This scanner is a replacement for a 10-year-old ScanSnap fi-5110E02. The major difference between it and my old scanner is speed and an improved paper feed. The software is essentially the same (I was using S1500 software) and the end result is also close to the same as the fi scanner. Pictures are better with the new scanner. I give this scanner the highest marks. One issue that did arise was that the site to download the Nuance PDF Converter software has been down. For me this is not a problem since I have both Nuance PDF Converter Pro and Adobe Acrobat.
This scanner does much better than the scanner I used before. Unfortunately, scanners as a group are very low tech copy machines. Processing software can be good but the physical process is antiquated. Slides especially suffer. Slides are film mounted between cardboard which is thicker than the film itself. This means every slide is out of focus compared to prints. Why there couldn't be a slide focus feature seems puzzling. Just a knob to adjust focus would be nice. That might mean something more than just a surface glass for imaging the print, maybe a slot over the imaging mechanism on some sort of slide tray instead of the glass top. We are taking images of planets millions of miles away, but we can't scan a slide in focus yet. I think Epson could do it if they wanted to bad enough.
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