scanner!

    Jun 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: EVERYTHING--especially the customer "service" from UMAX

    Summary: My sister and I both purchased this scanner from Best Buy, because it was on sale ($130, at the time) with a $20 rebate, as well as an interesting software package. After nearly two years, I have yet to receive my rebate OR the Kai Soap Software that ... read more

  • TOO SLOW!!!

    Jun 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good quality
    Cons: way too slow

    Summary: I got a scanner to get pictures so that I could put them on my computer. I used one at school all the time and i felt that it was time to get one in my home. I searched for a decent scanner for a decent price at many places, and this is what i came ... read more

  • Affordable scanner great for first time users

    Jun 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The ease of use and affordability
    Cons: None

    Summary: After studying up on scanners and shopping my local best buy and circuit city stores I had narrowed my decision down to two scanners. Then two years ago I was given this scanner the Umax Astra 1220P as a birthday gift, and in these the last two years it ... read more

  • a decent scan, or a decent scam?

    Jun 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap, easy to install
    Cons: cheap quality, slow interface, slows your computer to a halt

    Summary: i bought the umax astra scanner thinking that all scanners are the same. i wanted to purchase a cheap scanner because i didn't have much cash on hand, and i had a lot of things i wanted to scan. little did i know that the "P" in "Umax ... read more

  • Will do in a pinch, but...

    May 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to set up.
    Cons: Slow. Inconsistent scans.

    Summary: Such a deal! The price is right. It's light. It fits under the bed. The scanning software gives you the ability to adjust many of the technical aspects of a color scan: several descreening options, custom dpi specifications, adjust brightness and ... read more


    May 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: none
    Cons: read my whole opinion

    Summary: do NOT waste your money on this scanner. It is slow, unreliable, terribly difficult to set up. The software is not very user friendly and there is this annoying program that resides in your task bar and uses up all this memory, and it takes some seconds ... read more

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