Xerox 7600i - Performance and Verdict



Despite its low price, the Xerox 7600i is a surprisingly quick scanner. Our test page scanned at 200ppi in 10 seconds, which as good as scanners costing a lot more. When we increased the resolution to 300ppi and added in OCR through OmniPage, it still only took 22s, making it a quick way to extract text from printed originals.

The OCR results from our test pages were very good, with only a couple of minor errors. For day-to-day scanning of text, the combination is more than adequate.
Xerox 7600i - Controls
A 15 x 10cm photo at 600ppi took 29s, which is also acceptable. Archiving photos on a flatbed is a fairly longwinded process anyway, so half a minute to scan each one won’t be too much of a delay.

The 200ppi black and white text document is a bit rough round the edges, but perfectly readable and the 300ppi Q-60 target shows a fair response. In comparison with a more expensive scanner, like the [linkout: Epson Perfection V600], some of the small colour swatches are a bit noisy and flesh tints have a pink cast. Also, the greyscale panels at the bottom of the target show tints of green and purple, rather than the more neutral shades from the Epson.
Xerox 7600i - Open
The MTF patterns in the 1,200ppi AI target scan show quite a bit of grey between the black bands, rather than the white from the target. This shows that the scanner has some trouble resolving the fast changes of tone in this demanding test.

The Xerox 7600i is a good quality budget scanner. While it doesn’t have the scan quality of more expensive machines, showing some colour tints in greyscales, for example, at the price it does a very passable job. It’s quick to scan and the software bundle is way above what you’d expect in a sub-£100 device.

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