Convenient one-touch functions let you Scan to Application, Scan to Email, Copy, and Create PDFs, taking the hassle out of what used to be complicated tasks. Thanks to smart features like the ReadyScan LED technology, Digital ICE dust correction and film scanning, you’ll be able to save, restore, copy, and modify all of your photos, easily!
Pros: Reasonably good flat-bed color scanner.
Cons: Purchased in Dec. 2009 as a replacement for an Epson 1640SU Office scanner that had provided many years of excellent document scanning with WINXP and Vista PCs. When compared to the 1640SU Office the V500 has been a disappointment. Sheet-feed scanning is very slow with lots of hesitations and noisy mechanical motions. When used as a B&W flat-bed document scanner there is light-bleed at the top edge of the paper that leaves a ragged black band. The scanner driver "Professional Mode" is fixed at Legal-size and cannot be changed.
Other Thoughts: In May 2009 the sheet feed mechanism constantly jammed. Epson did not offer a ship-in repair and I needed to carry-in the scanner to an authorized repair shop - the nearest being over 60 miles from my home. The first replacement shipped by Epson was similarly defective. The third sheet feeder worked without jamming - but the repair cost me three trips with over 370 miles of driving and almost one and one-half days of my time. Don't purchase an Epson product unless you know there is an authorized Epson repair facility within close proximity to your location.
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