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Epson WorkForce DS-30 Portable Document & Image Scanner
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- Scan directly to the cloud,Type: Sheet Fed, Simplex A4 color scanner
- Optical Sensor: 600 dpi color CIS with 10,368 pixels, Scan documents up to 8.5"x14" including business, rigid I.D. and credit cards
- Compatible:Windows XP,Windows XP Professional x64 Edition,Windows Vista,Windows 7,Windows 8,Mac OS
- USB powered, doc management suite included
- Search and edit scanned text, create PDFs and PDF/A documents
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The Portable Scanner that’s Engineered for Business
Scan, save and send important data wherever business takes you with the WorkForce DS-30 portable document scanner. Delivering full-function flexibility on the go, the DS-30 captures documents up to 8.5" x 14", business cards and more. It also scans to email, searchable PDFs and more — you can even scan to cloud services with the software provided. Included correction tools allow you to automatically remove punch holes from scanned images, auto-size documents, enhance text quality and correct image skew. Perfect for busy professionals, this lightweight, travel-friendly single-side scanner is ready to perform whenever you are. USB powered, there’s no external power supply required.
Epson Scanners #1 Best Selling*.
* Based on US and Canada NPD retail scanner databases for a 12 month period ending October 2015.
What's in the Box
- WorkForce DS-30 scanner.
- USB cable.
- Two install CDs (PC and Mac).
- Setup guide.
- Carrying bag.
- Calibration and cleaning sheets.
Scans a Variety of Originals
Scans documents up to 8.5 inch x 14 inch, as well as business cards and plastic ID cards.
Lightweight and Travel-Friendly
The portability you need to capture data while on the road; weighs under 1 pound.
Special Scanning Features Included.
Auto-size detection, text enhancement for Color, Black-and-White and Grayscale — for improved OCR accuracy, image skew correction, color enhancement and color dropout for Black-and-White and Grayscale — to clean up scanned images, and removes punch holes from scanned images.
Scan Directly to the Cloud with One Touch
Compatible with popular cloud services via included software.
Connect to your computer; no external power supply required.
Create Editable Text and Searchable PDFs
OCR and document management suite included for PDF and PDF/A files.
Compatible with Windows and Mac
Ideal for any business setup.
Powerful Software Included
Epson Document Capture Pro, ABBYY FineReader, NewSoft PageManager (for Mac) and more.
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Engineered for Business. Scan, save and send important data wherever your business takes you with the WorkForce DS-30 portable document scanner. Delivering full-function flexibility on the go, the DS-30 scans receipts, documents up to 8.5" x 14", plastic I.D. cards and more right into an e-mail, searchable PDF and more. Send your scanned files directly to the most popular cloud services with the included software. Included correction tools allow you to automatically remove punch holes from scanned images, auto-size documents, enhance text quality, and correct image skew so you can keep your business moving when you're out on the road. Perfect for busy professionals, this lightweight, travel-friendly single-side scanner is ready to perform whenever you are. USB powered, there's no external power supply required. And, it's Mac and PC compatible.
Top Customer Reviews
Instead, this is a slot loaded document scanner. It scans documents through a thin slot. The documents have to be flat, but can be somewhat rigid. The maximum width is 8.5", and the maximum supported length is 14".
Basically, this scanner can scan standard and legal sized pieces of paper, and paper sheets smaller than that.
It CANNOT scan books or any other document that won't fit in that slot. There are portable scanners that can do that, and they look something like this. So it's good to get that out of the way.
In addition, this scanner is NOT self powered, and it does NOT have onboard memory. You MUST plug this scanner into a PC/laptop (Windows and Mac both supported with the included install CDs). So this is hardly a solution you'll stick in your back pocket or your purse.
