Epson - Workforce ES-300W Wireless Duplex Mobile Document Scanner - Black
- Model: ES-300W SCANNER B11B242201
- SKU: 5705396
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- Epson - Workforce ES-300W Wireless Duplex Mobile Document Scanner - Black
- Epson WorkForce ES-300W
- SuperSpeed USB cable
- EPSON Scan, NewSoft Presto! BizCard, EPSON Document Capture Pro, ABBYY FineReader OCR, EPSON Document Capture
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To capture every word and image detail with clarity.
Along with 24-bit external color depth for realistic detail.
Enables you to capture entire pages.
For rapidly preserving a variety of files. Duplex scanning helps you get the job done quickly.
Enables you to easily take the scanner on the go.
Including business card and plastic card.
Provides high-quality visuals.
Enable fast scanning with no warm-up time.
Helps you quickly complete your scanning tasks.
Offers easy connectivity.
Lets you upload images instantly to your laptop, desktop or mobile device.
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
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An impressive little gadgetFebruary 1, 2017
This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review. Having said that, I depend on reviews to help me decide what to buy so the following is my honest opinion. This isn’t my first rodeo. I own several larger Epson scanners and an “all in one” Workforce Pro printer. Installation of the ES-300W wasn’t as easy as I’ve experienced with other devices but, to be fair, I decided to use WiFi which can be more problematic than using a direct connection using the included USB 3/2 cable. An example of the complexity is that the only way I’ve found to run the installer is to re-run the entire software package installer. So, if your scanner installation fails (mine did several times), you can’t rerun the device installer without reinstalling all the software again. This isn’t a problem but does waste time. Then, when I tried installing the scanner on my WiFi network, I had an option of using WPS or not. When electing not to use WPS, the install failed each time. When I finally agreed to WPS (which my router provides), the installation went smoothly and quickly. One other issue I noticed is that the quick start guide and installation screens don’t appear to show the location of at least one of the scanner’s indicator lights you need to watch for during the WiFi install. If you guess right, as I apparently did, you’ll be good to go. Once I got everything running properly, Epson’s server indicated there was new firmware for the scanner as well as some optional software available. This happens because Epson installs the “Epson Software Updater” on your computer. This runs in the background and watches for updates for any Epson devices and software on your network and/or computer. I installed the update as well as the optional programs and this went perfectly. A few minutes later, I was ready to begin scanning. Once you get this device installed, you simply open Document Capture Pro (if you’re running Windows 10, just type Document Capture Pro in the search box at the bottom left on your screen and then click on it once Windows has found the program). Click the scan button and “presto”, the page feeds even faster than on my giant Epson printer and the resolution of the scan is remarkable. It couldn’t be easier, faster or deliver a better result. This device does exactly what it should and does it flawlessly. If I were in the market for a stand-alone scanner (as opposed to an all-in-one), it would be hard to resist the ES-300W. It takes up almost no space on your desk (or anywhere within reach of your WiFi network) and you can throw it (well, gently) in your backpack and carry it with you. Depending on how much scanning you’ll do, you may not even need to bring along the power adapter. There have been plenty of times when I was away from the office and wished I’d had a scanner. Having an almost tiny scanner, battery operated and using Wifi, means I can put it anywhere and still get the job done. No wires, no clutter, no sweat. My wife came into my office and asked to scan something. I handed her the scanner and said, “Here, take this to the kitchen and start feeding pages”. I like this gadget and wouldn’t hesitate to buy it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Very compact and perfect for traveling, but...February 3, 2017
This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review. Feb 2, 2017 21:54:26 After testing the Epson 300W Scanner, I've found it works...well enough... It has some great features, but they may not have been executed properly; it is very compact and perfect for traveling, but has several issues that I encountered during my tests and daily usage (test image/pdf gallery at the end). Before we lay out all the issues of the scanner, in what seems more like a crucifixion, let's first start with what is good about the scanner. ## The Good ## 1. Very quick scanning, it shoots through a stack of single-sided papers at 300DPI very fast and accurately. It was faster than my works Brother Workforce all-in-one 2. Built-in OCR PDF export, the built-in OCR scanning software is amazingly fast and accurate (only on desktop). 3. Very accurate automated rotation, adjusting, hole punch removal, and deskew, among other good settings. * The scanner was amazing at rotating and deskewing all scans automatically and only had issues 3 times where the paper was too dark or hand written. It correctly flipped picture, papers, business cards, ID cards and everything else I scanned. 4. The card slot, I love the quick card slot idea and when it worked, it was a nice touch (more on it below). * Card slot would be more useful if it was accessible while the cover was closed. 5. The settings, this scanner has so many settings on a PC it's amazing and they work pretty beautifully and quick. * Magazine/Newspaper mode & image stitching were not tested. 