Summary: The scanner is easy to setup and the quick start guide was easy to follow. Up and running within 10 minutes. Most of the time was installing the included software. The Mac and Windows versions included. It took about 10 minutes to scan 4 slides at the highest resolution.
Summary: I could bump this up to 5 stars if it lasts three or more years from now. I bought it in large part for the potential use of the scan & stitch software. That's been a bust but the text recognition software has been a really big plus and I've gotten some good use from the picture editing program.
Pros: It's been reliable. Can scan photo negatives/positives Some useful software
Cons: Cover doesn't fit very well The bracket for the 35mm film scans doesn't line up very well with my negatives, instead of getting multiple negatives scanned at once I'm stuck doing one at a time. Have never been able to get the scan & stitch software to do any useful stitching.
Summary: -------------------------- EDIT (September 1st 2011): -------------------------- After returning the unit with the spotty glass, I decided to try again, since all the other reviews were good. It turns out, I probably got a "bad egg" the first time.
Summary: Others have commented on the weird placement of the USB and power jacks. I haven't found this to be a problem -- just odd.
Pros: Compared to the old clunker of a scanner I had, the V330 is fast, quiet, produces better images, and has better software. The installation process went very smoothly. I put in the CD, followed directions, and it all just worked. (This was with 64-bit W7) It even automatically checked for updates,...
Cons: The cover doesn't press down hard enough to flatten out curled photos completely -- and every photo has a curl to it. The inside of the cover has some "give" to it, and it gives too much. The problem is readily solved by putting a book on the photo instead of the cover, but it's a minor annoyance...
Summary: I mainly bought this scanner to scan my 35mm film negatives. I have scanned nearly 150 negatives, and so far the results are great. If the image is well exposed it comes out great. Even if the image is underexposed or overexposed it stills comes out great.
Summary: I've been a professional digital image specialist for over 12 years, literally starting this career path scanning book covers. Over the years, I've found that Epson is the finest consumer grade brand for scanners and printers. The V330 is no exception.
Summary: I have boxes and boxes of black & white negatives, color negatives, and color slides. Many of them are challenging to deal with, e.g. concert shots, pushed film, wrong color temperature, etc. I didn't want to spend lots of $ for a scanner.
Summary: This Epson scanner is a fine optical instrument. It is fast, accurate and produces true colors. It does slides an fims.... You can read all about the technical features elsewhere. I am always a stickler for software.
Summary: I bought this scanner to use for scanning slides. I have many thousands of slides that I want to edit down and digitize. I investigated some of the stand alone slide scanners, but realized that they really just took a picture of the slide immage. The Perfection V330 actually scanns the slide image.
Summary: I bought this both to replace an obsolete Windows 98 era Visioneer scanner with outdated drivers and for the slide scanning capabilities of the V330. I gave it four stars instead of five because of the placement of the cables. They are mounted on the side near the front next to the buttons.