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Epson - FastFoto FF-680W Wireless Photo and Document Duplex Scanner - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 106 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SUPER fast and just about as SUPER great!

    Posted
    WyldeBlue
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    - Blazing-fast and [mostly] error-free picture scanning, even with cupped photos (<2 sec @ 600 dpi); full 8.5' x 11" documents took <1 second! - Auto-correct software generally did a decent job for unattended image enhancement with only a few snaps looking worse than the originals; true photophiles will probably just want the unaltered image - Wireless scanning to PC or direct to Google/Dropbox worked flawlessly and was actually a godsend not to have to snake one more USB cable around the desktop - 2-sided scanning for notes/labels on the back of the pictures was a brilliant inclusion, especially at this price and at this speed - Small desktop footprint...folds up to about the size of a large loaf of Pepperidge Farm bread - Included OCR integration with popular Office programs/Evernote quickly created editable documents from scanned papers CONs - Epson Event Manager (installed during driver installation) would NOT SHUT UP when the scanner was on--every 3-5 minutes I was getting an annoying task-bar pop-up (and default Windows notification sound) that the scanner was ready to load images. Yeah, I could turn off the notifications in the OS itself (there is no option to do so in the task-bar interface itself)...but even so, interrogating the scanner every few minutes just to announce to the user it's still ready??? - I noticed a few large "scanning bands" running horizontally across some of the images after only 20 or so scans new, straight out of the box...there's a cleaning cloth in the box, but stopping every 20-50 prints is simply something you'll need to figure into your battle rhythm as you use this scanner, especially for LARGE photo collections - The unit unfolds like a Transformer--document feed and output trays extend the footprint to more than a foot tall and 21" deep from back to front--just be aware of the additional clearance you'll need around the unit if you have a smallish/cluttered desk - Not sure what value the 1200 dpi setting is as the software simply interpolates the missing pixels anyway...this might create a false sense that you're getting ultra-high resolution but there's nothing more the hardware can do with the original images than 600 dpi...and anyone wanting to blow up/manipulate images at higher resolutions like that probably has the serious image editing software to do so already (just a hunch). A simple hardware toggle/button (fast/600 dpi, super-fast/300 dpi) would have been a more welcome inclusion Wow...if you have a huge collection of pictures sitting in albums or boxes, or bucket-loads of receipts/papers you need to digitize, this is definitely the device for you (if your pockets are deep enough!). Software installation went painlessly and wireless setup was a breeze, though rather than get up and run across the house to press the WPS button on my router, I opted for the 1-time USB connection (using the included USB 3.0 cable--nice!) from my PC just to get moving in a hurry. I was up and scanning in less than 5 minutes even with the software download and installation--no joke! The instructions tell you to limit yourself to about 35 or so photos at a time; I scanned in batches of 50 using very old, cupped photos from storage, and this thing just kept spitting them out at mach 3! The scanning software gives you options for auto-naming/grouping/tagging photos by year, season, event, etc....a nice usability touch for digitizing large chunks of your life at a time. The image auto-correct options were okay most of the time, and in several instances the resultant photos actually turned out VERY nice, though the program seemed to have a few burps with red-eye reduction on just a few of my prints. I did notice some dithering in most of my very dark images and a bit of blue-push was fairly common across all my photos using auto-enhance/correct. But, you can opt to have both the original AND corrected/enhanced photos saved automatically during scanning--another nice usability feature that gives you freedom to choose what image you want to save/share. All said, the software auto-correct settings will probably serve most users well who are looking to put gobs of pix up in Dropbox or on their Facebook wall (for example) or simply ensure their images are readily available for sharing in the digital age...if that's you, you'll get pretty great results with this scanner and the speed at which you arrive at those results simply can't be touched outside of sending your prints away to someone else to scan for you. But if you're serious about archiving your precious memories forever, you'll probably want to a) digitize the originals as-is and adjust them by hand later, and b) take time to scan only a handful of snaps at a time, clean the glass and rollers, then rinse and repeat. It will still be faster than a flatbed scanner, but don't think you can just throw several stacks of 300 pictures at a time unattended at this scanner and not have a lot of photos turn out with scan lines and light patches...no, you'll need to be a bit more careful and deliberate if you deeply care about how your images turn out (remember, this thing is more about speed than absolute perfection in image quality). Yeah, on the surface, it's a a bit spendy for a specialty scanner that primarily targets those of us still holding on to years of old "analog" photos. But there's something very satisfying and exciting about setting an inch-high stack of photos in the feeder and seeing all the digital files appear on your screen less than a minute later. And once you've plowed through 20 years of photo albums in about 18 minutes (HA!), you've still got an incredibly capable and wondrously quick 2-sided document scanner/receipt manager to carry you through...all in all, a worthy indulgence.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Digitize your boxes of photos painlessly

