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February 12, 2019

Road-Warriors Rejoice! The New Epson Workforce ES-50 Portable Document Scanner Does it All!

Hi Folks,

   Thanks for joining us today for a review of what you will find to be one of the most interesting devices that we will review together. For those of you that are on the road often (Sales, Marketing, Execs, Small Biz Owners....literally anyone), you will wonder why you have not found a tool like this one sooner!

   Probably one of the most important things when you're traveling is your baggage; how heavy your bags are and how much stuff you have inside your bags. If you're traveling with hardware such as a scanner, you can't take one of the large office scanners. They serve their purpose while in the office, but to take them on the road is impractical. Enter the Epson Workforce ES-50 Portable Document Scanner. This small, light, and sturdy portable scanner really fits the bill when traveling for work. When using this scanner, it doesn't take up much space (you just need to leave space behind it for when the paper feeds through the back of it). You don't need power cables because it feeds power directly from the USB port on your laptop, which really is the true indication of portability. It's very simple to use and coupled with the fact that you can carry it in your laptop bag or separately, or even stick it in a drawer if need be for occasional use makes this is a great portable color scanner that is fun to use!

   Setting up this device you'll find is a very user-friendly process. Basically, all you're doing is connecting it to your computer and it'll prompt you to download what you need from Epson's website. It's that simple! This download location is also included in your quick start guide. In no time flat you'll be scanning along and being productive.

   Multi-tasking is key, so if you are on a call and at the same time, scanning in a document, the last thing you need is the squeaking sound and clicking sound some scanners make. Very annoying and quite disruptive! With the ES-50, all the sounds you will hear is paper as it moves through the scanner! That's it! The speed of the scans is also conducive to multi-tasking, because it took 5, maybe 6 seconds to scan in a document, and then you will see a preview of your scan. If you need to scan multiple pages as part of the same file, just click the button to continue the current scan job. It is that fast and that easy!!

   Quality was perfect for the purpose of this portable scanner. Basically, you're going to be scanning in receipts, bills, business cards, and other documents, and you're going to get quality image output in a quick and efficient manner. Even flimsy, beat up receipts will make it through with good quality, even if it looks like they are skewing in one direction while scanning! The software will correct them!

   Now, more about this diverse software, which is both Windows and Mac compatible, and is quite a solid program bundled together! Once you have scanned an item, you can view it and save it to a hard drive, send it up to Google Drive, export it to Word, Excel or another program. You're even able to set resolution, image type, and there are some more advanced features like skew and rotating the image, enhancing brightness and such. True, there are a lot of different features to use, and who knows if you even need to use all of them because there are so many of them. However, it is better to have them then to wish you had them, right? A good example here is that I had some documents with marks on them from a binder, and they also had hole punches. I was able to remove those marks, which was pretty cool! Further, there is OCR software (optical character recognition), which allows you to put the output of your scan into searchable PDF files. This is massively helpful for folks that need to categorize and document by customer name or by customer number. You can then search and sort documents by customer name or customer number. Overall a very intuitive suite of software that allows you to scan anything...documents to business cards to receipts...basically, anything!

SUMMARY:

   What I really like about this scanner is that once you have the software installed you don't have to go through a process of first opening the software on your laptop and then waiting for it to load up!! As soon as you put a document into the Scanner and you push the button to scan, it will automatically launch the software, which is a huge help. You may not realize it, but when you actually have that feature, it's pretty cool and it becomes almost indispensable...definitely something you don't want to do without.

   If you're on the road often, this is definitely the portable scanner to have with you, because it will help you be incredibly productive!


I've included the Full Technical Specs of the ES-50 for your review:


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Fastest and lightest mobile single-sheet-fed document scanner in its class
small, portable scanner ideal for easy, on-the-go scanning

Fast Scans
Scans a single page in as fast as 5.5 seconds

Versatile Paper Handling
scans documents up to 8.5" x 72", as well as ID cards and receipts
Smart tools to easily scan and organize documents

Epson ScanSmart Software makes it easy to scan, review and save

USB Powered
connect to your computer; no batteries or external power supply required

Includes Nuance OCR
create searchable PDFs and editable Word and Excel files
Scan to the cloud — scan files directly to online storage accounts with the included software
Compatible with Windows and Mac — works with your existing system; TWAIN driver included
Included TWAIN driver — compatible with virtually any software
Automatic Feeding Mode — combine multi-page scans into one file; scanner automatically accepts each new sheet as it’s inserted

Eco Features
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product

What's In The Box:
WorkForce ES-50 Document Scanner
Start Here poster
USB cable
Maintenance sheets

Specifications Scanner:
Scanner Type:
Mobile, Sheet-fed 1-pass color scanner

Optical Resolution:
600 dpi

Hardware Resolution:
600 dpi

Maximum Resolution:
1200 dpi

Color Bit Depth:
16−bit input

Grayscale Bit Depth:
8−bit output

Optical Sensor:
Color Contact Image Sensor (CIS)

Light Source:
3-color RGB LED

Scanning Speed:
10 ppm (300 dpi Black-and- White, Color, Gray 1-sheet scan speed)

General:
Operating Systems:
Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) SP1
Mac OS X 10.11.x – macOS 10.14.x

Humidity:
Operating: 10 – 85% (no condensation)

Operating Temperature:
41 to 95F (5 to 35C)

Dimensions:
Product in Package: 13.3" x 5.6" x 2.6"
Product Only: 10.7" x 1.8" x 1.3"

Weight:
Product Only: 0.59 lb
Product in Package: 1.2 lb

Warranty:
One-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada

Scan Features:
Buttons:
Scan Start/Stop

Connectivity:
Standard Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Scanner Details:
Included Software:
Epson Scan 2, Epson ScanSmart with Nuance OCR engine requires Internet connection for download and installation.

Power:
Power Consumption:
Operation: 2.1 W
Sleep: 0.4 W
Ready: 1.1 W
Off: 0.1 W

Power Requirements:
5 V DC (USB Bus)


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 #Portable #ES-50 #Travel #Office #Home #Document

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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Happy Holidays!
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