Umax Astra 2100U Flatbed Scanner

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  • SCAN THIS, OR TRY TO ANYWAY: UMAX ASTRA 2100U FLATBED SCANNER

    Apr 27, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Pretty shiny colourful little Christmas present style icons complete with little ribbons and bows.
    Cons: Customer service and product support it appears are oxymorons as far as UMAX is concerned.

    Summary: Back in 1999 I bought my first home computer. Stop laughing I was a late entry onto the information super highway, that's what you get when you're the tech support specialist for the Amish. Anyway it was one of those package deals with everything tossed ... read more

  • Keep looking

    Feb 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: simple to use
    Cons: died after about 50 scans; poor tech support response

    Summary: This scanner worked fine in the beginning, but mysteriously died (scans came out black) after about 50 scans. UMAX tech support did not respond to emails in a timely manner, and I had to ask UMAX sales to forward my messages to them. After loading new ... read more

  • UMAX: You Get What You Pay For!

    Jan 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price!
    Cons: Works only 50% of the time!

    Summary: Software: The UMAX 2100U comes with two software packages, one of them being Adobe, the other one some low brand. The software packages are fine with me, since I'm not a "power" user. This part of the deal was fine with me. My Experience Using ... read more

  • A good price

    Nov 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Reasonable amount of softwares included, easy to use.
    Cons: Slow, and noisy

    Summary: The UMAX ASTRA 2100U Flatbed Scanner is definitely a good buy for the price. Easily found at cheap prices, the quality of the images, the incredibly easy to use softwares included, and the reliability are good points one should look at, if looking for a ... read more

  • A good price

    Nov 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap, reliable, lots of softwares, easy to install
    Cons: A bit too slow and noisy

    Summary: The UMAX ASTRA 2100U, is a good buying for the price you paying. Easily found for less than $100.00, the ASTRA 2100U provides you with a reasonable amount of softwares, all very easy to understand and very practical. You do not need a manual to get your ... read more

  • Umax Astra 2100U: Poor Bang for the Buck.

    Aug 16, 2001 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Easy to use. Nice software.
    Cons: Bad picture qualities after some time. Poor bang for the buck.

    Summary: A year ago I really wanted a way to get pictures on my computer and for my eBay auctions and was horrified at how expensive digital cameras were! I shopped around and thought this looked nice. It was not too expensive and seemed to have ok features (for ... read more

  • It's a Good Scanner For the Money

    Jun 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice size, good scan quality
    Cons: Noisy, no Windows ME installation instructions

    Summary: We don't own this scanner, but we've borrowed one from my fiance's brother and we really liked it. When we get ready to buy one, this will definitely be on the list to look at. The one thing that was very annoying about this scanner was that ... read more

  • Great Scans for a Great Price!

    May 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use, decent looking scans
    Cons: No on/off switch, can’t scan transparencies (what $40 scanner can?)

    Summary: I finally broke down and bought myself a scanner, not because I needed it, but because I fell to temptation and made an impulse purchase (and got mighty good deal, I might add)! I was actually browsing ubid.com (Iím not sure why because Iíve had problems ... read more

  • You get what you pay for

    May 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap, Easy to install and use
    Cons: Slow, lousy PC software

    Summary: Epinions currently lists this scanner for $129. First of all, let me assure you that this is incorrect. I paid $40 for this scanner at CompUSA. The most I've ever seen it for is $50, but then again, I generally don't shop for high prices. ... read more

  • Umax Astra 2100U - Excellent after correct installation

    May 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast scanning even at high resolutions in 36-Bit color.
    Cons: User manual does not mention any information on installation under Windows ME.

    Summary: Trouble with Windows ME This scanner is one of the most popular items we sell at our store. Unfortunately it is also one of the most returned scanners with good reason. Until recently I have never had very many problems installing these ... read more

  • Don't get it unless you have windows 9X

    Apr 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ok for Windows 98
    Cons: not for Windows ME or Windows 2000

    Summary: Although the box said it is for 95/98 and Mac, I still get it for my friend's Windows ME machine as a wedding present. I am sure she is going to need it and like it for the wedding. However, after install all the softwares in the computer and ... read more

  • Solid scanning with this guy

    Mar 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap, easy, good quality
    Cons: Slow

    Summary: I'll start with a little history: I needed a scanner. I was not yet a user of this site or others, really for no good reason other than I hadn't looked around for reviews. So, unlike now, when I wanted a scanner, I didn't research the hell ... read more

  • Ok for beginners, not for experienced users

    Mar 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very easy to use for an absolute beginner. Does an adequate job of color scanning.
    Cons: Slowest scanner I've ever used! B&W scanning is poor. Overly simplistic software.

    Summary: I have been using scanners for many years, both for personal and business tasks. I had been eager to get one for my home PC for some time. I received the UMAX as a Christmas present. While it is an adequate scanner, there are many pitfalls and problems ... read more

  • Solid and reliable performer

    Feb 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: USB, good quality, reasonable price
    Cons: speed

    Summary: The Umax Astra 2100U flat bed scanner is a reliable colour scanner that gives professional quality output at an affordable price with the added bonus of being USB and not parallel for increased speed. I purchased the scanner about 8 months ... read more

  • Perfect for me

    Jan 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It was a bargain
    Cons: It is SLOOOOOOWWW!!!

    Summary: After I purchased my computer, I was still short a printer and a scanner. I got the printer, an Epson Stylus 660 for about $65 and soon was looking for a scanner. My wife and I have a child and so pictures are taken often and in large amounts. Of course ... read more

  • Simple, effective, cheap, but slow

    Dec 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap, does all you need, USB connection
    Cons: Could be faster

    Summary: I had been looking for a scanner for a long time. I don't want parallel-port models because those conflict with other devices. I have USB ports, so I went around looking for a cheap but effective USB scanner, and I found one in the UMAX 2100U. ... read more

  • Fantastic buy!

    Dec 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: easy setup and operation
    Cons: somewhat slow software, large size,short USB cable

    Summary: running this scanner with windows me has been fine, everything works right and set up was a snap! I use both the software that came with the scanner and existing software... flawless and it was cheap.... 29.99 after rebate!! Even my daughter operates the ... read more

  • Good, easy to use scanner!

    Dec 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, nice pictures and software
    Cons: not highest quality pictures in the world

    Summary: Last Christmas I decided I wanted a digital camera to help with my eBay auction. With one look at the prices of the cameras I quickly fled to the scanners. Although a digital camera can do much more and produce higher quality pictures than a scanner, ... read more

  • Crashed my iMac

    Nov 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to use,good software
    Cons: it's a no, no for iMacs

    Summary: $79.99 with a $20. rebate, plus $10. instore rebate = $49.99....WOW! what a great deal for a scanner!.......BIG MISTAKE! Especially if you own a iMac, like i do. I should have came here first, at this web site before purchasing a scanner. The weird ... read more

  • Scanning made easy & affordable.

    Nov 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of install and use, easy to use software
    Cons: Lacks ability to scan transparencies.

    Summary: When I went to purchase a scanner I was looking for price and ease of use. I found both with the UMAX Flatbed scanner. Installation was simply a matter of downloading the software and watch it work its magic. Within half an hour of opening the box I ... read more

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