    Posted
    Dan0Sterling
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    Digital photography is certainly the norm for today. That wasn't always the case. This Epson FF–680W scanner is designed to help you with the boxes of photos you have gathering dust in a spare bedroom or basement. It's also portable enough to help you scan the boxes at your parents and in-laws in only a single trip. To be clear, the purpose of this scanner is bulk photos. At this purpose it excels. It’s clear Epson learned some lessons from its predecessor. It’s wireless and will connect over your existing network or can be configured as its own access point. It comes with a USB 3.0 cable if you want to be wired. Scans have a straight path to minimize wrinkling. I noted no impact to any of the 1000 photos I scanned. The software is generally well-designed and takes into account the purpose of scanning old photos. Before scanning each batch you have the opportunity to enter a date and description. The date for saved not only as part of the filename that is encoded as the 'Date Taken' in the photo's metadata. This means the photo will be placed in the proper date sequence if/when you bring it into your favorite photo management software or website. I would not plan to use Epson’s software for photo management. It does not substitute for software such as Photoshop elements, Lightroom, or ACDSEE. The Epson will scan 4 x 6 photos at the highest resolution in ~3 seconds per photo, including time to save the file. I ran it with a 1 month old i7 and also a 2 year old i5 laptop and experienced the same speed. It reminded me of the one hour photo machines, in the late 90's. 300 dpi scans fly through at under 1 sec each. It does a nice job of including any handwriting on the back of each photo as it scans both sides in a single pass. You can elect to have the software apply enhancements to each photo. I would recommend you elect to have the enhancements saved to a second file as the software is somewhat hit or miss. In about 2/3 of my photos, the enhancements look better. In the others, the original was more accurate. Assuming you have the hard drive space, keep both and worry about which one you like later on. Each photo comes out around 14MB when using 1200dpi and 24-bit color depth. The included software allows you to scan at 300 dpi, 600 dpi, or a software enhanced 1200 dpi. After comparing the sharpness and detail between these three settings, I would recommend the 1200 dpi setting. While this uses only 600 dpi optical, the software does a nice job of scaling the image and capturing additional detail. Since this is a sheetfed scanner, it works best for loose photos. If all your photos are in albums, you won't gain much efficiency with this scanner over a flatbed. You're better off saving your money. This scanner is an alternative to photo scanning services such as those offered by Costco, Walmart, or scanmyphotos.com. There are two main advantages over the other services: 1) You maintain custody of your memories. 2) You can enter dates for each photo batch, allowing the new files to integrate with your photo management system. Depending on volume, a service will be close in cost or perhaps a little less. This is also a high speed document scanner. If that’s your main purpose, I would lean towards one of Epson’s other scanners or a multifunction printer like the Brother MFC-L3770CDW. It’s faster than the Brother, but not enough to make it worth the extra cost. For photos, it will only scan to a PC running Epson’s software. Documents can be scanned to a PC or a mobile device. When you’re done scanning, the ADF guide folds down to provide a nice dust cover to the scanner parts. Scans can be initiated from the scanner or from the PC you wish to save the files to. It also comes with a plastic sleeve which can be used for delicate photos or with some slight tears. Be sure to either wipe off any adhesive or place the photo on something else before using the sleeve to keep it clean. The scanner surfaces can easily be cleaned with any microfiber cloth or the included lens paper. My only complaint about the scanner was some issues with setting up the software. It was incompatible with a USB display adapter I had installed on my laptop. After removing the driver for the adapter, all was well. Also, if you want to change the PC which the scanner’s ‘Start’ button is associated with, you have to reinstall the software. Pros: Portable; Fast; good software for organization and adjustment; easy on photos; scans documents, too. Cons: A bit expensive. Bottom line: If you need to scan lots of photos, this is the perfect machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Thing is FAAAAST!!!!

    Posted
    mstanleynh
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    So like many people out there, I have hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures from back in the pre-iPhone days. Yeah, it's great to pull out the pile and flip through them, but I've wanted to get them all scanned, sorted and uploaded to my photo database. I had even considered sending them all out to be professionally scanned...well, the Epson FastFoto FF-680W Wireless Scanner just made my want a reality. We do have an Epson All-In-One printer in the home office, and it's been a workhorse for years. When the chance to try out the Epson FF-680W came along, I couldn't pass it up. When the box arrived, the first impression was, the box seemed small, so how small is the scanner? Upon unboxing, I realized...this think is pretty darn small, in fact it fits nicely right on my office desk with no issues. It's about a foot wide and about half that in height and depth. OK, hopefully this little package can pack a big punch! The scanner ships with a 2-piece power cord, a USB printer cable, microfiber cloth for cleaning photos, a carrier sheet (Epson recommends replacing after 500 scans) and directions. Pretty straight forward. Before connecting the scanner you will need to go to the Epson,com website to download the drivers for this particular unit. It took a total of 5 minutes to get online and download the appropriate software...it's an installer process and it walks you through from start to finish. Restart your computer to finish the install and it's time to connect the unit. There is an Epson app that can be customized to create folders, sub-folders, naming convention, dates, etc. when scanning photos. It's really easy to use and super convenient. The scanner is wireless or it can also be connected with the included USB cable. For my initial usage, I did set it up with the USB cable and have since started running it on WiFi. It seems to be about the same speed in either configuration on my network. Now for the fun stuff! I pulled together a stack of 25 3x5" photos from a family vacation from the 90s and loaded them into the scanner's adjustable feeder on the top of the unit. Using the Epson app, I created a sub-folder named after the destination, dated the photos and hit the "GO" button on the scanner. Within SECONDS, all 25 photos we quietly scanned and the photos were deposited in the adjustable catch tray! I honestly thought that it wasn't set up properly and just ran all the photos without doing anything...I was wrong...within a few more seconds, BAM, all the images appeared in the folder that was created before scanning. Not only the original scanned image but I had selected to make a copy and enhance it as part of the process. So literally within a minute this little machine scanned 25 photos and created 50 images...including the enhanced versions. Incredible! You can do some editing with the Epson app, like rotating, enhancing, red-eye correction (which is done automatically anyway) and restore to original. Since I'm familiar with editing in "Photos", I decided to upload all the images into photos to do some additional editing....however, this was not necessary...as the images created within the Epson system were already good enough for 95% of the population in terms of the quality. I'm now in the process of compiling all of my old photos into the proper years, events, sizes, etc. and plan on seeing if I can get 500 done in a day! Overall this is an incredibly easy to use scanner that is faster than I ever expected. After processing close to 300 photos, it's yet to have any issues like jams, skipped photos, etc. It simply works and I would recommend to anyone looking to save their memories to digital format.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Scanner

