Summary: I own the HP 5500C and it's been a pain since day one. It jams on nearly every photo. So far I haven't had a single jam from the EPSON. It's mechanism is more solid than the HP and it autodetects and crops the photos correctly unlike the HP. I've owned/used nearly every major brand of scanner out there. The only drawback is that even in automatic mode the scanner prescans the photo and the scans are slower than the HP..
Summary: I've scanned about 1,600 pictures with mine, so far. I've had perhaps 5 jams in total, none of which damaged any pictures, and all of which were caused by me trying to get too many pictures in the hopper. The scanner is fast and as "plug & play" as any device I've ever used with a computer. The feeder won't handle pictures larger than a 5x7, and you can't manually scan pictures without detaching the feeder & reattaching the "normal" top.
Summary: Most of the features are as expressed in the other reviews. I have encountered a couple of annoying issues, though. There is a conflict with the supplied software and my Nikon Coolscan software - as yet unresolved. Business cards had better be pristine -- I've not gotten more than 3 in a row to scan without a jam.
Great for batch scanning - except for the constant jams!
14 May 2005
Summary: I have thousands of prints on all manner of different papers. This feeder rarely makes it for more than ten photos before it jams. Still, the scanner and the software are very easy to use, and the software saves each image with an individual file name. So far I have scanned over 1000 pictures since I got the machine last week. My PC has a 3 Ghz chip and 1 Gig of RAM, and yet the Epson software responds slowly sometimes and seems a little buggy.
Summary: Interesting, though I like this scanner, I don't rate it quite as highly as others. I didn't have much luck loading more than 8 pictures at a time without the automatic feeder jamming. On further testing however, I realized I wasn't loading the pictures exactly the way the scanner directed. If you lift the automatic feeder and stuff the pictures all the way down, I had much better luck loading larger stacks and jamming less frequently.
Summary: Got it 2 days ago. Spent the first day playing around with all the settings specific to the feeder (ADF). Now 250 scans into its life I can recommend it just because of this feature. I've looked around for a long time for this kind of features on a scanner; including an obscure scanner called fotofunnel or the trouble ridden HP w/ADF... anyway other details: I couldn't get Vuescan to show it's Batch feature.
Summary: Cropping issues: Any time you manually place a photo on the glass of a scanner, your placement is likely to be rotated slightly. My Canon LIDE 20 software addresses this conservatively, cropping none of the photo, sometimes resulting in a thin wedge of white at the edges. (To remove this, you need to crop it in a photo editor, or re-scan with correct alignment.
Summary: First, on the most important topic: quality. This scanner produces phenomenal quality for the money. It's still a consumer grade scanner, but Epson simply delivers very good optical quality. I have scanned in 4x6 prints and used a scan to print an 8x10 that was perfectly acceptable - that is impressive.