Epson Perfection 2580 PHOTO

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Epson Perfection 2580 PHOTO

Digitize and restore stacks of negatives in just a few simple steps - and rediscover moments from the past! It's all possible with the Epson Perfectio...

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Review of "Epson Perfection 2580 PHOTO"

published 21/11/2004 | sueymoss
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Pro Scans documents, slides & negatives
Cons poor manual/help files. Epson helpline unhelpful.
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"reasonable scanner, shame about the software"

I bought this scanner to convert our slides into a digital format. It was easy to setup, and worked straight away without any major problems. It was bought for approximately £85 from ebuyer.

I then tried to buy the optional 24 photo auto feeder as advertised in the product information. At the time of writing, it does not actually exist. Having had no luck at any shops (online or otherwise), I phoned the Epson helpline: They hadn't heard of it either.

The software has many automatic features which sometimes work, but often don't (eg: automatic cropping of pictures). It can be very difficult to turn these "features" off, even in professional mode, where the settings are not obvious and hard to find.

The scanner does not appear to scan right to the edge of the platen (unless this is another setting I can't find), so if you line up a document along the edge of the platen, the edge is cut off.

The manual/help supplied is very vague with very little explanation of features. eg: It tells me how to change the densitometer sampling area, but what is a densitometer, what does it do, and how do I use it?

Overall, it is a reasonable scanner that has done everything I wanted it to, but is let down by the software, manual/help files and Epson helpline.

I checked the Epson website for a software/driver update, but it had an earlier version than that supplied with the scanner.

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  • mraouf101 published 21/11/2004
    I totally wont buy it
  • star333 published 21/11/2004
    good review x
  • jonesri published 21/11/2004
    Nice review. Rich
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Product Information : Epson Perfection 2580 PHOTO

Manufacturer's product description

Digitize and restore stacks of negatives in just a few simple steps - and rediscover moments from the past! It's all possible with the Epson Perfection 2580 Photo. With its new, easy-to-use Auto Film Loader, anyone can quickly scan and view individual frames of 35mm negatives. And, with one-touch color restoration through exclusive Epson Easy Photo Fix, it couldn't be easier to bring back the brilliance of every cherished event. Best of all, with astounding 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution, it's a snap to achieve remarkable detail, ideal for reprints and enlargements. Fully automatic scanning and other innovative features make it easy to scan photos, film, or text with consistently vivid results, while Epson Smart Panel and convenient bundled software allow for added creativity. And, with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the Epson Perfection 2580 Photo speeds through every scan. That, combined with the remarkable efficiency of the Auto Film Loader, makes it simple to archive and organize boxes of negatives in a flash. Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh , the Epson Perfection 2580 Photo provides the ideal solution for any scanning task. Offering incredible versatility and detail in one affordable solution, it's the perfect choice for bringing old memories to life.

Product Details

Product Description: Epson Perfection 2580 PHOTO - flatbed scanner

Device Type: Flatbed scanner - desktop

Interface Type: USB 2.0

Scan Element Type: CCD

Light Source: Xe-gas cold cathode fluorescent lamp

Max Supported Document Size: 216 x 297 mm

Input Type: Colour

Grayscale / Color Depth: 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour

Grayscale / Color Depth (External): 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour

Optical Resolution: 2400 dpi x 4800 dpi

Interpolated Resolution: 12800 dpi x 12800 dpi

Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm

Supported Document Type: Plain paper, slides, film

Document Feeder Type: Manual load, autoload

Document Storage Capacity: 6 slides

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME, Apple MacOS 9.1 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later

Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.5 cm x 41.9 cm x 8.6 cm

Weight: 3.2 kg

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Power: ( 50/60 Hz )

General

MPN: B11B172121CU, B11B172122, B11B172122CZ, B11B172121CZ, B11B172123, B11B172901

Type: Flatbed scanner - desktop

Interface Type: USB 2.0

Max Supported Document Size: 216 x 297 mm

Scanner

Input Type: Colour

Grayscale Depth: 16-bit (64K grey levels)

Grayscale Depth (External): 16-bit (64K grey levels)

Colour Depth: 48-bit colour

Colour Depth (External): 48-bit colour

Optical Resolution: 2400 dpi x 4800 dpi

Interpolated Resolution: 12800 dpi x 12800 dpi

Scan Mode: Single-pass

Scan Element Type: CCD

Bulb / Light Source Type: Xe-gas cold cathode fluorescent lamp

Scan Density Range: 3.2D

Control Panel Buttons Functions: Scan, copy, email, start

Scanner Speed Details: 20 sec/scan - colour - A4 - 300 dpi ¦ 14 sec/scan - greyscale - A4 - 300 dpi

Compliant Standards: TWAIN

Media Handling

Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm

Supported Document Type: Plain paper, slides, film

Document Feeder Type: Manual load, autoload

Document Storage Capacity: 6 slides

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces: USB 2.0 - Type B

Power

Power Device: External power adapter

Voltage Required: ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Consumption Operational ( Standby ): 17 Watt ( 5 Watt ), 24 Watt

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME, Apple MacOS 9.1 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 27.5 cm

Depth: 41.9 cm

Height: 8.6 cm

Weight: 3.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 80%

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Film adaptor

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