    Posted
    MadSquabbles
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    I had to run to my parent's house to grab the photo albums because all my stuff is digital. Upside is digital is convenient to show where ever, when ever. Downside, you can't beat the quality of a nice contone photo made with a good old 35mm camera - it's HD+++. Software installation was a breeze, you can just follow the prompts and it'll get you going. What I didn't like is that you can't select the drive/directory to install. I like putting non-essential programs in the mechanical HD for space sake. Games and performance programs go to the SSD, and OS. You can select the directory to scan though. After setting it up I grabbed a stack of photos, some of these are pretty old and my mom pulled the out of one of those old school sticky back photo albums so some of the photos are varied in thickness where the backing is gone and warped in some areas. First I grabbed a stack of newer stuff from a 110 camera (not nearly the quality of the 35mm stuff). I set it to 600dpi because you can always throw away pixels, recreating them causes degradation. There is an option for 1200dpi, but it's interpolated which means fake and digitally blown up, No reason to take up disk space when you can do that on your own in photoshop. There's an option for JPG and TIFF. For perfect lossless compression use the TIFF (i didn't check if it offered LZW compression) for less storage use go for JPG. The JPGs looked fine enough to me that I stuck with JPG. Scanning a 4x6 at 600DPI was about 3s, just like the manual says. My first tests had the auto correction on to see how well it works... it's just "OK". I'm an expert level Photoshop user and would rather tweak them images on my own. The software plugged in shadows consistently and occasionally blew out the highlights. Who ever set up the algorithm is a fan of blue because I found they all had an unnatural blue overcast. So for the rest of the scans I left the images untouched, which actually worked out very well as they came out pretty true to the originals. I suggest you try the autocorrect yourself as you might be happier with the extra contrast, sharpening, and bluer photos - what looks good is all relative. I mentioned that some of the photos were pretty damaged. I tried, and hoped I didn't mess up, to scan one of the bad ones that had torn edges and curled. Scariest 3 seconds ever... it jammed! But the jam detector is sensitive enough that it stopped as soon as it hit an irregularity. I didn't shred my pic of my mom and me as a baby! Yeah, I know I should have tested a less important photo, but what the heck. I put it in the included Mylar and scanned it over and it came out perfectly, show all the wrinkles and tears faithfully, lol. Downside is that after the first time using the mylar the backside of the mylar scratched against something. I can't say if it was residue from one of my other pictures, a guide bar, or something else. So I can only use one side of the mylar or shift everything to the right when using it. Removing the jammed photo was a breeze, just a push of a button and the cover pops off and you grab you photo and get back to scanning. The software allows you to create folders and remembers the folders you make for themes or tags. When you scan to those folders it continues the numbering where it left off. There's also an option to include dates and such but I use a program to edit the EXIF in batches. You can do this with Lightroom also, but I prefer the faster smaller program to take care of it. I did try 3 polaroids. The all scanned without a problem. The manual says one at a time, but I got frisky and tried all three in the feeder, it handled it fine. I don't think I'd risk it again since there aren't any negatives to redevelop them. There are other buttons on the unit but because I don't want to hold the albums too long I'm sticking with the normal scanning for now. The scans as JPGs come out around 5MB each. There an option in the program to auto sync with Google or dropbox. I wish there was a USB port to scan directly to a HD or Thumb Drive so you wouldn't have to use a computer. The closest thing you have there is using Epson Documentscan App to scan to your phone. If you have an Original Pixel or Pixel XL this could allow you to store full size images with unlimited space on your Google Drive (or you could just scan them to a computer and copy them to the phone). I'll stick with wired because it's the fastest connection - it supports USB 3.0 speeds so transfers are pretty fast. After scanning, the unit tidily folds up into a little nice shell and keeps dust from entering and easy to store - except for the wires for the brick and usb. They'll still tangle up in storage because you know the rules about lose cables, they always find a way to tangle themselves. Overall I'm impressed at the speed of this machine. Originally I had started scanning the photos on an old Epson flatbed but that took for ever and I only got a hundred or so photos before I gave up. This little beast will speed things up tremendously and do more in an hour than I did in a weeks span of scanning. I can't wait to get all the albums digitized and pass out thumb drives (or portable HD's) filled with memories.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The fast way to scan lots of photos!

