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Old 07-03-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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Epson Perfection V500 Office Scanner

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

Whether you want to restore/preserve family photos or you just want to OCR a text document, the Epson Perfection V500 Office Scanner is the scanner to do the job right for you with superb results. I have used HP, Microtek, and Umax scanners with great success, but I simply would not recommend any other scanner to a consumer. Nothing that I have ever used comes close to the quality of Epson scanners.

This scanner has one of the best outputs I have seen with a resolution of 6400 x 9600 dpi and 48 bit color depth. Photo scan output is superb and quick and if you are working with an original photo, you will be hard pressed to tell that the scanned output is not the original photo.

I use this scanner to scan 35 mm negatives, photographs, and text documents. It should be noted that the maximum size the glass will support is 8 ½" x 11". The document feeder supports 8 ½" x 14" documents. The software that ships with the machine, Abby FineReader Sprint Plus, does such an excellent job recognizing all types of media that I've never upgraded to the professional version.

The scanner also includes Adobe Photoshop Elements for the photo enthusiasts and Epson Creativity Suite which allows you to attach scans to email or PDF and use the scanner as a copier. Switching from the 35 mm film adapter to the auto document feeder is easy. Both attachments simply slide into the top of the machine. Installation is of the machine is a snap with the accompanying software.

At the $349, the scanner is not cheap, but the quality that you will receive from this scanner makes the cost a worthwhile investment. The scanner is lightweight, but not flimsy and with included 35 mm film adapter installed, actually looks sleek.

In closing, I have to say that I cannot think of one negative thing about this scanner.

Pros
6400 x 9600 dpi and 48 bit color depth
Scans 35 mm negatives, photographs, and text documents
Includes Abby FineReader Sprint Plus for text scanning
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Epson Creativity Suite
Transparency adapter
Auto document feeder
Lightweight

Cons
None

Review by professional reviewer, Dec. 8, 2010
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