Epson Perfection 1250
This is a great little flatbed scanner that fits perfectly on the shelf of my computer desk, it is blue with a lift up white lid and scans documents, photo's and copies files. It is made by Epsom who are a well known brand and you can buy one of these scanners from Amazon for £29.99 which is a great bargain for a piece of computer equipment that is reliable and scans fast.
The scanner plugs into a USb port with the USb that is provided and you instal the disc that it comes with and the Epson Smart Panel is placed on your desk top so that you can just click on it to use the scanner without browsing through lots of computer files wondering where you've installed it.
This is basically a plug and play scanner and has an easy to follow step by step instruction disc which guides you through the instalation and has information on how to use your scanner. Once the scanner is installed and compatable with your computer you can scan photo's and save them on the computer, scan documents if your self employed like me and have to have records and recipts in an account book for the tax man and it copies any other paperwork you may need putting on your computer or for printing off later.
The scanner is quick, quiet and efficient. even though it's a budget priced scanner the quality of the pictures are brilliant.
You can scan and send to the web or just file depending on what you are doing and the photo's look great. I scan photo's of the family to send in emails to family that live away from us, as well as doing my accounts and documentation for work.
I think this is a great compact low priced scanner that I have owned now for two years without having any hitch from it, it has been used more or less every day or two and I have never had a problem with it, so it is really reliable.
If however you do have problems with it Epsom have a great web site that you can go to www.epsom.com and you can find advice and F.Q.A as well as customer care, driver downloads and other things you may need to help you work the scanner, but so far I haven't needed anything.
It has 4 buttons on the front of the unit to access various packaged programs at the touch of a button. The 1250 is a 1,200dpi USB model with 48bit internal processing and 24bit output.
Setup is very straightforward and once the drivers are installed all you have to do is press the front panel scan button to launch the Epson Smart Panel.
You can scan to application, scan to file, copy, scan to email, scan to web, and scan to OCR.
The Smart Panel provides guidance for each scanning activity and a 'verify assistant' gives you the opportunity to preview and rename, delete or make additional scans before moving on to the next stage.
All in all it's a great little scanner at a great price.
I would recommend it to you if your looking for a cheap reliable scanner.
Epson Perfection 1250 scanner is a very good scanner, it is not just a scanner that can scan your normal pictures and text documents. There is a fast track button system on the front which means you can scan things without opening the supplied program. You can copy things straight to the printer just like a photocopier or you can scan to e-mail, in which case the scanner will make the picture the right file size for you internet speed. In the old days you would have to hook your printer to your scanner and then the scanner to the computer and if you did not have the scanner on you could not print. With the introduction of USB ports things are so much simpler, just plug the scanner into a usb port and if you have XP it will install it for you. This means not running more cables around hence less mess. You can get a good resolution of 2400/1200, so you can get crystal clear images but make sure you have a big enough hard drive if you are storing them as they can be 300meg upward if you are going for a photo. The second best feature on this scanner is the auto scan operation, you just place your document into the scanner and tell it to scan, and it will. It will detect if it is a text document or a photo, etc. and will adjust the resolution accordingly. If you are scanning at 2400/1200 resolution some lesser scanners can take an age and make funny noises and sound like it will brake. This one on the other had does it at a nice speed, not to fast not to slow, just right. I had a Trust scanner and it scanned so fast the image did not look very sharp, which is not good. The best feature has to be the negative scanner. You can scan your photo negatives or slides, whether they are colour or black and white, and unlike cheap scanners that may offer this feature this scanner prints photos like you would in a 'dark room', but wthout the need for the nasty smelling chemicals! This feature could one day eliminate photos being printed
at the shop, just the get negatives developed and get a good printer and you have a cheaper way of getting your prints. All this from a scanner that cost around £120, not too bad i think!
I?ve never been a lucky person so when I entered a prize draw to win a Epson Perfection 1250 Photo scanner did I expect to win. Of course not. But I did. I couldn't beleive it, I still can't. I was thrilled, I was ecstatic, it made my entire week. I did have a scanner but compared to this one it wasn?t very good. Epson Perfection 1250 Photo looks let me start with-wonderful. In fact it looks so good that it makes my computer look old in comparison, but don?t get me wrong I am not complaining. It was so easy to install. You can install it using the disks they provide, simply connect it to your computer, follow the wizard restart your computer and your new Epson scanner will be installed. You can also install by using the settings on Windows 98, by going to ?Add new hardware?. So installing was easy. Using the scanner?? Remarkably for all its fancy looks it was very easy to use. I was so impressed by the speed. With my old scanner it would take quite a while but not with this Epson, so I was impressed. A freebie that was quality. Let me just explain a bit about the quality of the scans. They were remarkable. I had just got a new Kodak camera, the one with an inbuilt camera. When I transferred the photo?s from the camera to the computer and then printed them out, they were really good quality. However, when I scanned the photo?s in which I got processed from the chemist and then printed them out, you couldn?t tell except for the paper quality that one was scanned and one was processed. The details on the scans on the computer were remarkable and with a good printer you could get excellent print-outs. With the Epson Perfection it really give me confidence to scan photo?s on and send them to friends via email. I?ve even made a Christmas card with a family photo that I scanned. The card looks great and it has saved me quite a lot of money on Xmas?s card. It looks like I have spend so much time on it when it fact it only took
a few minutes. The scanner includes a transparency adapter that?s suitable for 55mm slides and negatives, four front panel scan buttons, automated mode and a resolution of 1,200 * 2,400 dpi which isn?t bad. You also get a TWAIN driver which will help you improve picture quality, an Epson film and ArcSoft Photo Impression for photo editing. It?s a great little software and perfect for editing, adding colour or just playing about with your photo?s. You can even integrate two photo?s into one. The Scanned photo?s are just excellent. You will a lot of fun with this scanner and you can create so many things. It really does open up a lot of things to do on the internet. You can scan photo?s and have replica on your screen within 30 seconds. Print-outs are just as good. I couldn?t believe my look when I won this scanner and I am glad I did. The scanner is reliable, simple to use and provides endless fun. It?s trendy, sleek looks will make your computer desk sparkle. If you like scanning flims or slides then this is the scanner for you.
The Epson Perfection 1250 scanner is a USB model with an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400dpi, at 48bpp colour. The 'Photo' signifies that the model comes complete with the transparency 'backpack' adapter for scanning slides and film. Being USB, the first step when installing the scanner is to load the driver software. This was done under Windows XP Professional, and was simplicity itself. I installed the scanner using the latest Windows XP drivers from the Web; however, later revisions than mine come with a Windows XP-compatible driver CD in the box. All that was necessary was to run the setup program; all the driver files were installed perfectly. Once plugged in, the scanner was immediately recognised by Windows and the drivers were installed. The TWAIN5 driver integrates perfectly with any TWAIN-compliant application, and is equipped with a wealth of controls to tweak image quality. Speaking of image quality, that's another amazing thing about this scanner. While it's fairly quick to scan, it doesn't loose image quality to speed. Photos are almost indistinguishable from the original, and OCR performance is flawless. My only gripe was with the Copier software provided with the unit; it has problems loading if my HP 940C printer is set to default. However, changing the default printer and loading it works fine, so it's not a major problem. Overall, I couldn't recommend this scanner enough. It's simplicity itself to install and use, and extremely reliable.