Epson Perfection 1260 Photo: test and review

With its 1260 Photo, Epson offers a package specifically designed for users who do not wish to scan continuously high volume, but perform the most varied tasks with a compact device, without having to invest a lot of money and time in handling. It must also be possible to scan time to time slides or negatives.

The Epson 1260 Photo is a flat-compact color scanner that offers a color depth of 48 bit internal and external 24-bit. The optical resolution is 1200×2400 dpi and can be interpolated up to 9600 dpi by the bais of software. Connection is via USB (1.1), both PC and Macintosh. Supported operating systems are Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP, Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x, Mac OS X 10.1.2 or higher. A separate switch would be desirable.

Installation is very simple to perform, but we must first start with the software and the scanner. Detailed decals indicate the precise procedure. The installation of the TWAIN driver 5 and the software automatically.

Faster than the previous model

Instead of ArcSoft PhotoImpression 3 software, the Epson 1260 now comes with version 4. Also included Presto! Pix Express and Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.5. The range Perfection 1260 also supports technology Epson Print Image Matching (PIM), which provides optimal results in combination with Epson PIM.

especially Note the Smart Panel interface associated with four QuickStart buttons. Before scanner itself, you can choose whether the operation should be carried to a PDF file, a laptop, Palm, e-mail, an application selected by the user or directly to a website . The four buttons to select the Smart Panel menu, copying and scan to e-mail or Scan to Web functions.

Although the Epson scanner is not necessarily part of the fastest, the Perfection 1260 has especially gained speed compared to its predecessor, the 1250 Photo. Thus, during tests on color photos, the waiting time is now from 28 to 22 seconds. The time required for a preview of about 17 seconds.

The Photo version of 1260 provides the ability to scan slides and negatives in a surprising quality. For the source materials are processed quickly and easily, software, different mountings and fittings 35 mm (for slides resembling an oversized mouse) are provided from the start. The equipment and the speed of the scanner are designed for occasional use and not for serial processing as is the case slides professional scanners (with higher resolution). The results are nevertheless surprising and it is not necessary to spend a lot of time.