6. It's tiny, this thing really is portable (see pics) 7. Battery life is great. * Charged it and tested it out 2 weeks and I scanned several items during the testing; it still has power and still in my work bag. 8. Great image quality, it goes up to 1200DPI and looks great. 9. Small files created at higher DPI, even with 600DPI it created small image file sizes and PDFs. 10. Effortless double-sided scanning. * There are 2 scanning plates inside, making double-sided scanning just one step instead of 2 like other portable scanners I've tried. ## The Bad (very bad) ## The first issue is the wireless setup. 1. There is no way to setup the scanner without the PC or smartphone app companion; there's no WPS button on the device for easy configuration. 2. Using the smartphone app is overly convoluted, gaudy and glitchy with too many steps required; use manually switch to turn on AP, connect to es-300w direct AP and search for the scanner, then go through setup and manually add WiFi info, then manually turn the switch to WiFi mode and search again for the scanner. This is the procedure you need to do every time you need to switch networks. * this setup is ridiculously tedious and prone to errors. 3. The apps failed numerous times to find the scanner during setup. Big Issue #2 is the card slot: 1. The built-in card slot for business cards and plastic cards doesn't work for intended use. * Via the phone app it accepted no business cards (except 1 time) and "jammed." * Via Desktop the few times it actually worked to scan via the slot, it refused 5 business cards. * Only worked on 1 of my 5 plastic cards, American driver licenses; didn't accept old school ID cards, work ID or credit card. * For best results, you're required to set the size/type to auto and not business card or plastic card Scanning issues: 1. The business card setting with the card slot using my phone doesn't work. It scans but doesn't fit any business cards tested (American and Japanese). * Cards were cut off (last 1/4), but plastic card setting size worked for business cards but had issues (noted below) 2. WiFi scanning from phone and desktop have long delays between scans and settings, but DirectAP and USB were quicker. 3. Plastic card settings were the proper dimensions for business cards, but the cards (via the card slot) always shifted slightly causing the image to be missing part of the card. * Proper scanning with card slot requires auto size to be set and auto fix document skew. 4. Didn't work well on longer pieces of paper (within max allowed). Door knob flyer gets cut off at 11" every time, no matter what setting used. 5. Paper jams, the scanner jammed constantly; almost every business card in the card slot caused a jammed, long papers, thin papers, and multiple types of plastic cards, also caused jams. 6. Feed sensor is glitchy. Ever other scan attempt prompted me, saying there was nothing in the scanner (there was) and it would error out and make me start all over again. 7. You have to put documents in backward, instead of face up and natural feeling, you have to put them in facing down and it's not a natural feeling. 8. You can't have the phone app open if you're trying to use the desktop scan application. Phone application: 1. Missing half the settings that the PC has like OCR. 2. UI has a very old look and feel (like it's 5 years behind). PC Scanning: 1. No reference material for what certain options do, so you have to be versed in terminology or quick with Google. Image quality: 1. Anything under 300DPI looked pretty horrible. Another item to note, the scanner is missing built-in cloud connection and storage. For a compact travel scanner, you would think it would have scanning to cloud network built-in or onboard storage so you can scan on the go quickly and have it saved without the need to have a phone or PC available. !!! REVIEW VERDICT: I would not purchase this scanner as it is for the suggested retail price, but if it was on sale for $100 I might. !!! Scanning test examples can be linked if requested.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great scan quality, simple setup, great scanner!January 26, 2017
Superb quality scans, speed and setup This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review. I have two other Epson scanners, one of which I have had for over 10 years now and the other for 5 years and both still work excellent! So being asked to review a new, portable Epson scanner was a no brainer for me. First off, the size, including the battery is quite small at 11½ x 3½ x 3 inches. Sliding the grey lever on the front opens up the sheet feeder which can handle up to 20 sheets of 2 sided paper, business cards, whatever. The caveat is that it can not be something bound as this is a page scanner. But it's small size hides it's excellent build quality and software and features. Setup is so simple. Plus the scanner into a power outlet for both power and to charge the battery. Run the software and follow the extremely simple and easy to understand set up instructions. You can set this up to scan via a usb cable, direct wireless or put it on your wireless network. I chose the wireless network and it programs via the WPS button on your Wireless Router. It's disgustingly simple and fast and easy. Once it's charged, unplug from the cord if you need to and place where it's convenient and start scanning. Open the software, set your resolution (I prefer 300 psi) and place what you want to scan in the tray. I thought wrong that to scan the back, I'd have to put my paper back in the tray, but to my surprise it scans both sides at the same time and very quickly and accurately at that. I highly recommend this scanner. It's easy to use, fast and accurate. I scan multiple papers multiple times per week and this scanner is so much more convenient, handier adn faster and scans duplex on one pass vs my other two scanners. It's earned a place on my desk. You'll LOVE it! Plus you can scan to Google Drive, Drop Box or nearly anyplace on your computer, device or cloud. Yes, it scans to phones and tablets too and it's just as easy to set up and use.
