The Epson Perfection V550 is a budget scanner, meant for scanning graphics - photos, film, etc. It has a 6400 dpi(dots per inch) resolution and it produces sharp scans.
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Pro Great scan quality
The scanner has 6400 dpi(dots per inch) scanning resolution. The scanned image is very sharp and clean. It also renders tones accurately.
The image correction/enhancement software(Digital ICE Technology) that comes with the V550 cleans the image of any dust and scratches, adding to the quality.
Pro Lots of connectivity/importing options
The V500 can for example scan straight to Facebook, Picasa, Evernote, SugarSync and many cloud sites.
Pro Great value for the price
The scanner is very affordable for the scan quality it provides.
Pro Four modes make it easy to use
The scanner has 4 different modes that make creating a perfect scan extremely easy. There's the Full Auto, Home, Office and Professional modes.
Full Auto determines what's being scanned and then scans it. Home mode allows some extra settings. Office mode is great for text documents. Professional mode allows for a lot of settings to be changed.
Con Lacks a photoediting software
The V550 doesn't have photoediting software. It's brother, the V500, comes with Photoshop Elements.
Con Scanner gets loud when importing images
Con Power button is located inconveniently
The power button is on the back of scanner on the right side. Depending on where you place the scanner, it's not always convenient to turn the scanner on.
Con Poor presentation of features
There is confusion about the features. The scanner has a lot of awesome options, but you have to dig deep into the manual to find out what you can do with the scanner.