The FF-680W is designed to automated print and document scanning via its auto feeder, saving time with manual photo positioning and scanning up to 30 photos in 30 seconds (based on 30 10x15cm photos scanned at 300dpi in landscape orientation).
It can also scan regular documents like letters, reports, school certificates, kids’ drawings, magazine articles and so on at up to 45dpi (A4 originals scanned vertically at 300dpi). Epson’s software includes OCR (optical character recognition) that can turn documents into editable Word or Excel files, or searchable PDFs.
Epson’s new scanner is clearly designed for high-speed automated scanning of large numbers of originals. It could be handy for archiving a large number of old photos, for example, though it’s not equipped to handle negatives or transparencies, only prints. Cleverly, it can detect photos with handwritten notes on the back, say, and carry out a double-sided scan so that these are captured too. Delicate items can be inserted in a supplied carrier sheet for more careful handling in slow-scan mode.
The FF-680W is Wi-Fi enabled and comes with software which can automatically enhance your photos or lets you adjust cropping, rotation, brightness, contrast and colour manually. Epson’s FastFoto software can share images via email or automatically upload them to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
The automated feeder and fast scanning engine make the FF-680W sound ideal for bulk archiving and digitising, but this does make it pretty expensive compared to everyday flatbed scanners and multi-function devices, so it’s a pretty specialised tool.
Available: from January 2018
More information: Epson website