I bought this to scan photos, slides, and documents. I have tried all of these and found it meet all my expectations. The reason I give it only 4 stars is due to the software which is difficult to learn.
I bought this scanner to replace a Perfection 1660 Photo. The 1660 worked perfectly with linux. I am using ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. I downloaded and installed iscan-gt-x820-bundle-1.0.0.x64.deb before plugging in the V600. I found the V600 scanner works with xsane and scanlite but only in 8-bit depth. This was a big disappointment. Usually Epson is well supported in linux. To work around the 16-bit issue I use VueScan, not a free or open source product. The software provided by Epson for linux is called iscan. Compared to the windows software Epson provides with the V600 iscan is very basic and not useful. Epson should provide the same level software for linux as they do for windows. The scanner itself is a good product. It makes less noise than the 1660. The scan times are fast. The lamp warms up fast. I scan a mix of prints and film. The prints have faded over time and scanning in 16-bit allows me to fix the color issues. For film scanning the ICE technology works well for remedying dust and scratches. ICE is slow so I don't always use it. I do not turn the scanner on and off, it sleeps when not used. IF EPSON provided linux software as useful as their windows software I would give this scanner 5-stars. There are many good linux image editing programs like gimp, digiKam and darktable. Its too bad Epson provided such a basic scanner software as iscan for linux.
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.
This machine is just perfect. I had the scanner up and running in just a few minutes. Everything is very intuitive, you almost don't need a manual, although it is good to have for some of the finer details. Some reviews I read before buying the scanner said that they had trouble setting it up, but I am 75 and had no trouble so maybe these people have some other problem with Epson. If there was a software problem everybody would have the same problem. They may have been trying to install it on a computer with too little disk space or too little RAMM. When you download the software it automatically checks for the latest driver, but Just in case, I went to Epson's web site, found the scanner and it recommended a special Download for Microsoft. I downloaded that too. You can do just about everything in "Home Mode". If you need finer adjustments, "Professional Mode" takes care of them quite easily. I like the fact that you can scan multiple prints at the same time and they come out as individual scans, just leave about a quarter inch between them. Slides and negs. are just as easy. The only negative is the film/slide holder is very flimsy and I doubt it will hold up over prolonged use, but I guess replacements are available. Digital Ice works fine on color, almost no degradation in sharpness...too bad it dosen't work in B&W. The copy mode is great. Just have your printer tuned on, press "copy" button on front of machine, get preview, check what type of copy you want, press scan and and your printer will print out a perfect copy...almost easier than a dedicated copy machine. I have an Epson printer so maybe that's why it was so flawless, but it should work on other printers just as well. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is the OCR program. The ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint is straight out of the 90,s. It is a very limited program with almost no formatting tools In 1 mode they want you so sign up for a subscription to do that function and they strongly suggest you upgrade to their professional mode for almost 3/4 the price of the scanner itself. The best thing to do is to scan and convert the text into Microsoft Word, copy and past it into a page layout program or OpenOffice and format it there. But watch out, it shows it is scanning, but watch the scan button, if it changes press save or else it will keep scanning multiple copies. Epson should find a different OCR program so they don't ruin a good reputation for a Great scanner.
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