I had posted an opinion earlier this month on the Multifunction printer, scanner, copier and fax, that I had purchased, which was the Canon Multipass C530. Prior to this I was using the Epson Perfection 610. I purchased this Flatbed Scanner early last year at a price of around PDS.100.00 (One hundred pounds) The scanner was very easy to hook up. Just plug in the USB, plug in the power, install the software and your done. I think it took me only 15 minutes from the time I took it out of the box. It comes with Adobe Photoshop 5 software, which is very useful and probably the best around, at that time, for this scanner. Maximum resolution you can obtain is 9600 x 9600 dpi but I doubt you would ever need this. If you do use the higher dpi then be prepared with enough free hard disk space, zip drive or CD memory. You get very clear and precise scans with 300 x 300 dpi and it is recommended to use this for sending photographs, pictures and documents by e-mail. The scanner itself is rather large, looking about the size of a small briefcase. While some may not like such a large item cluttering their desk, the scanner seems a lot better built than some of the slimmer models I've seen. Speed of scanning, especially at lower dpi, is extremely fast compared to even more expensive scanners. My only real complaint is the lack of an on/off switch. This seems like an odd oversight given the quality construction of the scanner. Since I'm not sure if it is okay to leave it on, I unplug it every night. It's a minor hassle, but one that seems unnecessary. Overall this is probably the best Scanner around at the price.
With a scanner like this, what else would you want more? Excellent quality, simple operation and outright speed make this a clear winner. My previous scanner gave up the ghost quite a while ago so I was looking at a new high quality scanner to use hat home. I was looking at the cheaper 30 pound models and decided to try them and they were terrible quality and very slow. I then decided to pay a bit more and got thins wonderful Epson Perfection610. Plugged it in and flicked through the well laid out instruction manual. Loaded the correct drivers and the scanner worked for the first time. I was very impressed by the quality of the scans and also the speed. The preview scan only takes a matter of seconds to complete and produces a good image to lign up the markers ready to do a final scan. The final scan takes surprisingly litte time with thanks to its USB connection and quality internal components. The scanner is housed in a plastic case with a heavy metal base. The internal components are well built and looks like they will stand up to heavy use. The sound is makes when scanning is very smooth and actually sound much more engineered that many of the other scanners that I have tried. The scanner also comes with a internal power supply ( a good sign of quality) and a detachable USB lead. The scanner comes with a external button that is pressed and then loads you favorite image editing program or can display a list of compatible programs. The lid has a special feature that enables you to put thick books and magazines on the scanner without any problems. The havy lid also help keep documents and scanned images under control. Microsoft Imaging is supported as standard. The manual is very clear to understand although it did have some errors inside that may cause confusion or problems to the novice. There are three CD-ROM’s in the package, there were two driver CD’s for PC’s and Mac’s and there was also an ima
ge editing suite which is ideal to the novice user. As for the scanned images, photographs look excellent with no part of the image being too dark (under exposed) or too bright (over exposed) This makes the scanner ideal for copying photographs and other photograph type material. Magazine print can sometimes cause moiré patterns to form especially at higher scanning resolutions. There is a option in the TWAIN driver to remove this pattern without loosing too much quality. This option is called deescreening. The scan time takes longer as this process is hardware based. Overall I would say that I am very happy with this scanner and I would happily recommend this product to anyone.
This scanner is extremely good again for its price and reliability. It is at the lower end of the scanner market but shouldn't put you off. It scans at a supberb resolution and although i do work for epson i am alittle bias i DO have to listen to people everyday complaining or rejoicing this hardware. People everyday tell me they love this hardware and also i cope with the complaints as well. over all we have a lot more calls on supporting this product and our products above it.
What a superb scanner. After I purchased this brilliant piece of work, I opened the box to find detailed instructions all in English thank god! Once i removed the scanner, all the wires that were needed were present, I attached the scanner and Instantly windows found it, and installed it from my installation CD. What suprised me about this scanner is the software bundle. Adobe Photoshop 5 FULL is included which is a VERY good piece of software. This scanner is also very easy to use. You place the picture in the scanner and just press a button on the scanner and its done. The quality is superb and so is the speed which can also be adjusted if you have a good picture or bad quality one. But all in all a very good scanner. Maybe a bad side of this scanner is the size of it as it is quite tall and large, but then aren't all scanners?
