Epson WorkForce B11B194011 Pro GT-S50 Document Scanner


Epson WorkForce B11B194011 Pro GT-S50 Document Scanner

Epson WorkForce B11B194011 Pro GT-S50 Document Scanner

  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • 25 ppm, 50 ipm scan speeds scans both sides of one sheet in just one pass.
  • 75-page Auto Document Feeder.

Epson GT-S50 WorkForce Pro ScannerThe high-volume business scanner for busy workgroups.The WorkForce Pro GT-S50 document image scanner offers an amazing value with its remarkable reliability, powerful performance and easy-to-use features. With a daily duty cycle of up to 1200 sheets, plus a 75-pagefeeder, it’s ready to tackle any task in busy office environments. Scan everything from business cards to rigid ID cards and documents up to 8.5×36 inches.The GT-S50 easily scans both sides of onesheet in just one pass – in color, grayscale or bi-tonal. It’s never been easier to electronically capture critical documents. Whether you need a faster way to access shared documents, a more affordable way to comply with government mandates or a better way to maintain the integrity of important documents, the GT-S50 is the perfect place to start.Designed by Epson, a leader in digital imaging, the GT-S50 offers robust paper handling capabilities and quality you can depend on – all from a compact, des

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List Price: $ 399.99

Price: $ 399.99

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  1. 1,477 of 1,491 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Epson GT-S50 vs the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510, April 21, 2009
    W. B. Halper (Saratoga, CA) –
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    For the last year and a half, I’ve been using a Fujitsu S510 SnapScan page scanner, which is a natural competitor to the Epson GT-S50. So, when I was offered the chance to review the Epson, it seemed like a natural fit – somebody looking to purchase one is likely to also look at the other. (Go to Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Sheet-fed Scanner to read that review. It was fairly far down, on page 4, when I last looked.)

    Let’s look at the two scanners…

    First of all, both scanners are top fed and scan both sides of a page in a single pass. They are infinitely faster than the scanners built into the “all-in one” printers and suitable for high volume scanning…the Epson is rated for 1200 pages per day.

    The Epson GT-S50 comes with both TWAIN and ISIS drivers, giving it with a clear advantage in interfacing with software from other companies. Almost every program that can read from a scanner uses one or the other. The ScanSnap, on the other hand, uses its own proprietary driver, which only ties into their ScanSnap Organizer program…a program that displays small images of the scanned pages. Both scanners come with OCR programs, for converting scanned images to editable text, but, with the TWAIN driver, only the Epson directly interfaces with different programs – OmniPage Pro, Textbridge, or whatever else you prefer.

    The Epson driver offers more choices in output resolution. Whereas the SnapScan has four levels – Normal (150dpi), Better (200dpi), Best (300dpi) and Excellent (600dpi) – the Epson has eight levels ranging from 75 dpi up through 600 dpi. For some strange reason, neither company’s software allows you to name the output file before scanning. After scanning, you’ll need to manually rename each file with something recognizable. (The default date/time stamp doesn’t give you any useful information if you need to find a file a month later).

    The Epson ships with software for both Macintosh and Windows systems. I’ve tested both versions in a mixed Windows/Mac network and they both work smoothly. The Fujitsu ScanSnap, on the other hand, comes in dedicated Mac (S510m)and Windows (S510) models. I’ve only used the Windows version.

    Both scanners are similar in their physical shape, although the Epson looks quite a bit larger…it’s about 1″ longer, 2″ taller and an inch or two deeper than the SnapScan. It holds 75 pages in the input slot, versus 50 in the SnapScan. The Epson has a two-line display on the front. The SnapScan only has “scan” and “power” buttons. Both units are solidly built and give the feeling that they’ll last for a long time…I’ve used my SnapScan for 30K+ pages and it’s still going strong. Both units have user replaceable pads and rollers to keep them running smoothly.

