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'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. The build quality of the scanner is rock solid with no feeling of flexibility or weak joints. The quality of the scans is superb, even when scanning something small at higher resolutions.
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. Before buying this scanner I bought the SVP FS1000 dedicated scanner. That was a mistake it looks terrible compared to the Epson Perfection V330.
Summary: I bought the scanner to digitize around 1500 35mm slides that I had stored in my basement. I looked at businesses that perform the function but they were more expensive than buying the scanner and doing it myself. While the process was time-consuming (you can only accommodate four slides at a time), the results were great! I have been able to save many memories for my family and saved myself some money as well.
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. The basic software (drivers and Espons Scanner program) are adequate, but could be just a bit easier to use and more intuitive. The previous versions of Epson scanner software were actually better (easier to use, more intuitive) than this new version...
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. I do not have a scanner-printer, so havings a scanner for photos and documents was also more beneficial.
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. This is not a problem if you can position the scanner sideways to the PC but it makes placing it front wise near impossible.
Summary: I already have a good HP scanner/printer combo, back at home in Europe where I normally live. It's three years old and I was happy with it. But I badly needed a scanner here for the time being in the US. I wanted to invest the minimum for that, yet it had to have added value over the scanner in Europe, as I was going to take it back home after my stay. Plus I hate to have things that do exactly the same, double.
Summary: I wanted a dedicated scan-only scanner that was small, could do multiple photos, some scan from albums, some slides,and be covenient to scan while playing on-line poker. The primary purpose is to convert a few thousand family photos from 40+ years of marriage and some family photos and slides going back 100 years. The Epson has done all of that. And very well. The scans are quiet and quick. Several photos may be done at once. Color and B&W may be mixed.
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. I looked at both types of film scanners, like this Epson V330, and the dedicated camera element type. The latter generally got poor reviews until you spend hundreds of $. The V330 seemed to be the optimum cheap-o choice so I bought it.