What is the best alternative to Epson WorkForce ES-200?
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Epson's scanning preset called "receipt" gives you a scan error when the receipt is longer than 11 inches. Also, the scanner does not come with receipt management software, unlike some other scanners, so if you need one, you will have to look for a third-party solution, like Expensify. See More
The ES-300W comes with ABBYY software, meant for turning your paper documents into editable text. Scanners don't always read the text correctly, some of them only get 3/4 of the words right. This model was tested and didn't make a single mistake - it read 100% of the words correctly (according to Wirecutter's tests). It's capable of reading fonts down to 4p in size, with a few mistakes when reading smaller fonts. If you scan documents with font sizes 6p and up, you will not have to make any manual corrections. See More
The ES-300W fits in a small bag and is easy to carry around. It measures only 11.3" x 3.5" x 2.6". However, it weighs 2.9 lbs, which is a bit heavier than some other models that don't come with a battery. You can choose to power it by AC, built-in battery or USB, so you can use it practically anywhere, without having to worry about the availability of a power supply. See More
Unlike most scanners, this TaoTronics can scan almost any surface, since it's handheld. For example it's easy to scan books, which would not fit into a sheet-fed or flatbed scanner, where the paper has to go through or into the scanner. See More
There is no option to scan several pages into one PDF file. This can be a headache when scanning documents longer than one page, since you will end up with a lot of PDF files. Luckily, there is free software available online that lets you merge several PDF files into one. Of course, this takes some extra effort. See More
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software transforms a scanned picture into editable text. The OCR that this scanner comes with is not capable of consistently reading characters accurately. Also, this software is not Mac or Windows 10 compatible — it was made for older Windows operating systems. Of course, you can always get other OCR software that is compatible with your system. See More