Most of us will probably find it quite laughable when we look back at the promises of the paperless society that modern technology was supposed to usher in, considering that we’re surrounded by more paper than ever these days. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a paperless home or office, about the only way to deal with it is to take matters into your own hands, and Epson’s Perfection V19 ($70) is a nice affordable way to get started. Packing a handy set of scanning features into a small profile, flatbed scanner, this latest entry in the company’s Perfection lineup provides useful cloud-based scanning solutions, so you can even use it to scan directly to everything from Facebook to Evernote.
The scanner features 4,800 x 4,800 DPI resolution and can capture standard letter-sized documents in as little as ten seconds, with no warm-up time required. The flatbed design makes it a great option if you’re primarily looking to scan photos, and the removable lid can even accommodate bulky photo albums without having to remove individual photos. A built-in kickstand lets you place the scanner vertically so it doesn’t take up much desk space, and the scanner is USB powered so you won’t have to worry about finding an extra plug for it. It even packs in some advanced features like digital dust correction to remove dust from scanned photos, and Easy Photo Fix to restore color to old faded photos and prints.