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October 11, 2018

Buckets of Old Photos? Scan & Save Your Memories! Epson FastFoto FF-640

Hi Friends,

   Thank you for joining us today for a very interesting technical product review. We have a unique twist on the technology equipment that we evaluate, with the specific product we are reviewing, which is the Epson FastFoto FF-640 Scanner.


   Just some background on this Scanner; it is a fit for not only home office use, but it's also quite useful for the home, as well. Today, we are going to take a look at the FastFoto in terms of the set-up of the scanner, the speed of the actual scanning process, the quality of the scan results, as well as some features and options that I found quite helpful, and you might, as well.

   Straight out of the box, the scanner looks non-threatening, and if I had to compare it, I would say it's about the size of a toaster oven. The only thing that you have to do is just snap in the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which is quite simple. Aside from that, the scanner is pretty much turn-key and ready for the software, which is the last step in the set-up. This part is a snap! Super-easy, since you download the software directly via Epson's website. I call it "seamless" since it is so easy. I suggest you download all software offered to you for your given operating system. It's free to download and it will help you take further advantage of the functionality of the scanner.

   Guess What? Congratulations! Your Scanner is now configured and ready to begin scanning!

   At this point, your scanner is all set up, with software installed, the USB cable connected to your laptop or desktop, and now you're ready to begin using it. As easy as the scanner is to get set up, it's even easier to use!

   What I have tested the scanner with was 5 different items; regular photos, Polaroid photos, documents, business cards, and for my own purposes, baseball cards. Automatic folders are set up for you and you name them at the moment right before they actually scan. One amazing feature of this scanner that will "WOW" most folks is that it automatically scans front and back, so if you have handwriting or something on the back of a document or photo that is important to save, it will also scan that as well. The FastFoto will name the front file name with an "a", and the file name for the back will have a "b". Not only does it capture the names, but it also captures the date as well for easier filing and for ease in locating the files long after you have finished scanning.

   Another thing that makes this real easy is the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which you really cannot do without it. It is a critical part of the scanner. Example: I was trying to send some Polaroids through and they were not going through at first but then I resolved it by just placing them in a different way on the feeder, which is very versatile in this specialized type of scanner. On the topic of ease, you can even have the photos border adjusted by simply tweaking the settings, and it even allows you to take out red eyes if they show up in the scan. As for resolution,the FastFoto defaults to 300 DPI resolution but it also has an option for 600 DPI, but remember, and this goes for all Scanners; as you go up in resolution, the time it takes to scan your items will increase, as well.

   Speed is another great quality of this scanner.  I sent through 20 photos and they were done in about 50 seconds which is blazing fast. The amount of time that it saves you will really impress you! Sometimes, you have to go back and adjust the photos or anything that you've scanned in order to tweak it and make it better, especially if it's a faded out photo; this will correct it. For those folks that scan often and then have to correct the documents or photos, etc afterward, will realize that this is a huge time saver. Just think of how much you will miss Photoshop editing your scanned image files. This might make you tear up over that... or perhaps they are tears of joy?  Perhaps both?

   Overall it's amazing how accurate the FastFoto is, and that just goes to show you the quality of product that Epson once again has put out on the market. As I mentioned above, the quality is second to none. One of the many features that makes this scanner shine is the auto enhancement, which really does some magical things when you're dealing with photos that are either faded or just very very light, i.e. with sun in the photo, or something bright along those lines. As mentioned, you can select the enhancement option in the settings by changing it to be Automatic, or you can manually do it in the folder that pops up with the app. Just select the image, click on Edit, and you can do many things to enhance your photos.

   Yet another great feature of the scanner is that you are able to select whether you want to save the enhanced photo as an original or if you want to make a second copy so you don't overwrite the original, in case you need to make additional changes, from the original version forward. This increases the efficiency and the amount of time saved and headaches saved with the scanner and its accompanying software. I ran into an issue with some baseball cards that would not get a reverse scan. I very easily found out through the intuitive menu that by adjusting the sensitivity settings, the lightness and darkness of writing on the back of the card, completely remedied this and fixed the issue. Any issues you come up with are easily remedied most often by looking in the settings in the software. It's true...it's all right there. I tried another scan test where I loaded up many different photos of different sizes and it scanned all of them seamlessly without even a hint of a "misfeed"! All the while, this scanner is so quiet that you don't even realize that it's working until your originals come out into the front catch. Quiet scanning is perfect in my book!

   To sum everything up here, this is an incredibly fast, very smart device with very good software for the user interface and it also is amazing in terms of how you are able to easily edit and enhance photos, either automatically or manually. This is a scanner that can be used to blow through hundreds or thousands of photos that you may have from years back, and catalog them for your family or yourself. Can you imagine a flood or fire and you lose all of those memories? Wouldn't it be advantageous to use the scanner to make a backup, digitally, of all of these treasures? With the option to upload everything to the cloud, you have basically an off-site private copy of all of your precious memories. This will ensure your photos will survive any adverse or damaging conditions that could affect your family photos from years past, because they are saved as your very own personal off-site high-quality front and back scans. The FastFoto makes sense on a number of levels, and it is certainly something you want to take a look at further after reading this review, so you can take the first step towards owning this time saving wonder!


Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Regards,
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com


TAGS: #Epson #Scanner #FastFoto #Photos #Office #Home #Document







September 20, 2018

Life@Easier; The Epson Workforce ES-500WR

Hi Folks,
   Welcome back, and I'm glad to have you back here with us!

   SPOILER ALERT: I'm going to ask you a couple of rhetorical questions, to which I already know the answer:

   Do you ever look at hard copy printed receipts and wish you didn't have so much critical paper floating around which fades out a little more each day?

   Do you ever wish you could extract data from your receipts and add it into your Accounting software?

   Do you think about how life would be so much easier if you could scan your documents directly to a cloud storage service, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, etc?


OK, I just gave you a small preview. Are you excited yet?

The Skinny...

   I hope so, because I have had the fortunate opportunity to test and review the new Epson Workforce ES-500WR Wireless Color Receipt Duplex Document Scanner (Accounting Edition), and the features I mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg with this dynamic scanner.

   The size of the box is a little confusing at first, and you will be thinking, "Where's the Beef?", but always remember what Aunt Nannie told you..."good things come in small packages"! It's actually the perfect size, because it is compact and you can fit it almost anywhere opened up, and absolutely anywhere when folder closed.

   The main step is to get it plugged in, ready for some brutal testing, and to see if this baby can live up to it's beefy specs. While we are on the topic of "Specs", all technical specifications will come at the end of this review, for those tech geeks (just like me!!).

   So, knowing the download process can take time with all new devices from all manufacturers, I set this to download the required software. All-in-all, it took me less than 20 minutes to complete the download, and during that time, 1/2 cup of coffee was consumed. It was really good coffee, but the set up was truly very fast for me.

   The Epson ScanSmart Accounting Edition is comprehensive, and the Nuance Power PDF software, which helps you create or convert to searchable PDFs, is a game-changer. Further, everything supports TWAIN drivers, so there are no worries about integrating with pretty much any document management software.

The Sizzle... 

   Now, a huge selling point is the 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and I had some nice tests planned for it. Right away, I took a huge stack of statements, some thick, some wrinkled, some with other markings on them, and they scanned in blazing fast. I did experience one jam, but it was my fault, as there was a small paper clip on a statement (User Error!), but it was better that it alerted me rather than try to run it through and ruin the device.

   I then put together the most rag-tag and ugly bunch of bent, folded, creased "scrap" receipts anyone has ever seen. Very smoothly fed into the device, and everything came out perfectly, except for one, but when I took a close look at it, I could not read it myself, so it might not have even been a receipt in the first place. Perhaps a smudge from an older print out? Any way, that bodes for a 100% execution rate for the Scanner.

   Now, I took this to the next level; it's really humid here on the East Coast, so I left a few statements on the backyard table for an hour, and of course, they were then sticking together. Instead of taking the paper feed, the scanner notified me of the potential jam, and upon looking this up, apparently it's due to the double-feed detection. When I let the pages dehumidify, I accidentally put them in crooked, and the scanner straightened it out for me. Auto-pilot?

   Fast? Understatement. The specs say this scans 35 pages per minute or 70 images per minute, but I think they undercut the true amounts (which I found much higher), just to be on the conservative side, and so people could not complain ("you said 35 pages per minute and I only got 34 pages per minute"). Perhaps I should complain I got 37 pages per minute? Ahh, people...you know who I'm taking about....!!!

The Steak...

   I really like how when you do duplex-scanning (double-sided), it will not scan a blank page if that is what is on side 2, and how you can approve the thumbnails as they scan, so you are in total control.

