Epson Perfection 4490 Photo review

Review Date : Mon, 6 Mar 2006

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Epson Perfection 4490 Photo

Straight out of the box the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo gives an impression of high quality. Switch it on and it purrs..

Pros: Very good scan quality, design and build quality
Cons: Digital ICE dust and scratch removal over-aggressive

Straight out of the box the Epson Perfection 4490Photo gives an impression of high quality. Switch it on and it purrs. Some of that purring comes from a secondary motor that drives the moving transparency illuminator in the lid.

Although not as generous as the HP Scanjet 4890, you can batch scan up to 12 35mm film strip frames or four mounted slides and you don't need to wait an age for the results; just a minute for 2400ppi scans, plus the scans are of good quality for a flat bed. Print scans are also very good, with no hint of over-saturation, plus good sharpness. Maybe the scans err on the dark side, but that's better than being too light. Is there a black mark to speak of, well, yes, unfortunately.

Digital ICE dust and scratch removal is featured and, especially so with negative scans, we found that the system left its mark rather too blatantly. It can also quadruple scan times. Apart from that, the 4490Photo gets a thumbs up.

Verdict

Very high standard of construction and excellent software. Only the Digtal ICE facility failed to impress.


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Price as reviewed

£199.00

Scores

Scores
Overall Score 91%