I would recommend this to a friend
A Simply Fantastic DeviceJanuary 26, 2017
The Epson ES-300W just happens to be the first portable scanner that I have owned, and am amazed by the results. The quality of this portable scanner is simply fantastic. The first thing that I scanned, zoomed through the scanner so fast, I blinked and almost missed it. I have not seen anything scan that fast besides the equipment at the copy & print stores. Upon viewing the file on my laptop, I was very impressed with the scan quality. It surely beat the scan quality of my All-In-One printer. Once I started playing with the settings, I saw that I didn’t even have the resolution set at the best quality either. I thought that this thing would have been seriously bulky due to having a battery backup, but it is very compact for having so many features. It has an adjustable paper feed, as well as a pop-up full sized page support. The adjustable paper feed allowed me to scan a stack of receipts for a expense report in no time. The scanner also has a business card slot that pulls the card in and back out at the same spot. This leaves the card un-bent, that way I can put it back in my card stack. My work requires me to travel often for days, weeks, or even over a month at a time, and this will allow me to easily scan my expenses & reports without the need of relying on a hotel business center. This Epson ES-300W scanner will defiantly be staying in my laptop bag for now on! This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great scannerJanuary 24, 2017
I have owned other portable scanners, and one being another epson. I have to say that this has to be one of the fastest, most accurate, and long battery life scanner I have used. Being able to scan multiple sheets at a time ( up to 20 ) sheets in the auto sheet feed is amazing. Even with the resolution set to the highest I was impressed on how fast the pages would scan. I do lots of work related and personal scanning of documents using my iPad and iPhone. Being able to wirelessly scan using the scanner helps out tremendously. Yes this is more of document scanner and not photo scanning, but have to say that there is really no big loss in the details of a scanned picture. As for battery life this scanner last for more than 5 hours of continuous use for me. “This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.”
I would recommend this to a friend
Compact and fast scannerMay 11, 2017
Compact and fast scanner. Love it but with 1 complaint - the scanner does not detect the paper on the feeder. You have to force the paper in or fold the end of the paper in such a way so the scanner can detect the paper.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best portable scanner for onside AuditsFebruary 9, 2017
I’m pretty impressed with this tiny scanner. It feels solidly built. I’ve used a lot of scanners over the years, and must say there is no comparison to a good device when you need to scan volumes. The scans are very fast, with an almost immediate warm up time. This would be ideal for an auditor for example, that needs to scan documents while on-site. It can scan to a companion app on your smartphone wirelessly thru wifi. The setup didn’t work the first time I launched the app, but as soon as I restarted the wifi network on the scanner, it took. I’d call it a success since the whole setup was under a minute. You can scan loose leafs of various sizes, and heavy business cards/ID’s are scanned thru a special feeder. Scans can be double or single sided, with an awesome feature to skip blank pages when scanning double sided. It can’t scan anything that can’t be fed thru the machine, so no books or objects. But what it is intended for, it does very well. This Epson ES-300W would be very good in a pharmacy environment. It takes up very little room, is very fast, and is considerably quieter than the Fujitsu's I’ve had to use. The Fujitsu’s can sometimes jam when scanning smaller prescriptions, and I can’t see that being an issue with this scanner. I’ve experimented with flatbed scanners, and it’s just not realistic to use in a pharmacy setting as they take up too much valuable space and time aligning everything. Archival camera systems are good for fragile books, but not much else, as you have no way of flattening a sheet of paper to get a good scan. The ES-300W has TWAIN drivers so it shouldn’t be a problem to add the scanner within proprietary software (pharmacy, or other program) The price point on this unit is a bit steep but you’re getting a professional grade scanner and a powerful suite of software for your phone and computer. This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.
