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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Very compact and perfect for traveling, but...

    Posted
    hakarune
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Scanner for Mobile

    Posted
    jay9055
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Epson ES-300W is a pretty good mobile scanner. It provides ultrafast scanning with auto document feed from a fold out tray that will hold about 50 sheets. I have scanned about 1000 items in the ES-300W to get a good feel for how it actually operates, so let’s get into it. Setup: Setup on a Windows 10 computer via USB was very challenging. The computer would recognize the scanner was a device that was connected, but it would not scan to it. The Windows 10 native scanning app would not see that there was a scanner connect and neither would Epson’s scanning software. After a couple of hours of attempting to get this worked out, I moved on to other more modern means of connecting to the scanner. The next step was to configure the scanner to join my wireless network. First you move a switch on the right side of the unit from USB to wireless mode. Then connection was accomplished very easily by using the WPS button on the printer and my wireless router. Once the scanner was connected to the wireless network, I was able to download the free Epson DocumentScan app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/epson-documentscan/id796829552?mt=8) to my Apple iPhone and connect to the scanner immediately. Operation: Scanning using the app was flawless and easy. All you have to do is select the scan button and then choose the settings that you want to use for this document and click “Scan”. The documents move through the scanner at a breakneck pace even while scanning front and back (2 sided) at the same time. This will then display the scanned items on your device and allow you to scan more items or move on to editing the items you scanned. From here you can rotate any pages that may be scanned upside down or sideways. You can also reorder the pages and clean up anything that is out of place. Now all you do is click “Save” and your document is loaded in the app to use it as you need to. From the files section of the app you can choose any of the previously scanned documents. You can edit the previous documents or view them. It seems kind of odd that you can’t just click on the document to view it, you have to click it and then click the view option. The view option allows see all the documents and pictures, then you can send them out via many apps (Mail, Messages, add to Notes, etc.) It is possible to copy and print the documents from this screen as well. Conclusion: Once the scanner is setup and going…this is a fantastic product. It’s great for the mobile road warrior because it can setup its own wireless AP that you can connect to without having a router/internet connection close by. It also has an internal battery that will charge off a USB plug just like your phone (no new adapters needed). It is also very simple to use the app at home and even teach less tech savvy users to scan to their heart’s content. The Windows scanning applications and utilities are a good deal more complicated and disjointed. Many of the utilities look like they were designed for use in Windows 3.1 and have not been updated much since. Epson could do to come up with a more integrated one application solution to scanning in windows instead of the 11 programs that installed on my machine when I finally got it working on my PC. Note below the sample scan and product photo on my desk 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An impressive little gadget

    Posted
    Jeppo

    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Batt. powered and portable scanner; so-so software

