Epson has rolled out four desktop document scanners, including its most affordably priced model with network connectivity.
Though in development since long before the arrival of COVID-19, the manufacturer says, all of the new devices include features and design attributes that suit them to work-from-home and infection-conscious office settings.
The first of those products is a refreshed edition of Epson’s DS-530 scanner, called the DS-530 II, that processes 35 pages per minute and offers a 4,000-page peak duty cycle. It also comes with a 50-page automatic document feeder and an optional flatbed dock. The unit’s compact footprint makes it a fit for both homes and offices, according to Epson Product Manager Ali Yule.
“It’s a solution in both situations,” she says.
The upgraded DS-575W II provides the same page-per-minute and duty cycle specs as the DS-530 II and comes with a 50-page ADF too. It also supports wireless scanning, however, and a new Epson Smart Panel mobile app that lets users operate the product from their phone rather than a shared control panel.
“It’ll be huge in this work from home or going back to the office situation where our customers are asking for lower-touch scanning solutions,” Yule says.
The DS-770 II, for higher-volume scanning needs, handles 45 pages a minute and comes with a 100-page ADF. It also features an upgraded 7,000-page peak duty cycle.
The all-new DS-730N is a lower-priced alternative to Epson’s DS-780N with the same onboard networking functionality. “We used to have the optional network interface unit, but customers are actually asking for it to be built in,” Yule says.
Target markets include higher education and state and local government buyers who need a dedicated network connection. The unit scans 40 pages per minute and has a 4,500-page peak duty cycle, plus a 100-page ADF. It also features a color LCD control panel and three programmable “quick send” buttons that let users scan documents directly to network folders or email addresses rather than send them to a PC first. That last feature will be popular, Yule predicts, in organizations looking to limit contact with shared surfaces.
“You can literally one-touch scan your documents, hand sanitize, and then walk away,” she says.
All four scanners come with paper protection and dirt detection capabilities previously available only on higher-priced models. The paper protection feature automatically suspends jobs if it detects skewing, folding, or other forms of abnormal paper feeding.
“The scan is halted before the documents can be crumbled,” Yule notes.
The dirt detection feature, meanwhile, alerts users of dust and debris on the scanning surface. “It’ll actually notify the user to clean the glass instead of having that dirt show up as maybe a vertical line in the scan,” Yule says.
All four units come with TWAIN and ISIS drivers for compatibility with electronic content management systems, as well as Epson’s Document Capture Pro software. They support both Windows PCs and Macs.
The DS-530 II, DS-575W II, and DS-770 II list for $399, $449, and $649, respectively. Those are the same MSRPs as their first-generation predecessors. The DS-730N sells for $549. All four models are backed by a three-year warranty.
Accessories usable with the devices include a new roller assembly kit that lists for $42.99.
In September, Epson shipped a color multifunction printer that, like its latest commercial scanners, includes work-from-home features.