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Last year I tested the Epson DS-510, and felt a bit underwhelmed. It was hindered mostly by its software and was far from a true alternative of the market leading Fujitsu Scansnap ix500.
This year’s DS-560 gets a lot closer. And in some ways this one even exceeds the Fujitsu.
First the negatives: configuration is way more difficult than it needs to be – especially for the initial WiFi set up. The Epson configuration utility gets buried in a folder that is installed with the included software and is rather difficult to get up and running. The configuration utility crashed continuously on my Mac and would only configure initially via Windows. Once that was out of the way things were a lot smoother.
Here are some of the key comparison points to the Scansnap ix500:
1. The Epson is TWAIN/ISIS compatible, the ix500 is not.
2. The Epson can be used wirelessly with multiple PC’s (although only one at a time can scan). The Fujitsu Scansnap ix500 can only be ‘paired’ with a single PC for wireless use.
3. The Epson iPad app is more intuitive than the Fujitsu Scansnap app.
That said the Fujitsu Scansnap still does things better thanks to some features that are implemented through hardware vs. the Epson that relies on software. The result is that the Scansnap scans and processes images faster. The Epson software still takes a little bit of post processing time depending on the function but it has been much improved over the last year.
But choosing between the two is much more of a toss-up now than it was a year ago. Epson is definitely getting closer to having a product that matches the best scanner on the market.
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DISCLOSURE – I received this product through the Amazon Vine program to review on Amazon’s site.