    How do they operate in real life? To begin my testing, I fed the same 42 page document through each scanner. The document was complex as they come, with both text and color graphics on most pages. It was also laid out to be used in a vertical flip chart (letter-size, but bound on the short edge)…from the scanner’s perspective, the back-side of each page was upside down. My theory was that a scanner that could make sense out of it could handle almost anything…

    The Epson scanned my test document faster than the ScanSnap, but software processing of the scanned image took longer. The ScanSnap took 3min 10sec from the start of the scan to PDF file creation, without using text recognition; the Epson took 4min 6sec. The OCR software runs in the background on the SnapScan, but runs in the foreground on the Epson. Because of this, the SnapScan can be used to scan the next document while the text is being recognized, while the Epson remains busy until it’s completely finished. My test document tied up the Epson for 12min 20sec from the time that I started the scan until the OCR finished and saved the file. My computer’s no slouch, but a faster computer would obviously shorten that time. If you use an outside text recognition package, you can always run it at a later time and eliminate this time waster.

    The ScanSnap features automatic rotation of upside down and landscape pages. (Everything is fed in vertically on both scanners.) The Epson doesn’t…you get what you feed in. In my test document, the ScanSnap flipped the upside pages right-side up. The Epson left them upside down. Even with the upside down pages, the OCR worked fine.

    The Epson can handle mixed page sizes in one scan. You can drop all your receipts in and have them scanned at once. The ScanSnap needs all the pages to be the same size in each scan…a longer page is assumed to be a misfeed and aborts the scan.

    The Epson has a straight through paper path. It can handle credit card and ID Card scanning. The ScanSnap doesn’t and can’t. This makes the…

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  2. 232 of 245 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Solidly built and fast though software is a weakness, March 14, 2009

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    Epson Workforce GT-S50 Review

    I’ve been looking to move to a more paperless environment at home. It seems I get a daily deluge of mail that I have no intentions of archiving in its original form. I decided that the time is right to get a document scanner and start archiving these documents into PDF for safekeeping and retrieval.

    My initial goal was to get a Fujitsu Scansnap but I was a bit put off by the fact that Fujitsu made separate scanner models for Macintosh and PC. Im on a Mac right now but I like the flexibility that PC support gives. So I decided to keep my eyes open for any other cross platform scanners and the Epson was announced shortly afterwards.

    So after unpacking the Epson Workforce scanner I noticed the heft of this product. It’s a sturdy peripheral and well designed in my opinion. The installation process was a bit
    tedious. I had to supply my administrators password 6 times to install the various application and drivers. I do not know if Windows will have the same annoyance.

    The software included for Mac is Abbyy Finereader 5 Sprint, Presto Bizcard reader, Epson Scan, Epson Event Manager. Let me be honest and frank with you. The bundled software literally looks like it comes from the 90s. Epson should have done better and partnered with better vendors. Fujitsu includes Adobe Acrobat and a superior Cardminder for business card scanning in addition to the superior scansnap manager.

    The performance of this scanner is stellar. I ran a page through at 200 dpi and it felt as though it was ejected rather than fed. At higher dpi the scanner slows down a bit but its still a good performer. I’ve been having some issues with the deskew feature. I scanned a few small documents and they were not properly deskewed and captured slightly crooked. I looked at the driver and the deskew button was grayed out. Still haven’t found out why I’ll keep checking. All document scanners tend to skew the scans a bit so deskew is important if you like your documents straight.

    Application support- The Epson Workforce scanner uses TWAIN (industry standard) and ISIS (higher end) drivers. I found that my Adobe Acrobat 9 easily accessed the scanner, and quickly created a searchable PDF via its OCR function. Acrobat with built in OCR and a document scanner may be all some of you need. It works very well. Other applications I tried didn’t always have a TWAIN interface preferring to to use Apple’s Image Capture. No worries though you can setup which folder you want to scan too and some applications will “watch” a folder for files to import. Suffice it to say you “will” get your documents into your app somehow even if you cannot scan it in natively.

    Comparison. Fujitsu this year announced the new S1500/S1500m Scansnap. It is not available nor on Amazon at the time of this review but it is now on Fujitsu’s website. I downloaded the data sheet and user manual for the new scanners. They are impressive. In addition to a sensor that can tell if two sheets have been fed (a feature of the Epson GT-S80 at more $$$) they also automate some of the scanning. You can toss in files of differing sizes with no problems. The biggest thing though to me is the Scanmanager software seems so much more fluid and modern to me. I also read that it may support both PC and Mac platforms in one device which was a feature I had to have. I will keep my Epson which works great yet is no frills and see if the Epson Scan software improves though I could see myself replacing this scanner with the S1500m and taking advantage of the superior Scansnap software.

