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A Tale of Two Mobile Scanners: Epson DS-70 and DS-80w: Page 2 of 2

Epson’s small, lightweight scanners offer road warriors good quality at an affordable price. By James E. Gaskin

Standard View (below) offers full access to all the software functions. On the upper right you can see the attached scanner and the Select Scanner button. Below that is the Scan button that, when pressed, starts a scan and puts the image into the working area to the right. Thumbnails are first and the expanded full-page view is second. The Simple View hides the document display for efficient scanning. You can easily configure the naming conventions for scans.

Configuring multiple scan job profiles takes little work; you choose them in the Scan Setting Name dropdown just below the blue Scan bar. The Scan Settings dialogue box opens with options to choose the scan setting name, document size (you can grab sheets up to 8.5 x 14 inches), image type (black and white, gray, color, auto), rotation (counterclockwise, 180 degrees, clockwise, auto), and resolution (200 to 600 dpi on the DS-70 or 1200 dpi on the DS-80w). The Text Enhancement checkbox is a good default setting because it helps with OCR and Searchable PDF scans. Correct Document Skew is also handy. The scanners always tracked true on their own in our testing, but we held onto a page once to skew its travel deliberately and the results stayed nice.

Detailed settings remove backgrounds, force high text enhancement, adjust brightness and contrast, turn on unsharp mask and descreening, fill in the edges with white or black with configurable margins, remove punch holes, and output two images with different settings with one scan. Output file types include PDF, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, Multi-TIFF, PNG, DOCX, XSLX, and PPTX. The DOCX conversion gave us an exact copy of the scanned page in Word. Style settings will then take some configuring for production. Scans can be routed to email, FTP, printers, WebDAV folders, SharePoint, Evernote, Google Drive, and Sugar CRM.

Inexpensive Scanners, Expensive Results

One usually sacrifices affordability and quality with mobile tools. That’s not the case with the Epson DS-70 and DS-80w. You get small, lightweight scanners with quality software for an affordable price. Any road warrior, or desktop user with occasional scanning needs, will be able to do quality work with these scanners.

Features and Pricing (courtesy of Epson)

Price

DS-70 - $129 MSRP, $109 at Epson and other online outlets; available now

DS-80W - $199 MSRP, $169 at Epson and other online outlets; available now

Features

Scanner Type………………. Mobile, sheet-fed one-pass color scanner

Optical Resolution…………600 dpi

Maximum Resolution…….. 1200 dpi

Color Bit Depth……………..16-bit input/8-bit output

Optical Sensor……………….Color contact image sensor (CIS)

Maximum Scan Area……….8.5” x 14” (216 x 356 mm)

Light Source………………….three-color RGB LED

Scanning Speed……………..10 ppm (300 dpi black-and-white, color, gray, one-sheet scan speed)

Capacity………………………Single sheet feed

Document Sizes…………….8.5” x 72” max. (up to 300 dpi); 2” x 2” min.                      

Daily Duty Cycle……………300 sheets

Paper Weight………………..35–270 g/m

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) SP1
  • Mac OS X 10.11.x to macOS 10.13.x

Included Software (requires internet connection for download and installation)

  • Epson Scan 2
  • Document Capture Pro (Windows)
  • Document Capture (Mac)
  • TWAIN driver

Size………………………10.7” x 1.8” x 1.3” (LxWxH)

Warranty……………….3-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada

Images: Courtesy Epson

 

About the Author

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JAMES E. GASKIN is a ChannelPro contributing editor and former reseller based in Dallas.

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