Epson V370 vs V550: Which Epson Perfection is Better?

Perfection line of flatbed scanners is large, and anyone can find a suitable product. But the search can be a little bit tedious. We are going to compare two of the entry-level representatives of the Perfection Line- Epson v370 vs v550. They are similar but different enough to deserve to be compared.

They are both intended for amateur home use and occasional more demanding tasks. Similar in age, released 2011 and 2012, and in features available, the decision between these two can present a dilemma. In this article, we are going to compare them, and hopefully help you make a decision.

Epson V370 vs V550

Categories that we will be rating are:

  • Scan quality
  • Connectivity
  • Size and design
  • What’s in the box?
  • Value for money

Epson V370 vs V550

Epson V550

Epson V550

  • Create Sharp, Vivid Reproductions
  • Scan 35mm Slides, Negatives, and Film
  • Achieve Robust Photo Restorations
  • Bring Faded Photos Back to Life
  • Achieve Greater Productivity with ReadyScan LED Technology
  • Scan Multiple Photos at One Time
  • Convert Scanned Documents into Editable Text
  • Brilliant, True-to-Life Colors
  • Optical resolution: 6400dpi
Epson Perfection V370

Epson Perfection V370

  • Scan 35 millimeter Film and Slides with Ease
  • Scan-to-Cloud
  • Achieve Exceptional Clarity and Detail
  • Easily Scan Oversized Prints, Documents and Artwork
  • Easy-to-Use Buttons
  • Fast Scanning and No Warmup Time
  • Scan Books, Photo Albums and 3D Objects
  • Restore the Color to Faded Photos
  • Optical resolution: 4800dpi
It goes without saying, the most important thing about the scanner is the scan quality. Connectivity is important because you want an easy way to transfer or share your scans. Size and design are important because the work desk is always crowded, and a scanner is typically in plain sight. What’s in the box category will rate if the content of the box is sufficient for normal operation, do you get some extras, or you need to buy some additional parts.

Epson V370 vs V550: Scan quality

Epson Perfection v370

This model has a scanning resolution up to 4800dpi. It scans photos, documents, films. Features that are available show that is built with speed and convenience in mind. It can scan directly to cloud services like Google Docs and MS SharePoint, thanks to the Document Capture Software. This program also makes it easy to Access documents from mobile devices.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software turns document scans into editable text instantly. You can convert them to PDF or send by Email with a press of dedicated buttons. You can scan oversized artwork or photo albums with ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe software.

And thanks to ReadyScan Technology for fast scans and no warm-up time, scanning starts immediately. As far as the old and faded pictures are concerned, they can be retouched with photo restoration feature.

Unfortunately, there is just one holder, for 35 mm films, for the rest of the formats you will have to find another way to keep them in place while scanning. Some customer complains about the lightweight pressure plate. It may not be enough to flatten thicker papers or severely wrinkled ones.

Epson Perfection v550

This scanner has a scanning resolution up to 6400dpi. It can scan photos, document, films, and negatives. And, thanks to the preheating Ready Scan LED technology, the scanning process begins instantly. If you are scanning text pages, you will be happy to know that you can make scanned documents into editable text with built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

All of these features are just the tip of the iceberg. A special feature is Digital ICE light. It enables you to scan old films with good and sometimes excellent results, compared to the dedicated film scanners. It reduces scratches, dust and the damage that those films and negatives suffered through time. Unfortunately, it only works on them, not on photos. For them, a standard provided software-Easy Photo Fix can be of great help. You can select the full auto mode, and the picture quality will be significantly increased, or if you are a more experienced user, try the custom adjustment. It must be said that using Digital ICE Light significantly slows down the scanning process.

To make scanning films easier, Epson has provided with film and negative holders. Unfortunately, some rare and older formats of films and negatives are not supported, so you will have to come with some interesting solutions to stop them from curling while scanning.

Epson V550 scaning quality

The winner is Epson Perfection v550. It can do everything that v370 can, and then some. It is better at scanning old films and negatives, due to the Digital ICE Light.

