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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

91%
Overall score:91%

Pros:

  • Very good scan quality, design and build quality

Cons:

  • Digital ICE dust and scratch removal over-aggressive

Product:

Epson Perfection 4490 Photo

Price as reviewed:

£199.00

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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.

Full Specification

Bundled Software:
Epson Creativity suite, PIM II, Photoshop Elements
Connectivity:
USB 2.0 High-Speed

Film Size:
35mm strip film 12 frames, 35mm mounted slides 4 frames, medium format (6 x 12cm) 1 frame
Optical Resolution:
4800x9400ppi