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June 18, 2015

Epson's DS-520 Document Scanner is Intuitive and Versatile!

Hi Folks,
   I consider myself a geek among geeks, as I absolutely love testing out new technology, and I enjoy it thoroughly. Add to this the factor that this technology might be the solution my readers and clients are looking for, and that enjoyment turns to bliss.

   So, on that note, I am feeling blissful today, as I've just tested a great new document scanner by Epson, their model DS-520. In last weeks Blog Post, we discussed the DS-560 model, so I will reference that review if necessary here.

   In a linear fashion, we'll look at the Set Up and Basic Usage, some Cool Features, and then I'll give you the Technical Specifications.

Set Up and Basic Usage:

   The DS-520 was just as easy to set up as the DS-560. Very straightforward. Easy to connect to the network, boom, done in an instant. I call that true Plug N Play!

   To help out in the speed and ease-of-usage department, there's a 50 sheet automatic document feeder that's built in which helps you just blow through scanning jobs. It's literally constructed perfectly for this device, and I am drawing upon my past experiences and tests on non-Epson products.

   OK, this scanner is fast, with speeds of 30 pages per minute (ppm) or 60 images per minute (ipm). It's one of those situations where you turn around and the job is already done scanning, which is a great feature to have in a busy office. I am a very big fan of speedy technology! I even ran a few scans in duplex (passing both sides simultaneously in just one pass), and the speed and quality were perfect. I've seen bleed-through before on Duplex copies from other machines (not Epson machines), so this was a relief.

Cool Features:

   One of the coolest features about the DS-520 is that you can scan in documents which you can then save as searchable. It is very cool and a big time saver when you're looking for just the right documents and you just don't know where to find it!

   Another super-helpful feature that I found with this device was the advanced image adjustments that you are able to do, including color enhancement and color dropout. I was scanning in some documents with images and playing around with a couple of different colors and changing them out. Intuitive and Versatile!

   Sharing is caring, and with the DS-520, it's very easy to share your documents. Just as easily, you can send your document to the cloud, all with the push of a button.

   Finally, I love that you have the option of scanning  ID Cards and Hard Plastic cards, just as easily as any other ddocuments!

   In summary, I got knee-deep in this, and in all honesty, I'm a huge fan of this scanner. It seems to be an extremely reliable device and one that would withstand the forces of a busy office, and will get the job done in a relatively quick time! If you choose this scanner, I'd say you'd be making a sound investment in the current and future productivity of your office.

   As promised, here are the full specs for the DS-520 we've just tested together:

Scan Specifications

Scanner Type: Sheet-fed, one-pass duplex color scanner
Photoelectric Device: 1 line CMOS Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Optical Resolution: 600 dpi
Output Resolution: 75 to 1200 dpi
Effective Pixels: 5,100 x 21,600 pixels
Color Bit Depth: 48-bits per pixel internal / 24-bit external
Grayscale Bit Depth: 16-bits per pixel internal / 8-bit external
Monochrome Bit Depth: 1-bit
Light Source: Three-color RGB LED
Automatic Document Feeder

Capacity: 50 sheets
Document Sizes:
Paper size Minimum: 2.1" x 2.9"
Paper size Maximum: 8.5" x 36"1
Paper Weight: 50 to 209 g/m
Daily Duty Cycle: 3000 sheets
Consumables: Roller assembly kit — 100,000 cycles

Buttons: 3 push buttons: Power, Start and Stop
Security Lock: Kensington® type
Epson® Scan
EMC Captiva ISIS (Windows only, via web download)
Document Capture Pro with OCR
NewSoft™ Presto!® BizCard OCR (Windows on CD, Mac via web download)
TWAIN and ISIS drivers

Rigid plastic ID card scanning (including embossed cards)
Business card scanning
Oversized folded document scanning without carrier sheet 30 user-definable scan job settings
Optional Network Interface

Scanner Interface:
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Optional Network Interface Unit (RJ-45, 10BaseT/100Base TX)
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista ® (32/64-bit), Windows XP Professional x64, Windows XP Home Edition
Mac OS® 10.6.x-10.10.x
USB 2.0

Operating Temperature: 41° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Operating Humidity: 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Rated Voltage: 100 – 240 VAC
Frequency: 50 – 60 Hz
Power Consumption:
Operation mode: 18 W
Standby mode: 7 W
Sleep mode: 1.6 W
Off: 0.4 W
Dimensions: 11.7" x 6" x 6.1" (W x D x H)
Weight: 5.7 lb

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
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