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Epson WorkForce-GT

Scans directly to searchable PDF files. Cons Automatic document feeder ADF scans one side of the page only. Manual duplex feature is hidden and somewhat cumbersome.


Bottom Line The Epson WorkForce GT is a bit slow, but it's affordable enough to make it an attractive choice if your small office needs a document scanner that includes a flatbed. As the name implies, this scanner is office-centric rather than photocentric, and it's aimed at small offices rather than any of Epson's usual Epson WorkForce GT-1500 markets: Don't think that Epson is fumbling around in unknown territory, however. The GT is a well-designed package that's potentially attractive to anyone who needs a desktop document scanner for a small or home office. Most document scanners are strictly sheet-fed, simply because most documents consist of stacks of individual sheets of paper. The GT, however, includes both a page automatic document feeder ADF and a letter-size flatbed. The flatbed can be useful if you need to scan book or magazine pages or other originals that won't go through a sheet-feeder.

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Setting up the scanner is straightforward. It measures a compact 4.

To set up the GT, simply run the automated installation routine from disc, plug in the power cord and a USB cable, and let Windows recognize the scanner. For the Mac, the disc also includes a Twain driver and OCR software, but no document management program. You can start a scan from a program, from Epson's scan utility, or Epson WorkForce GT-1500 one of the four scan buttons on the front panel. The copy button brings up a copy utility on the PC; the PDF button scans to your choice of image PDF or searchable PDF format; and the e-mail button creates a new message using your PC's e-mail program, adding the scanned document as an attachment.

There's also a generic scan button that brings up the Epson scan utility, so you can scan to a file. The GT's optical scan resolution is 1, pixels per inch ppi for scanning from the flatbed, but the software limits the scanner to ppi for scanning from the ADF. This is a bit unusual, but ppi is typical for document scanners and is more than enough resolution for scanning documents. It's even more than enough for scanning photos, unless you plan to enlarge them significantly. I should also mention that although you can use the GT flatbed for photos, Epson WorkForce GT-1500 scanner doesn't come with a photo editor. So, by definition, the package of hardware plus software as sold by Epson isn't really meant for photo scanning. That said, there's nothing to stop you from buying a photo-editing program separately.

It's also worth noting that the Twain driver includes a Professional mode with settings for features like color balance, which are really more appropriate for scanning photos than documents. Because the scanner doesn't come with its own photo-editing software, and the software itself affects the suitability for scanning photos, I didn't Epson WorkForce GT-1500 or rate the GT for photos. I scanned two photos to disc, however, and opened them in Photoshop, just to get a sense of the scan quality.


In both cases, colors were a little washed out. For document scanning, the GT is rated at 20 pages per minute ppm at ppi in black-and-white mode. On my tests, Epson WorkForce GT-1500 our standard page text document using the scanner's default ppi setting, I clocked it at only 9. In comparison, the Canon DRC scanned the same document at a slightly faster As with most document scanners, if you scan and save directly to a searchable PDF format, the GT adds a significant amount of time for recognizing the text. In this case, the OCR step added a little over a minute, for a total of 3: Keep in mind, however, that Canon's scan software is unusual in being able to OCR a file in little Epson WorkForce GT-1500 no time. One advantage the GT has over the Canon scanner is a manual duplexing feature. Even though the ADF scans only one side of the page, you can turn the stack over, scan the second side, and let the software put the odd and even pages in the right order.

Unfortunately, the feature is hidden where it's easy to miss if you don't know to look for it, and it's nowhere near as automatic as it should be, requiring several manual steps. If you need to scan both sides of a multipage document infrequently enough that you can't justify the cost of a duplexing scanner, there's a good chance you'll have to relearn the details every time you use the feature. The GT also loses points for its documentation, which is strictly electronic. It's hard to read the instructions on your computer screen while you're trying to use the scan utility on the same screen.

Another issue is that the instructions Epson WorkForce GT-1500 filled with links to other pages, so you have to keep jumping back and forth to find all the details. Worse, the manual contains some potentially misleading information.

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In particular, it tells you to pre-scan the first page of each document and then adjust settings before you scan the entire document. As it turns out, this is meant only as a suggestion for ensuring scan quality, but the manual makes it sound as if it's something Epson WorkForce GT-1500 need to do with every document. Get superior image quality and enhanced productivity from the WorkForce GT color document imaging scanner. This easy-to-use scanner offers the. Epson WorkForce GT Epson WorkForce GT Model: B11B Product Home. Epson WorkForce GT Downloads; FAQs; Manuals and.

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