Epson WorkForce ES-500WII review

The Epson WorkForce ES-500WII sheet-feed scanner devours paperwork with an insatiable appetite.

Epson WorkForce ES-500WII
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

In a word, this Epson scanner is fast. Not only does it scan both sides of double-sided pages in a single pass, but it also features optional de-skewing and auto-detection for blank pages. All you need to do is to drop a bunch of up to 50 pages into its top-loading input tray, press the Start button and save the resulting scans in a matter of seconds. It’s almost too easy.

Pros

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    Fast 35ppm/70ipm scanning

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    50-sheet auto document feeder

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    Single-pass double-sided scanning

Cons

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    Photo quality can be overly vibrant

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    Quite pricey to buy

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From school homework to business documents and the dreaded utility bills, there’s still a lot of paperwork to contend with at home and at work, even in this mostly digital age. The Epson WorkForce ES-500WII makes short work of digitizing anything and everything from small receipts and business cards, through postcards and photos, to full-sized documents. You might already have a multi-function printer with a built-in flatbed scanner but, even if it has an ADF (Auto Document Feeder), scanning multi-page documents can be slow and laborious. This Epson aims to streamline and automate the process, going head to head with the similar Canon imageFORMULA R40 scanner while adding the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct to its USB 3.2 connectivity.

The ES-500WII looks and feels almost identical to the much pricier Epson FastFoto FF-680W, which is even faster but is more of a specialist photo scanner, geared to scanning large collections of photo prints. That one is up against the competing Canon imageFORMULA RS40, which is built for the same task.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.