This is a very versitile scanner. I like being able to load up the flatbed with prints and designate the print area for each along with individually noting which are scanned with various enhancements. The negative scanning is not quite as easy and both the directions and negative holders could be improved (and perhaps have on the newer models). The scans are reasonably quick (except if one uses high resolution which may be needed for negatives but not for prints). There are a few issues that prevent a 5 star rating. The scanner does no scan the entire flatbed, so one has to be very careful when placing prints on it to be scanned. It can be quite annoying having to reposition to get the print scanned edge to edge. Document scanning is not as easy as on other scanners. The preview gives you a false impression that the document will not scan correctly unless one boosts brightness and or contrast.
I had an Hp flatbed and use a Macintosh computer as I am a retouching artist. The Hp was OK but they neglected to update the software with Apple's penchant for constant OS improvements. I looked for a new scanner and looked to Epson since I have 3 of their printers and have been happy with performance and support. The epson is elegant in design and the software well supports its features. I like the location of the controls and even though it seems like a small thing, I really like that the lid stays up when you open it. When you are positioning multiple pieces of artwork on the glass it frees up both hands to do the work. The resolution is great and warm up time is minimal.
I needed a new scanner for my slides and negatives. I am thoroughly pleased with this scanner. It does a wonderful job, especially with the ICE feature turned on. Although it does take a bit longer, the results are worth it. The only issues I had were a glitch with Windows which wouldn't recognize the scanner after using it for a few days, and I noticed a streak through the scans when I was using it, but haven't had that problem since.
I bought this scanner expressly to scan a load of 35MM negatives that I have collected over the years. It works just great. I'll be busy for quite a while but will have them all saved on disks.
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