Its great when new products wow us with an innovative feature, but every now and then these great ideas come together into a fully integrated whole that really knocks our socks off. This is the case with the Epson Perfection V500 Photo, a high-quality scanner that features an LED light source to eliminate warm-up time.
The scanner’s long list of impressive features includes 6.400-pixel-per-inch (ppi) optical resolution and hardware-based Digital ICE for removing dust and scratches. The V500’s LED light source qualifies it as green because, unlike standard cold cathode fluorescent lamps, it doesn’t contain mercury.
Setup is typical for a flatbed scanner. In addition to the Epson Twain driver, the V500 loads Photoshop Elements and the ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint, a capable optical character recognition (OCR) program. The driver, complete with default, Home, and Professional modes, will be familiar to anyone who’s used other Epson scanners.
The V500’s scan quality and speed for both prints and film is on a par with the best of the competition, and the Digital ICE puts it over the top. The unit suffers from some shortcomings as an all-purpose scanner, but that’s inevitable given the V500’s focus on photos. Its combination of remarkable feature is impressive enough to make the V500 as good choice for photocentric scanners in its price range.Epson Perfection V500 Photo ReviewPrice range: $249.99 directCheck This Out:Taser C2 Review: Leopard Elecric Shot GunNokia SU-27W Review: Bluetooth Digital PenMotorola DH01 Review: Mobile TV on Your Hand
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