Epson Adds ‘Game-Changing’ Document Scanners, Including DS-780N with Touchscreen, Network Interface

Epson DS-780N

Epson America – which currently is the number-two desktop document scanner market leader in North America with 29 percent market share, but is seeking to become the number-one leader – today furthered those ambitions with the introduction of three new desktop color document scanners with wireless connectivity, the DS-780N network ($1,099), DS-770 ($999), and DS-575W ($449), all of which also f eature new three-year extended warranties.

We spoke with Epson America Senior Product Marketing Manager Mark Pickard, who explained that while Epson is the number-one market-share leader in two key categories – supertank inkjet printers and SCARA robots – the company has also been aggressively targeting the commercial document-scanner market. He noted that Epson’s current success in the document-scanner market is due to two key achievements: reliability, and seamless integration. With the latter, he notes that companies typically choose software before choosing document scanners, and that Epson features integration with both TWAIN and ISIS scan drivers across its entire lineup, ensuring compatibility with virtually any software. Epson document scanners are also certified with more than 70 ISV providers. Various niche scanning software is available, such as scanning software designed for healthcare applications.

New Three-Year Warranty

Along with the three new document scanners, Epson had also announced last week that it’s extending its warranties for all of its commercial (not retail) document scanners to three years. That means that the three new document scanners provide three-year warranties, along with the existing DS-530 and DS-860 commercial document scanners, as well as the DS-320, DS-1630, DS-6500, DS-7500, DS-50000, DS-60000, and the DS-70000.

Epson DS-780N

The $1,099 flagship Epson DS-780N is based on the DS-770 document-scanner platform and is the first Epson document scanner to feature a touchscreen, and the first to feature standard network connectivity. It’s the “easiest path to get from a piece of paper to a saved image,” says Epson’s Pickard.

The new touchscreen shows the connected workstations that users can scan to, and also provides access to up to 30 pre-defined jobs available for each workstation, which can be programmed for different scanner settings (such as color or black-and-white, resolution, and text enhancement), as well as different destinations (such as folders, cloud-storage sites, and email attachments. Any of the defined jobs can be selected and used from the scanner’s touch screen.

Other DS-780N features include: user authentication, which enables IT to control who can use the scanner. Users can also define where scanned documents are stored, encrypted, and named, in order to monitor and control the availability of sensitive scanned documents.

The DS-780N, along with the $999 DS-770, are designed for heavy-use environments, scan at up to 45 ppm/90 ipm, feature a 100-page ADF, and have peak daily duty cycles of 5,000 sheets.

Of note is that both feature a slow-speed mode for scanning wrinkled and fragile documents. According to Epson’s Pickard, this slows scan speed down to about 10 or 20 ppm.

Epson DS-575W

Rounding out the line is the Epson DS-575W, which scans at up to 35 ppm/70 ipm, with the ability to scan both sides of a sheet in a single pass. It’s said to be a step-up from the recently introduced Epson DS-530, and features a 50-page ADF with a peak daily duty cycle of 4,000 sheets. The DS-575W also feature wireless connectivity for scanning to smartphones, tablets, computers, and online storage accounts.

Other features for all three new scanners include:

  • Scan to online storage accounts or searchable PDFs: scan to Evernote, Microsoft SharePoint , Google Drive, and editable files; OCR software is included.
  • Advanced color and image adjustments include auto crop, skew correction, and blank-page and background removal.
  • Scan business/ID cards, single sheets, and folded pages up to 11″ x 17″ in size.

The Epson DS-780N, DS-770, and DS-575W will be available in June through select value added resellers, distributors nationwide, e-tailers, and on the Epson online store. The scanners feature a three-year limited warranty with advance exchange service, including next business day replacement for users who call in by 3 p.m. EST.

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