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In the middle of January EPSON introduced its newest flatbed scanner of the legendary Perfection family. Coming to replace the last-year top model, the Perfection 4990 scanner may ship in two versions: PHOTO and PRO. The difference between the two versions is small and mostly concerns the software included.

The top model of the Perfection series is – like all its predecessors – targeted at professional and amateur photographers as well as at all users who need a highest digitization quality. The new model’s distinguishing features are the improved optical density parameter and the ability to digitize transparent originals of virtually any format. Some of the formats supported are only typical for narrowly specialized slide-scanners, so the EPSON Perfection 4990 will surely take up the family tradition of leadership in the product class it belongs to, that is SOHO.

The update of the top model was in fact a long-planned event at EPSON, such updates habitually occurring each January. You may remember the names of the ex-tops: Perfection 4870 in 2004 and Perfection 3200 in 2003. And the Perfection 4990 is going to be replaced, too, somewhere after the next New Year holidays. The question we’re going to answer by this review is if the new scanner is a breakthrough or just a superficially improved last-year model.


The EPSON Perfection 4990 scanner came to replace
EPSON’s last-year top model

 
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