Summary: Buy this scanner. Sure it's not the latest model, but it is half the price and the sensitivity and resolution are as good as models costing a lot more! You can toss the scanning software. Use the software that came with your photo application like Adobe PhotoShop or PaintShop Pro or whatever. The Epson software is OK but other apps are easier to use. We scan a lot of negatives and slides. This scanner works great and the resulting scans are great.
Summary: I bought this scanner mostly for restoring old photos and scanning old negatives. The scanner was a breeze to install and set up with my system running Windows XP with 512 mb of RAM. Image scanning is very quick at the default setting (300 dpi) and with excellent image quality. The photo restore works fairly well, but on some photos, it actually changes the color of the dust and scratches on the photo.
Michelle Catherine Marco "friendly neighborho..., Amazon
7 February 2005
Summary: This scanner is a pretty solid piece of hardware. It's downright snappy (fast using USB 1.1, blazing using USB 2.0) and yields very high-quality images. It's not a suitable replacement for a dedicated negative/slide scanner if you do that sort of work often, but the included adapters can do the job in a pinch. I knocked off a star because of the included software.
Summary: I'm kind of having mixed emotions about this one. While it produces some of very decent quality scans , the software that claims to be the help (as the copy function or scan and mail) in fact is the nail in the chair padding. It takes time to realize that without this bunch of garbage that Epson has packed with the default installation we will do much better. The scanner by itself is very versatile,it is reasonably quick and has very good color rendition.
Summary: I got this scanner last year as a christmas present for myself, and its a great scanner for the desktop. Capable of 48 bit colour scans and 16-bit gray scale, with automatic photo finishing effects, it's great. As a desktop scanner, it's excellent. However it comes with these slide adapters for scanning slides. That's not so great. I've had mixed results with this, some slides come out great... and others, not so much.
Had some issues, but 3170 performs very well regardless
ffass "ffass", Amazon
28 July 2004
Summary: I purchased my Epson 3170 yesterday so I can't give an opinion on extensive usage. Although I had an significant issue with my new scanner I was immediately impressed with the solid build and look of the 3170 so I decided to resolve the issue myself. My issue: bought the scanner new, but the glass wasn't crystal clear. On some areas on the UNDERSIDE of the glass there was this light murky, foggy appearance that was only visible in bright light.