I have some great news to share after testing and reviewing a very impressive new Scanner from Epson, the Epson WorkForce ES-500W, which is a Wireless Duplex Document Scanner. I know that sounds like a mouthful of jargon, but I think it might actually fall short of truly describing this powerful new beast on the block.
Ease/ēz/noun definition "absence of difficulty or effort".
"Ease" is the most appropriate word that comes to mind at then end of my testing battery that I have put this unit through. Let us take a look at how this Scanner impresses, starting at Set-up, Scanning, a discussion of speed and quality, and some cool features that come along with the ES-500W. At the end, I'll give you the full Technical Specifications.
As you unbox the unit, you'll find it is incredibly secured between multiple different protection systems, and when finally removing all of the much-welcomed cushioning, you get your first look at this compact, neatly-folding unit. No need to dedicate a new wing in your office or home office...this unit jives with your office space, especially when you are trying to economize on space.
Starting with the Set-up, connecting the ES-500W to my Wi-Fi was a snap, and probably took under 5 minutes to complete. I follow the instructions to the letter so that I can point out any issues I notice, but the directions were on point and quite user-friendly. After a quick install of the software, I was all set up and ready to test!
Now the real fun happens; Scanning. The "Ease" of scanning amounts to literally opening the Capture Software, placing your document in the feeder, and clicking SCAN. This is just for one document, however, you can place up to 50 pages on the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and WOW, does that reduce a lot of back and forth and eliminates swapping out page by page. It's an immense time saver. Page size can vary from small to legal size. Further, you can take hard copy paper documents and turn them into editable files that can also be searchable, thanks to the included Optimal Character Recognition (OCR) Software. The Scanner is also TWAIN compatible, which will help it interface with many of the most popular document programs and systems that are in use today.
Speed? Quality? What's the end result?
With speeds I tested and verified by using the ADF, the unit hits up to it's advertised 35 ppm/70 ipm. Now, folks, that is blazing fast. Not only is it fast in comparison to a lot of the other products on the market today, from comparing the Specs, but there is no compromising on the quality of the output, especially the images. The option to change the DPI is there for you, but the quality of the image output without tweaking any settings whatsoever had me impressed. Using the defaults the output looks that good? Really? Yes...it was good enough to impress a 25+ year technology veteran who has pretty much seen it all in my time!
5 Features I really liked about the ES-500W
I loved the compact nature of the Scanner, the speed, and the output quality, but there were a few other cool features I wanted to mention:
1. You have the ability to turn on or off the multi-page detector, which is a blessing when you are doing a lot of "Onesies", or 1-page scans, separately.
2. Without more than a couple of clicks, right out of the box, this Scanner integrates literally & seamlessly with cloud and note Apps, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, among others.
3. The gift of Duplex: For 2-sided pages, you do not have to flip and re-scan the page. It is all done in one quick pass. Time-Saver!!
4. One App will allow you to scan documents into your Smart Phone after connecting to the same Wi-Fi as the Scanner!
5. I love how you can scan bulky business ID Cards, as well as all-types of business cards, receipts, and documents with extra long pages. This feature literally crosses multiple demographics in one felt swoop!
In closing, for folks running a small business, those who work out of a home office, or folks who are habitual scanners for some reason or another, this is a scanner that fits all types of users. From the compact nature of the machine, to the speed, quality, and funky extra features, it's easy to see how Epson just dominates the market through quality products, such as the ES-500W. There is just a certain "feel" when using this unit, as I have felt on previous Epson offerings, which is a feel that is not even closely matched by similar types of products offered by their competition. Epson, I tip my technical hat to you one again. You have managed to WOW me with quality, and I am glad now to share this glowing experience with the good folks that faithfully read my blog.
As mentioned, here are the full technical specs for the ES-500W Scanner:
Sheet-fed, one pass duplex color scanner
Color Bit Depth:
30-bit input/24-bit output
Grayscale Bit Depth:
16-bit input/8-bit output
Color Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
35 ppm/70 ipm: 300 dpi Black & White, Color, Gray
Automatic Document Feeder:
Max: 8.5" x 240"
Min: 2" x 2"
Daily Duty Cycle:
27 – 413 g/m
Roller assembly kit: 200,000 cycles
6 buttons: Double Feed Detect Skip, Slow Scan Mode, Scan, Stop, Wireless Connect, Wireless On/Off
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n1,
SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Windows® 7, 8/8.1, 10
Mac OS® X 10.6.8 – 10.11.x
Operating: 41 ° to 95 °F (5 ° to 35 °C)
-13 ° to 140 °F (-25 ° to 60 °C)
Operating: 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Product Only: 6.6" x 11.6" x 6.9"
Product Only: 8.1 lb
Country of Origin:
Document Capture Software
ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint
NewSoft® Presto! BizCard® OCR (software requires Internet connection for download and installation)
Operation: 17 W
Wireless: 18 W
Sleep: 1.4 W
Ready: 9.2 W
Off: 0.1 W
24 V DC
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