Before delving into the ES-65WR, I should point out that this is not the first Epson portable bundled with the ScanSmart Accounting Edition Software that we ‘ve reviewed. You can besides get the fiscal extension with the caller ‘s beefy ( and costlier ) WorkForce ES-300WR, which is basically the highly impressive Editors ‘ Choice ES-300W plus the circuit board. Those 300-series scanners have built-in automatic rifle document feeders, and as such are much better at handling heavier workloads .
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At 1.3 by 10.7 by 1.8 inches ( HWD ) and 0.7 pound, the ES-65WR is identical in size and cinch to its siblings, the DS-80W and the ES-60W. All three Epson models are smaller and lighter than most competitors we ‘ve tested, including the Editors ‘ Choice Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner and the Visioneer RoadWarrior X3 ( another Editors ‘ Choice model ). The IRIScan Anywhere 5 WiFi, on the other hand, is very close in size and weighs alone reasonably more than the ES-60WR .
The ES-65WR supports radio network, which, among other things, allows multiple users to connect to and use the scanner concurrently. The ES-65WR takes this even further by mechanically detecting when a read is coming wirelessly or over USB, and then configuring itself consequently. It besides supports single-pass bilateral scan. Looking around the scanner itself, it ‘s closely identical to its DS-80W and ES-60W siblings. All controls and the mini-USB larboard are located on the right side of the machine, as shown below .
On the right-front edge you ‘ll find Wi-Fi Connect ( for connecting with Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or WPS ), the Wi-Fi Switch ( for toggling manually between Wi-Fi and USB ), and the Power push button. On the correct end crown is a mini USB slot for charging and/or a data joining. And on the left goal you ‘ll find a intend sphere for scanning cards, receipts, and other narrow items .
As with most scanners, all aspects of your scan, including its resolution, finish, and document format, are determined in the software on the calculate device hosting the scanner. The ES-65WR does have a small operate dialog box, but it ‘s designed chiefly to choose connection types and to display device status .
The controls consist of a Start/Stop toggle and a minor LED that displays the play along status lights : automatic pistol Feeding Mode, Battery, Error, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Access Point. To the good of the LED is a ready condition light .
It’s in the Software
The ES-65WR ‘s software bundle is simpleton but highly effective. It includes Nuance OCR for converting scanned text to editable text, ScanSmart, and the ScanSmart Accounting Edition extension. It besides includes apps for scanning to your Android or iOS mobile devices. ScanSmart is the ship’s company ‘s latest scanner interface for setting up, scanning, and action scans .
Since I reviewed the ES-300WR second in October 2018, Epson has added support for the background translation of QuickBooks and TurboTax to the ScanSmart Accounting Edition circuit board, ampere well as improved the Excel support. The Accounting Edition circuit board consists primarily of an extension called Receipt Manager that mechanically recognizes and extracts fiscal data from invoices, receipts, and other fiscal documents. Receipt Manager then helps you manipulate the data to make it compatible with fiscal or tax programs, which can help eliminate flat and inefficient manual of arms entry .
The Excel export is CSV, a format accepted by most bookkeeping programs. Epson says that as you use the software ‘s automatic pistol file naming and receipt-recognition tool, ScanSmart learns how to identify recurring data, such as seller names and logos, recurring expenses, and then on, thereby streamlining the store, retrieve, and find of critical data. As for its QuickBooks and Turbo Tax support, ScanSmart hooks directly into these programs and walks you through the export process .
Epson rates the ES-65WR at 1 page per 4 seconds or 15 pages per hour ( ppm ) for nonreversible pages and about twice that, or 30 images per minute ( ipm ), for bilateral pages. But as with any manual-feed scanner, a lot depends on how cursorily you can feed it pages. My feel with the ES-65WR and its evenly rated DS-80W and ES-60W siblings is that if you have the clock time and patience to sit there feeding it pages, one after the other, as each preceding page finishes scanning, you can get close to Epson ‘s ratings. I tested the ES-65WR over USB from our standard Intel Core i5-equipped testbed personal computer running Windows 10 Professional .
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At 11.9ppm and 23.8ipm, when scanning to image PDF, the ES-65WR was a fraction of a foliate faster than the DS-80W, but these times are more than twice adenine fast as those of the Visioneer X3 and the Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner ; but recall that the X3 and the IRIScan Anywhere 5 WiFi do n’t support automatic pistol reversible scan. The IRIScan Anywhere 5 did reasonably better on biased scans than the Xerox and Visioneer models did, but it still could n’t keep up with the ES-65WR, falling behind by well more than 4ppm .
When scanning to searchable PDF, the ES-65WR easily scanned and converted the text file pages a fast as I could feed the scanner, and its Automatic Feeding Mode well combined multipage scans into one, mechanically accepting and inserting the pages in the arrange they were scanned. Since a lot of this process depends on drug user intervention, I did n’t clock time it, but it all worked smoothly. Clearly, though, if you plan to scan multipage documents, you ‘d be much better off with the ES-300WR and its 20-sheet ADF .
If, after scanning several pages, you must go back and make multiple corrections, it does n’t truly matter how fast the scanner is. Combined with Nuance OCR, the ES-65WR scanned both our Arial and Times New Roman baptismal font test pages down to 6 points error-free. That kind of accuracy is about angstrom dear as it gets .
Both the Visioneer and the IRIScan models mentioned earlier managed 8 points without mistakes, which is n’t bad, either. The Xerox Travel Scanner, at 5 points mistake-free on the Arial page and 6 points on Times New Roman, did a little better .
Good for Capturing Financial Data
While the ES-65WR packs an impressive software pile, make sure you plan on scanning lots of fiscal data before you decide to buy it. If not, you can save $ 100 by going with our Editors ‘ Choice portable scanner, the Epson ES-60W. That said, if you have a set of receipts and other fiscal data you need to keep path of, the ES-65WR is an excellent respect. On acme of the great software, it ‘s fast, performs well, offers great travel-friendly features including a rechargable battery and wireless connectivity.
Epson WorkForce ES-65WR Wireless Portable Document Scanner—Accounting Edition
MSRP $ 259.99
The Bottom Line
The Epson ES-65WR portable document scanner is a fast, accurate, and feature-rich lightweight machine designed for the road warrior .
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