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This review is from: Epson Perfection V850 4800 dpi Pro Photo Scanner
Pros: Versatility; software (Silverfast); double set of film frames; accuracy; great batch scanning capabilities
Cons: Bundled Silverfast is the SE Plus version; for a high-end scanner, it should be at least the Ai Studio version. That said, if you buy it from Newegg you save enough on price to make up the difference for buying the Ai Studio upgrade.
Also, Epson reps at PDN expo don't know their own equipment (see "other thoughts").
Other Thoughts: I first checked this scanner out at the PDN Expo in NYC last fall. The Epson rep told me it would only do batch scanning with Epson Scan, not with Silverfast. Because of that, I delayed the purchase. I was already using Silverfast Ai Studio with a Plustek scanner, and it required hand feeding, so it wouldn't do batch scanning. I finally decided to go with the Epson anyway, and deal with the batch scanning issue later. Lo and behold, turns out that Silverfast does a fabulous job of batch scanning. Even the SE Plus version can do it. I still sprung for the Ai Studio upgrade because I wanted its extra features. The scans are great, especially with Silverfast, which, when the settings are right, hardly needs any tweaking at all. Tonight I batch scanned 60 slides at 3200 dpi, several 3x5 black and white prints at 600 dpi, and several 8x10 prints at 300 dpi, and did it all in the space of a little over 2 hours. (The double set of frames helped speed things up immeasurably.) Some minor tweaks like cropping and color correction will be needed, and some spot healing in Photoshop, but I couldn't be happier with the results. Back in the day I used a Umax Powercolor 3000, which cost $6000, and it was nowhere near as good as this scanner.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Inputs/outputs; USB 3.1, etc. (All mentioned in previous review.)
Cons: Bundled software & Drivers; Customer service
Other Thoughts: I am taking two stars off my original review. The MoBo itself is great, but I have had continuing problems with certain software modules (mainly the DipAway mode) and a hardware/software incompatibility -- the add-on digital audio connector, made by ASUS, does not work properly. After going back and forth for weeks on this, their only solution is to RMA the MoBo. They are clueless, first of all; second of all, they don't seem inclined to fix or upgrade the software (DipAway mode) or drivers (Realtek) that are involved. Changing the MoBo itself is not a solution for either of these problems. I declined the RMA and will live with the problems, rather than go through uninstalling and reinstalling the MoBo.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SIIG 4-Port USB 2.0 Hi-Speed PCI-E Card Model JU-P40112-S1
Cons: Simply doesn't work with modern UEFI X99 board. Tried reconfiguring slots, changing USB settings in BIOS, all the tricks I could think of. My monitor calibration quit working. Any device plugged into it, such as a thumb drive, would show up at first, then disappear. Close to 100 usbechi errors. (Changing EHCI settings in BIOS didn't help.)
Other Thoughts: I think the card has conflicts with new USB 3.1 card that came with the board. Too bad. I have devices that really need USB 2.0. The X99 Deluxe has USB 2.0 ports, but not enough of them. Some of the devices I have don't like USB 3.0 or 3.1. Now I have to plug or unplug constantly, but so be it. Warning: USB 3.x is NOT as backwards compatible as the hype would have it. I've had things as simple as the keyboard and the printer go haywire on USB 3.0. And forget about something as complicated as a USB Audio Interface or a scanner.READ FULL REVIEW