The flagship of Epson’s new line of RapidReceipt Receipt and Document Scanners, the RapidReceipt RR-600W Wireless Receipt and Document Scanner ($499.99) is a powerful desktop document scanner designed for the small office, home office (SOHO) market. It replaces the WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition (still on the market for $400). The RR-600W’s capacious ADF (automatic document feeder) allows you to scan up to 100 two-sided documents in one batch. Given its low price, relatively fast scanning speeds, highly respectable accuracy, and excellent Accounting Edition add-on to Epson’s ScanSmart software, the RR-600W easily lands an Editors’ Choice nod for a midrange receipt scanner.
The RR-600W measures about 6.9 by 11.8 by 6.6 inches (HWD) with its trays closed and weighs 8.1 pounds. Of course, when you open its trays, its footprint from front to back almost triples.
Brother’s ADS-2700W. Canon’s comparable imageFormula DR-C230 Office Document Scanner is a little bigger in all dimensions, while Fujitsu’s Image Scanner fi-800R is much smaller.
The RR-600W supports Wi-Fi and USB 3.0, and you can scan directly to a USB thumb drive plugged into the back of the machine. A good-size 4.3-inch graphical touch screen control panel lets you access every scanning configuration or workflow profile.
Fujitsu fi-800R‘s daily volume rating of 4,500 scans is higher, and its ADF holds a mere 20 pages. The ES-500WR, Canon DR-C230, and Brother ADS-2700W all have 50- or 60-page ADFs and duty cycles in the range of 3,000 to 4,000 pages.
The RR-600W comes with downloadable access to Nuance Power PDF (for Windows), Nuance PDF Converter (for Mac), Presto! BizCard, and ScanSmart Accounting Edition. A conventional scanner interface is a standalone app for processing and managing documents, but ScanSmart integrates with utilities and programs, helping them to interact with one another and the scanner itself more smoothly and efficiently.
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Like most scanners nowadays, the RR-600W performed very well on our OCR accuracy tests. It scanned our Arial test page and converted it to editable text error-free down to 5 points, and its conversion of our Times New Roman test page was error-free down to 6 points. It’s possible to get slightly better accuracy scores than these, but you’re unlikely to need to scan documents with type smaller than 6 points.
I also scanned several business cards into BizCard. This and most other card-archiving software does a fine job of scanning and converting data from simple cards without a lot of backgrounds, decorative fonts, and other complex design elements. However, you’ll need to manually enter data from fancy and fanciful cards.
Epson’s technical expertise is on display throughout the RR-600W’s hardware and software, especially the highly accurate scans and Receipt Manager’s ability to categorize data. For just $100 more than the ES-500WR, you’ll get an ADF that holds twice as many pages; a large, easy-to-use touch screen; and the ability to scan to USB thumb drives. Clearly, the new RapidReceipt model is a better value, and well-deserving of our Editors’ Choice nod for a desktop receipt and document scanner.