Going Paperless – The Epson WorkForce DS-860 Document Scanner Reviewed

Epson WorkForce DS-860

Epson WorkForce DS-860

The Epson WorkForce DS-860 document scanner is a heavy duty scanner suited for any busy workplace. With a daily duty cycle of up to 6,000 sheets it can handle multiple users in a busy office with ease. Some of the key benefits of the WorkForce DS-860 include:

  • Speed – up to 65 pages per minute scan times
  • Improved paper feed technology – reduces misfeeds and paper jams using dynamic skew correction
  • Larger capacity document feeder – can handle up to 80 pages
  • Optional network adapter
  • Compatible with office software – supports TWAIN and ISIS
  • Cloud support – scan straight to the cloud with support for SharePoint, Evernote, Google Drive and SugarSync
  • Includes OCR software – enables editing of scanned documents
  • Compact design – saves on required desk space
Epson WorkForce DS-860 specifications
Scanner TypeSheet Feed, one pass duplex A4 colour scanner
Optical Resolution600 x 600 dpi
Output Resolution75 to 1200 dpi
Effective Pixels5,100 x 21,600 pixels
Colour Scan Mode48-bit internal / 24-bit external
Greyscale Scan Mode16-bit internal / 8-bit external
Monochrome1-bit
Photoelectric Device1 line CMOS Contact Image Sensor
Light SourceThree Colour RGB LED
Document SizePlastic card (in portrait scanning only),
A4, A5, A6, B5, Business card, Letter,
Legal and Custom sizes (can set for up to 5 different paper types),
A3 size supported by digital stitching
Max. size: 216 x 356 mm (Horizontal x Vertical)
Min. size: 52 x 50.8 mm (Horizontal x Vertical)
Input Tray Capacity80 sheets (Based on 75g/m 2  paper)
Paper Weight40-210 g/m 2
Scanning Speed65 ppm/130 ipm: 200 dpi Black & White, Color, Grey
65 ppm/130 ipm: 300 dpi Black & White, Color, Grey
50 ppm/100 ipm: 400 dpi Black & White, Grey
14 ppm/28 ipm: 400 dpi Color
33 ppm/66 ipm: 600 dpi Black & White, Grey
8 ppm/16 ipm: 600 dpi Color
InterfaceUSB2.0 (Type-B standard connector) x 1++
Power ConsumptionOperating: 18W
Ready mode: 7W
Sleep mode: 1.6W
Power Off: 0.4W
Width X Depth X Height300mm x 166mm x 158mm
WeightApprox. 4.0kg

Installation

The Epson WorkForce DS-860 is a fairly compact unit measuring only 30cm wide and around 17cm deep, so finding a location for it was fairly easy. The optional network adapter connects to the DS-860’s USB port and has it’s own power supply. For the purpose of this review, we plugged the scanner directly to a Surface Pro 3 tablet via USB. One thing we did note was that the DS-860 does not support Apple’s OSX.

The setup process was straightforward, plug the cables, install the drivers and then power the unit on. Windows 10 did its thing and we were ready to run the Epson scanning software to start our scans.

Performance

To say this is a fast scanner would be an understatement. Rated at 65 pages per minute, the document feeder was spitting out pages faster than I could collect them. But speed isn’t everything and we also ran a test scan and compared quality against a Samsung CLX-6260 multifunction scanner.

The test page we used on both scanners:

Sample page we scanned

Sample page we scanned

First up was scanning the sample page on the Epson WorkForce DS-860 at 200dpi and then again at 300dpi.

Finally, the Samsung CLX-6260 was used to scan at 200dpi and 300dpi.

Whilst, the scan quality was better on the Samsung, it has an optical resolution of 1200dpi, with the Epson being only 600dpi. With that in mind, the Epson performed quite well against our test scanner. The Epson also has the advantage of being able to do duplex scanning in a single pass where the Samsung scans the first page, flips the paper and scans the second page. This has potential to cause a lot of paper jams in our experience and our number one frustration with the Samsung.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a duplex scanner that can handle heavy duty cycles with a large document feeder and cloud capabilities, the DS-860 is definitely one to consider. The bundled software and speed of scans make any scanning in the office effortless and quick. The only negative we found with the DS-860 was the lack of support for Apple’s OSX. Given how well the unit performed, we hope that Epson release an update to enable this to work on Apples in the future as well.

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