Published on July 17th, 2017 | by Greg0
Epson ES-500W: Your New, Professional Scan-Everything Pal
If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. And if all you have is a basic all-in-one printer/scanner, then that growing stack of paper you need to scan looks like a headache. Even small offices deal with a lots of documentation, and while the number of potential digital storage options grows ever larger, there are still only a handful of reliable ways to actually manage your flow- and a reliable dedicated document scanner is a must-have for most professionals.
Ideally, it would wireless, so you wouldn’t have to fumble with cables, and fast enough to make short work even big piles. The Epson WorkForce ES-500W Wireless Duplex Document Scanner is just the ticket, able to handle everything from typical letter sheets to business cards and receipts. It makes your business expense reporting a little simpler, and your accountant will be happy to not have to deal with the crumpled original, even if you have to. Compact enough to stay easily on your desktop, it can also tuck up to hide away in a drawer, and it’s semi-portable at about six pounds, though it does require AC power and isn’t battery operated. Rated at 4000 scans a day, it should meet the needs of all but the most demanding legal departments, and it can scan up to 35 pages per minute at 200 dpi, or grab images at up to 600 dpi.
The 50-sheet automatic document feeder is a bit small, but enough for most folks. One cool and somewhat unusual feature is NFC support, for easy scanning to Android mobile devices (Apple iOS smartphones are also supported of course via an app)- and also unusual is the sophisticated control panel with buttons for everything, including “Slow Mode” and “Double Feed Detection Skip” options. The software package for Windows and Mac OSX computers is solid- a top-notch business card program (Presto’s BizCard) along with a decent OCR option in Abbyy’s FineReader Sprint (plus Epson’s proprietary programs and drivers, downloadable easily online). We connected over USB 3.0, and ran a battery of tests, including foreign text and unusual fonts, as well as damaged documents and stapled ones. For the most part, the Epson ES-500W offers speed and convenience, though it’s optical character recognition was not as strong as some of the competition for smaller text sizes at default settings. It did outperform on colored paper and tilted/skewed documents though, handling those with ease.
Available online and in stores for around $399, the Epson WorkForce ES-500W scanner is competitively priced for mid-sized enterprises or SOHO small office/home office users. It looks great, works with just about every device you can think of and offers TWAIN compatibility too. Wireless scanning isn’t a necessity for everyone, but if you can make use of it, then this might just be the best desktop professional scanning companion on the market for you. We’ve seen lots of Epson gear over the years, which has always held up well over time too, and we expect the latest model to be no different.