Epson has a long history of promoting scanners, but they've been mainly photocentric flatbed scanners. The Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 ($499.99 guide ) differs --photocentric nor flatbed. It's little enough to fit on a desktop to use as a personal sheetfed document scanner, yet heavy-duty sufficient --with a 75-page automated document feeder (ADF)--to handle all of the scanning in a standard small office or workgroup. It is an impressive offering for the price, along with a very clear overview of how serious Epson is about its newfound interest in the small office.
Physically, the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 (which comes with a typical one-year warranty) is average to document scanners in its budget. It measures 8.4 from 11.9 by 8.0 inches (HWD) with the output and input trays shut, or 15.9 from 11.9 by 15 inches with the trays extended. Installation is typical also. Set the scanner set up, open the upper cover (that turns to the input ), extend the output tray at the bottom front, install the applications, and then plug into a USB cable and power cable.
I installed the scanner under Windows Vista, but based on Epson the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 also will come with drivers and a full set of applications for Windows 2000 and XP. Epson says it includes drivers and a nearly full set of software for Mac OS X, as well, encouraging versions 10.3.9 via 10.5x. (The document management applications, however, is for Windows only.)
These are one of the most frequent programs bundled with scanners, and most importantly do their tasks pretty nicely. Regrettably, PaperPort SE lacks the entire version's ability to index the text in files on your disk, which allows you to locate files by searching for words from those files. This is a particularly important feature if you plan to scan files to searchable PDF format and also should discover the appropriate file quickly at a later period. Should you want to have that ability, you're going to need another indexing application. This isn't a major problem, however, as you may download Google Desktop, with its search feature, totally.
The scanner itself is far more striking than the program. I countered it scanning into PDF image files in 22.7 ppm along with 45.5 ipm. That is a little slower than I anticipated based on the evaluations --which are usually pretty true for document scanners--but still quick enough to make a great deal of compliments.
As a point of view, the Editors' Choice Canon DR-2580C--a document scanner using the same claimed rate --arrived in at 24.5 ppm and 49.1 ipm. But the Canon scanner can be more costly, at $875 street.
The scanner is also quicker than many for scanning and comprehending text and saving it into searchable PDF format--the preferred choice in real world usage.
Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50
Epson also earns praise for placing a 16-character LCD menu in front panel. Most document scanners incorporate a scroll button, a one-character display, and a couple of buttons for moving through the numbers 1 through 9 on the display. You may specify scan profiles (with all the resolution, colour mode, and then where to send the scan such as ), join each profile into some, then pick the amount prior to hitting the scan button. The issue with this standard approach is that you need to remember that which scan profile belongs with every number. Epson lets you add an outline to the profile, and displays it on the LCD menu, so making it a great deal easier to choose the ideal profile.
As notable as the Epson scanner isalso, howeverit stubs its toe to the software side. First setup is easy enough, but the individual modules of this Epson Scan utility are sprinkled in so many distinct areas in the Start menu--Epson, Epson Scan, and Epson Software--which it takes time to get a grasp of the overall program.
The names of the several modules will also be less than useful. As an instance, the program labeled Epson Scan Preferences lets you examine the scanner status, not alter preferences. Most of the actual settings are hidden in the scan driver, and the application for defining scan profiles is named Event Manager. Epson partly deals with this problem by giving instructions for customizing the LCD menus in its quick start guide, but giving the module a much more descriptive name would be better.
The Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 handles text recognition reasonably well. I ran into a few problems with BizCard, however. As installed, the app is defined to read 1 company card at a time, so you can not scan a pile of cards at once--another case of Epson stubbing its toe on an application problem. After I changed the setting, the app scanned stacks of cards, but additionally showed repeated error messages, although everything worked.
The genuine recognition and parsing into areas for business cards has been well below par. I saw at least a error on each card at our group of issue cards, and also three or more errors on half of those. Outcomes for our set of standard cards were basically the same, using a couple of errors on each one of those cards, and three or more errors on almost half. The best that can be said to your GT-S50's business-card scanning is that it's faster than scanning everything in by hand.
The fantastic news about the software problems is that--with the exception of the bad performance for company cards--they will not be a problem once you're familiar with the software. (And you also have the alternative of improving card scanning by simply investing in a different app.) Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, Epson Scan is easy to personalize and use. At that stage, you own a scanner which may go through stacks of pages in a hurry, is easier to work with than many file scanners (thanks to the LCD menus), also comes with the majority of the applications you'll need. That is way more than you'll get from most scanners in this cost, and much more than sufficient to make the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 a location on your short listing.
OS Required :
Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 - 10.5.x, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions), Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32 & 64 Bit).
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