Epson EXP1000XL+TRANS Unit Bundle A3 USB TPU 2400 X 4800DPI
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The Expression 10000XL is the scanner for the true graphics professional. Combining a resolution of 2400 x 4800dpi, with 48 bit colour depth and an optical density of 3.8D, the output is extremely high quality containing the maximum detail, clarity and definition from an A3 flatbed scanner. In addition, the USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces included as standard ensure that the Expression 10000XL can be connected to virtually any computer with ease, including direct connection to a network with the optional EP
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I create highly detailed scratchboard line art and wanted a scanner that could capture the best possible scans of my work, which I can color digitally and send out to clients in electronic form. (I wasn't confident that my old scanner was doing the job as well as I hoped for.) Both the new and the old scanner are large format but the Epson 10000Xl is more than twice the cost of the Microtek 9800XL. Do I think the upgrade is worth it? Without a doubt.
Here is a list of cons associated with the Microtek that made me take the risk to upgrading:
1. Quirky driver. Sometimes the software could not find the installed driver and I had to restart the computer several times before it would work.
2. Microtek support is practically useless.
3. Very noisy operation
4. Scans required a lot of post production to arrive at the best capture of detail between dark and light tones. I had to scan in grayscale @ 1200dpi, make adjustment with Photoshop before converting to bitmap. With this scanner, the B&W bitmap scanning option was not capturing all the details.
The Epson, in comparison, has been a joy to own. Not only are the results much better, but the unit scans straight to B&W bitmap flawlessly, saving me time in post processing. I do need to clean the scan from unwanted specs but that is still a 50% reduction of time spent getting it optimized. The unit is also much quieter, has a slightly larger scan area, and built with superior design and parts. The lid stays open when raised at an angle whereas the Microtek was a slave to gravity.
After owning it about a month, there have been no problems to report. Since my livelihood relies on the quality of the images I produce, its a good investment and well worth the cost.
The need I had includes being able to remove the lid, or cover, and lay large matted works (which cannot be unmatted) over the capture area. The machine is designed to do this, and I was able to verify this by talking to phone support.
However, Epson in its product description does not make this clear or easy to find. I found verification once deep in a long PDF manual and once by talking to phone support. When I read lots of reviews on Amazon I could not tell for sure whether the product had this capability. It's such a simple thing to describe. It should be part of the regular advertising. Lots of people like to scan outsize pictures.
When I received the machine it turned out that this was all there. The bed itself is large. The lid lifts up well, and also can be lifted off and replaced easily.
Furthermore, the scan bed itself is very SHALLOW, unlike the office scanners which have a ledge almost one-half inch deep. This is important in case you want to scan something very large and "piece" the parts together. When the scan bed is deeply recessed, there is a shadow at the edges. It needs to be shallow, like this Epson.
Final comment, I can see there is a lot of software capability for color scanning here that I can't yet explore, but a just plain color scan brought out much truer colors than my office scanner, when doing an image where exact color mattered. Much better!