    Posted
    Christophe
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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. To provide some background, I own a lot of computer equipment, flash my routers' firmware, build my own servers, have owned many scanners, both Epson and Canon; in few words, I'm fluent in tech. The scanner is pretty obvious to unpack and open up. I quickly downloaded the software from the Epson site facing the same, usual dread I always encounter with scanners: it installed many pieces of software on your computer and I was left to ponder whether I did really need those to operate the scanner. For a Mac, it was Document Capture, Epson Scan 2, EpsonNet Config, EPSON Software Updater, Epson Scan 2 Utility, User Guide and Uninstaller, and - optional - also ABBYY FineReader Sprint and Presto! BizCard 7. I hardly used the quick install guide, just when in doubt making sure it was on USB mode rather than Wi-Fi, and opted to experiment quickly with over the wire config. Scanning pages in AFD (autofeed document) mode was really fast using Document Capture. There was no jam and scan quality was more than sufficient even at low res. You can trigger the start of the scan on either scanner or comp side, or by inserting pages. It was also very easy to create scanning configs that automatically uploaded the doc to the Cloud (Good Drive in my case but there are other possibilities). It is worth mentioning though that Cloud uploads require your comp to be up as a temporary scan is first created on your comp, then uploaded, and then removed (I believe this is configurable if you want to retain a local copy). Going wireless was a bit of a pain. I started in wired mode with the intent to set the wireless config, and then go wireless. Well it does not work that way and embarrassingly I had to read the manual. You first place the scanner in AP mode, set your comp to connect to the scanner's Wi-Fi, use then EpsonNet Config to configure the wireless, switch the scanner to Wi-Fi mode, reconnect your comp to your Wi-Fi, and then are able to discover your scanner. One comment about the manual: instructions were laid out over multiple pages. Somehow, I open the manual from one of the apps which directed to a web page. No need to tell you I was unable to read the next page when connected to the scanner's Wi-Fi :-(. Another thing you need to be aware of is you need to use a different software, Epson Scan 2, when scanning in wireless mode; Document Capture just does not work. Another thing you need to be aware of is that such a small scanner does not have any display. It means you do not have the ability to select a destination computer for scan over Wi-Fi like you could on much larger scanners. This means that not only your comp is up and running, but Epson Scan 2 is also ready. Unlike on USB mode, you need to trigger the scan from within Epson Scan 2. I intend on creating a small virtual machine with the Epson software and driver loaded, have Epson Scan 2 up and running there, and have the house guest connect to it for them to scan docs as needed to a common Cloud account. It will prevent them to have to install the all software package and config everything, meanwhile they’ll benefit of the scanner portability. It I was to summarize my impressions of the Epson ES-300W scanner, I'd say the following. The scanner is solid, simple, battery operated, and can go wireless, thus portable. It is a bit bigger than I'd wished for to bring on a trip and scan my expense receipts while traveling. It scans quickly and the output documents exhibit the same solid quality Epson has got us used to. I just dislike the software and this for few reasons: 1) I don’t understand why config and utilization is not available under one roof, 2) I don’t understand why I have to deal with 2 similar yet different scanning software packages depending on usage mode (USB or Wi-Fi), 3) the overall design and UX is way, way dated and it shows. In fairness, I think it is the plight of many scanner manufacturers; maybe they all OEM the software from the same shop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Power packed in a small package

    Posted
    sdarisi

    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic concept - needs help

    Posted
    Kristen
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I REALLY wanted this to work for my situation. I currently use a Fujitsu ix500 and a small router that I plug into the wall at whatever appointment I am at so the scanner and my phone can communicate without needing another wifi source or a laptop. It works great but I wanted to be able to use this at home and get something smaller for appointments. The ES-300W fits perfectly into my work bag without having to carry a separate bag for the larger scanner. It has a built in router and rechargeable battery. Between these features and the size of the scanner, I have less to carry and less to set up at appointments. (You will have to test for yourself how many pages it can scan on one battery charge, as I didn't test that and can not find the answer in any of the literature on the product.) OK - unfortunately there are problems that make this unit impossible to use for me. I HATE to say this because it is small, fast, portable, etc. #1 I put in several stacks of test pages (legal, letter, mixed), and all were perfectly flat with no wrinkles or tears. ALMOST EVERY page consistently went in at the slightest angle and showed on the PDF that way. If you use this scanner with a laptop or desktop, the software will correct skewed pages in the PDF. If you use this scanner with your phone and the app from the manufacturer, there is no way to correct the skew. #2 Every 20 to 30 pages, two pages would pull through at the same time. This was pretty consistent, and I used different stacks of paper in the test. Sometimes this caused an error so I could catch when it happened and make sure I went back and got both in the scan. Sometimes they just went though together and, unless I was watching it happen, I would have never known. #3 For the scan quality (different dpi's) the PDF sizes were a little larger than with other scanners I have used. #4 Those little flip up guides to hold the paper straight as it is going through the scanner are a concern. They are a little floppy and small. I don't feel like they guide the paper as well as they could, and they seem like they will need to be replaced every so often if the scanner is used much. Try it for yourself. I hope it works well for you, as I think the concept is great. I am going to continue to use my current scanner until Fujitsu comes out with a similar product. Their current small scanner with ADF is only 12 pages a minute and does not have a built in router, so I would still have to use a separate router and would go down by half in the speed. In my opinion, Fujitsu has a much better mobile app than either Epson or Brother. They must be due any time now for some newer, faster products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Scanner for Home Office or Road Warriors

