#wahm #homebiz Epson Workforce ES-500WR Wireless Color Receipt & Document Scanner for PC and Mac, Auto Document Feeder (ADF) Reviews

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3 Responses to “#wahm #homebiz Epson Workforce ES-500WR Wireless Color Receipt & Document Scanner for PC and Mac, Auto Document Feeder (ADF) Reviews”

  1. Anonymous says:
    572 of 581 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice fast twain scanner–but I only buy it if I need twain, December 28, 2016

    Michael (Alaska)

    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
    I got three of these Epson scanners to compare and see which works better. I got the ES-400, ES-500W, and the DS-1630. I also have a DS-510 that’s a few years old that I’m comparing to. I’m a computer tech who works with a lot of small medical offices. I prefer the Fujitsu Snapscan scanners, but a lot of offices need twain scanning to integrate with their software. The Fujitsu scanners that will do twain are pretty expensive so I tend to go Epson for the offices that need twain. I wanted to see if there’s a reason to buy one or the other for the offices I work with.

    The ES-400, ES-500W and my old DS-510 are all only document feeder scanners. The new ES-400 and ES-500W are 35 page per minute which is a good step up from the 26 page per minute of the DS-510. I’m sure you have to use a USB 3.0 port and the included cable to get this speed. Other than being faster than the DS-510, I don’t notice too much difference between my old scanner and these new. It works about the same. The software is about the same. If you have an older Epson, this will be a speed boost, but not much else of an improvement.

    The ES-500W does have wireless built in, but it’s not fast enough to be really useful. Yes, you can scan directly to the cloud or to a phone. It’s just too slow! And that’s true for all wireless scanners I’ve used. The ES-400 really seems to be the same scanner minus the wifi, so we’ll be buying more ES-400 scanners. It’s only $50 difference so I’m sure some clients will opt for the ES-500W just because they think they might use the wifi. In past experience with previous scanners, the wifi scanning doesn’t get used.

    The DS-1630 has a flatbed and a document feeder. It’s quite an interesting mix. I thought that some offices might want the flatbed. But after I played with this, I’m not sure this is very useful. It’s slower than the other scanners at 25 pages per minute. It also has quite a big footprint since the glass is 8.5×11 so it doesn’t fit as well at a desk. Most offices I work with don’t need the flatbed often. Also, they have large all-in-one printers so they use the flatbed there when they need it. I work with some graphic designers who need a flatbed, but they want a better scanner than this and don’t need the document feeder. (And for the graphic designers we get Epson Perfection flatbed scanners). Many offices use desktop scanners for the speed and convenience of being at a desk and you don’t really satisfy either of these here. I’m sure there is an audience for this, but for me I thought it was more interesting before I used it.

    The software for all of these scanners is about the same. The twain driver works great and allows it to integrate with other software that scans. The epson software is ok, but not nearly as easy as the Fujitsu Snapscan software. With the Snapscan software, I setup my default scan location and settings and then just press the button on the scanner to have the scan where I want it instantly. If I want to name the files as I go, it can do that to. Here with the Epson Software I have to go through a process of opening software and clicking more buttons than I want. It’s just slower. If I don’t need twain, I buy the Snapscans. If I need twain, I buy Epsons and don’t use the software.

    Even though these have all been perfectly reliable so far, I don’t find that the Epson scanners last as long as the Snapscan scanners. I have offices that have just replaced 10 year old Snapscans just because they’re really obsolete (and these were used heavily). With the Epson scanners, I find I get 2-5 years out of them. They’re not as well made. The Epson scanners serve the purposes I need and I will keep buying them. I think the Epsons are the more reliable of the scanners beside Fujitsu.

    In the end, I like the new scanners. I don’t see a reason to upgrade from old Epson scanners unless a 25% boost in speed is enough. If you need twain scanning, I think the Epson scanners are the way to go.

  2. Anonymous says:
    335 of 344 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice functional scanner but if you want to scan DIRECTLY to Evernote, Dropbox, One Note etc, better read on…, January 18, 2017
    Bashedinfender (Ventura, CA)

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    Customer Video Review Length:: 0:16 Mins

    Fast duplex scanning to all standard formats (png, jeg, pdf etc) works great, speedy and quiet. My beef is with the software. I was looking for as simple and seamless a scanning process as possible into Evernote and Dropbox. My choices came down to this Epson ES 500W or the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W. Ultimately I went with the Epson because the price dropped $70 two days after I started noodling the purchase (currently $399 for the Brother and $329 for the Epson). The features were pretty similar across the board but the Brother boasts on-device shortcuts for scanning to destinations (ie Evernote). Epson’s propaganda on Amazon convinced me that they too would have a straight forward scan to Evernote option “Scan to online storage accounts — intuitively scan to Dropbox, SharePoint, Google Drive, Evernote and more”. Unfortunately, they have a pretty loose definition of “intuitively”.

    So I unboxed the scanner, installed the driver and software (Epson Scan2), updated the firmware and tested everything. The device works nicely as advertised, but in Epson Scan2 there are no “send to” or “scan to” options other than local drives. Sooooo, hopped on the phone to Epson Support (at least it was only a 4 minute wait). First the support agent directed me to install some Epson Photo Scan software, I downloaded and installed it, but it wouldn’t support this scanner. Then, while he was escalating I determined that what I needed was Epson Document Capture Pro (why isn’t it downloaded automatically with the initial install software!?). Anyway, I got that installed and yes, I can now SEND my documents to Evernote, Dropbox etc AFTER scanning. I would prefer to set up a shortcut that scans the document directly to the destination w/o the intervening “send too” click. Anyway, three stars for somewhat misleading advertisement. The scanner does a good job though, if I could score it separately it would get a 4 maybe even a 5.

    Additional note: when blank page detection is active the scanner pauses briefly after each blank page. If you are scanning a lot of mixed (1 and 2 sided) pages it will significantly slow your page per minute performance. See my video…

  3. Anonymous says:
    107 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent product, but needs improvement on the instructions in the box., June 18, 2017
    Amazon Customer (CHULA VISTA, CA)

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This thing is freaking awesome, but some pointers on its use!!!!!!

    I first set it up on usb cable, used it according to the instructions, and it worked awesome. But, I wanted to change where it sat on my desk and the cable wouldn’t reach, so I went to Wi-Fi. This is where you really need to pay attention.

    The instructions they provide do not apply for the Wi-Fi operation. The install and set up is the same, but you do not use the “Document Capture Pro” software. Instead, you use the “Epson 2” software. It’s formatted a bit differently, but operates in essentially the same way.

    This scanner is super fast, accurate, and doesn’t miss pages. I love that I can set a folder and file name that I want the document scanned to before starting the scan. It ran 50 pages no problem.

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