Epson WorkForce DS-60000 Document Scanner Review
The Epson WorkForce DS-60000 Document Scanner is a massive scanner built for fast, high-volume scanning of documents at up to tabloid width.
- Heavy-duty scanning at up to tabloid width
- Tabloid-sized flatbed
- Very good OCR accuracy
- 200-sheet ADF
- Very large for a scanner
- A bit slower than its rated speeds for simplex and duplex scanning
- Even slower at scanning to searchable PDF
- Limited software selection
Offices with heavy-duty scanning demands would do well to consider the Epson WorkForce DS-60000 Document Scanner ($2,899direct). This color duplex (two-sided) scanner can quickly scan large jobs, including tabloid size (and even longer banners), and has a large flatbed for scanning more delicate materials. Although it didn’t quite match its rated speeds, it should be fast enough for most offices needing high-volume scanning, and it can scan wider documents than standard scanners.
The DS-60000 is built for high-volume scanning, with a daily duty cycle of up to 5,000 pages, and is rated at 40 pages per minute (ppm) for simplex (one-sided) scanning and 80 images per minute (ipm) for duplex (two-sided) scanning, where each side of a page counts as one image.
The 59-pound DS-60000 has a 25.2-by-18.5-inch footprint, so you’ll want to set it up on a table or bench of its own. On top is a 200-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) that fits paper up to tabloid (17-inch) width—it can actually scan banners at up to 17 by 100 inches. The ADF and output tray lift to reveal the tabloid-sized (11-by-17-inch) flatbed which can be used to scan books, odd-sized materials, and delicate documents.
In the same line, the Epson WorkForce DS-70000 ($3,999 direct) is rated at a blazing 70 ppm for simplex and 140 ppm for duplex scanning, and has an even more prodigious daily duty cycle (8,000 pages). The Epson WorkForce DS-50000 ($1,495 direct) can also scan at up to tabloid size, but with a flatbed as it lacks an ADF.
TheDS-60000 was easy enough to set up. One quirk is that you have to put a couple of small rollers in place, but the process is well explained and proved simple enough.
Software is limited to Epson’s scan utility and its Image Capture Plus (which can scan to the cloud), and ABBYY FineReader Sprint for OCR. IT departments looking to buy a scanner of this caliber will likely have document management software, which is not included, already.
I tested the DS-60000 using Epson’s scanning utility, using our standard 25-page letter-size test documents for simplex and duplex scanning. In addition, I did some ad-hoc scanning of tabloid-sized documents, both using the ADF and the flatbed. Its ability to scan large-format documents was impressive enough.
In scanning our letter-sized test document to image PDF at 200 ppi, the DS-60000 averaged 31 ppm and 62 ppm for simplex and duplex scanning, respectively. That’s 78% of its rated scan speeds for the two modes, a little off although within an acceptable range.
I scanned our test document to searchable PDF at 200 ppi, and it turned in a lackluster average time of 2 minutes 59 seconds in scanning our 25-page document in simplex mode. In simplex at 300 ppi, the recommended resolution for searchable PDF, it slowed a little more, to an average of 3:22.
It did very well in our OCR testing using ABBYY FineReader Sprint at 300 ppi grayscale, reading our Times New Roman test document down to 6 points and our Arial test document down to 5 points without error.
The only other large-format scanner we’ve reviewed is the Plustek OpticPro A320, capable of scanning to super-tabloid size (12 by 17 inches). Although we reviewed it in 2008, it’s still widely available. However, it is flatbed only and lacks an ADF, so although it can scan large documents at high resolutions, it wasn’t built for speed.
The Epson WorkForce DS-60000 is a formidable scanner built for high scanning volume and speed, and capable of automatically scanning tabloid-sized documents with its 200-sheet ADF. Although it didn’t quite live up to its rated scan speeds, and was a bit sluggish in scanning to searchable PDF, it’s an impressive machine suitable for meeting the demands of offices with prodigious scanning needs, including high-volume scanning.
By Tony Hoffman, PCMag
- Maximum Optical Resolution: 600 pixels
- Maximum Scan Area: Tabloid
- Scanning Options: Reflective
- Flatbed: Yes
- Automatic Document Feeder: Yes
- USB or FireWire Interface: USB
- Ethernet Interface: No