Reviewers say the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner isn't the top of the heap -- that distinction belongs to the company's more-expensive professional scanners. But for an average family looking to scan prints, negatives or slides, and documents, this versatile machine will help get the job done competently. Reviewers say the V330 Photo's scans look good, the 180-degree lid with telescoping hinges makes scans of thick objects easy, scanning multiple pictures at once is a snap and the ability to scan transparencies sets it above other value-priced scanners. Minor quibbles include the need to go online for documentation and the odd placement of the USB and power cables toward the front of the device.
A competent performer for prints and transparencies. The Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner produces respectable scans of both prints and negatives/slides at 4,800 dpi, reviewers say, though better results on the high end of that range may require using software other than that which ships with the V330. Scans are fast at lower resolutions, slowing at the higher end of the range. Some users complained of problems with slide scans, though most said it did a tremendous job when they followed the instructions.
Reasonably simple to install and operate, but lacking instructions. Those users who experience problems with the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner say they are caused in part by the users' manual, which is only available online and cannot be easily printed. Some users complain that the included software isn't always intuitive, but most say they have no problems installing or running the scanner. Mac users should be careful to read instructions, as some users warn that running the scanner on OSX requires not using the included CD.
Thousands of scans with no issues. Users report running the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner for thousands of print and slide scans with no problems. A couple of users note problems with a line of color through their scans; according to the description on Epson's Web site, that problem is covered under warranty if it appears.
A good warranty, standard support. Few users of the Epson Perfection V330 scanner report needing to file a claim on the one-year limited warranty, which is standard among better-quality scanners in our report. Those who do report mixed experiences with customer service, which appear to vary depending on how technologically savvy the user is at the time of the call.
Review Credibility: Excellent TrustedReviews.com awards the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner an 8 out of 10 score overall, with 8s in Features, Scan Quality and Speed and a 9 in Value. They call the V330 a "good general-purpose scanner for home and photo enthusiast use." The scan quality is marginally better than some other flatbed scanners, and they like the transparency adapter. They don't like the cables near the front of the scanner.
Review: Epson Perfection V330 Photo review, Simon Williams, April 18, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Kristofer Brozio puts the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner through a hands-on test, documenting the unboxing, installation and operation of the scanner with a blog entry and photos. He likes the scanner's ability to scan directly to a printer, handle thick items like books and recognize text. The images turned out well, he writes, though he does not test film or slides. "It's fast and quiet and it works very well," he says, awarding the V330 a 9 out of 10 score.
Review: Untittled, Kristofer Brozio, Dec. 7, 2010
Review Credibility: Good This former About.com guide gives a hands-on review of the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner, awarding it 3.5 out of 5 stars. The footprint is large, and the USB cables near the front of the machine are inconvenient, he notes. The undated review finds the scanner competent, but unremarkable, though a decent value. It's on the noisy side, but it can scan multiple images at once. (Note: ConsumerSearch.com is owned by About.com, but the two do not share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner, Peter Piazza, Not dated
4. B&H Photo
Review Credibility: Good About 65 users weigh in on the Epson Perfection V330 Photo scanner on B&H Photo, awarding it an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Almost all of them say they would recommend the scanner to a friend. Users report good results with both photos and slides, though several point out the wait for the highest-resolution results. They praise the V330's ease of installation and use, and they call it a great value.
Review: Untittled, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 100 users give the Epson Perfection V330 scanner an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. They praise the scanner's work with prints, saying the scans are of good quality, quiet and quick. Users sharply disagree on the V330's abilities with slides and negatives; some say they are fuzzy and terrible; others say that with the proper settings and software, they're sharp, perfect and stunning.
Review: Untittled, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Epson.com has more than 210 user reviews of the Perfection V330 scanner, and the site offers a good mix of positive and negative reviews, averaging 3.9 out of 5 stars. About four out of five reviewers would recommend the scanner to a friend. Most say the V330's scans are beautiful from both prints or negatives/slides; complaints mostly center around instructions, which are minimal or confusing, and the length of time high-quality scans take.
Review: Untittled, Contributors to Epson.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Fair Only a few users at Newegg.com review the Epson Perfection V330 scanner, but their reports are technically savvy, detailed and helpful. Most like the scans it produces. Two say they wish the cover fit more snugly, though they note that photos that are curled can be held down with a book to scan.
Review: Untittled, Contributors to Newegg.com, As of December 2012