The Epson Perfection V600 is a good entry point for those looking for a high-end photo scanner that can handle film negatives and slides but don't want to spend the higher price associated with upper-end models. Sure, the V600 can't quite match the quality of the top-end photo scanners, but it does provide a high 6400x9600 dpi resolution, which is close to the upper limit for photo scanners. It also offers almost all of the functionality you could want from a scanner. Bottom line, we think all but the most discerning of photographers are going to be happy to have the V600 in their home office.Editor's Note: The Epson Perfection V600 review was updated by our team on March 20, 2022. We now provide more in-depth comparisons between competing products and offer advice on what we would buy.
Epson Perfection V600 Review
Pros: Good scan quality, ability to scan photos and film negatives
Cons: Very slow for long documents, no native text recognition, clunky software
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Epson Perfection V600
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|Pros||Good scan quality, ability to scan photos and film negatives||Great portability, up to 1200 dpi, wireless||Great scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCR||Now available for free, high quality scans, great text recognition||Excellent photo scan quality, easy setup, relatively inexpensive|
|Cons||Very slow for long documents, no native text recognition, clunky software||Slow, no auto-feed or output tray||Slow||Slow and laborious for multi-page documents||Software can be a bit clunky, very slow for long text documents|
|Bottom Line||Produces very accurate photo scans but does not offer digital enhancement that other scanners use to make photo scans look better||A great, lightweight, and portable scanner that is sure to fit into your budget||A great balance between performance, quality, and portability, all at a reasonable price||A perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receipts||An excellent and reasonably inexpensive flatbed option for digitizing documents and photos|
|Rating Categories||Epson Perfection V600||Epson WorkForce ES-60W||Brother DS-640||Scanner Pro App||Epson Perfection V39|
|Scanning Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||Epson Perfection V600||Epson WorkForce ES-60W||Brother DS-640||Scanner Pro App||Epson Perfection V39|
|Paper Sizes||Max: 8.5" x 11.7"||Max: 8.5" x 72"||Max: 8.5" x 32"||Any size||Max: 8.5" x 11.7"|
|Weight||9.0 lbs||.7 lbs||1.0 lbs||N/A||3.4 lbs|
|Resolution||6400 x 9600 dpi||1200 dpi||600 x 600 dpi||N/A||4800 x 4800 dpi|
|Scanning Modes||Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection, Film||Color, Grayscale, Black and White||24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray scale, 1 bit monochrome||Color Document, Black and White, Color Photo, Grayscale Photo||Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection|
|Automatic Document Feeder||No||No||No||No||No|
|Measured Pages Per Minute||N/A||15||4||3||N/A|
Our Analysis and Test Results
If you're looking to scan old film negatives or slides, the Epson Perfection V600 is one of the least expensive options around. If you're just looking to digitize printed photos, you can get away with an even less expensive model, but this is the best deal we've found for scanning film negatives and slides.
While we generally liked the Epson V600, we did have some trouble with its software, which impacted its overall score. For more specifics on its performance attributes, read on below.
The Epson V600 is a very capable flatbed scanner, but unless you're specifically looking to scan film negatives or slides, you can find a better value scanner.
Photo Scanning Quality
The Epson Perfection V600 lives up to its name when scanning photos, creating near-perfect representations of the originals. We say 'near perfect' because you will always lose some quality when converting an image. Sometimes, the scans have a noticeable, albeit slightly, less sharp or vibrant quality than the originals.
The Epson Perfection V600 does offer optional image enhancement (they call it ICE - image correction and enhancement). We found that this primarily focuses on removing damage, like cracks and dust that have damaged a photo. Some color enhancement modes can also revive the vibrancy of older-looking images, but we think most photographers will want to do their editing outside of the Epson software.
Text Scanning Quality
Like other flatbed models we tested, the Epson V600 produces good-looking text, though tiny fonts may look a bit fuzzier than what high-end document scanners produce. It is undoubtedly of a high enough quality to handle all of your text-based documents, though it scans them very slowly. It also offers optical character recognition, rendering text-searchable documents. We found this to work quite well, with only a few words missed here and there.
Like most bed scanners, the V600 has no document feeder and is relatively slow. It's hard to nail down the speed of bed-style models because things like the composition/color of the document and what settings you're using can change how quickly or slowly a device can scan. That said, starting the clock upon opening the scanner's lid to position the page and stopping it upon lifting the page off of the bed took us an average of 40 seconds to scan an 8x11 page, with some large photos taking up to 60 seconds. While it's slow, it isn't terrible relative to other bed scanners. However, the lack of a document feeder, and slower speed, isn't a great choice if you need to scan lots of long documents. In that case, a scanner with a document feeder is a much better option.
Compared to the software of other flatbed models, we found the V600's included bundle to be less refined and more challenging to use than other scanner software. Navigating through settings and file management felt much less intuitive than other programs we used, and we found that the software ran very slowly whenever we used it on a Mac OS device. The software does include an extension for recognizing text, meaning you can create scans with searchable text. However, you have to jump through some settings hoops to accomplish this.
We found the Epson Perfection V600 was relatively easy to use in our testing. We had it up and running within 10 minutes of opening the box, and though the on-device buttons weren't exactly intuitive, we were still able to get some scans made before reading the manual. While more advanced tasks that require using the software could sometimes get a bit confusing, the barebones of the V600 are generally clean and simple.
Should You Buy the Epson Perfection V600?
The Epson Perfection V600 is a great and relatively inexpensive addition to your workspace and is especially helpful for anyone that wants to digitize old film negatives and projection slides. If you just want to digitize printed photos, it is still a great option but probably has features that you won't use, driving up the price as well.
What Other Scanners Should You Consider?
The Epson Perfection V600 is quite a good scanner if you want something that can scan film and slides, but it is a bit pricey if you're only looking to scan printed photos, and it is not equipped with enough power or the correct features to scan long documents. An alternative for scanning justimages is the Epson Perfection V39. If quickly scanning text is your top priority, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is a great option.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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