    Posted
    allib
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    This is the first high-speed photo scanner I have had. Needless to say there is no comparison of how much faster this will scan your photo collection compared to the traditional all-in-one copier/scanner. Installation of the scanner software was straight forward and easy to do. Note that instructions are to install the scanner software before the scanner is connected to the computer. The scanner can be connected via USB or wirelessly. I chose to connect via USB. The design of the scanner itself is quite nice with flip out trays and the scanner footprint is fairly small. The build quality seems nice. As many as 36 photos can be scanned at a time. One has the option to store both a scan of the original photo and an automatically enhanced version of the photo. The Epson FastFoto software also allows one to manually edit a photo with fairly standard tools to crop, rotate, enhance, etc... I scanned 850 photos and only had two jams to unclear. I think this was either two photos sticking together or a bend in the photo. I was very pleased with the speed and efficiency of this scanner. Generally, I'd say the scan quality was very acceptable and in most cases the enhanced photo was improved from the original. I did get an occasional pop up window that reminded me to routinely clean the scanner for best results. I could find no information in the documents included with the scanner, but did find a video online showing how to clean the scanner. It seemed pretty logical and easy for one to do with the provided cleaning cloth. The scanner also comes with a plastic, carrier sheet for any individual items that may be more fragile or old and in need of added protection during scanning. I also got a message (yellow triangle symbol) in the FastFoto software that said adding more files may degrade the performance and for best results to save them to a different folder. My current folder had 1700 photos in it. Aside from this message I felt the software was easy to understand and use. It has the ability to share photos via email, Facebook, Google Drive and Dropbox. Bottom line, if you have a lot of photos boxed away that you need to bring into the digital age this is the way to go. The speed at which the FastFoto scans pictures is just phenomenal. The price is somewhat higher than I'd like to see, but it's an item that could be shared by multiple family members to make this cost more reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded All Expectations...And Then Some!

    Posted
    abl001
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    If you're like me and grew up partially in the analog photo days and still have boxes of pictures that you'd love to share or store (digitize), the Epson FastFoto FF-680W Wireless Photo and Document Duplex Scanner is for you. While I do love stumbling on an old envelope of pictures, I know that getting them digitized and uploaded to Dropbox, Facebook, or simply to my hard drive would make them much more accessible. And while having that tactile experience of sliding through pictures can't be replaced with scrolling through an online album, I won't miss the dust that I have to inhale each time I want to look at old pictures. Out of the box, the Epson FastFoto has an impressively small footprint--about 12" wide, 6-7" deep, and another 12" tall. This is good news for those with less space available and certainly less space than a flatbed or all-in-one would require. Setup was a breeze and can be connected wirelessly or via the included USB. From box to scan took me a little over 5 minutes which is pretty good for any time of scanner as they are usually more complicated than attaching other types of accessories. You will need to have internet access since installation of the Epson software is required for use and this can only be done via their website. I had about 5 envelopes/albums of pictures from the 90s that I used to test the Epson--each one with about 30 4x6 pictures. These pictures have been kept pretty clean too so very little dust--although I would always recommend using something to lightly dust/wipe your pictures to minimize transfer of said dust onto the scanning surfaces. Even doing this, transfer is inevitable and Epson was kind enough to include a cleaning cloth and a carrier sheet if your pictures are too dirty/damaged (torn/rough) to run through on their own. The Epson sped through each album like it was nothing! Within seconds, pictures were appearing on screen in the designated album. Since this model is a duplex (front/back) scanner, you can get the back of the picture (hand written notes, dates, etc.) scanned as well. Having converted some of these back in the early 2000s via a flatbed, I can tell you this was a MUCH better experience. Not only were the pictures free of distortions, the color and details were spot on accurate. There are three settings for quality, 300dpi, 600dpi, and a software enhanced 1200dpi. I think for most everyday users, the 600dpi is sufficient, but the 1200dpi does have some useful applications if you are looking for a larger format. What I really find useful is that you can include specific data (Date, location, etc.) for batches that you are scanning. This can then be included in the file name AND the metadata of the picture! I'm a huge fan of metadata so this thrilled me. Another great feature is the image enhancement. You can choose to have the original AND a copy of the enhanced version (recommended) or just keep the enhanced. I preferred the enhanced version about 2/3 times--but I still like to keep the originals. I had this album of 30 pictures scanned, enhanced, and readily available on screen to be shared or stored with approximately 1-1.5 minutes. Even typing this review, I'm still impressed by that... Years of memories can be 'upgraded' and modernized in seconds to minutes. But wait! There's more! While the Epson FastFoto is primarily meant for pictures, it works just as well for scanning documents. I had a small box of various documents (150-200 pages) that I wanted to scan for my records. These documents were mostly 8.5x11 pages, but many included receipts and other non-standard sizes. The Espon handled them with ease and now I have one less box to store! In conclusion, I can't say enough good things about the Epson. Since I don't take analog pictures anymore, my picture digitizing will probably be minimal, but I've decided to reach out to friends/relatives and offer to scan their pictures. *People will gladly pay you to do this! It's something they need and want to do, but never get around to doing... and it's so easy! Even if I never scanned another picture, I think the document scanning and the simplicity of the scanner are well worth the price. Pros: *Speed *Accuracy/Quality *Duplex *Small footprint *Wireless Cons: *None... Possibly one wish, would've been a 1200dpi (optical), but it isn't at all necessary and the 1200dpi software enhancement works fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convenient/Easy to Use Photo Scanner – Worked Well

