Epson DS-870 DS-970 Review

Good: Fast scanning, Slow Speed mode for delicate paper, scan to cloud storage account such as Evernote.
Bad: Not available in office supply stores.
Bottom Line: The DS-870 and DS-970 has versatile features for offices with high-volume scanning needs.
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DS-870/DS-970
$999-$1,499
Large offices
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65 ppm-85 ppm
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Product Overview

Epson has recently released two new devices in its scanning lineup, one of which is the fastest scanner to date. The DS-870 ($999) scans at up to 65 ppm (130 ipm duplex), and has a 7,000-sheet daily duty cycle. The DS-970 scans at up to 85 ppm (170 ipm duplex), and has a 9,000-sheet daily duty cycle. The speeds are in black, color, and gray.

Both scanners include a 100-sheet automatic document feeder, and accept versatile paper sizes that range from business cards to long documents (8.5″ x 240″). They also scan folded pages up to 11″ x 17″.

The scanners also come with a color LCD display that has one-touch buttons for access to commonly-used workflows.

USB connectivity is standard, and Epson offers an optional network interface.

More details are in our Features section below.

The compact DS-870 and DS-970 has versatile features for offices with high-volume scanning needs.

Features

The DS-870 and DS-970 includes advanced paper feed technology, such as Ultrasonic Double-feed Detection, Slow Speed Mode (for delicate sheets) and Paper Protection (to prevent misfeeds). The scanners are compatible with both PCs and Macs. Bundled software includes Epson Scan 2, EMC Captiva, and Document Capture Pro.

Users can scan files to searchable PDFs and editable Word and Excel with the built-in OCR software; they can also scan to various cloud storage accounts, such as Evernote, Google Drive, and SharePoint.

Epson offers an optional Flatbed Dock for connecting the DS-870/DS-970 to a compatible Epson photo scanner.

Finally, there’s a three-year limited warranty with an Advanced Exchange Program that includes next business-day replacement.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The DS-870 and DS-970 scanners are only available via the CapturePro reseller network, so they’re not available to purchase in office supply stores, such as Office Depot.

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Epson America is a division of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of imaging products, semiconductors, liquid crystal displays, and watches. The company has been an innovative designer of ink jet printers and sells an extensive product line. Most of these are geared to home and school use, but Epson continues to extend its line further into the office environment.

Epson has been making a more aggressive play for the document scanner market, although the company’s been in the multipurpose office scanner business for years. The models and other additions to its model line seem to be part of an effort to further extend its current scanner technology. As part of this effort, Epson makes these scanners available in consumer electronics stores such as Best Buy, along with Epson dealers and on its website.

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