   Earlier we spoke about searchable scanned documents, and this is a major feature. You can export these to Excel or your Accounting software, i.e. Quickbooks. As it does this, it has learning capabilities, so I saw it begin to "know" a few logos that were repeating in the statements. This scanner is more like a well-oiled tool to help streamline your accounting process, especially for archiving and storage.

   All-in-All, a very quiet, compact, and very attractive tool, that lets you connect with computer, smart phone, or tablet. It is fast, high quality, and helps you reduce your paperwork to the point where it literally reduces clutter and makes life easier. Theoretically, isn't that what we are looking for...to make life easier?

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Regards,
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com


TAGS: #Epson #Scanner #TWAIN #Printing #Office #Accounting #Wireless #Duplex #Document






December 22, 2017

The Epson DS-575W Scanner; Small in Stature, Behemoth in Results

Hi Folks,
   I hope that you are all enjoying a fantastic Holiday season thus far. I had some unique messages about my last post, both good and mediocre. Nothing bad, which is good, (using up the one daily double-negation that I've allotted for myself!!)

   Today, we are going to take a small step away from Rent-to-Own and from Cryptocurrency and even Real Estate, for a few short moments, so that we can discuss a topic we can all agree on, and that is Efficient Document Management. Pay attention to each of those words, as they will hold validity once you've read this post.

   Without further intro, I present to you the Epson WorkForce DS-575W Document Scanner, a small package that packs a big punch.

   From the moment you open the box and take out the Scanning Unit, especially if you have handled many large scanners and printers, your first thought might be, "Uh Oh". You might wonder how this device that is close in size to a 4-slice toaster can perform to such lofty heights that are claimed in it's technical specifications ("Specs"). You look at it and see that is fits so neatly and does not hog up excessive space and you scratch your head. If you get that feeling, shake it off, it won't last long. The small size and non-invasive space this Scanner takes up is not to be looked at as a weakness, rather, as another benefit in the list....another virtual feather in it's cap.

SET-UP AND GENERAL OPERATION:

   Let's first look at Set-up, as I know for those folks not as technical as some of us Geeks, high-end technology can be a little confusing at times. I had a cousin in for the holidays and he's always been in fields where the workers do not need to use technology or devices, so I put him to work as my non-technical tester, and I am obligated to mention that he asked in return that I grill some hamburgers....you know...in 20 degree weather. Being a good sport, I obliged (Brrrr!!).

   Anyway, getting back to the point here, I had him follow the steps and he had it up and running in no time flat. You have options to configure the unit via USB or wirelessly, which is great having both options.

   Now, at first, I thought the software was dragging it's feet, but I later attributed that to hardware latency on my end. There are a full set of features with the TWAIN Software, like skew remedies and detection of double-feed, which toggles. You can also set up types of jobs and destinations for the finished product, which is great when you talk about "Efficient Document Management".

   All I ask is that a software be intuitive, and to be an asset, not a hindrance, and that is exactly what Epson accomplishes, with a full-featured, full-functionality partner to go along with it's short but powerful Scanner.

   I touched on this above, because there is an option to toggle (turn on and off) duplicate (simultaneous front and; back) scanning, better known as "duplexing". The Huge 50-page capacity document Auto-Document-Feeder (ADF) is just what the doctor ordered, and with duplex scanning coupled with the software capability to connect the two sides as if they were one, that's pretty darn helpful, folks.

   What does this Scanner specialize in? Legal-sized paper, Sheets of paper, receipts (crumpled up receipts, as well), hard-surface laminated papers and documents, It can even take envelopes, and the spectrum of what it can pass through and reproduce digitally seems endless, at a lightning fast clip.. More on Speed and Quality shortly.

   Setting up my Android and my cousin's Apple devices were a snap (remember.....from a non-technical point-of-view as well as technical).

   I can truly say that we gave this Scanner quite a workout, loading up the ADF to capacity with all shapes and sizes, and through it all, aside from when kicking off a scan, proceeded through with a very low decibel footprint.


SPEED:

   The speed of this unit made me go, "WOW". Again, I go back to seeing the size of the Scanner and being shocked, but then to see this thing churning out docs at a 35 pages per minute speed made me do a test and saw me exceed that by 3 pages, albeit pages with only 60% text coverage.

   Speed is nice...but the finished product is really for all the marbles. How did that wind up going?