OK, so much for the limitations. How is this at what it does? The answer: Very good. In my tests, I tried single sheets of 8.5x11 paper, 2 sheets at once (double thickness), sheets that were somewhat crumpled, a business card, a birthday card, and a thin round drink coaster. The scanner handled all of them without problem (though the drink coaster had to be supported until it started to go through the scanner). All documents came out the way they went in, with no mis-handling, and no added wrinkles in the documents due to the scanner. I found the text scanning quality to be excellent and completely sufficient for standard optical character recognition using the included Abbyy Finereader 9.0 Sprint software (for Windows).
The resolution of the scanned document can be varied up to 600dpi, which is more than sufficient for both OCR and for scanning full color images for repurposing. The image can be scanned to .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, or .pdf.
In terms of color documents: The quality was very good, and I was surprised at the lack of moire effects in the output images. I found the colors to be good, vibrant, and quite deep, but sometimes slightly off, especially in the region of purples and blues. Skintones were close to dead on.
By default, the software suit installs so that images are scanned at a lower resolution to a .pdf file by default. But these defaults are easily changable through an options panel.
Scanning time was not bad, taking about 45 seconds to do a full color 600dpi scan of an 8.5x11 document.
The software suite that is included is sufficient: A couple of Epson scanning programs (including one that auto activates when you press the scan button on the physical scanner), a limited version of the excellent (in its full form) Abbyy Finereader (9.0 Spirit) OCR program, and a business card reader (NewSoft Presto! BizCard). (Abbyy is replaced by NewSoft Page Manager if you are installing on a Mac). The Abbyy program should be more than sufficient for OCR of standard text documents. It is probably too limited if your intent is to take complex layout originals and reproduce the entirety of layout in your captured document. But for capturing blocks of text or numbers, it's more than adequate.
The user's guide is online--not terrible, but annoying.
There are hooks in the scan capture program that allow you to direct your scans to cloud locations like Google Documents and Evernote, as well as to standard destinations on your local hard drive.
Overall, this is a nice tool, although the slot loaded nature of it limits who this will be useful for. The scan quality is good, and it's reasonably fast. This will not replace the value of a good flat bed scanner, and I found that while the color images it scanned were surprisingly good and deep looking, the colors did tend to be somewhat off in the purple/blue end of the spectrum.
If you're a road warrior who needs to scan documents, I can't imagine you'll do better than this. If you're looking for something for the office, on the other hand, and can afford the bigger footprint of a flat bed scanner, one of Epson's flat bed scanners in the similar price range offers more flexibility and quality that's at least as good.
The package includes the scanner, a usb cable, software install CDs, a calibration card, a couple of cleaning sheets, and an inexpensive bag/case for the scanner.
When trying to scan a document by pressing the button on the scanner (without the EPSON program open), it shows a progress dialog but does not feed the document then says "No document scanned." Using the EPSON application, it gives an error of "Please load the document(s) into the Automatic Document Feeder" despite a document being properly loaded.
I haven't been able to find a solution online (the online product support is very limited). I've tried unplugging and re-plugging the USB with and without holding down the power button in various combinations, plugging to a different USB port, restarting my computer, manually inserting a document a little further than the stop, carefully pulling a piece of paper both ways all the way through the scanner, letting the scanner set overnight both plugged in and unplugged, taping on it, blowing in it, shining a flashlight into it, and installing it it on a different computer.
While most of the reviews appear to have been positive, our experience of the product is negative.
The software, as usual for scanners, is a mess. But as scanner software goes, it's not that much of one. "Document Capture Pro" doesn't seem to me to do anything that the "EPSON Scan" program can do. However, it seems that the scanner button has to set up with Document Capture Pro.
It's easy to create multi-page PDFs, even mixing color, gray-scale, and B&W. I haven't done, nor do I intend to do any photo scanning. But it certainly does what I want, and well.
+ Image Capture detects it without any drivers.
+ The Epson support page has the latest Epson Scan utility for OS X Yosemite. This enables the scan button on the scanner.
- All bundled apps for OS X are old. The newest is ABBYY FineRader Sprint 8.0 Mac Edition, which does not support OS X 10.9 Mavericks or OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and is not listed on the ABBYY patches page.
- No apps means all you get is jpeg images in the Pictures folder.
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