    Posted
    dorkhead2
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    I’ve had many scanners over the years, so I was curious to see how well this scanner worked. Unless you buy a high-volume professional scanner, the ability to scan a stack of papers or pictures, can be a long and arduous process. It usually involves fiddling with many software settings, scanning both the front side of pictures, followed by the back, and a lot of arranging of pictures on a flat scanner glass or automatic document feeder (ADF). After using this scanner, I found a lot of that hassle is minimized. It’s swift in handling large stacks of photos. And the software does a decent job saving and adjusting each photo. I was quite happy with how well the ADF worked. I tested it using a stack of pictures from the 90s that had some curl to them. The scanner smoothly feed them trough without hassle. A common problem with ADFs is their propensity to double feed documents. It’s a problem that eventually surfaces as the scanner ages. The rollers and feed pads start to deteriorate over time. The manual (online) does a good job clearly explaining the maintenance needed if any of these issues occur. However, with a stated lifecycle for the internal rollers at 200,000 scans, it will be quite a while (years maybe) before you even need to think about replacing them. The only other maintenance that is recommended is wiping the rollers and the internal thin piece of scanner glass with the included microfiber cloth after 300 scans, or if you notice streaking in your scanned images. This is usually due to dirt buildup from sending through large volumes of old pictures. The scanned images came out looking great. The provided software produces an original version of the scanned photo, as well as an enhanced version. It’s up to you to decide if you like the enhanced version. I found I preferred the original version for most photos I sent through, but for the view originals that were overexposed or had bad color, the software did a great job cleaning those up. Another nice touch is the scanners ability to scan the backside of every photo to preserve any handwritten notes or dates. It comes through on the computer as a separate image file, but they are organized together with their accompanying photo, based on file name. The only cons I experienced with the scanner was during the setup process. It was easy enough to follow the included instructions on how to download the software and drivers, but I experienced a little difficulty when trying to get my wireless router connected to the scanner wirelessly. During that part of the install, I choose to connect the two using the routers Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button. Since my router, a Linksys Velop doesn’t have a physical WPS button, I used the router’s app to initiate WPS. After following the steps closely, the scanner and router never was able to connect to each other through the WPS process. Since I couldn’t get it to work, the installation software allows you to use the included USB cable to setup the wireless connection between the scanner and your network. That method ended up working. After the two were connected, the USB cable can be disconnected from your computer, and it’s not needed anymore. At that point, you can truly utilize the benefit of wireless scanning. NOTE: The included USB 3.0 cable can be tricky to plug-in into the back of the scanner. After I first connected it, my computer wasn’t detecting the scanner. After double checking my connections, I discovered I had to really push the cable’s connection firmly into the back of the scanner. The new 3.0 style head makes the connection a little harder to make. Just make sure you’ve inserted it all the way when making the connection to the scanner. Overall, I am very pleased with this scanner. I look forward to scanning the tons of physical photos I have in my possession. I especially can’t wait to take the many photos sitting in piles at my mom’s house, and digitize them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Scanner

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    CMCMom29
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    This scanner was fairly easy to set up. One thing that I found unusual, though. When setting up the Wireless connection, with other products I’ve owned, you have a Wi-Fi option; you find the network in the software, connect, you’re done. With this scanner, you have to connect via WPS. I have a mesh home wireless setup. I was able to connect via WPS via my router’s app. You may want to familiarize yourself with how to use this connection prior to beginning set up. For my initial test run, I worked on a project that I had long been putting off – scanning my wedding photos. I was married prior to the digital age and all I have are hard copies. It’s not a huge batch of photos, but enough that using a standard flatbed scanner was cumbersome. I started scanning in stacks of 4 (I had 4 photos per album page). The scan was very fast at 300 dpi – almost instant. It was like using a copy machine with paper – you put the photos in, they go in, scan, boom. You can scan in batches. For my photos, I would scan 4 photos, then the FastFoto software would ask me if I wanted to add more to my batch. At the end of your scanning for the day, you click that you are Done Scanning, and then the photos load into the viewer. Another nice feature is that the scanner can scan both sides of the photograph. If you are like me, you have notes on the back about the photo. This allows you to save those notes as well as the photo. You can turn this option off in the Settings. You can also increase your dpi (which I did, to 600, because I was scanning for archival purposes) and set it to scan instant (Polaroid) film photos. The software also gives you the option for automatically enhancing the photos. I had the software scan and enhance, keeping separate copies of both the original and the enhanced version. The enhanced version did add clarity to the photos, but also highlighted some of the flaws (most of the photos I was scanning were taken on 110 or disc film). This is to be expected. The unit is a bit heavy, but compact enough that you could bring it with you, for example, to a relative’s house to scan photos for them. I have many photos from relatives long since passed that I am looking forward to making digital so that I can share them with other family members. I took one star away because of an issue that I had. When I returned to finish my project on another day, the scanner kept losing connection with the computer. As I kept troubleshooting, I would get an error that simply said, “error code: BUMMER”. (I thought that was an interesting error code…?) When I typed the code into Google, I was not able to find any support articles that addressed what the code “BUMMER” meant. That was incredibly frustrating. I ended up running the Repair utility through Windows, then turning the scanner off then on and again, and it was working again. The Epson FastFoto FF-680W is a very nice scanner and fits my needs well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very efficient scanner for documents & photos