QUALITY:

   Look, we scanned photos, prints, and some thick items, wondering if there would be smudged looking digital output...I mean there had to be some give-and-take to even out the sheer lightning-fast speed of the Scanner. But there wasn't. After setting our dpi and changing it every so often to test. Seriously, the wrinkled and a little hard to decipher receipts we had became instantly legible It is also very gentle and will not rip, tear or snag even the most decrepit papers you feed through the Scanner.

   With the TWAIN Compatibility, you are able to interface directly into your favorite app, as far as the finished product (the output) goes.


OTHER FEATURES:

Some other key benefits I like about this Scanner:
  - TWAIN & ISIS Support to cross multiple document/imaging Apps
  - Sharing your storage to the cloud (Dropbox, OneDrive, etc) to experience "Efficient Document Management"
  - The Amazing Epson Warranty that shows how much they truly believe in their product(s)
  - The familiar/easy names that are produced for scanned documents, to ease in locating and filing
  - The ease of using your Android or Apple device to send directly to the scanner.


SUMMARY:

   Look, I admitted it...I had doubts in the beginning, but it goes to prove the old saying, "Never judge a book by it's cover".

   Taking that thought further, this Scanner meshes with the organized home user on through to the fast-paced bustling business, like, for example, my Real Estate agent and investor 'gangstas' reading this. You often have 2-sided contracts and deeds that need to be scanned in, and as a bonus, needs to fit in sometimes busy and cluttered offices (it folds up nice and neat).

   Taking a step back, you folks know what you need...it's not rocket science. You need reliability, speed, quality, and dependable with the manufacturer putting themselves in the line of fire to guarantee their product. I know for sure this is what you need come Q1 2018. Act wisely!


Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Regards,
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com


TAGS: #Epson #Scanner #TWAIN #Printing #Office #RealEstate




March 17, 2017

Ease, Speed, & Quality Combine in the new Powerhouse Epson ES-500W Scanner

Hi Folks,
   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/─ôz/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:


Scanner Type:
Sheet-fed, one pass duplex color scanner
Optical Resolution:
300 dpi
Hardware Resolution:
600 dpi
Maximum Resolution:
1200 dpi
Color Bit Depth:
30-bit input/24-bit output
Grayscale Bit Depth:
16-bit input/8-bit output
Optical Sensor:
Color Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Scanning Speed:
35 ppm/70 ipm: 300 dpi Black & White, Color, Gray
Automatic Document Feeder:

Capacity:
50 sheets
Document Sizes:
Max: 8.5" x 240"
Min: 2" x 2"
Daily Duty Cycle:
4,000 sheets
Paper Weight:
27 – 413 g/m
Consumables:
Roller assembly kit: 200,000 cycles

Scan Features:

Buttons:
6 buttons: Double Feed Detect Skip, Slow Scan Mode, Scan, Stop, Wireless Connect, Wireless On/Off

Connectivity:

Standard Connectivity:
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n1,
SuperSpeed USB 3.0

General:

Operating Systems:
Windows® 7, 8/8.1, 10
Mac OS® X 10.6.8 – 10.11.x
Temperature:
Operating: 41 ° to 95 °F (5 ° to 35 °C)
-13 ° to 140 °F (-25 ° to 60 °C)
Humidity:
Operating: 10 – 80% (no condensation)

Dimensions:
Product Only: 6.6" x 11.6" x 6.9"
Weight:
Product Only: 8.1 lb
Country of Origin:
Indonesia

Scanner Details:

Included Software:
Epson Scan
Document Capture Software
ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint
NewSoft® Presto! BizCard® OCR (software requires Internet connection for download and installation)

Power:

Power Consumption:
Operation: 17 W
Wireless: 18 W
Sleep: 1.4 W
Ready: 9.2 W
Off: 0.1 W
Power Requirements:
24 V DC

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Regards,
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
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TAGS: #epson #Scanner #duplex #ES-500W


December 6, 2016

Reclaim Hours, Raise Productivity; Epson DS-530 Color Scanner

Hi Folks,
   I hope your Holiday Season is really shaping up for you both professionally and on the home front, as well! It's an exciting time of the year, but it seems like the busiest time of year all-around, doesn't it?

   Well, let me start out by stating the obvious; we all live complex lives, between work, family, and other additional business ventures that we may pursue in life. The end result of this, regardless of the digital age that we live in, is paper. Lots and lots of Paper. I often feel I could take 2 days per month from start of day to end of day, just for the purpose of filing and keeping myself organized.

   The fantastic opportunity to test out the new Epson DS-530 Color Duplex Document Scanner came at an ideal time, which is when I am at the point of literally using a shovel to move paperwork into neat piles.

   The Task: To make some genuine progress in organizing a seemingly never-ending pile of receipts (some of which are fragile strips of paper), contracts, voluminous project management documentation, business cards from new business prospects, tax documents, and many other such types of physical copies that I've accumulated over just the past few months alone.

   The Focus: Testing out the Epson DS-530 Color Document Scanner, and reporting to you on the level of ease or difficulty of Set-up, the speed and quality of various types of required output (those of which I identified above), and then, examining and sharing with you some of the additional bells and whistles that come along with this newest offering from the folks at Epson.

Scanner Set-Up:

   Just as I figured from previous experience testing Epson products, Un-boxing and connecting your new DS-530 is a snap. A few blinking lights and a few beeps and immediately you are ready to get to work.

Scanner Speed and Quality:

   I figured I'd start with the "easy" part, which were a couple a hundred pages of documentation I have across 6 different contractor agreements. I loaded up the Automatic Document Feeder with its capacity of 50 sheets, set it to scan, and in not even 2 minutes, perhaps it was about 90 seconds, the job completed! I was amazed at the speed, and when I took a glance at the documentation, I noticed why: the unit will scan 35 pages per minute (ppm) in grayscale, black, and color modes.

   Further, I noticed some of the remaining 150+ pages I had were dual-sided, with information on both sides. With the DS-530, this is not a problem, as I watched the scanner scan both sides in one pass! I know it is a high-powered duplex scanner, but high powered might seriously be a slight understatement!

   Some additional items I needed to scan were partially laminated, such as high-end business cards and some small placards, which had bulky sections. I was a little uneasy, thinking it might get stuck. Sure enough, these units are engineered in a way to avoid or prevent any jams! Before I knew it, I had these scanned in, as well.

   The item I left for last, since I desperately did not want them getting chewed up or ripped, were my business expense receipts, some of which were pretty mangled from wear, and a few, I am ashamed to admit, went to the dry cleaners and were in a box there for me to pick up when I picked up my dry cleaning. These took a beating, but were still legible, so I took a chance. I was not aware until reading the documentation that there was a slow speed as a mode when you had fragile documents or papers. It treated the receipts with excellent care and the scanned copies are now ready for tax time.

Additional features:

   One of the best features is that you can create searchable PDF files or you can make editable files for Word and Excel. This was a handy feature, as I like to mark the copies with what expense designation each item falls under, and it made it super easy for me to do. Another great feature is the ability to scan to cloud file hosting providers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Evernote. I am a Dropbox person, and being able to organize our business files in our Dropbox for Business account is priceless!

   The Epson DS-530 Color Duplex Document Scanner seems to handle anything you can throw at it. No job is too large, too small, or too delicate to be processed by this scanner. I was very impressed with this scanner, and found it to be a great assistant in terms of helping me be more productive. It has saved me an unimaginable amount of time, and when you are running a business, if technology saves you enough time to get back to business, wouldn't you place a value on that technology? What about if the time that the technology gave back to you would come close to being of equal or more value vs. the price value of that technology, just within a few short weeks or a couple of months? That is the kind of productivity I am talking about here, and you should seriously consider one of these scanners for your business. I know that my 2017 will start out strong, with the confidence that I have a tool to handle in minutes what it would take me hours to do. How much time is your Scanner saving you?

Technical Specifications:
Main Features
Document scanner
Duplex
Legal
600 dpi x 600 dpi
up to 35 ppm (mono) / up to 35 ppm (color)
ADF ( 50 sheets )
up to 4000 scans per day
USB 3.0
The fast, efficient DS-530 color duplex document scanner is the intelligent choice for business document management, offering world-class performance at a significant value. Advanced paper feed technologies offer added reliability, while auto document feeder saves time.

The Document Scanner That’s the Intelligent Choice for Document Management
The fast, efficient DS-530 color duplex document scanner is the intelligent choice for business document management, offering world-class performance at a significant value. Featuring speeds up to 35 ppm/70 ipm1, this powerful, compact performer includes TWAIN and ISIS® drivers for seamless integration with existing document management systems. Quickly scan stacks of pages to a PC, Mac® or online storage account2 like Dropbox® or SharePoint®. Advanced paper feed technologies such as Dynamic Skew Correction and Ultrasonic Double Feed Detection offer added reliability, while a 50-page Auto Document Feeder saves time. Additional features include Double Feed Detection Skip, Slow Speed Mode and programmable jobs.

Fast scan speeds, from a leader in image capturing technology — up to 35 ppm/70 ipm1; one-pass duplex scanning
Seamless compatibility with document management systems — includes TWAIN and ISIS drivers for easy integration with existing software
Scan directly to online storage accounts2 — intuitively scan to Dropbox, Evernote®, FileBound and Google Drive™ with Epson Document Capture software
World-class performance and reliability — three sets of rollers for Dynamic Skew Correction, plus Ultrasonic Double Feed Detection to prevent missing pages
Easily scan stacks of documents — robust design with 50-page Auto Document Feeder (ADF)
Designed for dependability — enhanced features include Slow Speed Mode, programmable jobs and a daily duty cycle of up to 4,000 sheets3
Generate searchable and editable files — scan to editable Word and Excel® files or searchable PDF files; OCR software included
Intelligent color and image adjustments — auto crop, blank page and background removal with Epson Image Processing Technology
Versatile paper handling — scan stacks of business and ID cards, single sheets and extra-long pages up to 240"
Send scans to any computer on your network — optional Network Interface Unit available for workgroup sharing

Scan and organize important documents with the included software
Scan documents to email, an FTP server, online storage account2 or any folder on your PC. The scanner also includes TWAIN and ISIS drivers for seamless compatibility with popular document management systems. And, it includes OCR software for creating searchable PDFs or scanning into editable formats like Word and Excel files.

Scan directly to online storage accounts including Dropbox, SharePoint, FileBound and more
Scan directly to your designated hard drive or easily upload documents to Dropbox, SharePoint, FileBound, Google Drive, Evernote and more. Just install the included software on a PC or Mac and users can scan, save and organize data.

Advanced scanning features
Auto Document Size Detection — up to 8.5" x 14"
Scan extra-long documents up to 8.5" x 215" (8.5" x 240" at 200 dpi)
Text enhancement for Color, Black-and-White and Grayscale — for improved OCR accuracy
Auto Image Type Detection
Dynamic Skew Correction
Remove punch holes and blank pages from scanned images

Epson advanced sensor and paper feed technology
Custom-designed to handle important documents — from business cards and plastic IDs to extra-long documents, the scanner incorporates DSC (Dynamic Skew Correction) and a sophisticated multi-roller paper feed design. It automatically corrects the angle at which the paper enters the scanner to prevent jams. The Ultrasonic sensor allows Double Feed Detection to help avoid misfeeds. And, Auto Document Size Detection makes it easy to scan multiple sizes in a single stack. Additional features include:

Automatic Feeding Mode: Scan originals of different sizes, in any order, into one PDF
Double Feed Detection Skip (DFDS) button: Easily resume scanning jobs after a feeding error occurs
Slow Speed Mode button: Scan crumpled or fragile documents at a slower speed to reduce misfeeds or prevent tears

Accommodates oversized and fragile documents
Optional carrier (sold separately) sheets allow you to scan oversized (A3), folded, irregular, wrinkled or fragile documents and receipts, as well as magazine clippings. Carrier sheets can be scanned successively or mixed in with regular paper documents — the scanner will automatically detect the carrier sheet.

Certified by leading solution providers
Select Epson scanners are certified to be compatible with over 70 top-tier Independent Software Vendors (ISV) for easy integration with document management systems. The included TWAIN and ISIS drivers also allow for compatibility with your document management software of choice.
1 Based on letter-sized scans at 300 dpi in Black-and-White, Grayscale or Color Mode.
2 With Epson Document Capture software installed on the connected Windows PC or Mac.
3 Daily duty cycle is the highest recommended number of scanned sheets per day. For best results, run at or below the recommended usage. Calculations based on a scanning speed of 35 ppm and an assumed daily use time.
4 For convenient and reasonable recycling options, visit www.epson.com/recycle
5 SmartWay is an innovative partnership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that reduces greenhouse gases and other air pollutants and improves fuel efficiency

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March 28, 2016

The Epson Workforce DS-510 Scanner; A Space-Saving Powerhouse

Hi Folks,

   Today, I'd like to share with you my review of the new Epson WorkForce DS-510 Color Document Scanner. I've tested a wide range of Scanners, so I have a pretty good base of what to look for and what not to look for when running an evaluation. The main things we're going to look at today are the size of the scanner, the setup process, output speeds, output quality, and finally, some additional features and benefits where we'll break it all down for you. I'll add in the relevant specs to each section as we go forward.


   The first thing we'll look at here today is going to be the size of this baby, and let me tell you something; do not let the size fool you! This is one tough machine and it is quite sturdy. The only way to really capture what I'm describing is to say that it's small and powerful and the best part is where I have my electronic devices is a very limited space and the Epson DS-510 fit perfectly in that area and left me additional room, as well. Just leave ample height above it so when you expand it out when using it you will have plenty of clearance. This gets an A-Plus for space-saving.


   As far as Set-up, I found it very easy to accomplish. Now, I am a technician by heart, so I had an associate here who's a little less technically geeked-out than I am, and I had them take a quick run through the setup as a test and they made it through with flying colors. It was very easy connecting it to my laptop and my desktop and the instructions were easy and very straightforward for all levels of technical ability. A+ on the Set-up process!

SPECS:
Software:
Epson® Scan
EMC Captiva ISIS (Windows only, via web download)
ABBYY® FineReader® OCR
Document Capture Pro
NewSoft™ Presto!® BizCard OCR (Windows on CD, Mac via web download)
TWAIN and ISIS drivers
Connectivity
Scanner Interface:
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Optional Network Interface Unit (RJ-45, 10BaseT/100Base TX)
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista ® (32/64-bit), Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition
Mac OS® 10.8.x, 10.7.x, 10.6.x, 10.5.x
USB 2.0


   Now when it comes to speed, this is quite a fast little machine. Along with its automatic document feeder that holds 50 sheets of paper, this machine blazes along at 26 PPM for black and white, color, and gray. This is a pretty impressive speed, and you'll notice the speed difference between this and a lot of other models that claim to have such a high speed there's a difference because it appears Epson is actually living up to the specs that it's including with its documentation. I tested this with a stack of documents and scanning was incredibly quick and I was very impressed and it really saved me a lot of time because the other device that I was using is really slow and this sped things along quickly. Definitely an A+ on the speed of this scanner.

SPECS:
Scanning Speed:
26 ppm/52 ipm: 200 dpi Black-and-White, Color, Gray
26 ppm/52 ipm: 300 dpi Black-and-White, Color, Gray
18 ppm/36 ipm: 400 dpi Black-and-White, Gray
5 ppm/10 ipm: 400 dpi Color
18 ppm/36 ipm: 600 dpi Black-and-White, Gray
5 ppm/10 ipm: 600 dpi Color
Automatic Document Feeder
Capacity: 50 sheets


   Next let's look at the quality of the scanned output. What is produced by this scanner are quality, clear, picture-perfect scan results. Whether you're scanning a single-page document, using the duplex function of the scanner, or any of the other great features, the experience is incredible with fantastic text recognition and great document management all across the board. There is nothing but quality output to be had by all. Once again it may sound repetitive, but it's an A+ for quality.

SPECS:
Scanner Type: Sheet-fed, one-pass duplex color scanner
Optical Resolution: 600 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


   Let's take a look at a few more notes about the DS-510 that will prove helpful in your daily routine. The Epson works extremely well for both two-sided document and multiple page documents, and one of the key factors that I found very helpful here was that you can create PDF files and you have an option where to save the files to once the document is scanned. The PDF feature helps you decide where you can save documents in PDF format. and is excellent for document storage and retrieval at later times and especially if you have a document library in your network. This provides you an excellent value for your money and can pay you back a thousand times over when you need to find that critical document, for example, the signed Real Estate contract, and you just don't know where that piece of paper is or where you saved that critical  file.

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

Features
Security Lock: Kensington® type

General
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:
Normal mode: 18 W
Ready 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: 5.5 lb


   In summary, the Epson DS-510 has exceeded all of my preconceived expectations for the scanner, not only due to it's easy setup, the compact size, the speed, the quality, and all the extra little features like the PDF and document storage feature, but also the price being so competitive for such a diverse product that can bring you such a dramatic change in the efficiency of your office that can translate into the bottom line. When you take all of these features into account, you begin to wonder how you were able to get along without it for so long. Overall kudos to Epson for another quality product. The quick quality output coupled with the price that is a bargain for this type of device, you're looking at a home run. Whether it's for your home office or small to medium-sized office, it's a great device that will help you scan all your files and documents and get them all  centralized.

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