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Like all other scanners in the Perfection series, this model comes in an Epson-style package that contains the following:

  • Scanner
  • Two holders for transparent originals
  • Power adapter
  • Power cord
  • USB cable
  • CD with an exclusive software pack
  • CD with Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Installation guide

The case of the Epson Perfection 4490 is made of robust silvery plastic with decorative inserts. As usual, all of the scanner’s connectors are located at its back panel: a USB socket for connecting to a computer, a connector for the slide-adapter (or the optional ADF device), and a power connector.

The new scanner is covered all around with stickers that remind you to unblock the transportation locks before you first turn it on. There are two such locks here. One is on the device’s lid and blocks the drive mechanism of the slide-adapter’s lamp. The other lock blocks the scanning carriage and is located at the back panel near the connectors. When closed, the main lock also blocks the USB connector so you just can’t use the scanner without unlocking it.

A reflective screen must be taken out of the scanner’s lid to digitize transparent originals. Then you put the originals into the special holders and then place the holder on the scanner’s bed. Two holders are included with the device.

A Power On/Off switch is located on the left of the side panel. To minimize the effects of electromagnetic interference, the power adapter is external.

The Perfection 4490 is quite an easy-to-use device. It has four quick launch buttons on its face panel which start up the scanning program with presets to send the scanned image to the printer, via e-mail or save as a PDF file.

The next section is about the scanner’s software. Tests will follow after that.

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