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The Contex HD Ultra X 4290
42 Inch Large Format Scanner

Contex HD Ultra X i4290 Scanner

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Contex Ultra X 4290
42 Inch Large Format Scanner

  • Scans 42 inch widths, unlimited length
  • Color scans up to 18 inches per second
  • High Res. 1200 dpi CCD cameras
  • Automatic crop and deskew
  • Scan up to 5/8" thick materials
  • +/- 1 pixel in accuracy
  • Scan in 48 bit color, output 24-bit
  • Scan interpolate to 9600 dpi
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2024 Q2 Special Bundle #1

  • Contex HD Ultra X 4290 Scanner
  • NextImage Scan/Archive Edition
  • 42" Stand w/catch basket

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2024 Q2 Special Bundle #2

  • Contex HD Ultra X 4290 Scanner
  • NextImage - Reprograhics Edition
  • ScanStation Pro Stand
  • 22" Touchscreen, Keyboard Tray, PC Tray
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Superior technology for your large format scanner

HD Ultra X is the fastest collection of large format scanners Contex has ever made. With a top speed of up to 17.8 ips, you can increase your workflow tempo significantly. You can also switch between three different speed levels directly on the scanner’s intuitive touch panel.

With the HD Ultra X series, Contex has reduced the total cost of ownership. They have installed optimized LED lights, so you don’t have to think about replacing the lamps. Nor do you have to worry about maintenance to the same extent as other large format scanners. Best of all they've made the glass super-resistant to scratches and created a paper handling design that will prolong the life of your consumables.

All the Contex HD Ultra X models include a 2 year Parts Only warranty.

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Scan your documents three times faster and enhance the file in
AutoCAD, ESRI and other document workflows

The HD Ultra X delivers the best quality image in the world today. No matter whether you scan maps, drawings, posters or fine art, you’ll always capture every detail, on the first try. Designed to meet the needs of technical experts, graphic professionals and reprographics departments, the new HD Ultra X is simply the best large format scanner available. Choose between 36, 42 or 60 inches width, each in two different configurations to fit your needs for productivity and image quality. A space-saving MFP version is also available.

The ultimate standard for your digitizing needs

With Contex-enhanced CCD imaging, archiving and productivity-boosting features, you get best-in-class image quality and the fastest and most efficient way to scan, copy, file and archive wide format images, drawings, documents and records.

Productivity accelerates
business workflows

The HD Ultra is built for productivity, and the key to productivity for high-volume applications is speed. Not just “inches per second” but actual throughput. Able to scan three times as many documents in a day as any other scanner and designed to improve document management, the HD Ultra X is all about helping you win projects, boost productivity and lower costs.

Fits in your digital workflow

Compatible with AutoCAD®, ESRI® and other software and printers like HP, Canon, Epson etc., the HD Ultra X is astonishingly versatile. Automated paper thickness control, intelligent document size detection, and the ability to handle challenging documents effortlessly mean you can just keep scanning, boosting productivity, winning new business, and ensuring a fast return on your investment.

MFP version available

Our multifunction high-stand option for the HD Ultra X turns your large-format printer into a high quality copier while saving space.

Key Features
  • Up to 9600 dpi high resolution scanning
  • Upgradable to 17 inches per second color scanning.
  • Programmable One-Touch buttons – common tasks can be assigned to 3 simple buttons
  • Exceptional productivity, scanning up to 800 E-size documents per hour
  • User upgradable – Need color? More speed? Higher resolution?
  • Nextimage 5.0 – powerful sharing, archiving, and copying in one application
  • All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) for a perfect grip on your documents
  • ENERGY STAR compliant
  • Includes 2 year parts warranty, upgradable to onsite repair

Key technologies in Contex HD Ultra X series scanners

As the world’s largest developer and producer of wide format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software solutions. The HD Ultra X series of scanners utilizes a long list of key technologies unique to a Contex scanner.

CCD technology

The HD Ultra X series scanner captures all details with advanced 48-bit CCD technology. By combining CCD with Contex Natural Light and high quality camera optics you are ensured the best possible results in every scan.

Full 48 bit workflow

To get the best results, your scanner and software should work with full 48-bit data. Where other scanners ignore some of this data, the HD Ultra is the world’s only wide format scanner with true 48-bit scanning.