I would recommend this to a friend
Power packed in a small packageFebruary 8, 2017
This is a review for the ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review Power packed in a small package – I have never used a portable scanner and was not really sure what to expect when the small package arrived at my doorstep. The scanner is well designed and compact. A really small footprint - 11 inches wide (same as the width of a US letter sized paper), 2.5 inches tall and about 4 inches deep. Weighs about 2.5 - 3 pounds. As I said, a small and compact foot print. The scanner then just grows (sort of like the Transformers movie). The front opens up, a couple of blades/wings flip out to hold documents that need to be scanned. Not sure how much weight the feeder can hold. Plug in the charger which is similar to the little brick and cord use get with the typical laptop. That’s about what it takes to get it physically setup. To get the scanner connected and ready for use, you will need to download software from the Epson website (URL provided in the setup document is not quite right but it was easy to locate the right software on the Epson website). Would have been nice if the software was provided on a mini CD or a USB stick. There are quite a few applications that need to be downloaded and if you have a slow internet connection, it could take a few minutes. I chose to set it up on the home network via the Wifi option. Not quite the easiest setup process. For once, I had to crack open the user manual to figure out the process. After a few attempts at setting it up via a device on my wireless network, I ended up connecting it using the WPS option on my router. The WPS option worked out well and was quick. In hindsight, I would suggest that this is the best option and should be default option for everyone. Once the software is installed, I was prompted to do a firmware upgrade which I accepted. The firmware upgrade process appeared to have hung up after the update was completed. I waited about 5 – 10 minutes before I manually shut down the printer and restarted it. I was worried that I would end up with a dead scanner since the firmware did not exit gracefully. But it worked out. Now for the actual usage. I started the Epson app and selected the defaults to perform my first scan – black and white scan of a US Letter sized document. The scanner spit it out at such a high speed that I thought something was wrong. But that was not the case. Indeed, the speed of scanning is impressive. As the scan resolution is increased, the scanning speed is reduced but well within acceptable time of a few seconds per page. It certainly takes a few seconds to get the data to show up on the computer (note that I am on a Wifi connection). I think the delay is due to the wifi transfer of data from the scanner to the computer. Have to wonder Scan speed did not change much between a one side scan vs a duplex scan. Note that duplex scan is a single pass and does not require the document to be flipped over and scanned again. Good work on this design. Black and White scans took about the same time as color Scans – just a few seconds if that. I was able to scan up to 10 documents on a single pass. I just did not need to scan larger stacks and so cannot really speak to the upper limit of the document feeder. I did run into something that I need to sort out. A black and white scan came through fine for the most part except where I had a bar code in one part of the document. The scanned image of the bar code came out a bit smudged. The same document in color mode reproduced the bar code well without any issues. I played around with the resolution but the B&W image of the bar code did not come out right regardless of the resolution. I will need to play a bit more and see what I am doing wrong. After a few minutes of non-use, the device goes to sleep even when connected to power. Good green credentials, I say. Paper jams did happen once or twice and they were easily resolved. No complicated machines and elements to mess with. Just a latch to open the scanner and take out the original. The software however could not handle paper jams elegantly. Anytime I opened the device to clear a paper jam, I had to restart the app and I think this may be by design as the device disconnects the wireless connection and the application does not have a good way to pick up when reconnected. Hopefully, this part of the design can get improved in a future update. I did not scan any business cards – do folks still use business cards? A few documents I scanned seemed to get the bottom edges cut off. Repositioning and scanning them worked out well but cannot figure why the bottom edge seems to get cut off. I would certainly confirm the scanned output before scanning the next document. On a related note, the design of the scanner enables easy scanning of long documents. As regards the physical characteristics, I would suggest a gentle touch given the small footprint. I would worry about breaking the document guides and the paper holder flaps if I was not careful with them. What I would be curious to know is if this scanner can be used to scan large volume of documents/photographs/originals, etc.? Or if the design and specification is intended for low volume and infrequent use. I like it too much to burn it out by overuse! As regards pricing, I think it is a bit higher than what I would pay. Something around the range of $150 would seem to be optimal, IMO.
I would recommend this to a friend
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