    Posted
    llewis
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am predominantly a Mac and iOS user so my review will reflect my experience with those platforms. Initial Impressions This scanner is very attractive and seems to be well constructed, it’s an item I would be proud to use in my home office and away when I travel for work frequently. There’s a bit of heft to this unit as it does contain a built-in battery, the weight does not make it inconvenient but it’s not light enough that I would always keep it in a computer bag. One design feature that I’m grateful for is the locking lid/document feeder as in another scanner I have from another company the lid would flop open and could be potentially damaged, not here! I am quite impressed by the options to connect to scanner: USB, Wifi Direct, or attached to my home existing wifi network and the support for mobile scanning. Setup Software is not included in the box with the scanner, but it is a moderate sized download that should not take long on a broadband connection. Hardware setup on Wifi was a little problematic in that the installation software requires you to have support for WPS on your WiFi network (a known security issue). I was able to work around this issue but attaching via the WiFi AP mode then use scanner utility to adjust the settings to use my WiFi Network. The Epson Scan software that comes as part of the initial setup download does a good job. If you would like more options for scanning however I would Epson Document Capture. Epson Document Capture allows you to create searchable PDFS or scan directly to an FTP Server, Evernote, SugarSync, Google Drive. Scanning using USB was flawless and painless across all of the applications I used. Use I work away from the office most of the time and frequently have to scan documents to share with others. When I’m in the office I prefer not to use our large multifunction printers for scanning as this portable scanner is far more efficient and more convenient. My document management application on the Mac is Paperless. My Epson Workforce Ecotank printer works well over over my wifi network hopefully with Paperless, so I’m hoping it will work with this scanner as well soon. Scanning works well over all applications that I tried with USB. The iOS Epson DocumentScan application does a good job of allowing you to scan, rotate, reorder, and export documents to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Evernote, Box, or other online services. Thanks to the scanning speed of the Epson ES300-W it has helped me clear out my backlog of personal documents I’ve held off on because of my other scanner’s speed. Overall There were some initial setup hurdles with Wifi, but USB scanning is flawless. This is my second portable scanner that I have owned but this is by far the best.I have been VERY happy with the performance of this little scanner and I would recommend it to others for use in a home office and as a road warrior. 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Swish... and scanned! Scanning was never so smooth

    Posted
    mrsharma
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I write reviews in other places. This is the first time I am writing in Best Buy and doing that very happily. This product surprised me. I am writing this review after using this product both as home user and a small business owner. This is a professional quality scanner. Pros: Sleek design: Very handy and wieldy. Though it belongs mostly next to a computer, it is pretty portable. Great idea to separate it from ever so heavy printers. Weight, shape and size are all in the interest of ease. Fast: I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the speed. Maybe it is common for Epsons but it was a first time for me. I had always been frustrated with the speed of scanners available with printers. The speed isn't about just how fast the documents are processed through the device but also how quickly the scanned image is available on the computer/mobile device. There is NO latency in painting of the scan. That is a given behavior of the other scanners (in printers). Multiple wireless options:It is great that wireless scanning is available and it is not basic. You can choose this to become a network scanner and scan to any device in the network. Auto linking to WPS enabled routers is a great feature and ALL peripheral devices should take this idea. Additional option to use it as an access point is very useful in case you have a really old router with no WPS facility. So, you are not stuck really. Scan quality: Though this should be expected of any Epson product, it is worth mentioning the quality of scan amazing. Multiple paper sizes and document types support: It has a great support for papers sizes from A6 through Legal. I am very happy to see a key differentiator in terms of a card mode. Now, I quickly scan high quality images of business cards of hundreds of my associations from the past. Additionally, this is handy scan identity cards like DL, membership cards, insurance cards, etc. Silent and energy efficient: Epson keeps up with its name and tradition in this product. It is very quiet and energy efficient. It goes to sleep as needed while keeping just a wifi access on. Cons: There is nothing alarming really but there are some areas of improvement. These are mostly in usability area. I wouldn't ding a star for this as it works alright and is not prohibitive at all. Wifi vs USB choice: I think in today's age everyone would be inclined to use wifi based connection but this scanner needs to change toggle to/from USB when you make such choice. Not such a big bother but I would expect it to decide a precedence itself. Mutiple software toolset: There are multiple software toolset used to set up and/or scan. It will be great if it is simplified. Also, the documentation is a very exhaustive for a technicial - but perhaps too exhaustive for a user. I love this product. I am expecting longevity as this is an Epson.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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Look No Further - Portable Document Scanner

