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on November 15, 2012
I've been using this scanner with a MacBook Pro for about a week and so far so good. You do need to have a microsd card for the scanner to work so be sure to buy that at the same time so you can use it right away.
The scan quality is good, but it can be difficult to make a perfect scan since you have to manually guide the wand over whatever it is you are scanning. This may be problematic depending on what you are scanning. I have scanned flat pages and you can see areas where one side of the scanner may have been moved faster than the other side, resulting in a slightly skewed result. I think this will improve with practice, and it may help to cover the page with a transparent sheet so you don't have to worry about holding it down while scanning with your other hand.
I've also scanned pages in books and I truly prefer using the wand rather than scanning books on a flatbed scanner. Would be hard with small paperbacks though. Results definitely depend on margins of the book and how flat the page is. Overall, I think the quality is great.
When scanning a multi-page document into a pdf, each page is scanned as one file. Then you have to merge them into one document on the computer, which is relatively easy on a Mac using Preview.
The wifi function works decently, but could be improved. To connect to wifi, you turn on the wifi switch, then you have to reconnect your computer or device (e.g. iphone) to the scanners wifi network (Magic Wand). You put in the default password, then you have to go to your browser and type 192.168.1.2 into the address bar which will basically bring up a link to your microsd card, with all the scans on it. You then open each file, and download it to your computer. I think this process could be improved. Its A LOT of steps. After that, you have to remember to reconnect to your own wifi network. You can always take the microsd card out and put it into the accompanying card reader for your computer, which may be faster.
The iphone app could be useful in some ways, but lacks some basic functions, like being able to email the file to yourself. Because of this, and because I try to clean up the scans after scanning them, I just find it easier to do it on the computer, so haven't found much use for the app.