    Posted
    George
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    This is a pretty expensive high-powered piece of equipment focused solely on giving you fast accurate scans. The scanner is substantial and well built, setup and installation is easy. You can direct-connect with USB or use the built-in wi-fi. Both work well. It has a small footprint on the desk, and the top folds down as a dust cover when not in use, a pretty neat trick. We use it for office documents as well as photos. As a small-office scanner (we have other flatbed & all-in-one scanners) it is VERY fast, scans both sides accurately, sends the output file almost anywhere you want; local disk, Dropbox, email, Evernote, etc. Very simple yet flexible user interface on both scanner and software. It's very easy to get rid of all the clutter in the office with this thing, it's so fast & easy to use. Quick adjustment takes regular paper, small pieces, receipts, business cards, etc. equally well. A bit of a luxury for documents only, but 5 stars for this use even accounting for the high price. It's a pleasure to use. As a photo scanner, also very fast, scanning both sides if it detects writing/notes on the back sides, very helpful. Will scan to a lossless file "as-is" and also make an enhanced version at the same time. You can control the kind of enhancements used and view the scans together to see which one you prefer. We found, on well-exposed excellent-condition photos (4" x 6" color glossy), that we preferred the originals maybe 75% of the time, the enhanced version 25%. It seems to do better the worse the source photo is. For some reason the dark black areas, perfect on the originals, seem to have a little noise even on the lossless "as is" scans. We're still checking that out, it's not dust. So it gets 4 stars for the photo scanning. Overall it's worth it if you have a lot of misc items you need to organize fast, and photos needing digitizing and organizing. It's the best I've ever used (after dozens) at doing both in one device. I'm sure I'll like it even more as I get used to it and all the features...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Photo and Document Scanner but Pricey

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's In The Box: ------------------ FastFoto FF-680W Wireless High-speed Photo and Document Scanning System Start Here poster SuperSpeed USB 3.0 cable AC adapter with ower cable Carrier sheet Cleaning cloth Pros ---- Its Wireless! Connects to your computer wirelessly.A Unique product, fast and flexible. Scan your old photos into jpg files Different quality and speed setting at 300 dpi, 600 dpi and 1200 dpi Scans not only pictures but alaso documents. Cons ---- Its Expensive Which it was an all in one system Need some cleaning after say 500 photos. The Review ---------- I started with installing the Epson Scansmart software on my computer and it was a breeze and easy software. THen its just setting up the machine, thats pretty straightforward like any printer. Note that this is not a flat bed scanner, its a feeder scanner. Note that the photos go in face up and top edge first. I was able to connect the scanner wirelessly and it was seamless. The scanning can be controlled in two ways, either use the button on the machine or use the software. Once you are ready to scan just name the batch so that the software can organize the photos appropriately. It wil ask you to provide the year, month or seasonsay Spring, Fall etc and then it will ask you for the folder name. Once you are done, it will scan and and put it in the appropriate folder and tag the photos with the year and month. The photos can be scanned in either 600dpi or 300dpi. i will not advice you to scan in 1200dpi, it will look artificial. The software allows you edit and enhance but i would rather use a photoshop for it. So the document scanner is a good feature as well. You can feed in multiple docs and save it to your computer or cloud drive. Since this is not a flat bed scanner, it is super fast. Overall i like the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small, Impressive and Fast!

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    gwtbike
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    Not gonna lie, I was expecting sub-par image quality results from a "fast" photo scanner. I've used a lot of scanners in the past and generally speed = a loss of quality, but this thing performed REALLY well, especially for photos. You can choose between 300, 600, or software-enhanced (non-optical) 1200 dpi and jpeg or tiff file formats. The enhanced scan mode applies some automatic adjustments to the photos which worked well for the most part. There were only a handful of occasions where I thought the results looked weird. Overall very good results. Document scanning was pretty good as well. I usually just scan stuff on my phone using the camera so anything better than that is great for me. I was also worried about old photos feeding through the scanner. The last thing I would want is a priceless old photo to be ruined or chewed up in the internals but had no issues with the feed mechanism. But they also have a "slow" mode which slows down the feed in case you are worried. But in terms of speed, it claims 1-3 seconds per photo depending on the dpi settings, but including warm up and saving the files, bank on maybe double that time. Still super fast. Documents were scanned in about 1-2 seconds per single-sided page. (It's rated at 45ppm but I only had a few pages to scan). The size of the scanner was great when folded. I thought that with something this small, being a sheet-fed and not a flat-bed scanner, that the results would be so-so but I was more than pleased with the results. Just note that the trays have to fold down to use it so it does require more room when in use but can be folded up to save space on your desk. The one downside is price. It's not cheap but I'm not saying it isn't worth the money either. The nice thing is, once you get done archiving your old photos, you can still use it as a document scanner which is a big advantage to this model over another that may only scan up to 5 x 3 photos. This one can do normal sheets of paper. I had stacks upon stacks of old photos that otherwise would rarely see the light of day so it was just fantastic to be able to scan a digital copy of all those old memories. I'll still keep the originals around, but being able to access them all is super nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Specs, Not as Great Follow Thru

