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Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner

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  • Professional level 4800 x 9600 resolution
  • 3.4 Dmax for wide dynamic range and greater image quality
  • Powerful Epson Easy Photo Fix to restore faded color photos
  • Built-in transparency unit with dedicated light source for better scan uniformity
  • Versatile scanning with film holders for 35mm negatives, slides and 2 1/4 " transparencies
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Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner

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Quality. Performance. Precision.
A premium value for professional quality scans, the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo delivers extraordinary results with 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution and an impressive 3.4 Dmax. This full-featured performer makes it easy for anyone to quickly restore, repair and renew classic photos, film and transparencies for stunning color reprints and enlargements. Powerful Digital ICE technology offers built-in dust and scratch removal capabilities for film, while Epson Easy Photo Fix provides one-touch color restoration. Together, these two features bring new life to faded or damaged originals.

The Epson Perfection 4490 Photo offers fully automatic scanning for increased productivity, plus two advanced scanning modes for greater control. Convenient film holders accommodate multiple 35mm slides and negatives, plus medium format film. And, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ensures fast data transfer. There's even a fully featured software package that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint, and more.

Compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems, this scanner provides an unbeatable solution for any task or project. Rich in quality and versatility, the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo will highlight and optimize every detail. When partnered with an Epson Stylus ink jet printer, it's a perfect choice for creating brilliant images made to last.

Features include:

  • Professional level 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution
  • 3.4 Dmax for wide dynamic range and greater image quality
  • Powerful Epson Easy Photo Fix™ to restore faded color photos
  • Built-in transparency unit with dedicated light source for better scan uniformity
  • Versatile scanning with film holders for 35mm negatives, slides and 2-1/4" transparencies
  • Powerful software package for photo and document scanning; includes Adobe Photoshop Elements
What's in the box
Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner, 2.7" x 9.3" Transparency unit (built into lid), Two Film Holders: 35mm slides and film strips and medium format, CD-ROM with Epson Scan software, productivity software and Electronic Reference Guide, CD-ROM with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, Epson Setup Sheet, AC adapter and power cable

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Brand Name Epson
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 21.5 x 13.9 inches
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Item model number B11B176011
Color silver
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number B11B176011

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ASIN B000ALCJT4
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4.1 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #159,512 in Office Products (See top 100)
#70 in Office Products > Office Electronics > Scanners & Accessories > Scanners > Flatbed & Photo Scanners
Shipping Weight 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available October 2, 2001

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Connectivity Technology USB Cable USB USB USB
Operating System Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP PC Windows Windows
Dimensions 13.9 inches x 7.9 inches x 21.5 inches 4.6 inches x 19 inches x 11 inches 4.6 inches x 19.1 inches x 11.2 inches 17.8 inches x 10.2 inches x 24.8 inches
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I purchased this excellent scanner after much frustration with two previous purchases which failed to perform: Canon CanoScan 4200F and the HP Scanjet 4890.

The biggest problem with scanners is not the hardware, but the software.

In the case of the CanoScan 4200F (and similar 8400 and 9950 models, which use the same software), the driver utterly fails to crop slides correctly: in the default 'auto-crop' mode, it cuts off parts of the frame but when 'auto-crop' is disabled, it fails to scan slides separately, forcing you to crop each one manually. What is worse, is that the driver does not remember your settings so you have to reconfigure every detail again, every time you scan. There are many other bugs in this driver too.

The Epson 4490, in contrast, is very sensible about cropping - it allows you to manually adjust cropping, if you like, or to disable it and simply scan each slide as a separate file, capturing the entire frame. This would seem simple enough since both the Canon and Epson scanners employ plastic slide holders to fix the position of the slides in relation to the scanner so the Epson software always knows how to reliably split multiple slides without cropping, whereas the Canon software simply gives up.

Another area where scanner software often fails is in the installation. The Epson installation procedure worked perfectly and did not even require a reboot to begin scanning.
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I bought a 4490 Photo Scanner from Best Buy in Abilene, Texas last month (November 2006) in order to transfer some of my 3,000 plus slides to my computers. I paid about $200 with tax included.

I read several reviews of this scanner before deciding what to buy, and I was nearly scared away. Please don't let the nay-sayers steer you away from this scanner!

As far as the people who say the scanner makes a " grinding noise..." well, these people have not read the instructions and they did not UNLOCK the scanner safety feature after taking it out of the box after their purchase. The scanner is shipped from the factory to the store LOCKED so the internal mechanisms won't be sliding back and forth during shipment. UNLOCK the scanner and it WON"T MAKE THE GRINDING NOISE!

I originally tried to purchase a Nikon V Coolscan because I have been using Nikon products since 1976 and I LOVE NIKON (I MEAN I AM A NIKON FANATIC) but the Nikon Coolscan V wasn't available anywhere. I had to get some slides scanned in the next 48 hours for a website I needed some slides on. I was very desperate and in a big hurry so I decided on trying the 4490 Epson. I figured if I had problems, Best Buy would take it back and give me a refund. I told the sales clerk about the "bad" reviews I had seen in regard to this scanner and he advised, a full refund could be made if I wasn't happy.

Well, long story made short, I have had no problems and I am totally blown away at what this scanner was able to do with my slides, some dating back to 1961, but most taken in the late 1970s and in the 1980s.

With the built-in software (dust removal, color correction and Digital ICE) the control I have is extraordinary.
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After using my previous Epson Perfection 1640SU for about 5 years, I finally upgraded to the 4490 Photo. The scans are beautiful, and I expected the same quality workmanship that kept the 1640SU working for many years.

However, as soon as I placed a larger book in the scanner and closed the lid, two plastic tabs broke inside. The scanner made a noisy ratcheting sound and the red light started flashing.

How can the plastic break so easily? When I took the scanner apart with the screwdriver I was amazed at how cheap and thin the plastic is in this model! Epson must be really cost-cutting in their manufacturing process these days.

I searched the web to find out how to fix the scanner. I came across a post by another customer who had the exact same problem. He also broke the plastic tabs, and replaced them with a custom piece of metal.

When I removed the plastic fragments from inside the scanner, it started working again. However I am not sure how long it will last. The glass is held on to the inside with self-adhesive tape, and the glass already started to separate when I placed a heavier object on top.

This is a great scanner for high-quality photos. But it's constructed like a disposable camera. It will do fine if your scan jobs consist of single photos or single sheets of paper. But if you scan a document/book with multiple sheets consider getting a different scanner made with sturdy materials.

I hope Epson will learn that they went a bit too far with the cost-cutting on materials. I am surprised because my experience has always been that Epson creates some of the best printers/scanners.
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