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Epson Perfection V330 Photo review

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Epson Perfection V330 Photo
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  • Epson Perfection V330 Photo - cables
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  • Epson Perfection V330 Photo - adapter
  • Epson Perfection V330 Photo - speeds table
  • Epson Perfection V330 Photo - feature table

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Good quality scans at default settings
  • White LED illumination means very quick start-up
  • Photo stitching software included

Cons

  • Awkwardly situated power and data sockets
  • Still a few seconds before scans start
  • Protracted software installation

Key Features

  • Transparency adapter
  • Good software bundle, including ABBYY OCR
  • Easy-to-use, single-click buttons
  • Above-average scan speed
  • Quick start LED illumination
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • Review Price: £83.50

Transparency adapters used to be available only in expensive, high-end consumer scanners and those for professional and semi-pro customers. More and more devices intended for home and small office use now include them, though, and Epson’s Perfection V330 Photo can be had for well under £100.

The scanner has a slightly unusual design, with a curved top narrowing to the left and a step at the front offering four control buttons. The scanner lid opens sideways from left to right and originals for scanning are, unusually, laid down with their top edges towards the front of the scanner. The lid has extending hinges, so the scanner can cope with bound originals, such as magazines and books.

Epson Perfection V330 Photo - adapter

The four control buttons are for power, copy, e-mail and PDF creation and each of these is linked into the appropriate parts of the software bundle Epson supplies. Just to the right of the controls, at the front of the right edge of the scanner, are sockets for low-voltage power and USB connection. Because of the transparency adapter, the scanner can't be run off USB alone, but it's a shame the sockets are positioned right at the front, as the cables have to run down the side of the scanner, rather than connecting unobtrusively at the back.

Epson Perfection V330 Photo - cables

There's no lock to the scanner head carrier, but it doesn't seem to come to any harm when being transported. The Perfection V330 Photo uses a CCD sensor and white LEDs for illumination, which means it has no warm-up period to speak of though, as we'll see, this doesn't make it that quick off the mark when scanning.

Epson provides a solid suite of support software for this scanner, which includes both Arc MediaImpression for media housekeeping and ABBYY FinerReader Sprint for Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This is a good general-purpose application for extracting editable text from printed pages and it works directly to produce a formatted Word document.

The photo handling within MediaImpression offers automated corrections such as lighting changes, redeye removal and improvements to complexions. The automatic noise removal is a bit heavy-handed, but you can get in and make changes manually. There’s also a stitching program from Arc, to handle panoramas from a series of photos.

muggles

January 31, 2012, 6:24 am

This scanner comes with no instructions -- there is more explanation on this website than exists in the box or on the installation CD. To access any information about how to use the scanner, one must be online at the Epsom website. There, you can find a "manual" -- but you can't print it and every page has links to elsewhere -- no page stands alone as a complete set of instructions for anything. In addition, a call to their technical help line requires human to cyborg interaction, something I fail at. I'm also not too good at the long hold times. All in all: maybe there is no support, and it is all inscrutable to me. Just terrible all around.

maturejack

November 16, 2012, 12:14 am

I have to agree with muggles. No instructions come with the product and the Epson website is of little help. So you end up fiddling about trying to sort it out by trial and error. This is the last Epson product I will buy.

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February 1, 2013, 6:33 pm

A couple of very depressing evaluations, and I have a problems with good manuals. Help! When you scan the slides---What can do with them, I was hoping for some kind of neat photos.

Neil Mitchell

February 19, 2013, 3:04 pm

A lot of people these days have problems with products that don't hide their functions behind 'so called' user friendly wizard interfaces. But many users appreciate this hands off approach. Generally speaking, there is always far more to learn about when approaching activities like photo digitizing than could realistically be covered in a product manual, especially when this must be translated into say 20 different languages. Everyone's needs are different, so it is likely that what is a good approach for one might not fit with the needs of another. I am afraid that, before using a device like this it is necessary to do your own background learning about the processes, formats, relevant terms and technical requirements of the output medium your chosen presentation of your images to your audience dictates. Then and only then can you be ready to approach the use of the device and it's software. I provide personal tuition to people who want to grasp these concepts, but I have been working with images since the 1970's so bring that knowledge to the table. It's staggering when you start to tutor, just how much there is for a newbie to learn. Not their fault, just the way it is!

Guest

July 9, 2013, 12:31 pm

Dear Neil Mitchell
will you be able to come to my home and tutor me on how to use this piece of "scanner?" It has been sitting in the corner for months after I discovered that there weren't anything to tell me who,what or where!
My plan for this scanner was scanning prints to my computer to use in photo books.It is not looking too good especially as after I inserted the disc into the drive and nothing happened.Zilch.I myself am not technically minded.I know of three IT gurus but they are all interstate and overseas.
Please help by replying to say yay or nay.I sure hope you live in the same place I do otherwise I am toast!

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