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    zboot
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    The Epson FF-680W is a photo scanner capable under certain conditions of scanning at a rate of 1 photo per second, hence the FastFoto naming. While geared towards photos, it can also handle documents, receipts, and other things one might feed through a typical scanner. It comes with productivity software to help automate this process and upload scans to the cloud. What's nice is that you're not tied to some service chosen by Epson. You can point it to Dropbox, Google Drive, or a couple other options. At 300 dpi, one gets good but not great quality. Perhaps this is a trade off one makes for speed. For your non photo documents, the software has some OCR capability to help you do some rudimentary searching. If you use this with receipts, that can come in useful - unless you already need to parse them to extract information like sales tax, in which case you're already doing indexing work on your own. A cool feature is that you can place multiple (I think up to 35) photos in the tray, and it will sequence through and scan them all. The major downside of this scanner, which to be fair, others will face, is handling non-perfectly flat photos. The scanning speed makes it seem like it was designed to help you archive or backup old photos you may have been storing from a decade or longer ago - because after all, most photos nowadays will be digital already. The problem is that unless you've stored those well in a great environment, they tend to warp. A slight amount isn't a big deal, but when you approach what's typical, particularly in a set with only 10-15 photos where the weight and space used up by the photos don't allow for much movement, you'll end up with photos that jam the scanner. This throws the 1 scan per second metric out the window as you now need to babysit the scanner. Spec-wise, it's a decent scanner. However, it needs to do a better job handling photos to get more stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic photo scanner

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    nhtechie
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    This is a nice device and given the options, can take a bit of time scanning the photos. By that, I mean that it can sense if there’s writing on one side and then keep a copy of that rear side as well as the image itself. The color correction can be amazing, or over-the-top and hurt the photo; I recommend keeping the option to have corrections to go a separate file. Beware, these files are pretty big, so get some extra storage. I found that the “auto rotation” function didn’t work with the included software. Also, the bed says ‘face down’ for people that have used a scanner before. However, there’s a ‘picture’ image, which means face-up and upside-down. So, depending on what you’re scanning, you have to insert the items in a different method. I scanned my first two dozen photos in the wrong direction, but it worked just fine … because I had the ‘detect other size’ turned on and the photo part was on the ‘back’ it the scanner’s eyes - which increased the time to scan. For example, it took about 5.5 minutes to scan and process 11 photos upside down on 600dpi. The actual movement of the photo through the scanner is quick … about 2-4 seconds per photo on the higher DPIs. The power button is in a place that’s in the way. Let me explain: you’re going to scan a smaller photo and you need to adjust the guide (like all printers have), so you rest your right hand on the scanner and slide the guide in/out. Well, my outside palm sits exactly on the power button & ‘off’ it goes. The app is pretty good, however CAUTION! If you’re using the computer program and are scanning photos (say 50 photos) and you launch the phone APP and set it up / connect to the scanner, it will intercept communication and the photos being scanned / processed on the computer go into the bit bucket -- you have to re-scan. So, if you’re going to play with the mobile app, do it when you’re not actively scanning via another method. Super thin paper got caught & jammed and my driver’s license didn’t get through either. Overall -- 5 stars for this, from what I’ve tried & the quality of the scans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Rocks!

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    CactusJax
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    I had seen these scanners in the store and was reluctant to try one due to my previous issues with scanner software and drivers. I finally took the plunge to deal with my late fathers photos. I have 3 siblings, a mother and a stepmother all interested in the mountain of photos but none interested enough to sort through them. I got home from work about 5:30 and saw that the scanner had been delivered. Unpacking, assembly and software downloads were pretty quick and easy. I got out the first box (a bit larger than a shoe box) full of photos and began scanning. After a couple of resolution tests I determined that 300 dpi would be adequate for sharing the photos. I was amazed at the speed that the scanner devoured the stacks of photos. I had captured 1900 images before dinner the day I received it. I did about the same the next night. I had only one feeding error with a photo that had a post it note on the back. The instructions mention a maximum batch size (32 I think) for a stack of photos, some of my batches were a bit larger but worked fine other than a little havoc in the bottom tray when the stack got too high. The scanner senses writing on the back of photos and automatically scans both sides. It does often interpret the printing from the lab as something that needs to be copied. While I would probably choose not to copy this, it does help us remember dates. The software also has an auto enhance/correct function. When the auto enhance function is on it color corrects and fixes red eye... All of the corrected photos were in my opinion a definite improvement on the original. My only negative comment is that the scanner software is not very good for viewing the photos but it does store the photos in a location you designate (in my regular photo file area) and they can be opened/viewed with whatever you normally use. This scanner has totally exceeded my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast work scanning!

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    Motorpenguin
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    This arrived in its manufacturing box (not in a plain box), so if you live in an area where you have package theft, you'll want to keep that in mind. I was thinking it might be bigger than originally thought, because of the box size, but no, it was just well packed and the machine is a nice compact size. Epson had all loose pieces taped up so that parts didn't rattle and rub during shipping, and the machine came in great shape. It closes up to put out of the way when you're not using. I read my instructions and they are pretty straightforward. I sat down and downloaded the software (the site recongized my operating system, computer, etc.), then followed instructions. It popped up that I could connect it wirelessly, so I chose that option. It picked up my wireless, but couldn't get to the point of even putting in my password. After three attempts I gave up and connected with the included USB cable. That worked. I read the tips on scanning and grabbed a stack of old photos to test it out. Scans fast! You can choose to have the software do some corrections, and further you can save the original scan AND an enhanced scan, and then you can choose which to keep. I found that some of the originals I liked better, and some of the enhanced ones I liked better, so I'll probably continue to use that feature. It does include a sleeve to place fragile photos in for scanning - nice to have. You can choose where it saves. You can scan in batches for large sets -- that was nice. I put in a stack, and when they were scanned, it asked if I had more. Once I put in another stack, I could continue, and once I was finished, I clicked to complete the scanning/saving process. I've LONG wanted to scan in old photos, and now I can! I wish my organizing them after scanning was a quick as the scanning process! This scanner is rather pricy if you only have a handful of photos to scan, so if you know of others who want to scan, too, consider going in together on one--it's pretty slick!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WoW!