    Posted
    Savio11

    As the saying goes, "looks can be deceiving," and this was surely the case of the Epson Workforce ES-300W Document Scanner. Upon first glance, I was thought the unit was too small and not powerful enough to scan the plethora of business documents I seem to accrue day in and day out. After five days of use, I found the unit to be responsive, fast, and most of all, useful. It has a whisper sound and the document feeding was exacting. Unboxing was easy - compartmentalized with the cable, USB cord and instructions readily available. The manual was straightforward and had a detailed setup process. The unit was standalone and there was no need to attach or detach any items - it was truly convertible. The front latch allowed for the unit to be opened easily and for the feeding mechanism to be unfurled. The URL to download the software/drivers was clear. Initially, I had trouble with the Wi-Fi connection, but after using the USB cable, I was able to circumvent this snafu. The Epson Capture Pro software had a user-friendly interface that made it very simple to navigate when scanning and naming documents with selected file formats. The instructions also clearly stated to place documents with the printed side facing down. I had scanned numerous items in the past few days, including a 33-page report in one sitting. The Epson Workforce ES-300W scanned through it with effortless ease and in less than 75 seconds! The text was crisp, bold, and there was a nice border surrounding each page. The unit is portable – which is a nice touch especially since I am frequently on the go. Most importantly, this scanner affords me the flexibility to upload documents in the cloud for easy reference and organization. * 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An awesome portable scanner

    Posted
    Usman

    Before i begin my review, i wanted to mention that this is a review for the EPSON ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner that I received free of charge to do a beta test and write an honest review. The product quality is very good, the scanner is very handy and easy to operate. The initial installation and setup was a charm, it did not take me more than a few mins to setup the EPSON scanner. The instructions were well documented. Before i go into some of the areas of concern that i have noticed, i wanted to highlight the positive aspects of the product. Connecting the EPSON scanner to my WiFi was a quick process, the WPS functionality came in handy. Once setup was done, i tested scanning with multiple stacks of papers (single sided and duplex), if you have setup the smart phone app, the scanning of the documents is very quick and i love that. The scanner is able to run on its own battery - which is a plus, i can easily disconnect the power cable from the scanner and move it around when i need to do my scanning (and i scan receipts/bills a lot). Some things that i see lacking are, the EPSON app for the smart phone works, but it is missing a lot of functionality, in my opinion. There is a lot that can be added, in terms of features like being able to setup a workflow in the scanner app, when you have scanned, you want to save the images in the scanner app AND the camera roll (i use iPhone), or save the image to camera roll and email it to predefined email receipients or upload it to cloud drives like OneDrive or Google Drive or BOX etc. I must clarify that in its current implementation there is a way to email, upload the image to cloud, but what is esentially missing is a workflow that you can set, which automatically does what you have set up. There are other apps that i have used, which support such funcationality. To make this product truly an exceptional experinece, i think ESPON needs to incorporate this in their app. OCR should have been an inbuilt functionality, that is missing. If you are using the desktop app, there is advanced functionality which allows the user to set advanced options, like set paper skew (but for that you have to have a setting lower than 600 dpi - even if you have set 600 dpi you cannot set Correct Document Skew, it gives an error. If you drop the setting to 400 dpi, it works. I think there is some work reuqired there. Setting your predefined File name does not allow a user selectable naming, but its not a biggie. The over all weight of the scanner is slightly on the heavy side, so you cannot carry it with you if you are going on a business trip, but that is fine for my use case. i will give it a solid 4 star rating. EPSON has done a remarkable job with this scanner and i will most definitely recommend it to buyers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and portable

