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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2012
I had been schlepping to the copier at work to scan and email the docs to myself. The printer at work was unreliable and frustrating. This scanner is good quality, reliable, and takes up very little room. Easy to use. Suggest you do two scans of each doc, because sometimes one doesn't turn out that well and you can't tell until you've plugged it in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
This is an excellent little scanner. I do genealogy and am able to scan documents (with permission) for incorporation with my genealogy research. It saves money, because I don't have to get copies of pages from books at the library.

The scanned documents are clear and easy to read. It takes a little practice to get a smooth scan.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
This scanner may be the cat's meow if portability is your main concern, but it's very difficult to produce scans without some distortion, sometimes a lot, particularly when documents are bound. Page edges and margins are nearly always truncated too. Distortion wreaks havoc with OCR software, no matter how accurate, and the slightly hazy monochrome scans, lacking contrast, don't help. The bundled OCR software, free with the actual Abbyy Finereader software, is primitive in comparison to dedicated OCR packages like Omnipage. On the other hand, color scans are relatively good. The scanner's display, by the way, is miniscule. If portability and image scanning are what you're seeking, then this scanner will probably be fine, but so would a digital camera actually. Anyone with more sophisticated requirements, like accurate rendition and text recognition, will likely be a lot happier with a dedicated page scanner or flatbed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2011
Pros:
- Quick Scanning of anything.
- Portable.
- Works on Battery (no Cables required).
- Resolution is great.
- Build Quality is good.
- Quickly view scanned items on a PC through a USB cable.
- Images size for the scanned items are small (around 500 KB for an A4 page)

Cons:
- Scanned items should be flat (difficult to scan books); best way around it is to scan book pages from side to side (not top to bottom) and it requires few practice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
This is definitely a product you need to practice with to get good quality scans. It's easiest if you're scanning something large and flat with sufficient white space on all sides of the intended scanning area. Small items require using either a clear sleeve or tape on the back to hold the small item still.

For scanning pages in books (which is the main purpose I bought this) it's tricky. The scanner doesn't go totally from end to end. Leaving the user to figure out which direction is likely to yield the best copy...So, for example with text that goes almost into the inner binding, you'd probably have the best luck holding the book in front of you with the scanner held vertically - and then scanning from the inner binding side of the page to the right margin. Does that make sense?

I picked up a tip from another review, which suggested that you use a piece of stiff white paper under book pages or for book covers (front or back). The reason is that there are small wheels that need to be engaged in order to keep the scanner on and then tell it when it's done off.

So, if you're scanning a book page from top to bottom and you get to the end of the page, you actually need to scan past the last section of text, for it to be included in the scanned image. If you don't extend the page by using a piece of white paper (like craft medium tagboard) the scan will stop as soon as both wheels stop turning and you won't get everything in the scan.

I tried to explain this as clearly as possible, but, I suspect it would make 100% sense if you actually had the scanner in hand.

That workaround isn't terrible. But, it was a disappointing discovery that you can't, for example, be reading a paperback and come to something you want to scan and just roll the scanner over the page. With a paperback, it wouldn't do anything unless you had a large enough piece of paper under the page - large enough to come in contact with the wheels on either side of the scanning 'window.'

There might be other scanners with simply turn scanning on and off with a button and don't require physical wheels to control ANYTHING. To clarify, there IS an on/off switch for the product, and you DO click it on to start, but, it stops scanning once the wheels aren't turning.

This will make sense if you can find an image of the bottom of the scanner - or, of course, if you're actually holding it! Good luck.

I decided to keep it and figured I'd have to use bookmarks for pages and then have a second step where I'd set the book up on a flat surface with a piece of tagboard (which I bought) and then scan all the pages I wanted - just not as I'm reading. Too bad!

A positive: The color quality is outstanding the the detail is also outstanding. I happened to get a part of my tablecloth in a scan and I could see the threads and the color was incredibly true!

I hope this helped!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2011
The quality and ease of use are excellent. However, I bought it to utilize the OCR. After buying this one and a different model (415), then calling the software provider, I discovered the included ABBYY 6.0 software does NOT convert the jpegs to edit in Word. This really seems to be mis-label on the package, which is upsetting. A version 10.0 is required, but no included with the purchase of the scanner. I have returned the scanner because of this. If you don't want OCR then this is a very good scanner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
Just got this scanner today. Remember: Need to calibrate white balance before first use which is very simple. Just follow the included instruction. The white sheet is also included. This model does have both JPG and PDF option. Also 300/600/900 dpi. Overall happy with the quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
I am impressed by the overall good quality of this device. I have not tried using it as a hammer, but it appears to be very solidly built, with excellent fit and finish.

Also, it is very easy to use: the interface is pretty much intuitive, and the transfer of data to my MAC is
just the usual externally-attached disk drive type of interface.

I can't think of any downsides to this product: a little practice gets very good results.

John Doner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
This thing is great - I had it working in a minute without reading any instructions or installing any software!

Unlike scanners I'm used to, this works much more like a digital camera - it has a memory card and works without a computer connection, so when you're done scanning you plug it into your computer to download the scans.

Setting it up just involved putting in the batteries and the memory card (both were included).

To scan is simple: you press the SCAN button and wait a moment for the light to go on, then you roll it over the material you're scanning, then you press the SCAN button again to tell it you're done.

Once you've finished scanning everything, you connect it to your computer with the included USB cable and it shows up like a standard digital camera or thumb drive folder.

The scan quality is perfectly fine for scanning things like bills, receipts, and such. I didn't try it with photos.

That's really all there is to it. Other things worth mentioning:
- It also includes a nice carrying case.
- There's a little LCD readout window that shows how many scans are stored, and settings and such.
- There are a couple of buttons to control whether you want to scan in high or low resolution, and color vs. B&W.
- There are also some little holes you can poke with a pin to set the time/date (I didn't bother), and to format the memory card.
- I've only just got it so I can't comment about battery life. But it uses standard AA batteries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
Excellent product. Easy to learn and use. Quality of scanned documents is as good as the document itself. Very easy to carry and store. I use it to copy old church and govt records as I document my family history. Makes the process a snap.
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