Epson V370 vs V550: Connectivity

Epson V550 Features

Epson Perfection v370

This scanner connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0, and that is the only connection available. So, it can be said it is a little outdated.

Epson Perfection v550

Only connection available is to a computer via Hi-Speed USB 2.0.  No wireless connection of any kind here, so that is a disappointment, but the good thing is that it has shortcuts to help you to share your scans on Facebook, Picasa, and some cloud services.

Both models have the same problem – Mac OS. Installation for the scanners is not on the disc, you will have to download it, Many, sometimes strange, problems appear. A reason for frustration can be that you cannot start to scan something and then open another app on your computer. The scanning software will most likely go to sleep unless it is continuously upfront and you are touching the mouse.

The winner is – none. It is a tie. Both scanners have only Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection, which is a shame because some kind of wireless transfer is almost a standard these days.

Epson V370 vs V550: Size and design

Epson Perfection V370 features

Epson Perfection v370

The dimensions are 11.2 x 16.9 x 2.6 inches, and the weight is 6, 2 lbs. The design is borderline outdated. Black box, with few brighter colored buttons.

Epson Perfection v550

The design is not really the strong point of this model, it is boxy and outdated. The dimensions are 11.2″ x 19.1″ x 4.6″ (W x D x H). Weight: 9.6 lbs.

The winner is Epson Perfection v370. It is smaller, lighter, and the design is less outdated.

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What’s in the box?

Epson V370 Review

Epson Perfection v370

Epson Perfection V370 Photo color scanner, Transparency Unit (built into lid), Film holder for 35mm film strips and mounted slides, CD-ROM software, Start Here poster. A hi-speed USB cable.AC adapter and power cable.

Epson Perfection v550

In the box you will find the scanner, CD-ROM with software for Windows (Mac version will require download), Start Here poster, Transparency Unit that is built into the lid- 35 mm mounted slides, 35 mm film holders, 6×22 cm medium-format film holders, Hi-speed USB 2.0 cable, C Power Adapter and Cord, and film holders

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The winner is Epson Perfection v550. It has a more versatile film and slide holders.

Value for money

Epson V550 - What is in the box

Epson Perfection v370

This is a great all-around scanner, which will do the job fast. It will satisfy all the needs of an average amateur user, while not making him spend too much money. The price is well balanced for what it can offer and deliver.

Epson Perfection v550

Great scanner with good additional features, like the Digital ICE Light for old films and negatives. It will do everything a home user will ask of it, and it will be successful in doing more serious tasks, like old film restoring, scratch and dust removing…  It may be more expensive than Epson v370, but the capabilities are justifying the price difference.

The winner is, it is a tie again. Both scanners provide good value for the money.

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Final recount

Out of five categories, The Epson perfection v550 won two, The Epson Perfection v370 won in one, and two categories were a tie. The only category where v370 was better was the “design and size”, while it was a shoulder to shoulder result in the “Value for money” and the “Connectivity” category.

Pros and Cons

Epson Perfection v370

Pros:

  • Easy to use and fast
  • Great scan quality
  • Affordable price
  • Great shortcut keys
  • It can convert a scanned document into editable text, email the scans, or convert them to PDF.

Cons:

  • Lightweight pressure plate, it will not straighten heavily wrinkled papers and photos
  • No wireless connection, just USB 2.0 cable

Epson Perfection v550

Pros:

  • Great scanning quality
  • Digital ICE light, it can scan old films and negatives, can repair old photos with Easy Photo Fix, scan more than one photo at a time
  • It easily converts scanned document into editable text
  • It is made out of recyclable materials.

Cons:

  • The design is maybe outdated
  • Connect only with the cable

Final verdict

We all like fights where everything is black and white, good vs bad. But here we have a clash of good against good, so it is difficult to find our favorite. Both scanners will satisfy the needs of an average user, they both do their job pretty well.  The cheaper v370 will suffice if you are not planning on scanning old films and negatives, or trying to restore some old photos in digital shape.

But if such a possibility exists, you would be better off with more versatile Epson Perfection v550. Of course, you will have to pay more for that. But if you find it on sale, then a dilemma will seas to be. Go with Epson v550.

 


 

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