    Posted
    PowderedToast76
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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. The ES-300W scanner is a real gem, and is perfect for at home or on the go. It's fairly light-weight and compact, and scans lightning fast. If there's one negative mark against this product, it's the setup. I first tried to set up the scanner via my aging desktop computer. I ran through the setup program fine until the point that it asks how you want to connect. I chose the manual wireless setup option as I don't have WPS on my wireless, and at that point it wan't able to continue due to the install erring out. I decided to then use the supplied USB cable, and that allowed me to complete the setup. Once that completed, I tried to scan a document, but when selecting the scanner it would close out the program. Frustrated with that, I tried the setup on my laptop via the USB cable and the setup went without a hitch, so there may have been an issue computer related with my desktop install attempt. Next, I wanted to try and get the scanner on my wireless. To do that, I had to connect direct via wireless, run the EpsonNet Config program, and configure the device with my wireless network settings. At the end of the day, that whole process was a little tedious and potentially daunting for the non-technically minded. With the installation out of the way, I gave it a test run of 15 pages. I was shocked at how fast it scans, and the quality was great to boot. It scans way faster than my Workforce all-in-one flatbed. In the time it takes to scan one document on the flatbed, I could easily pump out 10+ pages on the ES-300W! As far as travel goes, it does fit easily into my backpack, and doesn't add too much weight. When closed up, it folds into a nice little package that's easy to carry around. What's also really great is that it has a really small footprint. Also, the battery seems to last a good long time, though I don't have exact numbers. I have got a good week out of use without having to charge it just by powering it off when not in use. Overall, minus the initial setup, this scanner has been excellent. It's so fast, I no longer use the flatbed scanner if I don't have to. The portability is excellent, and great for those on the go. I must say that I really do like this product and would highly recommend it it the potential setup snags don't scare you off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful portable scanner for those on the go

    Posted
    Michi
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was truly amazed at the compactness of the Epson WorkForce ES-300W. I was a little skeptical about it, thinking it would be bulky and hard to use. Quite the opposite! It is roughly the width of my Yeti cup and slightly taller. It also fits at the bottom of my computer case, along with my computer. How convenient is that? You can plug it in, use the USB cable or battery. The scanner is easy to open and folds out at the touch of a button. The top lifts up and the paper guide slides open easily. The edge guide slides out to accommodate various sizes of paper. It also has a special area made for business cards with just a switch of a button. If you toggle the button to the left, it will accept business cards. If you toggle the button to the right it will accommodate paper of various sizes. The other thing I really like about this scanner is that you do not even need an electrical outlet. I can use the USB cable that runs from the scanner to my laptop and scan documents in my car. The wireless feature is wonderful too. It was easy to download and install the free Epson app to my phone. I was surprised at how quiet the scanner is and how fast it actually scans. The quality of the scanned documents is very clear. I also love the fact that you can create searchable PDF’s. 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. The opinions were unbiased and a reflection of my true experiences using this scanner. I work from my car and on the go quite a bit and this has really helped me in my line of work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Printer!!!

    Posted
    jebscc

    Now this is what you call a scanner!!! Have testing this scanner out I have confirmed this is the best scanner I have ever used!!!!! This scanner can scan about everything you task it to scan. As long the item is within the 12 inches wide it should scan it. This scanner can scan business cards, receipts, photos, paperwork (as long its is 12 inches wide or less), notes and more. On top of this you don't even have to attach any wires to the scanner to connect it to the computer to use the scanner. Which is nice as you don't have to untangle any cables to use the scanner. Another thing I like about this device is it size which is compact but a little heavy due to being a completely portable device. What I mean by portable is that this device has an built-in battery that does charge within an hour and so far has last me well over 2 days on one charge with about 5 hours of use so far. For being a portable device that doesn't require you to connect it to anything (power and USB connection to PC) is a huge plus to me as I can use the device any where I like.  Defiantly comes in handy with my laptop when I am out and about. Another thing to touch on if you do forget to turn the device off it will auto shutoff when not in use. Now lets go into setting this device straight from the box. Just like previous Epson products (mainly printers) it is very, very simple to install. Once you have opened the box you will see an instructions guide. Within that guide you have step by step instructions on how to install the device. Even if you only follow the first few steps you can get through the remaining steps without even looking at it. Once you have the software downloaded the installation program will direct you on what needs to be done to successfully install the device which is very simple to follow. Overall my rating on this device is 5 out of 5 and the reason why I give this is because of it being a portable device with a very long lasting battery, hard to create jams and if you do it is very easy to unjam the printer. Another reason why I give this rating is because of how easy it is to install the printer. All in all this is a wonderful device and very impressed what Epson has provided us with. For the current price tag to the product now is defiantly worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast tiny scanner

