Epson WorkForce GT-1500 Color Document Scanner
Does What it's Designed to do
My 93 year old father passed away leaving a large estate and an un-signed Will. He had gone to an attorney and written a preliminary will worksheet leaving all to me. But he passed before the actual will was signed. With 4 brothers and sisters all battling over everything I retained a lawyer to appoint me executer and eventually the court awarded me the estate. During the course of this event I wound up with boxes of documents to settle the estate and in addition many more boxes of documents he had accumulated over the years. Faced with what to do with all the "paper work" I decided to purchase a scanner that I could afford. After researching what was available and reading reviews it came down to another brand and the Epson. I purchased both. Now that I have been able to " hands on compare" both it is clear the EPSON is a real performer. Simple to use and gets the job done I EBAYed the other. Essentially the only problem I found with the EPSON was the documentation. As another reviewer put it "during setup when do you connect the USB cable."? The quick start guide is telling you not to connect the cable at the point when it should be connected Secondly, the instructions indicate user should release the shipping tab and a picture is shown but doesn't indicate "PULL OUT." Small things most people eventually figure out but when you have a good product with bad documentation people become frustrated. You would think someone at EPSON would have actually taken a new machine and gone through installation process step-by-step. They would have discovered the errors . I wonder how many scanners have been returned by customers simply because they couldn't get them to work. As for the scanner itself-it works and it works well. The scanner includes a downsized "Paperport." I installed a newer full version and it does make a difference. All-in-all the scanner does what is supposed to do offering many features and appears to be pretty reliable.
April 16, 2015
DO NOT BUY THIS SCANNER!!!
This scanner has many faults and defects. (1) The first GT-1500 I had gradually deteriorated, then completely quit working after only 3 weeks of use. It would repeatedly shut itself off during work sessions. If I was in the middle of scanning a long document, then all my work was lost. It was completely pot-luck to see if I could finish a scan before it would shut itself off. I managed to get a free replacement from the store even though the store had a 14 day return policy. (2) The replacement scanner displayed the same symptoms and completely quit working after about 4 months of use. The only reason it lasted so long was that I would often go 2 or 3 weeks without using it. Shortly, I will be attempting to replace it. (3) If scanning a stack of double sided documents using the automatic document feeder, you will scan the stack on one side, then flip the stack and scan the other side. HOWEVER, good luck if you can review and rearrange the pages correctly before you save the document. That is because the review window will only show a TEENY image of each page with scribble on it. You can hover your cursor over the image and it will enlarge, but it is still too small to be of use. You can try to drag pages to their proper places, but it will drive you crazy to get all in the correct order. It is guaranteed that you will lose track of which page is which. (4) The review window also does not allow you to judge if you got the correct contrast, margins & such. (5) The only way to see if you got the scan correctly done is to save the document, open it, then review every page to see if all are in the proper order, etc. If not correct, then you must discard the document and start all over. (6) When reviewing a document, yes, you can delete pages and move pages around to a different sequence. But, you can not return back to scanning if something was not scanned right and needed to be done again. Once you close that window, it will save the document. Which means if something was not right, then you will have to discard the document and start all over. (7) The add page confirmation window will drive you nuts. Very often when it opens , it does not show keyboard shortcuts versus hitting the buttons, i.e. 'Alt A' shortcut to add a page. Sometimes when manually placing pages on the glass to be scanned, the window will open with the keyboard shortcuts shown. Then with no rhyme or reason, the window will open without the keyboard shortcuts shown. Which means that you must continuously look to see if the keyboard shortcuts are displayed. Then, if not, to take the time to scroll your cursor to find and select the button that you want (add page, edit page or save file). (8) The scanning process is fast, however there will be a long wait for large documents to be saved. (9) When scanning a color document, the color match is poor. The colors will be faded and a different shade of the original document. (10) I DEEPLY REGRET BUYING THIS SCANNER
April 4, 2015
Nice scanner for the price
The scanner works great most of the time and with the number of records and files that I need to scan....the faster the better !! The only issue I have with it is that one of the plastic arms that I guess is to keep multiple pages from feeding in to the scanner at times will flip down when I'm trying to load the scanner with more documents....this has the effect of preventing any pages from feeding in to the scanner. To fix the issue....I have to manually flip the plastic arm up so that I can place more documents in the feed tray.....which effectively makes me stop what I'm doing to fix it....and it does this multiple times during my scan sessions. Otherwise for the money..it's a pretty good scanner.
March 31, 2015
This product is a nice little unit and has some great features. BUT the Engineering really blew it when they stopped short in design.
One issue that I HATE if that the lid has no hinge mechanism to slow it from slamming shut.
You have to physically hold/close the lid the full motion of closing AND opening. If you let go too soon or it slips it will slam shut.
Heave lid for its size as and therefore the slamming in time will eventually damage the scanner in the lid assembly.
Honestly shocked that they released this without this being addressed in the design phase. to Bad, could have been great.
March 18, 2015
good product would buy another one ,prints so I can read paper, the color is bright and bold
March 11, 2015
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.
February 18, 2015
Epson GT-1500 WorkForce Color Doc. Scanner
So far, so good. The CD that came with the scanner would not work on my Windows 7 computer. But, I went to Epson.com/support and downloaded and installed just fine. I did a test by scanning documents to email; worked just fine.
Delivery of the scanner was fast, fast, fast; made
me happy happy happy!!! Very easy to set up
and use. A beginning person could do it easily
as long as they go to Epson.com/support to download and install software.
January 22, 2015
I've owned this scammer for several years and use it to scan my insurance renewals and reports. I scan them send to the correct file and email to the office, without using a printer. GREAT!!!
December 23, 2014
Epson WF GT-100 Scanner
Very easy to use, handles heavy-duty use smoothly and quickly. Takes up small corner of my desk next to my laser printer. Software is simple and easy. I do NOT do a lot of image manipulations -- just straight text document scanning and saving, so can't comment on the use of software to vary values of image, but it does make it easy to change resolution/size of document. Also, it is EXTREMELY QUIET, which was unexpected. Very much enjoy using it.
December 12, 2014
Trouble with PDF
I am using a Mac with 10.10 Yosemite and am having trouble scanning to PDF.
November 15, 2014