The Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 scanner is a document-munching powerhouse, reviewers say, handling double-sided pages and color with aplomb at 25 pages a minute, helped by its 75-page feeder. One expert says the resulting scans are the best he's seen in a document scanner. The WorkForce Pro GT-S50's energy-efficient ReadyScan LED technology means users don't have to wait for it to warm up and adds to its energy efficiency. Although it can be used to scan business cards, one expert says the included software for doing that is not the best, since only card can be scanned at a time. The WorkForce Pro GT-S50 is compatible with Macs and PCs.
It's a document scanner, but a good one. Scanners intended for documents are never going to turn out high quality photo scans, but the 600-dpi Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 produces the best color photo scans of the document scanners on the market, one reviewer says. And all praise its performance with text.
The hardware is easy, but the software has a learning curve. Users say the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 scanner itself installs easily and works without issue, but the included software isn't always intuitive. The business card software in particular only scans one card at a time, which can prolong the process of working through a stack of cards, users say.
A well-made machine. Most users of the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 document scanner compliment its ability to keep on churning out scans thousands of pages later. One Amazon.com reviewer says that after 20,000 pages, his Epson doesn't skip or double-feed a page, unlike his Fujitsu document scanner with the same mileage.
A good warranty, some customer service complaints. The one-year limited warranty on the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 is standard among better-quality scanners, and most users report never having to take advantage of it. Those that do, however, report a sometimes frustrating experience.
Review Credibility: Excellent M. David Stone gives the WorkForce Pro GT-S50 a 4 out of 5 rating; his "bottom line" reads: "The Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 scanner is impressive enough to earn high marks despite software that's best described as capable but a little hard to get started with." In addition to the steep learning curve on the scanning software, Stone finds fault with the program for scanning business cards, which scans only one card at a time. Otherwise he has nothing but praise for this sheet-fed scanner. A highlight for him is that "there's nothing in the Epson scanner's price range that comes close to it for speed."
Review: Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50, M. David Stone, May 11, 2009
Review Credibility: Excellent Macworld reviewer James Galbraith rates the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 at 4 out of 5 mice and gives it a review that is mostly positive. Galbraith notes that the WorkForce Pro GT-S50 is "the only document scanner we've tested with an LED status menu, which can be helpful when trouble shooting or using presets."He also writes that it produces "the best-looking color scans we've seen from a document scanner." Its scan speed is termed "respectable," but Galbraith notes that scanning into Acrobat Pro was a little slow.
Review: Epson Workforce Pro GT- S50, James Galbraith, Feb. 9, 2010
Review Credibility: Good More than 180 owners post reviews of the Epson scanner on Amazon.com, resulting in an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars, and most reviews are positive. One especially useful review is written by a consumer who owns both the Epson Pro GT-S50 and a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510, a close competitor. The review compares the two and concludes that the Epson is "more flexible" and less likely to double-feed after extended use.
Review: Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 Document Imaging Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 170 owners post reviews on this retail site; they rate the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 an overall 4.3 out of 5 stars, and 85 percent would recommend the document scanner to a friend. One satisfied owner writes: "I finally found a way to manage the tremendous number of documents we handle in my law practice. What a great machine! We now have an efficient way to manage financial statements, tax returns, wage statements."
Review: Epson WorkForce GT-S50 Sheet-fed Scanner, Contributors to OfficeDepot.com, As of December 2012
5. B&H Photo
Review Credibility: Good More than 60 owners post ratings and reviews of the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 on B&H Photo. The overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars. There are a couple of complaints about Epson's customer service, and one user reports that it takes longer than is acceptable to him to scan to a PDF file, which puts text through the optical character recognition program.
Review: Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 Scanner, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of December 2012