    Posted
    RajK

    The scanner comes with a power adapter, a USB cable and instruction materials. I downloaded the software from the url provided onto my windows 10 machine. There are two choices for installing the software - using the USB cable provided or through wireless. I chose the later. After installing the software, I was prompted to upgrade my firmware. This took a few minutes to complete. The software package comes with the Epson Scan 2 Utility (Used to provide statistics and key settings), Epson Scan 2 (Application used to perform scanning with advanced settings), Document Capture Pro (USed to perform advanced scanning with features to save the image to your computer, email, ftp, sharepoint, evernote, google drive or SugarSync. This also comes with multiple file formats and different type of page detections). There is also a mobile application available for iOS and Andriod devices. This allows you to scan to your mobile device. I primary used the Epson Scan 2 application. I used it to scan a stack of old photos.The part I was impressed about the most was the quality and speed of the scan. I chose to save all the photos in PNG format on my drive. I really like the scanner due to how compact it is and how great all the photos turned out. The only thing I wish it were able to do is scan things that do not bend - right now everything has to be passed through the feeder. This means I would not be able to scan my passport for example. If this is indeed possible, please let me know. I also used the android mobile application to scan a few photos after installing it from the play store. It was able to easily find the already setup scanner on my wifi network and prompted me through the options to scan documents. I see room for improvement in the instruction manual. I wish the instruction manual had a separate sheet for each language rather than combining them together. It makes it easier to read. I also would like to see more details in the documentation about the different type of download options. The documentation simply has a url to go to but the site had multiple downloads. This will be confusing to the average user. 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great scan quality, simple setup, great scanner!

    Posted
    W1AST

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best document scanner I have ever used

    Posted
    Keith
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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. After a little over a week of use, I can say that this is an excellent product. The scanner ships in a compact box and is well-packaged with the AC adapter, power cable, USB cable, and quick start guide. Initial setup was quick and easy, it connected to my WiFi network without any issues. The iOS and Android apps (Epson DocumentScan) install and discover the scanner easily, and both my Windows and Mac laptops were able to see the scanner on the network. Basic functionality works without any additional software, however for more advanced features you'll want to download the Epson Document Capture software from the support website. One quick note: Some of the instructions and links provided in the quick start guide aren't accurate, just go straight to the epson.com site under support and choose Drivers & Downloads and enter the model #, it will take you to the correct downloads. In terms of scanning, this scanner surprised me with how fast it was. It scans both sides simultaneously and produces excellent quality scans at the rated speed. I fed 20 pages of double-sided text documents through it at 600x600 and it scanned them in about 45 seconds. I am very impressed. I scanned everything from business cards and receipts to hand-drawn artwork, recipe cards, and photographs; everything performed very well. If there is anything to complain about, I would say that photo quality isn't the best (even though it is quite good), but this scanner is really more geared toward business uses and it excels in those areas. The scanner is compact and can run off the AC cord, USB power, or battery. I was able to get about 6 hours of usage from a single charge, which is plenty to keep using the scanner for about a week without having to plug it in, which makes it great for mobile use. The scanner is compact and not terribly heavy, but I probably wouldn't want to carry it around with my laptop 100% of the time. Before using the ES-300W, my primary scanner was an Epson flat-bed, and the ES-300W surpasses my old scanner in every way. It is the only scanner I will be using now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best portable scanner for onside Audits

    Posted
    ZachB
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don’t judge it by its size; its small but powerful