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  3. 49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Epson WorkForce vs Fujitsu Scansnap – tried both in same week, July 7, 2012

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    I’ve tried them both (Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 and Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500) and the winner is Fujitsu ScanSnap. In short, the reason is bad Epson software and horrendously, awful, incompetent support from Epson, while Fujitsu gets it right in both categories. Here are the details…

    I’ve owned 2 ScanSnap scanners. When one of my older ones started acting up (not detecting paper), and when Fujitsu wanted roughly $200 to “repair” it (which probably consisted of putting in a new $10 plastic paper feed detector that a customer can’t do themselves), I thought I’d try another brand. So I started out in my quest with the goal of finding something better than ScanSnap. I WANTED to love something else. I searched, read other reviews, and tried the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50.

    The Epson is definitely more solid, although larger, than the ScanSnap. I was pleased with the large feed capacity on the Epson. It also has an LCD screen, where you can create macros (e.g. B&W scan at 300 dpi). So far so good. I was liking it on my first couple one-page tests. But here’s where things went wrong…

    Maybe I’m the only person in the world who wants to quickly scan, enter the folder and file name of my choice, and save to a PDF. Guess what? You can’t do that with the Epson. I was shocked. It seems like that would be the most common task a user would want to perform. You have to scan to a pre-set folder (you can define it), using their default filename (something like img001.pdf or the mmddyyyy-hhmmss.pdf) and then rename it using Windows. I thought I must be missing something and I called tech support. More on that below…

    With the Epson, I tried something I had done for years with the Fujitsu — automatic color detection. With ScanSnap, including their new S1500, it CAN automatically detect any color on the page and then scan ONLY that page in color while leaving the other pages in B&W. But, with the Epson, there are 2 methods of scanning. With one method, there is NO automatic color detection. With the other method, it will scan all pages in color mode even if only 1 page has color. This causes unnecessary increase in file size.

    I also noticed that the quality of scan wasn’t as good with the Epson as with the ScanSnap. The Epson sometimes showed black edges around the piece of paper. If you print it out, you see the black edges, which looks dumb. And, the image appears fuzzy with the Epson, but more clear with the ScanSnap. Of course, anyone reading this will think I just didn’t play with the settings, and it is possible I missed something. But, I tried all kinds of setting combinations and the Epson just didn’t produce as good of a scan result as the Fujitsu, and even if you can improve it in a way I didn’t try, the average user shouldn’t have to do that; Scansnap was simply better.

    I also had problems with the Epson pulling pages into the scanner at a slight angle. Now, I don’t think either scanner is perfect at pulling in pages. I’ve replaced rollers and assemblies with ScanSnap to avoid the occasional double feed, and I wouldn’t say they are perfect by any means. But, when I was hoping Epson would have a better feeding system, I was disappointed to see that it was pulling at an angle — something I don’t get with ScanSnap.

    Then, the big problem for me was that the Epson software had a bug and would not scan >1 page into a single PDF file. Yeah, yeah, I know there is a setting about making a single PDF file with multiple pages, and I did have it set correctly. But, it didn’t work when using their software utility for scanning. If I scanned 10 pages, only the first one showed in the PDF file. I already had Acrobat Professional installed, and I think that caused some driver problem, although it shouldn’t have. The rest of my setup is a brand new Windows 7 clean machine. Other people don’t seem to have this issue, but the scanner was worthless to me if I couldn’t get Epson’s help resolving the bug. So I called tech support, and that is when things went from bad to worse.

    Tech support at Epson: I dealt with a level 1 tech support rep who asked me 101 unrelated questions, only to leave me on hold and never come back to the phone. I called back. The profile the first rep created was missing so they asked me 101 questions again. This person knew nothing about their product. I am not just being critical. He really didn’t know how to perform a scan or anything. I had used the product for 2 hours and I knew far more about it than he did. I got bumped to level 2 support. I asked this next person if there was a way to scan, and type in the filename instead of using their default numeric names. He said no. I said “don’t you do that when you scan papers at home?” He said he doesn’t use a scanner at home. Hmmmm. The guys who are in charge of this product don’t USE scanners so, of course, it shouldn’t…

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