This is a very nice scanner, and has great quality and value for money. Scans are very sharp, and the colors good. Performance is good for a scanner this size. I’ve scanned 4 standard photographs at 300dpi in less than 35 seconds. Image quality is high. Sure it might not be the fastest ad its grey scans aren't the best, but it fits my personal needs more than sufficiently. I love it. Great for copying documents, scanning pictures, or faxing. It gets the job done easily and efficiently. The software is easily installed and the manual is very user-friendly. The only thing I felt lacking was the TWAIN software. It too features all the necessities, but doesn't have the cool toys some more expensive scanners have, such as a pre-scan zoom. Another shortcoming of this scanner is, there is no power button, so the scanner is always on. The basic image display software doesn't have much editing capabilities, so you still need something else. However, this is a great scanner on the market and I would recommend it to anyone from image professionals to amateur computer users.
How do you improve on perfection? Ask Epson. The company's new Perfection 610 scanner works even better than its predecessor, the Perfection 636. The 610 is an imaging perfectionist, blazing through color scans almost as fast as grayscale without missing a detail. And its TWAIN driver proved stable, as well as easy to use. Aside from a few superficial flaws, the reasonably priced 610 is hard to beat. Resolution Revolution Epson's newly developed Micro Step Technology improves the $149 Perfection 610's optical resolution significantly, bumping it up to 600 by 2,400 dots per inch (dpi). This resolution works well for enlarging photos without losing detail. But even with just the default settings, the Epson still produces incredible scans. If you plan to scan at a high resolution, make sure you have plenty of room on your hard disk, as each square inch can take 3MB of space. And you'll be sure to fill up your hard drive in a flash with the Epson's fantastic-looking scans. In tests, the Perfection 610 proved to be one of the fastest machines with the sharpest scans in its price range. It scanned an 8-by-11-inch grayscale photo in 15.2 seconds and a color photo in 17.8 seconds. Acer's AcerScan 620UT actually achieved faster grayscale scanning, but it couldn't touch the Epson's color-scanning performance. Where scan quality was concerned, the 610 also earned high scores: on a 10-point scale, our jury awarded the Epson an 8.75 for color scans and a 7.5 for grayscale. Perfectly Simple Flexibility and ease of use for the Epson are also exceptional; setup is a cinch. And the 610 supports both PCs and Macs via its USB connection. Although the bundled software has its trouble spots, overall it's a useful package. In our evaluation, the NewSoft Presto PageManager OCR--which acquires, edits, and prints image files and text--experienced problems if the page sat off-kilter in the machine. But the software recognized
the text on a straightened page without an error. The bundle also includes PictureWorks Hot Shots and Brøderbund Print Shop. Epson will even mail you two free CDs that you choose from a selection of 15 titles, such as Diablo and Corel PhotoPaint 8. The only real thorn in this scanner's side is its size. Measuring 11 by 16.8 by 3.5 inches, the 610 will take up some space on your desktop. Though its boxy appearance is not exactly glamorous, the 610 more than makes up for that in speed and skill. If the image-conscious are reluctant to get the 610, maybe they're conscious of the wrong image.
The Epson Perfection 610 is at the bottom of the Epson Scanner ladder. Don't let this put you off though! Rated at 600x2400 optical resolution, the 610 has more than enough ability for normal home use. Prices at around £110 in the shops, this scanner is aimed at taking on the rest of the Agfa, Umax, HP gang, and to most intent and purposes, it does the job admirably. Resolution is high compared to its competitors, speed is also a strong point. A browse through any PC magazine reviewing these scanners vouches for that. Image clarity and line art is also mentioned as a forte! In fact, theres not much wrong with this scanner really. One downside worthy of mention though, is the TWAIN Lite driver. This is a cut down version of what you get on the higher end Epson scanners, and sadly does not allow you to zoom in on your selected preview area. A bit of an annoyance at times! Software bundles is generally good though, with Photodeluxe 3 and Presto PageManager (a surprisingly useful tool!).