Epson Perfection 1660 Photo Scanner
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- 1,600 x 3,200 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 dpi interpolated
- True 48-bit scans for remarkable color accuracy
- Built-in 35mm filmstrip adapter
- Fast USB 2.0 connectivity
- Easy 4-button automated scanning
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Speed through the most challenging scanning applications without sacrificing image quality, or the bottom line. The Epson Perfection 1660 Photo offers an unbelievable value with its 1,600 x 3,200 dpi optical resolution (12,800 x 12,800 dpi interpolated) and true 48-bit color depth for sharp, vivid results.
With fast USB connectivity and automated, four-button scanning, this state-of-the-art performer makes it easy to scan photos, text, and graphics to a scan-to-copy utility, Epson's photo-sharing Web site, and most e-mail software programs. Epson Smart Panel software offers additional options, including scan to OCR, and scan to file. Plus, the scanner includes a built-in 35mm filmstrip adapter for scanning slides or filmstrips.
Top Customer Reviews
results.I previously tried and returned the Microtek 4900 and the 4850, both had an acceptable quality for photo scanning ( though they were both a little undersaturated and soft)but I had problems with both not being able to go into standby mode, the light would always remain on even when the software said it should be out. Also the scanner button program when loading would never be able able to locate the scanner and was constantly running in the background.Enough said steer away from them.
Now on to the quality products.
I did some very extensive testing head to head on both units using various color test charts, black and white resolution charts and many detailed photos of various sizes.I then tried scanning them at different resolutions/dpi. After repeating the test numerous times my conclusions are, even though the 2400 can scan at higher resolutions 2400x4800 which should be better for scanning slides and negatives than the 1660's lower 1600x3200 resolution, the 1660 scanner had a more vivid, slightly sharper scans when comparing them with the 2400's scans.
These results were equally noticable both on screen and in their printouts.(I am using the HP Photosmart 7150 printer which I reviewed also)
So, unless you do need the higher resolutions of the 2400 scanner(which still gives good results)along with it's Packaged Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.1,you would be better of saving yourself the $$ and purchase the 1660 instead.
These results were substantiated by numerous other people even including the Epson Rep which I met at Best Buy who had a chance to compare my printouts of the scans.She suggested to contact Epson's Tech Staff to find out why this is so.Buy the way I am a Computer Tech myself, and am a perfectionist when purchasing new equipment.
In term of installation, I encounter absolutely no problem. I don't even bother to install the enclosed CD-ROM - don't really care about the bundled photo software anyway since I use Photoshop. My best advice - for ALL SCANNERS AND PRINTERS, IF POSSIBLE ALWAYS DOWNLOAD THE LATEST DRIVER FROM THE MANUFACTURER instead of using the bundled CD-ROM which almost always contains outdated drivers. Alternatively, after installation IMMEDIATELY update the driver to the latest version that supports your operating system. Before buying/installing any new products, always check the manufacturer's web site to see if there's any issues / software updates with the product.
In summary, you get what you pay for - Epson 1660 is a great, fast scanner.
2. Scanning Slides. The BEST ! I compared this with other scanners like the Micrktek 4900 (UGGGGGHHHHHhh !!!). Cant even talk about that scanner any more. Read my review there in case ur interested. But talkin abt this Epson, it sure know its job v-e-r-y W-e-L-L !
The good news was that I was finally able to scan my dark slides and some pretty contrast slides of the Times Square in a jiffy.
3. Very simple attachment for scanning slides and negatives. A no brainer actually. It comes with a kind of a mould that fits only in one position on the flatbed and has perfect holders for slides/negatives - as against the Scan-Lid that comes with the Microtek Scanner for Slides/Negatives... real messy stuff.
In short, this scanner just saved me a couple hundred bucks by not going in for those expensive Dedicated Slide Scanners.
After accessing support.epson.com and choosing "scanners" and then "Perfection 1660", I downloaded and installed the driver update for MS Windows 98 and XP, which presented a new slide option, called TPU (Transparancy Unit). After installation, three choices appear in addition to the "Flatbed" Document Source: "Color Neg Film," "Monochrome Neg Film," and "Pos Film." Choosing one of these activates the flourescent lamp on the lid, which illuminates the slides and filmstrips. Of course, you must remove the white cover from inside of the lid to reveal the 2" by 11" centered illumination screen, and place the four-slide plastic insert on the scanning glass.
The software "SmartPanel" allows a preview scan and individual slide image rotation (I had to learn which way is "up", and allows choice of tiff, jpg, etc, and destination file--or you can fax, email, or publish each picture to the web.
All of this information is in the "Scanner Reference
Guide" (the electronic Manual), which is why so many reviewers complain that there is no physical manual. I have sympathy for you who could not install from the cd-rom (since you cannot read what is not installed!), but if you want to make copies of slides and 35 mm filmstrips, the Epson Perfection 1660 is definitely the best value available. MHG and Viren P reviewers (10-13-02 and 10-26-02) rated this Epson above other Epsons and the Microtek, and I agree.
I have both Win 98 and XP operating systems and installation was flawless with both.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is supposed to be great for photos. I am not so sold on that. The image is not very clear. It looks like they were all taken with heavy filters.Published on July 10, 2013 by oscar
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This scanner produces fair results for most work. There is a major flaw in the design that prospective buyers should know. Read morePublished on April 8, 2007 by Norman Bringsjord
Worked fine when first installed. Lost hard drive and now ubable to re-install. Have done extensive and very time consuming research on the problem to no avail. Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Philip R. Ritchie
I had the scanner for maybe a year. I didn't use it much. Without any reason it stopped working properly. All the images I scan are blurry with blue and red all over. Terrible!!!Published on November 16, 2005 by P. Reid
Bought the so-called Mac compatible scanner last year and it worked with OS 9. I went to do this years batch of scans using OS X and no go. Read morePublished on January 27, 2005 by D. Parker
First of all, I have a Mac, so that plays into any computer equipment purchases. You'd be surprised how many peripherals still don't work with Macs. Read morePublished on August 13, 2004 by AD
A few months ago I finally made the decision to digitalise alle the travel pictures I'd ever made (mostly on diapostive film) and bought this Epson Perfection 1660 Photo with... Read morePublished on July 20, 2004 by L. Berghs
I bought this scanner in a hurry to complete a project. In turned into being a better scanner than my expensive one. Read morePublished on July 9, 2004 by Book a Day