I was given one of these by my uncle. Since we've never had a scanner before I can't really say how it compares to anything else but it's done the job so far.
It's worth mentioning this scanner works fine with Windows 7. You can use the provided Epson scanner utility or import through photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.
I only really find myself using it occasionally, but when I do it scans normal documents pretty fast. Scanning speed does however depend entirely on the settings used. A normal 150dpi scan takes seconds, whilst the maximum 2400dpi can take minutes.
The maximum resolution is enough for blowing your driving license up to poster-size - not that you need to!
At higher resolutions you see the occasional spec of dust that's on the scanner glass. It's almost impossible to get the glass dust-free before a scan but it's nothing you can't fix in Photoshop. However, larger scans make Photoshop (and even Windows Photo viewer) rather laggy - you need a lot of memory (4GB+) for working with larger scans.
The external buttons enable you to make two-click scans if needed.
Noise-wise the scanner isn't too noisy but it's not exactly quiet either - I doubt it'd wake someone in the next room at night anyway.
As for the durability of the scanner - I can't really say as we've never dropped it or anything. Scanners usually aren't that durable and are even meant to be locked in transit. I'd say the window would probably smash if you're planning to scan your bottom though.
All in all I'd recommend this since I haven't had any problems with it.