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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
With Amazon's stellar return policy I decided "what the heck," and ordered the copycat scanner. I think all hand held scanners basically have the same plus and minus attributes.

Pros:

light

easy to use

even though the product description says the sd card isn't included, I not only had the mini sd card that fits the scanner but an sd adapter card to be able to use it on my computer in the package, that was, as one of the previous reviewers said, an unexpected surprise:)

comes with a cloth sheath so you can carry it to the library or wherever or keep the dust off at home.

There is editing software, or, since it is saved as a jpeg it can be edited by your own software, from some super fancy 500 program to freeware like Gimp. The image can also be edited in programs like word using OCR though I haven't played with that feature yet.

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Obviously flat picture would be the easiest to scan. Figuring out how to get a book to lay flat enough, keeping your hand steady and the scanner straight takes some practice. If the scanner goes crooked the picture will be crooked. I don't consider this a negative unless you consider getting a piano and not being gershwin the first time or several times you try to play:) this is just a matter of practice and wiggling the book around and lining up the arrows that are on the sides of the scanner and realizing that is how much will be scanned, plus the scanning light is in the middle so you have to remember to start above where you want to scan and follow through all the way down.

For books I have found using the non skid kitchen mats that go under cutting boards also keeps it fairly steady so I can concentrate on using both hands to keep the scanner straight and not worry about the book sliding around.

However, in just a few days I can see how much my scans have improved. Don't be afraid to scan sideways either if that makes the fit easier, you can always turn a sideways picture straight with the software. Even go from the bottom up, which has helped on some of the pages I've tried to scan.

The clarity and quality of scans I'm getting make me happy. I have a ton of cookbooks and I want to scan them, upload them to Living Cookbook 2011 and make some room in my overcrowded house. This scanner is going to be a perfect help.

Also, because it is light, it could be easily carried to the library and copy pages from book that can't be checked out, it would be perfect for students, say you need to borrow someone's notes, you could literally scan them in a few minutes, hand the notes back, the notes are in the sd card, and bring them home to upload.

The only negative is the spines of the books have to be pretty flat and I could see damage, on the other hand, copiers I have used also require the book to be squished down.

The scanner comes with software, usb cables, batteries, a carrying case, a white cardboard to calibrate, easy to read instructions (and let me tell you, easy to read from me means something, I am so far from a tech wizard it's sad, and even I could understand this)

You can be set up and happily scanning in minutes. Proficient in a few days.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
I have now bought three of these scanners. I bought them for a specific purpose; to scan newspaper cuttings. I have collected newspaper cuttings for years which require, cutting them out and then scanning them. This two stage process is not ideal. Firstly it leaves the newspaper full of holes and no-one else can read the paper. Secondly the separate scanning process is time consuming and more often than not is not done. This hand scanner was a wonderful solution to newspaper cuttings. Scan while you read and process at the same time! The problem is that all three scanners stopped working. The first after 1000 pages, the second after 300 pages and the last after 444 scans. In all three cases the failure start the same way. Firstly when you push the button after making a scan the green light does not go off. If you keep your finger on the button then the scanner is switched off - at this stage the scanner can still be used. The next phase the scanner 'freezes' with the screen showiing "8888" and that is the end of the scanner! I have reformatted the SD disc but it makes a no difference. The scanner is a great idea - all that is now needed it to get it to work.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
After a few scans, you get the twist. Perfect if you need a portable scanner or you need to scan something that doesn't fit in a fixed scanner. Came with a sd card (I did not expect that and I appreciated it)
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2011
So, I love this scanner...it's easy to use, scans quickly and clearly, and you can take it and use it anywhere. I would have given this five stars if not for one problem: the software is NOT Mac-compatible. What a disappointment. So, I can load the scanned images onto my Mac, but I can't cut and paste anything into a Word doc or anything. I guess I could pull out my old PC, but I had hoped never to have to use that again...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2011
This is my first hand-held scanner, so it has been a learning experience.
As other reviewers have said about the hand-held scanners, they work best if what you want to scan can be laid flat.
I have found that if I start at the binding edge (if that is the correct term) of a book and scan outward, across the page, it will give a fairly readable image.
The only problem that I have (so far) is that the "NimoDoc Lite" software that came with the scanner seems to lose the last scan. I will admit that I have been too lazy to ask the company about this. I just make an extra scan, which works for what I have been doing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2012
I was a little worried when I first bought this, but not anymore. It works great. There are rollers on the bottom to keep it straight while scanning. It has two settings for resolution. It also has a monochrome and color toggle. All my scans come out great.

It also has an auto shutdown feature to save power. I though that was a nice option for a battery powered scanner. You also get a bag which this.

My only complaint would be the software. It stinks. However, you do not need it. The scanner shows up as a drive when you plug it into the computer, just like a camera would. You can preview and copy your files easily.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
This is perfect for someone who does not have room for a flatbed scanner, travels or needs something that is simple to use. This scanner came ready to use, was easy to install and so far has worked excellent for the purposes intended. It works on texts, loose documents and photos, and because you do not have to feed the item through the scanner, it is easy to scan labels and documents that cannot be removed. It came with a memory card, transfer cable, lens cloth and cloth case to store/carry it in, and it arrived early. I recommend this for the price and convenience of having something portable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
Good little product. Clear scans and easy to set-up and use. Unlike the one my bosses got me for work, this one came with the micro SD card. No complaints here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
I cannot imagine getting started with this scanner being any more simple. Every thing you need is included (I even had the micro chip included with my order!). The price for value is so much better than any other handheld scanner I reviewed. My sense is that it performs better than the competition and costs less. I use the scanner for genealogy research and am able to copy documents from libraries and museums much more efficiently than ever before. The jpeg feature is perfect, because you can edit, adjust, flip the image, convert to text to your hearts content. If you have any need for a handheld scanner, this is the one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
I work out of the office a lot and many times need copies of documents. Sometimes there is not a copier available. Sometimes I find that there is a long document that I need to read and understand but I am pressed for time. With the scanner, I can scan the document, bring the scanner home and hook it to the computer and either make a copy for myself or I can put the document on the screen when I have the time to read it. This has been a handy addition to my brief case.
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