Fuji Camera lenses

Fujifilm lenses

Like photography, scanned image quality depends heavily on lens quality. Using lenses that are specifically designed for the scanning resolution will ensure against various problems, from uneven sharpness to chromatic errors and color fringing (black lines show up in color). This is why Contex uses custom Fujifilm lenses in all CCD based scanners.

X-Rite ICC profiles

Using X-Rite generated profiles ensures the highest possible color accuracy for the demanding customers. X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology.

RGB Light Effect lense

Adobe RGB, Device RGB and sRGB

Contex HD Ultra X scanners have several different options for color space. In addition to the common sRGB the HD Ultra also offers color spaces with wider gamut as preferred by color specialists. Adobe RGB and Device RGB has a larger color gamut than sRGB, hereby allowing differences in very bright and saturated colors to be maintained in the file.

Contex Natural Light

The light source is custom fluorescent with a high Color Rendering Index (CRI > 95) to produce the most accurate colors possible. The CCD itself is high resolution and capable of capturing 48-bit color, but Contex have the unique ability to process the entire 48-bit color data - resulting in the most accurate color images you can get from a scanner today.


Delivering 3 times the bandwidth of USB 2, our unique Gigabit Ethernet implementation with xDTR2 is lightning fast and accelerates workflows even further via network sharing, where scans can be controlled from any computer.

Common Specifications
for ALL the HD Ultra X Series

Maximum Scan Width
36 in. on the 36xx Series
42 in. on the 42xx Series
60 in. on the 60xx Series
All Series are field upgradeable from xx50 to xx90
Maximum Media Width
43.3 inches (1100 mm)
Optical Resolution
1200 dpi
Maximum Resolution
9600 dpi
Maximum Media Thickness
0.6 in. (15mm)
Scanning Speed
200 DPI RGBColor
4250: 8.9 Inches Per Second
4290: 17.8 IPS
Scanning Speed
200 DPI Black/White/Grayscale
4250: 17.8 IPS
4290: 17.8 IPS
0.1% +/- 1 pixel
Data Capture (color/mono)
48-bit color / 16-bit grayscale
Camera Type
5 x 4 linier color CCDs (R,G,B and Gray)
Color Space
(for color enabled models)
Adobe RGB / Device RGB /
USB 3.1 GEN1 with xDTR
Gigabit Ethernet with xDTR2
File formats
Big TIFF, TIF, JPG, PDF, PDF/A, DWF, CALS, BMP, JPEG-2000(JP2), JPEG2000 Extended(JPX), TIF-G3, TIF-G4, multi-page PDF and others
Device Drivers
Windows 10, Windows 8.1-32 and 64-bit,
64-bit TWAIN drivers available for use with EDM and other imaging software.
Use / Requirements
110/220/240V,60/50Hz, 80W
Weight & Dimensions
109 (lbs) 49.3 kg, LxWxH: 53.6 x 21 x 11 inches (136 x 54 x 28 cm)
*Scanning speeds depend on document width and computer configuration
Contex recommends Intel Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, or better processors, 2GB RAM, Hi-speed USB2.
Speed tests performed using Nextimage software, PC with Intel Core i5-2500 Quad processor, 8GB RAM, Hi-speed USB2, 7200rpm HDD, Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate.

HD Ultra X 42" Series Prices

There are TWO 42 Inch models, the 4250 and the 4290.
Each model scans in Black & White or Grayscale at the same speed. The ONLY difference is the COLOR speed which is 2x faster on the 4290 and therefore has a higher price.
HD Ultra X 4290
Color: 17.9" InchesPerSecond
B/W, GS: 17.9 IPS
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Scan & Archive Software
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Adjustable stand for 42 Inch Scanner
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Professional Services
Installation & Training
Includes 2 hours of Remote Installation and Training. Additional training time available.
  • Scanner, Stand Assy.
  • Software Installation and Licensing
  • Scanner calibration
  • Software training
  • Scanner Maintenance
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Onsite Installation and Training is available, please call for a quote.

Warranties for the HD Ultra X Series

The Ultra X Series includes a 2 Year Parts Warranty. The parts are free, but you must repair the scanner yourself. If you would like a Contex certified technician to come onsite and repair your scanner, you should upgrade to a Two Year Onsite Warranty.

Contex 2 year Onsite Warranty Upgrade

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