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Epson Perfection V33 (V30)

*Est. $65
Reviewed
November 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Epson Perfection V33 (V30)

Pros
  • Good resolution/color for the price
  • Easy to use
  • Included software pieces large images together
Cons
  • Slow scans
  • Inconveniently placed power/USB cords
  • Can't scan transparencies
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Bottom line

Critics say the Epson Perfection V33 scanner is a great choice for a value scanner. Users confirm that it's the same competent model the V30 was, if somewhat unexciting. (The two models are identical, aside from the bundled software.) Most professional reviews are of the older V30, describing it as a workhorse performer, turning out respectable scans of prints, though it can't do transparencies (for that, you'll need the V330). Reviewers like the addition of the Scan-and-Stitch software, which allows for scans of large items (like scrapbook pages) in pieces that are put together after scanning.

Scan quality

Good basic results. The Epson Perfection V33 scanner is a basic model, and experts say that shows in its scans. Color reproduction is not perfect, but it's good, and the resolution of images is again good, not perfect. Dust and scratch removal is not featured the way it is on higher end scanners, and the device cannot scan transparencies. That said, reviewers agree the scans on the Epson Perfection V33 are better than what those from a multifunction device, making this a good first step to standalone scanning for better picture quality.

Ease of use

Nothing fancy, but nothing too difficult. The Epson Perfection V33 has a reputation among reviewers and users for simple, straightforward scans. It is relatively easy to install, though most users report needing to download newer drivers than what's included in the box after installing the scanner. Scanning itself is a simple process, though scans at any of the higher resolutions can be very slow.

Durability

A solidly constructed, if basic, machine. Most users of the Epson Perfection V33 scanner report having no hardware issues. A few report a rare issue with a green line on scans (which also sometimes appears in user reports from the similar Perfection V330). But overall, even heavy users report no issues.

Warranty

A good warranty, but customer service complaints. The one-year limited warranty offered on the Epson Perfection V33 is reasonably standard among higher-end scanners on the market. But customers warn of problems collecting if a hardware issue crops up, exacerbated by the fact that this scanner is inexpensive (and therefore not worth putting too much energy into fixing, from an owner's perspective). Some users describe having to take the scanner to faraway authorized service centers and not being allowed to ship their device. Others discover that if they bought the scanner from a reseller, it is the reseller that must send the scanner in for service.

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Epson B11B200201 Perfection V33 Photo Scanner

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Our Sources

1. Macworld

Review Credibility: Very Good Macworld.com reviews the now-discontinued Epson Perfection V30 scanner, identical to the V33 other than the lack of ArcSoft Scan-and-Stitch software. They find the color good and the detail very good on their 5-point scale (ranging from Poor to Superior). "It isn't the fastest scanner we've seen (nor does it produce the best image quality), but the V30 offers a terrific balance of quality, speed and value," the review states.

Review: Epson Perfection V30, James Galbraith, Jan. 27, 2010

2. PCAdvisor.co.uk

Review Credibility: Very Good Robin Morris tackles a review of the Epson Perfection V30 scanner for the U.K. tech site PCAdvisor. (The V33 is identical to the V30, with the addition of ArcSoft Scan-and-Stitch software.) She awards 4 out of 5 stars, noting that those who need to scan transparencies will need to spring for the V300 – now the V330 – for that capability. Still, the scanner works better than most multifunction devices, at a good price, she says.

Review: Epson Perfection V30 review, Robin Morris, April 7, 2009

3. Target.com

Review Credibility: Good More than 100 users review the Epson Perfection V33 scanner, and they like what they see, giving it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most praise the scanner's images and value, saying it works well for the price. Those who have complaints don't like the placement of the power cords, have issues installing it or say its scan speed is too slow.

Review: Epson Perfection V33 Color Photo Scanner - Black (B11B200201), Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2012

4. B&H Photo

Review Credibility: Good More than 35 users review the Epson Perfection V33 scanner, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5. Every single reviewer said they would recommend the scanner to a friend. They praise the V33's color reproduction, setup, resolution and software, only noting that it can be slow. One user describes technical issues that he says may be the fault of the scanner; the other reviews are 4 stars or above.

Review: Epson Perfection V33 Scanner, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of December 2012

5. Staples.com

Review Credibility: Good More than 75 users give an average of 4 out of 5 stars to the Epson Perfection V33 scanner, with almost 9 out of 10 saying they would recommend it to a friend. Most users find it easy to set up, and praise the scans, the color and the software. A few say it is too slow, and others experience some problems with the setup or the software.

Review: Epson Perfection V33 Flatbed Scanner, Contributors to Staples.com, As of December 2012

6. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Good More than 75 users review the Epson Perfection V33 photo scanner, awarding it an overall score of 4.1 out of 5 stars. More than 40 give a perfect score. Those who like the scanner praise its clarity, resolution and color, especially for the price. The handful of users who do not describe quality control issues exacerbated by poor customer service and the difficulty (verging on impossibility) of collecting on the scanner's warranty. Some reviews, both positive and negative, note that the power and USB cables are toward the front side of the scanner, which is somewhat inconvenient.

Review: Epson B11B200201 Perfection V33 Photo Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012

7. NewEgg.com

Review Credibility: Fair About a dozen users review the Epson Perfection V33 scanner, awarding it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 eggs. Three quarters of them give a perfect score. Most reviews praise the scanner's light weight, affordable design and image reproduction. The few that mark it down describe an issue installing the scanner in the Windows 7 64-bit that later reviewers (also using that version) say has been corrected.

Review: EPSON Perfection Series Perfection V33 4800 dpi 48bit Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Interface Flatbed Color Scanner, Contributors to at Newegg.com, As of December 2012

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