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Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner

Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner

Item: 768141    Model: B11B190011

Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner
4.0stars
( 179 reviews)
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  • 48-bit color; 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution
  • Versatile scan sizes - 5.9 x 5.9 to 8.5 x 14 inches
  • Greater productivity with scans up to 20 ppm
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48-bit color; 1200 x 2400 dpi resolutionVersatile scan sizes - 5.9 x 5.9 to 8.5 x 14 inchesGreater productivity with scans up to 20 ppmOffer Expires on 03/07/2015EachDocument Scanner**While supplies last. May not be valid in combination with other offers. Offer subject to change.48-bit color; 1200 x 2400 dpi resolutionVersatile scan sizes - 5.9 x 5.9 to 8.5 x 14 inchesGreater productivity with scans up to 20 ppmEpson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner/sbd/img/res/ic/ic016-spcbuy.gif219.99USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0271586_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0271586_sc7?$thb$/sbd/img/res/ic/ic016-spcbuy.gifhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0271586/Epson-WorkForce-GT-1500-Document-Scanner/product_768141
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Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner
 
3.9

(based on 179 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (43)
  • Good resolution (43)
  • Accurate color (31)
  • Excellent software (29)
  • Good bit depth (23)

Cons

  • Poor software (7)
  • Slow (6)
  • Difficult setup (4)
  • Inaccurate scans (3)

Best Uses

  • Publishing (10)
  • Photos and graphics (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (48), Casual user (9), Great graphics (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (55), Personal (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (44), Mac (6)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

I definitely recommend this product.

I am using the GT-1500 to convert our business files to pdf's for storage rather than box all the papers. I like the fact that I can scan the documents quickly in black...Read complete review

I am using the GT-1500 to convert our business files to pdf's for storage rather than box all the papers. I like the fact that I can scan the documents quickly in black and white and then add pages with signatures in color and still have only one continuous document. This is my first Epson but the best scanner I have ever used at work.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Best 4 DOCS ONLY - Must Play w/Settings

Ok, so my review is going to sound negative, but I do like this scanner. I just wish I knew what I was getting into before I purchased it and how to resolve...Read complete review

Ok, so my review is going to sound negative, but I do like this scanner. I just wish I knew what I was getting into before I purchased it and how to resolve Windows 7 driver issues.

I owned only HP scanners before purchasing this Epson. I liked the fact that Epson had an Automatic Document Feeder and a Flatbed. I upgraded from not having a ADF. By doing this, I sacrificed some computer processing speed, but gained manual labor speed, which was definitely worth it. My HP was very fast with pictures, but the Epson is considerably slower, which was not an issue for me, but may be for someone using in rushed situations. I had worried about purchasing a non-photo scanner, but the Epson preformed well with photos. I wish this Epson scanner came with the extra software their photo scanners had though.

I like the size of the unit and way it fits on my desk. The ADF works well, but much slower than expected and as a YouTube video showed. This scanner greatly decreased the amount of time and effort it would have taken me to scan the items I scan in comparison to my old scanner, which ironically was more powerful and processed quicker.

I was also worried that two-side documents would be a pain, but as long as you don't mind flipping it manually, Epson thought about this and it works well, unless ALL you documents are two-sided, then you might want to get a more pricey scanner.

Affordability is the main BENEFIT of this scanner compared to similar scanners.

The MAIN PROBLEM I experienced with this scanner was the Windows 7 driver not working properly. It allows the first few scans without much of an issue, but then you must restart computer or deal with extreme slowness depending on the scan type. It works great in Win XP and Win XP mode for Win 7 (not to be confused with compatibility mode, which did nothing). I should note that not all Windows 7 computers can handle Win XP mode for Win 7, but mine can.

Even in Windows XP, the scanner can be slow if you are not using black and white mode with speed priority selected. If you do select speed priority, you can hardly tell the difference, but the PDF OCR fine reader software performs much better when speed is off.

ANOTHER PROBLEM I experience is in regard to PDF's. I have the scanner setup to automatically PDF all items in each scan to one PDF. If something happens to the scanner or I want to edit the position of the PDF or add/delete pages, it can't be done without the pay version of Adobe Acrobat., which I have and therefore was not a major inconvenience, but it may be for others.

As for other issues, I had some issues at first, but most of them went away. This included a streak that appeared randomly and went away randomly after a few scans closer to the time it was new. I have scanned well over 4,000 pages in the few months I have owned this and the only reoccurring thing (other than the Win 7 driver issue) I can complain about is if you try to scan many pages in gray scale, the scanner locks up. It doesn't matter what OS you use or how long you let it sit, the scanner makes a "power draining" sound like it go the command to scan, but is broken. This might be a problem with my specific scanner though, may need to get the warranty honored.

If you are not sure what you scanned, you have no way to check without stopping your scan. This could be a simple fix if Epson would allow a "continue scan" button after going into "edit" scans mode, but it only says "cancel" or "accept/ok." Also, some of the options in the menus are not self explanatory, may take some people some getting used to.

Not sure if Epson could change the design or not, but the flatbed flips up in such a way that scanning a thick book is difficult.

Overall though, this is a good scanner, I would recommend this scanner to anyone who needs to scan lots of black and white documents and only occasional color or grayscale items. I would not recommend this to anyone with Windows 7 who cannot access Windows XP mode (like a computer within a computer mode). I felt the price was good, not great, for what I got from this scanner and I paid less than $200. If you are considering a scanner, consider this one...In my opinion, if you can get this for $175 or less, it is worth every penny. If you pay more than $250, I would really think about it.

This review was written 07/11/2011.

Reviewed by 179 customers

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1.0

Very disappointed with this

By Randy

from Georgia

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        Comments about Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner:

        This unit does not make quality document scans. Especially the Nuance ScanSoft software is extremely difficult to keep working when you have more than 1 scanner on the computer. Nuance does not support their software well.

        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        3.0

        works like it should

        By JC

        from Fresno, CA

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner:

              Scans like a scanner should. Occasionally it is necessary to press the scan button repeatedly to get it to work.

              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Powerhouse!

              By itsmykat

              from Columbia, MD, USA

              Comments about Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner:

              We've had this in our offices since 2011 and use it daily to scan all personal and business paperwork. Average 100-300 pages per day, sometimes as many as 1000. Still runs like a charm. With the exception of small receipts and photos, we use the ADF. Straight pages, and love that we can "add" pages so double sided is no issue. Easy set up on all our desktops and laptops. (We've run Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1) Quick installation of software and we're up and running within 10 minutes. Only CON is that we have never been able to get it to work with our wireless port system. Have to plug in the usb based on the computer as opposed to via our wireless usb hub. Highly recommend. Would buy another one without question.

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              3.0

              Scanner for small home based business

              By Mary G.

              from Hacienda Heights

              Verified Buyer
              This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

              Comments about Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner:

              I bought this scanner based upon previous reviews and needed a scanner for my small home based business. The manual is available on-line, which is annoying if you want to look up something regarding the product. I wish Staples offered a demo in the store for me to view. I also wish that Staples hand it for sale in the store like their on-line website told me. I showed up and there was none for purchase and I had to buy it and wait for it to be delivered.

              I am having problems using the soft scan paper port. I have to review the manual on-line to try and fix the problem. I don't know if it was worth the purchase given the hassles with this product.

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              4.0

              Very Good One

              By Sam

              from Detrit, MI

              Verified Buyer
              This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

              Comments about Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Document Scanner:

              It takes 15-20 mins to install and worked good. There is preview option , I like this very much. You can adjust the the doc or picture to scan perfect. Overall buy it.

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