Epson doesn’t quote any times for document or photo scans from the Perfection V37, but a simple 200ppi scan of a black and white text document took 12 seconds, which is similar to other scanners in this price range. A greyscale scan and OCR took 34 seconds, which is bit longer than with some competitors, but in this case it includes producing an editable copy directly in Word, rather than it being left in a proprietary format in the OCR application itself.
A 600ppi scan of a 15 x 10cm print took 17 seconds and produced an image with bright, natural colours. Its reds can be a little overenthusiastic, but greens and blues are realistic. There’s plenty of detail, too, with very few of the darker tones lost to black, a fault often exemplified in low-cost scanners.
Our test scanner targets also showed good colour rendition, with natural skin tones and little colour shift in comparison, again, with results from the similarly-priced CanonScan LiDE 210. Both scanners use white LED illumination, but the gratings target, showing how well a scanner can resolve high-contrast images, showed clearer results for the Perfection V37.
The inclusion of a CCD sensor in the comparatively inexpensive Epson Perfection V37 improves the quality of colour scans, in comparison with a CIS-based scanner. Scans are reasonably quick and the supplied software provides quick and easy transfer of documents and photos to email, printer or PDF, with full OCR if required. Cabling is unnecessarily untidy, but that’s really the only niggle in what is otherwise a low-cost device that scans above its weight.