    Posted
    Wayne
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Don’t judge it by its size; its small but powerful! This is one small and fantastic scanner! This is the first portable scanner I’ve ever had. I’ve had several ScanSnap and Fujitsu scanners before, but never a portable scanner. This works amazingly well and has very good battery life. I brought this with me on a recent trip to Minnesota for work and was able to scan documents I picked up as well as all of my receipts for expense reports in the hotel room. It slipped easily into my backpack and seems like it will be sturdy enough to travel around with. Scanning Speed: I found that about 200dpi for text seemed to provide the best mix of speed and quality. At 200dpi it was basically spitting out documents way faster than I anticipated. It should be plenty fast to use on the road! At 600dpi, it was still quick but I’ll admit, noticeably slower. Duplex (2-sided) scanning was very quick as well which is an added bonus! Scanning Quality: There are several options in the scanning software to cleanup and deskew the document as well and those seemed to do a very good job. Hardware: The scanner has a pop-up set of arms that come out to support full-page documents and that seemed to support my papers just fine. It folds neatly back into the device when not in use. Installation: I would suggest that you go to the Epson website and pull the latest software for the scanner and install it before connecting the scanner. Once you do that, its very simple to setup and use, basically just plug it in and go. The wireless setup was pretty easy to set up as well and seems to be working fine while I’m at home. For me though, I’ll probably stick to the wired connection because its just easier to plug it in and its zero-config. Disclaimer: 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact and Portable

    Posted
    techreviewer
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have been looking into the Fujitsu Scansnap ix500, but it is fairly large and heavy, so I was interested in buying a more compact and portable document scanner for my needs. I scan a lot of receipts, cards, and mail, and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, so space is a premium. This scanner is a bit less than 3 pounds, and when it arrived in the mail I was impressed with how small the box was. I downloaded the drivers/software at https://epson.com/Support/Scanners/ES-Series/Epson-WorkForce-ES-300W/s/SPT_B11B242201#drivers. It took a while to download due to the large file size. With installation and setup, it took about half an hour to get everything set up, but it was all very straightforward to figure out. Using the device is simple and I really value the wireless part. It can operate off a battery, so it's completely wireless. It can also operate off USB power or from a traditional AC adapter. I scan straight to Dropbox, but it can also scan to other online storage accounts. It handles multiple pages (up to 20 pages ADF) easily and can scan both sides (duplex) with great quality. It scans very fast too (specs say 25 pages per minute). Scan quality is very impressive with automated processing, and the OCR is pretty good. I normally use Adobe PDF OCR, but it comes with ABBYY which is also an industry leader. The only thing is that I don't feel like it handles plastic cards like gift cards and credit cards as efficiently as it could. It doesn't handle multiple cards loaded at the same time very well, and sometimes cards get stuck. Any sticky residue on the cards also affect the scan feeding and quality. I think this is a common complaint with document scanners in general with people who are scanning a lot of cards. It's definitely not a dealbreaker by any means, and I still really like this scanner and would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A fast and somewhat portable scanner

    Posted
    EcoliAndy

    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. To begin with let’s address the positive aspects of this scanner. First off, initial setup isn’t too difficult via USB (wifi is a different story, see below) and the quick start guide is pretty clear for setup. As for scanning, it scans very quickly especially at lower DPI and can also handle fairly sizeable stacks of paper (~20 pages or so). It also handles a wide variety of paper widths and types as I have used it for standard 8.5”x11” paper pages and 4”x6” photos. The quality of the scanned images/pictures even at lower (200 dpi) is really quite nice for both color and black/white pages. Additionally, it also does an excellent job of scanning cards of various thickness from business cards to driver’s licenses. There are also a significant amount of customization available when combined with the Epson documentscan desktop application. Now for the cons. While this scanner is technically portable is has a couple of issues here. It is fairly heavy at almost 3 lbs and shape makes it a little bulky as instead of longer and thinner Epson has decided to go with shorter and thicker which make for issues when packing it. The other major con is the setup, especially the wifi. Scanning via usb is the simplest way to scan documents with this scanner and I had little issue with this, the problems begin when trying to use it’s wireless capabilities. I had zero luck getting the scanner set up via WPS, while I am not entirely sure it’s not router’s fault, I kept on getting the same error every time I tried to set it up via WPS. I did manage to get the AP wireless connection to go work after some effort. While it is possible to get the scanner to work via AP wifi, the Epson DocumentScan app is quite frustrating.

    I would recommend this to a friend