I'd like to upgrade my scanner. I currently use an Epson Perfection V37. As I often scan CD booklets or record sleeves, I really need a scanner with two light sources that will eliminate any shadows and highlights caused by kinked, uneven covers.
I tried the Epson Perfection V600 before, but the scan results were rather bad. Instead of shadows or highlights, I got red and blue tinted areas where the covers were uneven - I guess this may be some kind of chromatic aberration. Oddly, this was only a problem when scanning dark colors.
Here is a scan of textured paper that shows how it's only a problem with dark images:
When I turned on the paper texture mode (which switches off one of the light sources), I only got red tinted areas.
Epson support assured me the scanner must be broken, so I returned the refurbished device I had originally purchased and bought a brand new one, but it had the same problem.
Here is the same cover scanned with the V37 for comparison:
Are there any good alternatives to the V600? Does the V550 suffer from the same problem as the V600?