Best Wireless Scanning Experience to Date: Epson WorkForce 840
I hate paper. Yet I have piles of it.
Many of my Dyn Inc. documents do get digitized thanks to a kick-ass HP scanner at the office that emails you a PDF of whatever you insert. At home, however, it’s been a pain.
Finally fed up with tons and tons of paper lying around, I made an (impulsive) purchase of an Epson WorkForce 840.
I could not be happier with this thing. Here’s my workflow:
- Toss in a pile of papers.
- Press Scan, then Scan to Memory Card.
- Get a full color duplex scan as a PDF over the network via the scanner’s file sharing. No fuss.
All for $180. Plus it prints and all that jazz (but who cares… wasn’t it printing that got us into this mess to begin with?).
In detail, here it is. Start off with a bunch of two-sided pages (tray holds up to 30):
Make sure I have a USB flash drive installed. This stays here all the time and is mounted over the wireless, just a spare 1GB USB flash drive. Nothing fancy.
On the touchscreen, select Scan, then Scan to Memory Card.
When it’s done, the PDF is accessible from the Samba share that has the USB flash drive mounted. Just make sure you turn on network file sharing in the Epson’s setup menu.
Go buy an Epson WorkForce 840 and clean out your home office.