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Product Reviews for Epson Perfection V700 6400 x 9600 DPI Flatbed Scanner
Why NOT to buy an Epson V700
from Houston, Texas on 5/17/2013
I was looking for the latest state of the art, highest quality scanning technology on the market today and was willing to pay for it. I thought that I found it when I found the Epson V700. Instead I get a scanner that looks, acts and feels like a similar scanner that I used to have back in the late '90s. This Epson V700 came with old Windows software that gave me nothing but problems installing in Windows7 and didn't work as well when it finally did install as the '90s scanner did that I had before. The free open source scanner software in Linux (XSane) works far better than Epson's Windows software that came with the scanner that I paid big bucks for. Only improvement was an increase in optical scan resolutions of the final scan. But there is much more to a great scan than just higher resolutions. Scans that were NOT high resolution took forever for a small area because of the slow USB2 (TWO) bus. Should be USB3 or faster bus. I dread doing a full sized high resolution document. Also, the guides on the top don't even line up with the scan zone, cutting off maybe a quarter of an inch from the document's edges when placed flat on the glass against the edge guide. To get a proper scan I have to move the document away from all edge guides which makes it impossible to get an image that is not at least a little off square and needs rotating in software afterwards to get it to look right. That is very time consuming to do very many documents that I need to scan. My recommendation is that Epson needs to dump the antiquated design of the V700 and come up with something with a faster bus that works well with today's high tech computers. Epson might consider writing better Linux software for their scanners. What little Linux Software Epson does provide (with difficulty finding only online on their web-site) is poorly done and worse than their Windows software provided with the scanner.
from Colorado on 4/26/2013
Upon seeing the 1st 35mm slide shot in 1958 up on the screen at about 11 x 14" I flipped. Then as time went on i got a little pickier. They are not quite as sharp as I had hoped. Some of the mts. are raized up a bit at one end, possibly affecting focus. Tried taping but nothing changes. I don't know hoe much leeway there is. I am confident the 2 1/4 color negs will scan well. Used the Epson built in software and works fine...noo problems. Correct with Photo shop 5.5. Was not aware of interior lid lock so had to resolve the rattling noise with ok FAQ answer. My error.
from Houston, Texas on 4/11/2013
On numerous occasions over the last 4-5 years, I have been asked to restore old family photographs for friends. The two things made that possible were photoshop and my Epson V700 scanner. Easy, intuitive and the best quality scanner on the market for the price. I have always gotten the highest photo quality prints from a Epson printers, not so much on the other brands. So, when it became appearant that I would soon be in the market for a true photo quality scanner, I checked into the "other" brands, but I purchased the Epson V700! :)
from Orem, Utah on 4/9/2013
I have appreciated the ease with which I have been able to scan the images I have been scanning with the Epson Perfection V700. So far it has been less "glitchy" and temperamental than my previous scanner and has allowed me to use the automatic scan mode with most 35mm slides I have been scanning. The other modes have also been good to use when it was required. I am a retired professional photojournalist who worked for a couple of newspapers for over 20 years and also worked as a studio and location photographer for a major Utah corporation which produced international publications. I began my interest in photography in the late 1940's as a cub scout and have tens of thousands of personal images in black and white as well as color negatives and slides, all in a number of formats, including 4x5, 120 (and 620), 35mm, 127, etc.., and I appreciate the relative ease with which I am able to make the scans that I desire. I'm in the process of trying to digitize what I have to preserve and organize these images. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well the V700 scanner has allowed me to accomplish this with reasonable speed and quality of the results. I am still shooting with film but realize some day I will have to go fully digital. But until then, I will continue to need and use this very capable scanner.
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from Seattle, WA on 4/5/2013
I have used this scanner for both documents and film of different format sizes and love the output. The only possible drawback is that I cannot print directly from the scanner.