Summary: I have had this scanner for a very log time and it worked great..but...now I have a new computer with windows 7 (64bit). Epson does not have a driver for this scanner for 64 bit systems...Bummer!
Summary: I bought this scanner used because I wanted to see if 1600 dpi is a good enough improvement over a 1200 dpi HP Scanjet 3500c in the task of scanning Black and White Plus-X film negatives, and color negatives also. I found that the Epson sounds smoother for the scans, and the bundled CD-ROM had some smoothly running software that was easy to install into Windows XP.
Summary: I bought it because I needed to scans slides and negatives. It took me a long time to get the scanner operational. I discovered after many download attempts that the USB cable that I received with the scanner was defective. Then I needed the Smart Panel software, which wasn't available as a download. Fortunately I had a CD from a 1670 scanner that worked. The seller and Epson were very helpful in resolving these problems.
Summary: This scanner, and possibly other Epson(tm) products will not work in CS3. Epson needs to update their drivers; a problem which they refuse accept responsibility for. It works perfectly for anything pre-CS3, but if you plan on upgrading at some point, you may be better off continuing your research. I have also heard reports that it is not just a mac problem, but I can't verify that.
Summary: The Epson 1650 yielded satisfactory results while it lasted. However, it recently began making noise like gears being stripped and promptly gave up the ghost. I've been wondering how far I could throw the thing. I'll try H.P. next time.
Summary: As someone who only recently got around to upgrading to XP Pro SP2, I discovered that I needed to upgrade the software for my 1650. No problem. Epson has a new v5.71A TWAIN driver and NewSoft, for a mere $ 9.95, has an upgraded downloadable version of Epson Smart Panel. Download, install, back in business. Great scanner.
3rd year review. Good hardware but software is problematic.
Regniwhcs "Mister Nylon", Amazon
28 March 2006
Summary: As with the other reviewer from a while ago, I installed and uninstalled Epson's 1650's software several times on different machines. It left a lot of bugs. I had trouble having it work with other programs. But most of all, right now I am trying to use the scanner again on several new computers I have, and surprisingly enough, Epson's website does not carry the Epson Smart Panel application.
Summary: This scanner worked fine on ME, but we all know how well ME works. I upgraded to XP PRO, and just can't get the software to work. Mechanically, the scanner is fine, but the software and support from Epson and Newsoft has left a lot to be desired. I have spent HOURS on the phone to both support groups, but error code (-115) seems to be unbeatable. Never mind, Epson, I'll buy the Canon next time. Vote with your dollars.