Epson Perfection 2450 Photo

  • Editors' rating
    7.8 Very good

Pros

  • Excellent image quality;
  • USB 2.0 & FireWire interfaces;
  • flexible transparency scanning.

Cons

  • Scanning area limited to 216mm by 297mm;
  • brief printed manual.

Epson's Perfection 2450 photo scanner is a consumer-oriented device that graphics professionals and advanced photographers won't hesitate to use. With fast one-touch scanning, great image quality and software that even novices will master in minutes, this 48-bit image grabber is a home or business user's dream. The Perfection 2450 photo scanner's price is justified by features that imaging professionals will love, too, including 2,400 by 4,800 dots per inch (dpi) resolution, a built-in transparency unit and an advanced image-capture driver with a multitude of fine-tuning controls.

Even first-timers will sail through installation using the Start Here poster. Click a few buttons to install the software for Windows 98, 2000, ME or XP, or Mac OS 8.5 through 9.x. Then connect the power cable and attach the unit to your computer via a USB or IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable. Although the printed manual is a too-brief 54 pages, HTML-based documentation provides step-by-step instructions, scanning tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and detailed troubleshooting and maintenance information -- including instructions for cleaning the scanner and replacing the fluorescent bulb.

The Perfection 2450 is easy to use. This scanner's generous 4in. by 9in. transparency-scanning area and its 2,400 by 4,800dpi resolution make it a practical tool for grabbing scans of everything from 35mm slides to 4in. by 5in. chromes or positive film images. Three easy-to-use interfaces (and a daunting, professional scanning application) are at your disposal. Press the one-touch button on the front of the scanner, and the Epson Smart Panel pops up with wizards for optical character recognition (OCR); copying; and scanning to a file, an email, the Web or an application.

The Perfection 2450 also comes with a versatile software bundle. It includes a TWAIN driver used within compatible applications, such as the bundled Adobe Photoshop Elements. The software can operate in fully automatic mode, determining your original's size and type, choosing an appropriate resolution and capturing a colour-corrected image with no intervention. Those with a little scanning experience under their belts can also switch to another mode that lets you select many of the settings. Photoshop Elements retains most of Photoshop's more powerful features, including filters and sophisticated painting and retouching tools, but with simplified menus and abundant recipe wizards to lead you through the most common image-editing tasks.

The Perfection 2450's performance in capturing images is everything a consumer wishes for and a professional demands. In our tests, it scanned a full-page colour document in just under 21 seconds and a greyscale original in a little less than 19 seconds. Both times are fairly speedy for a scanner with this resolution, but both were slower than those of HP’s speedy ScanJet 5470c.

Output quality was impressive. Scans of colour prints had superb, fully saturated colours, with lifelike, neutral skin tones. The transparency and slide scans looked especially good, capturing detail in both inky shadows and luminous highlights. Our slide scans had excellent colour matching, abundant detail and notable sharpness, while avoiding the high contrast common to reasonably priced scanners that claim transparency capabilities.

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Epson backs the Perfection 2450 with a one-year call-out warranty, extendable to three years and upgradeable to on-site. Phone support (at BT national rate) is available from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday. Support technicians will answer your questions by via direct chat or by email. More support documents, FAQs and downloads are available from the company's Web site.

With so many consumer scanners priced under £100 these days, the Epson Perfection 2450 Photo amply demonstrates how much you can get if you’re prepared to spend a bit more. As easy to use as any entry-level scanner, this device nevertheless boasts superior image quality, decent speed and advanced slide/transparency-scanning capabilities that will captivate business users and graphics professionals alike. Its chief shortcomings are skimpy printed documentation and a 216mm by 297mm scanning bed, rather than an 216mm by 356mm one. Overall, though, this is an attractive scanner for both home and business users.

Specifications

General
Type Flatbed scanner - desktop
Max Supported Document Size 8.5 in x 11.7 in
Power Device
Voltage Required AC 110 V
Voltage Required Margin ± 9%
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 20 Watt
Type internal power supply
Media Handling
Max Document Size 8.5 in x 11.7 in
Supported Document Type Transparencies, plain paper, slides, bulk objects (such as books, magazines and other bound materials), film
Document Feeder Type Manual
Miscellaneous
Included Accessories transparency adapter
Software / System Requirements
Peripheral / Interface Devices 4x CD-ROM, USB port, VGA monitor
Software Included Adobe PhotoShop Elements, Epson Smart Panel
Interfaces
Interface FireWire, USB 2.0
Connector Type Type B
Scanner
Optical Resolution 2400 dpi x 4800 dpi
Interpolated Resolution 12800 dpi x 12800 dpi
Type flatbed scanner
Scanner Speed Details 3.8 ms/line - greyscale
11 ms/line - color
Interface Type FireWire, USB 2.0
Form Factor desktop
Scan Mode single-pass
Input Type color
Scan Element Type CCD
Document Size Class A4/Letter
Max Supported Document Size 8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max H-Document Size 8.5 m
Max V-Document Size 11.7 m
Grayscale Depth 16-bit (64K gray levels)
Grayscale Depth (External) 16-bit (64K gray levels)
Color Depth 48-bit color
Color Depth (External) 48-bit color
Max H-Optical Resolution 2400 dpi
Max V-Optical Resolution 4800 dpi
Max H-Interpolated Resolution 12800 dpi
Max V-Interpolated Resolution 12800 dpi
Lamp / Light Source Type cold cathode fluorescent lamp
Scan Density Range 3.3D
Supported Document Type bulk objects (such as books), film, plain paper, slides, transparencies
Document Feeder Type manual
Compliant Standards TWAIN
System Requirements
Min RAM Size 64 MB
Min Hard Drive Space 50 MB
OS Required Apple MacOS 8.5, Apple MacOS 8.6, Apple MacOS 9.x, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%
Header
Brand Epson
Product Line Epson Perfection
Model 2450 Photo
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac
Expansion Slots
Type none
Scanner Speed Details
Speed 11 ms/line, 3.8 ms/line
Mode color, greyscale
Cable Details
Type USB cable
Included Qty 1
Dimensions & Weight
Width 12 in
Depth 18.7 in
Height 4.8 in
Weight 12.79 lbs
Software
Software Included Adobe PhotoShop Elements, Epson Smart Panel

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