Summary: - Scans look really good, at least so far. - Installation went well. - The buttons on the scanner don't seem to work (except the power button). The PDF button worked once too, but it took so long (I'm guessing 30 seconds) before there was any response, that I had given up. Then I tried each button, allowing 60 seconds for a response before giving up. - When I tried to search the manual, I got an error message in my browser, and no result.
Summary: This scanner is a good value- very low price and high quality scans. It's lightweight, quiet and the installation was a breeze. So far I've scanned over 2,000 photos and documents. But I've had quite a few problems that are consistent and annoying: The scanner has a feature that recognizes multiple photos on the glass- then scans and saves them as separate images. This feature frequently makes mistakes and I can't figure out how to disable it.
Summary: I had to give up my Epson Perfection 600S SCSI scanner when I upgraded to Windows 7. I loved that scanner, which was discarded by the city of Chicago's graphics department. Epson did a great job with their TWAIN driver (which means "Totally Without Any Interesting Name"). My new PC still has SCSI, but very few SCSI scanners have TWAIN drivers for Windows 7.
Summary: If you scan and copy a lot, this is not for you as it is very slow and takes several actions before printing. I for one do not copy and scan several things at a time so it works for me. The price is resonable. I had a HP Scanner that cratered after 5 years. You could copy and it would go straight to the printer, where the Epson does not.
scanner seems OK - software is mostly bad shovelware
Pete ZaHutt, Amazon
27 March 2010
Summary: The scanner itself seems like a good scanner, but the software is horrible. The Epson Scan app is OK as a stand-alone app, but if you want to scan from within Photoshop like I do, you'll have to use a klunky TWAIN driver. If you use CS4, you'll have to install the TWAIN plug-in. The rest of the software is crap - don't even bother installing it.
A nice little scanner but the software is slow and the framing is off.
a reader from San Mateo, Amazon
16 March 2010
Summary: The setup for this scanner was easy and the price was excellent but the software that comes with the scanner is very slow, taking two minutes to power up after you press one of the command buttons. The scanner software has an event handler that lets you scan, email, or copy by just pressing a button on the scanner but the scanner must bring up the software first and the slowness of the software kind of negates any convenience the buttons provide.
Summary: I purchased this scanner because I had to scan many strips of 35 mm film and slides. This scanner has a 6-frame-long 35mm-wide frosted panel in the lid that lights up when you inform the epson software that you are scanning film. The epson software included with the scanner is, as usual, irritating to work with. When scanning 35mm negative filmstrips there is a "feature" that detects the edges of each frame and then crops and displays each frame.
Summary: The Epson Perfection V300 Photo Color Scanner was purchased exclusively for scanning old family slides from the 60's that were starting to fade, and whose holders were warping so they'd no longer automatically feed in the projector without continual assistance. After reading the V300's reviews, it seemed the scanner was reliable and of adequate quality for the images produced, hence I bought one.
Summary: Good scanner for the price but I needed slide scanning and the quality is far below my needs and expectations. I will need to send out my slide for scanning but I will keep the Epson V300 for general use.
Summary: I won't add anything about the quality of the scans to the previous reviews, but I do have some negatives about the software. There are two scanning applications: Epson's own and a product from a company called ArcSoft. I installed both, with the result that ArcSoft put a banner several inches long on my desktop, linked to their website, and apparently non-removable. I don't want advertising permanently installed on my desktop.