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    Duluthian
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    I've been into photography for over 30 years. Needless to say that goes way back to the days before digital. So I have tons of prints. In the past, I hated to scan the prints to get them on the computer. Using a flatbed scanner (even a good one) was just a slow process. The FastFoto FF-680W changes everything! First, the set up couldn't be easier. Really nothing to it. Download the driver from the Epson website and connect it (wired or wireless). Trust, me you will be up and running in only a few minutes after unboxing it. The scanner is actually smaller than I expected. Smaller than the average home printer. I had plenty of room on my computer desk for it. It has all the features you could ask for. Simple scanning in a number of dpi settings (hint: the 600 dpi is really all you need. the 1200 dpi setting is there, but 600 dpi is just that good). Sending files to the cloud or Dropbox is easy. I love than it scans in batches. I can take a handfull of prints, set them in the tray and just let it go to work. I no longer have to scan one photo on a flatbed then take it out to replace it with the next photo. Now the big thing is the speed and quality. I knew before hand what the claims were for speed. But I really didn't think a scanner could be so fast until I first used it. Blazing fast! So fast that I don't hate the idea of scanning prints anymore :-) And as for quality, the scans look great. There is a built in option for photo correction but I turned it off. Honestly, 99% of the time it just gets it right. Color, sharpness and details look awesome. Of course you can use it to scan any documents or personal pages you might have as well. I really can't overstate just how fast and good this scanner is. If you are like me and have thousands of photos sitting around that you would love to transfer to your computer, but hate the thought of the amount of time it will take, do yourself a favor and buy the Epson FastFoto FF-680W. You will be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow, this Photo Scanner is Amazing

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    KokoDog
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    I was archiving our thousands of photos using a regular printer/scanner and it took about 1 min per picture and the quality was not great (at 600 dpi). I did some research and found this Epson Photo Scanner and couldn't believe it. With it, you put a stack of photos in the loader and hit scan. For 600 dpi it takes 3 seconds per photo. After scanning the set, you are presented with the results and can rename them, move them, etc. And the quality is MUCH BETTER than from my Brother printer/scanner. You can chose to just save the original scan or it plus an enhancement. I found it is best to save both and then view them and delete one of them. 95% of the time the enhanced photo is best. However, I found for photos at the beach or with lots of sky and clouds, sometimes the enhancement is washed out and the original is best. I love the scanner and don't know how I would ever get through archiving all my photos without it. I have even gone back and scanned the 400 photos I had previously scanned. The quality was so much better than the Brother printer scans that I deleted the old scanned files and kept the new ones from this Epson Photo scanner. If you are archiving lots of photos, you need this scanner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall a good machine

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    LindaCT
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    Machine is surprisingly light weight and smaller than you would expect. It is extremely easy to use. You must have an internet connection to download the app for this system. You can either use it wireless or with a cable that is included. Setup is very simple. Download the program, plug in the machine, turn it on and follow the directions for installation. Be careful with old photos that have stuck together, because they will jam the machine and not go through the process. The photos need to be pretty flat, any curling and they will jam the machine also. It comes with a clear pocket that you can use to put delicate photos into so that you can still scan them. This machine scans very quickly. I put in 10 pictures at a time and it takes no time at all. I don’t care for the auto adjust that you can chose to use for automatic adjustments to your pictures and prefer to use my Photoshop program because I am a bit fussy. All and all, it is a great machine and I can't get over how super fast it is for scanning pictures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tricks With Pics

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    mikeheel
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    The Epson FastFoto FF-680W Wireless Document Duplex Scanner does a nice job of converting your old photos to digital format. You can also use it to scan receipts, checks, and financial records, although I might prefer a regular scanner for those. Setup was relatively painless, if you use the computer method. If you try to setup via app, it may not go as smoothly. Everything seemed to work via the app at first, but the scans were blank. I was using a Google Pixel phone, so YMMV with iOS, for instance. The directions were clear and easy to follow. However, when paired with a computer, the 680W digitizes photos and documents like a champ. I was impressed with how quickly it scans the photos and is then ready for another. This is a tremendous asset if you have a ton of old family photos lying around, as we do. I would have preferred an option for higher resolution. These are not big-screen HD ready, but they are perfectly fine for viewing on a computer screen. You have the option of scanning images to jpg format and documents to pdf format. The scanner itself has a reasonable footprint. I didn't think it is too big, but it's certainly big enough to feel solid. Overall, I'm pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great picture scanner

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    ScubaSteve
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    This scanner does an excellent job of scanning pictures quickly and in high quality. Setup was very easy and the software clearly guides you on how to properly scan. Two copies can be made of each picture scan... one of the original image and a second enhanced copy. The enhanced copy settings can be adjusted to automatically remove red eye, repair the picture edge and brighten dull colors. Scanned copies look as if they were taken directly by a digital camera. Scans can take as little as seconds or up to several minutes if scanned in high quality. There are multiple options to label and organize scans. The device is very compact when closed up and it easily expands for the document feeder, controls and tray access. This is the best scanner I've ever used and they only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because of the high cost. It you have a lot of pictures that need to be scanned, and would like the highest quality , this device is well worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend