The truth that Epson has determined to maintain this scanner in its product portfolio for 5 years is an actual credit score to the Perfection V550 Picture. On the time of writing, there’s no obvious cause for the Japanese producer to retire this workhorse, which has proved to be one of many extra widespread scanners in the marketplace.
This mannequin sits between the £100 (round $130) Epson Perfection V370 Picture Scanner, launched in 2012, and the £200 (round $260) Epson Perfection V600, launched almost a decade in the past.
All it is a sobering reminder that nowadays, the normal remit of standalone scanners is quick shrinking due to the enhancing optics on smartphones and the huge variety of free or low cost scanning apps, which in flip implies that new merchandise aren’t precisely flooding the market.
As for the Epson Perfection V550 Photo, it sells for £169 (round $220) at Amazon, placing it on par with the Canon CanoScan 9000F, the one different broadly obtainable scanner that does movie scanning – not less than within the UK.
Design and specs
The V550 is bigger than anticipated – greater than an A3 sheet – and at 117 x 284 x 485mm, it should take up a good portion of your desk real-estate.
Be aware that it’s accessed within the conventional manner, i.e. opening on the shorter aspect, which explains why the 4 customizable management buttons (Scan to PDF, Electronic mail, Copy and Begin) are positioned on one of many shorter edges. A inexperienced prepared and crimson error gentle may also be discovered subsequent to them.
The on/off button is positioned on the right-hand aspect of the machine, hidden away; in all probability not the wisest of decisions as this isn’t intuitive.
Open the V550 up and you’ll discover a big glass floor – this machine is able to scanning as much as eight.5 x 11-inch paperwork. The built-in transparency unit provides to the majority because of the lamp within the cowl of the scanner. You may scan both two 35mm movie strips or 4 35mm mounted slides – as much as 12 negatives at a time.
The scanner has a excessive Dmax of three.four and a most optical decision of 6,400 dpi with interpolated resolutions of as much as 12,800 dpi and as much as 48-bit shade depth. As anticipated, it makes use of a USB 2.zero port to connect with the host laptop and doesn’t have any fancy options resembling Wi-Fi, detachable storage or an automated doc feeder (ADF). It is a actually conventional scanner, made for advert hoc digitization.
Organising the V550 Picture is straightforward – simply plug and scan (properly, nearly). Even in the event you’re utilizing Home windows 10, we’d advocate you put in the newest drivers obtainable each as WIA and Twain (the latest one was up to date in July 2018, exhibiting how critical Epson is about legacy ).
Epson additionally has a Picture Scan software downloadable on-line with Abbyy’s Finereader Dash 9.zero and ArcSoft Scan-n-Sew Deluxe obtainable on a CD-Rom (bear in mind these)? Epson, like different distributors, ought to perhaps look into killing coasters altogether within the years to come back, and will supply downloadable free variations of software program as an alternative.
The proprietary picture enhancing options – mud elimination, ICE (Picture Correction and Enhancement) know-how, shade restoration and movie grain equalization – are platform/software agnostic and work fairly properly for individuals who need acceptable picture enhancements with as little guide enhancing as potential.
Moreover Epson Scan comes with 4 modes: Full Auto, Dwelling, Workplace and Skilled, all of which may be totally custom-made.
The scanner makes use of Epson’s ReadyScan LED know-how – which slashes warm-up time and saves energy – and comes with a movie/slide holder that’s product of plastic and has tabs that align with particular areas to forestall scanning errors. It’s somewhat flimsy, although, so be sure you don’t break it when inserting your slides.
You may submit scans to a good few picture sharing and social networking companies on-line (Fb, SugarSync and many others) from inside the Straightforward Picture Scan software program. Additionally, the V550 can scan cumbersome books because of an extendable hinge.
We scanned an A4 sheet at 300 dpi in simply over 19 seconds with picture enhancement options turned on. Turning these off shaved nearly three seconds off that point.
Scanning a 6 x four shade picture at 1,200 dpi took 1 minute 32 seconds with out picture correction. We timed 2 minutes 44 seconds for 4 slides with picture correction on – and three minutes 26 seconds for 5 slides with out it. Only a warning – this scanner does get pretty noisy, however the noise stage is inversely proportional to how shortly the job is completed.
Allowing for that it is a scanner that may address most movie slides and prices lower than £170 (round $220), it’s honest to say that the V550 Picture is an efficient cut price. Simply keep in mind that an onsite guarantee is non-compulsory – you could have pay further for it (£80 for three-years of canopy) or ship (or carry) any merchandise again to the aftersales heart.
Then there’s the truth that Epson has one other product, the Perfection V370 Photo Scanner, that prices far much less (beneath £100 within the UK), and apart from a decrease DMax score and a smaller optical pixel decision, it’s a probably extra engaging possibility.
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