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Epson Perfection 3490 Photo Scanner

Epson Perfection 3490 Photo Scanner
alaScore 79

140 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Epson Perfection 3490 Photo Scanner is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 140 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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Epson Perfection 3490 Photo


Attractive scans, easy automated features, and a nice price make the Epson Perfection 3490 Photo hard to beat.

Though it's not the fastest scanner around, the dual-purpose Epson Perfection 3490 delivers high-quality photo and film scans at a relatively low price.

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Epson Perfection 3490 Photo


With digital photography becoming more and more the norm, the best justification for a flatbed designed for photo scanning is that it can scan at high enough quality to convert your old film-based photos to digital ones once and for all. The Epson...

Color-restore feature revives old photos. Scans slides and negatives. Scans directly to PDF format

No automatic document scanner. Dust removal works for slides and film only

The Epson Perfection 3490 Photo flatbed scanner produces high-quality photo print scans and reasonable-quality film scans at a record low price.

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X-bit labs - EPSON Perfection 3490 PHOTO Scanner Review


Today we will introduce to you a scanner that can boast this nearly ideal balance between attractive price and great performance for the buck. This model proved to be ideal for those who have to scan multi-page text documents, magazine illustrations...

The EPSON Perfection 3490 PHOTO strives to reach the hard-to-achieve balance between the price and usefulness of a device. I view this scanner as an ideal purchase for people who have to scan multi-page text documents, magazine illustrations for the...


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Excellent. I finally got back to trusty brands and avoid the new influx of cheap junk. Epson gets the job done in spades. The software is top notch. NO compatability issues. No breakdowns. No behavior shifts over time

Its quite a bit loud

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Not any better than it's predecessor


I bought this scanner to replace a 2480. I thought it would be an upgrade, but it's really not. I've only had this scanner for 5 months and now all my scans come out with a bright band down the right side. Each time I retry, more bands seem to appear....

It really is a good scanner. The professional mode allows you to take "raw" scans and the software it comes with allows you to properly adjust light/dark, color, saturation, etc

Motor sounds "rough" and the scanner doesn't seem any better than the older 2480 model. It isn't as fast as I'd like it to be, but I don't think the speed I want can be had at this price

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Works Great


Bought it to scan some old slides and negatives. Seems to fit this purpose well. plan to scan some old prints and our professionsal photos. Plan to use it to scan some important docs as well. WE had some friends who lost everyhting in a fire and it...

Scan quality, can get it working even the front panel buttons without 500mb of junky bloated memory resident software (i.e. HP scanners). Twain support and scanning modes work for all experience levels. Handles slides and negatives well

Not really. I wish it where faster scanning at 3200dpi but they are all slow at this quality unless you are going with e a dedicated slide scanner

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A good scanner for the price


The scanning for 35mm film negatives works very well.

Pictures and text scan well. Easy set up and install. Good scanner for the price for casual scanning

It is a little slow to warm up and to scan. It is also slightly loud while scanning

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EPSON Perfection 3490 (B11B177011) 3200 x 3200dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


Lots of extra feature that I haven't figure out yet. In time I will

Excellent scanner for a low price. Highly recommend this as an everyday uses scanner. Newegg is the best place to shop with the best prices, it will be the only place for be to purchase computer related items. As always the shipping is fast, even to...


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The best scanners are Epson



Great looks ; Software is easy to install ; Instructions easy to follow ; If you install the software then the buttons on the front work flawlessly ; Very fast scanning

A little loud in the preveiw scan

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EPSON Perfection 3490 (B11B177011) 3200 x 3200dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


This scanner is fast and it scans at higher dp than most people would ever need, like many other scanners. What is also nice is that it has the Epson Scan software tools we all know and love; the professional mode is useful. However, this scanner,...


Product Specifications

With the Epson Perfection 3490 Photo, anyone can quickly scan and restore cherished photos and film, or preserve important documents. True 3200 x 6400 dpi resolution and a 3.2 Dmax make brilliant reprints and enlargements possible - even from slides and negatives! The scanner's built-in transparency unit offers convenient scanning of both slides and film strips with remarkable detail, while Epson Easy Photo Fix one-touch color restoration renews faded originals. This versatile performer also provides fully automatic scanning, plus creative software titles such as ArcSoft PhotoImpression and ABBYY FineReader Sprint, so remarkable results are easy to achieve. In fact, when used together with an Epson Stylus ink jet printer, this model presents the perfect solution for creating long lasting, 8" x 10" or larger, frame-ready photos. With Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the Epson Perfection 3490 Photo speeds through every scan, allowing you to quickly digitize images or negatives from your family album for use in many creative applications, including StoryTeller Photo Book Creator, a fun, easy way to produce your own glossy photo book at home. And, with Easy Photo Fix, you can even restore faded photos before adding them to your book.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Model:3490 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 / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional