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Epson Perfection 3170

Epson Perfection 3170
alaScore 78

228 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 228 reviews of Epson Perfection 3170. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Epson Perfection 3170 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 228 reviews)

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Epson Perfection 3170


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Epson Perfection 3170 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners on

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Epson Perfection 3170 Photo Scanner - USB 2.0/FirewireEpson Perfection 3170 Photo Scanner - USB 2.0/Firewire

Jul, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 user reviews of Epson Perfection 3170 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Scanners on

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Epson Perfection 3170 Photo Scanner

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

Epson Perfection 3170


Produces high-quality scans; easy to install; comes with adapters for slides and 35mm or medium-format film; nice price; lets you save scanning presets.

Annoying software package; no manual; scans slowly at highest optical resolution.

The Epson Perfection 3170 scans like a champ--and it's cheap, too.

Apr, 2004

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Expert review by: (

Epson Perfection 3170 Photo


The Epson Perfection 3170 Photo ($200 street) is a nicely designed unit that will appeal to users who scan regularly. That's because it's the largest, heaviest, and fastest unit in our roundup—and it produced the best OCR and photo scans as well. It...

Expert review by: Sergey Samarin (

X-bit labs - EPSON Perfection 3170/4180 PHOTO Scanners Review


September was a fertile month for Seiko Epson Corporation as it issued another two products, Perfection 3170 and Perfection 4180, after the August release of the Perfection 2480/2580 pair. The two new scanners are targeted at amateur photographers and...

I guess the results of my tests have helped you to form your own opinion about the continuators of the glorious traditions of the Perfection clan. I would like to acknowledge the creative approach of Epson's engineering team who are always coming up...

Oct, 2004

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jalal Werfalli (

Epson Perfection 3170 Photo


If you thought that scanner technology had dried up with the proliferation of digital cameras, think again. Jalal Werfalli has found a new soul mate in the shape of the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo.

Jan, 2004

Expert review by: Rebecca Viksnins (

Epson Perfection 3170 Photo


The Epson Perfection 3170 Photo scans like a champ -- and it's reasonably affordable, too.

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: fw2005 (

"Great scanner for 22 months"


I was happy with the 3170 for 22 months, then suddenly it started making loud vibrating noises with the scan head stuck at the bottom of the glass.

Excellent photo quality, fast USB 2.0

Mine broke after 22 months

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: mrhumble (

"worth the wait and the money"


i would recommend everyone and their grandmother to buy this scanner, its easy to use and the final products are great. it may not work miricles, but its a solid scanner, good job epson...

i dont know what all the other guys are complaining about, but this is one solid scanner. the images are great and the software is very useful. installation was a breeze, JUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS,

it is a little slow, but i really didnt notice because i usually multitask, it gives me just enough time to tend to other projects.

May, 2005

Consumer review by: ChainsawDoggie (

"Good PROFESSIONAL scanner, novices need not apply."


This is a scanner for professional graphic artists. It's high degree of scanning options, scalability and reliabilty make it a great choice for graphic businesses and prepress. You can easily match the resolution of your RIP system. I've been a...

Inexpensive, reliable scanning power, high resolution, quiet, fast.

Lid is a bit flopsy, nneds better calibrated sidebars on scanning bed.

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: (

"Works Great most of the time"


Just finished scanning over 300 slides and it did a good job on most of them. Decent software package. Overall a very good value.

A few slides like fields of flowers confused the scanner and it tried to scan them as color negative. In the copy center the Auto Document Enhancement has to be turned on each time you use it, come on Epson let us save the settings.

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

"Focus on photos is "soft" - no manual fine tuning of focus is available"


Relaiable scanner, easy set-up and a good value for under $200. Document scanning works OK, & OCR recognition is acceptable.

Photo scanning gives less that optimal results (I've tried 2 of the same model). I find the auto focus to be unexceptably "soft" Although the "help" menue indicates that manual focus is available, I've been informed by tech support that it isn't availab

May, 2004

Product Specifications

The Epson Perfection 3170 Photo scanner offers powerful, one-touch color restoration and remarkable image quality. With leading-edge technology, this high-value performer instantly restores faded photos, slides and negatives. Innovative Epson Easy Photo Fix technology, exclusively from Epson, even provides an incredible dust removal function for optimal scanning of slides and negatives. This product makes restoring images a snap, with three levels of control, including fully automated scanning and two advanced modes with individual setting selections. For added versatility, the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo includes a built-in 35mm slide/film strip and medium format adapter. Scan in a negative or slide and give new life to moments from the past. This product delivers all these convenient features, plus 3200 x 6400 dpi resolution for fine detail and professional results. With convenient PC and Macintosh compatibility, it offers multiple connectivity options, including hi-speed USB 2.0. Add the optional automatic document feeder for quick, easy scanning of multiple-page originals. Or, use this product with an Epson ink jet printer for extraordinary reprints and enlargements. With all this, plus a full suite of photo software titles, the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo offers a complete photo imaging solution - at a truly incredible value.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Canada/France
Model:3170 Photo
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson Perfection


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:3200dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:6400dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 or later / Apple MacOS 9.2.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 98/ME