November 15th, 2005

One For The Wish List

I was down to the computer shopping area to pick up a Microtek ScanMaker i320 scanner to replace my crappy old Umax scanner. While looking around I saw one place that had the Acer Ferrari 20" widescreen LCD monitor that I'd heard about last week. While it was fairly impressive, what was REALLY impressive was the monitor above it, the Acer AL2416W 24" widescreen LCD. It's a 24" 16:10 1920x1200 widescreen with 1000:1 contrast, 500 candlepower, 6ms response time, 178 degree viewing, and VGA and DVI inputs. The store where I saw it was selling it for TWD28,900 (about USD865). Everything about it seems pretty sweet. (Do I sound like I'm becoming an Acer fanatic yet?) Oh, for those of you in the US, sorry, this one is out only in Asia and Europe currently.

New Scanner is Nice

The new Microtek ScanMaker i320 scanner that I got today is really very nice. I'm glad I finally got fed up with the crappy old one that I never use because it always resulted in such awful scans. I scanned in some more halloween pictures (scroll down to hw2005-1 through hw2005-8) that one of Maggie's friends took.

If you are worried that the reddish tinge to the pictures and dark backgrounds are artifacts of the scanner, no the prints actually look that way. The prints have a slightly matte finish to them so I had to turn on descreening to get rid of the noise that created, but otherwise I didn't fiddle with the settings much. If you look at the full res scan you can even see the dust on the prints.

My one complaint is that the scanner gui comes up in basic mode at first and there's a tiny inconspicuous and incomprehensible icon next to the minimize/maximize/close buttons that switches it into advanced mode. It took me forever to figure out that was how I could get out of the scanning for morons mode. Other than that it's pretty good. It came with a transparency adapter for slides and negatives but I haven't tried that out yet.