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There’s a lot to like in this Epson scanner from the hardware side, but the software is significantly hindering its performance.
The DS-510 does scan documents very fast – in fact it’s on par with slightly more expensive offerings from Fujitsu. But once those documents are scanned, the Epson document scanning software takes a significant length of time to process the images. I often found the image processing to take as long or longer than the initial scan! This is in contrast to the similar Fujitsu ix500, which has very little software lag and has documents ready nearly the instant the scanner finishes ingesting them.
Tossing the document to Evernote from the Epson software also took longer than it should have. It also fails to provide a confirmation that it successfully copied the document, which requires a manual verification and more time wasted. It was actually faster to save the document to disk and then manually drag it over to the Evernote app.
Mac users will have some additional annoyances and challenges. The hardware scan button currently doesn’t work on the Mac software, and Mac users who don’t have CD/DVD drives will not be able to acquire the document scanning software from Epson’s website. The same can be said for Windows users who are using newer machines without optical drives. Only the minimal driver is available for download.
The scanner lacks network connectivity, but a network adapter is available for about the same price as the scanner. That’s a non-starter.
Beyond these significant problems the scan quality is quite good and is pretty much on par with what I’m seeing from the ix500.
If Epson can clean up their software this would get a much higher rating. It’s disappointing to see a very nice piece of hardware accompanied by such poor software.
DISCLOSURE: I received this product through the Amazon Vine program to review on Amazon’s site.