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VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner
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- Features: Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines
- Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor
- Resolution: Standard Resolution: 300x300dpi (default); High Resolution: 600x600dpi
- File Format: JPEG
- Requires Micro SD card up to 32GB
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VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner - Ever want to put all of your pictures on your computer but didn't have the time to sit there and scan one after the other? Ever thought of buying one those scanners but you don't have any room in your office to store it? Then the VuPoint Solutions “Magic Wand” Portable Scanner is perfect for you. The VuPoint Solutions "Magic Wand" Portable Scanner allows you to scan the documents that matter the most to you, and back them up on your computer. Do you have those documents that you've had for a while and you're afraid that they're going to rip or even get lost one day? We'll now you can scan them and keep them safe. MODEL: VPSPDSST410WM. Features: Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines. Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor, Resolution: Standard Reso: 300x300dpi (default) High Reso: 600x600dpi, External Memory: Support Micro SD card up to 16GB (Micro SD card not included), File Format: JPEG, LCD: Scanning status display, LCD Display Size: 0.787” x 0.59”, Auto Power Off: Off/ 3 minute/ 5 minute, Scanning Speed: A4 Size: high resolution with color ≤ 28Sec, High resolution with mono ≤ 14Sec, Standard resolution with color ≤ 8Sec, Standard resolution with mono ≤ 4Sec. White Balance: Auto, USB Port: USB 2.0 high speed, Power Source: 2xAA Batteries, Battery Life: ≥ 200 min. Includes: USB Cable, 2xAA alkaline batteries, Pouch, User's manual. Dimension: 10” L x 1.2” H x 1.1” W. Weight: 0.47 lbs.
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1) The scanning portion of the wand is recessed at least 1/2 inch at the end of the wand, which means that if you're trying to fit it against the inner margin (gutter) of a book, you'll end up losing much of your image. Basically your margin has to be about an inch wide for it to work. You can try rotating the wand, but if you scan over a surface that is not COMPLETELY flat (e.g., an open book), you'll get distortions.
2) Distortions. Again, if the surface isn't completely flat, if you don't scan completely straight, if you jiggle the scanner at all, you'll get distortions. If there are curves to the surface of your page (again, common in an open book), they'll show and distort the image. You'll find that a square picture will come out skewed. So if an EXACT reproduction of a page or image is what you're after, this isn't going to do the job.
3) Going off the edge of a page... This scanner works pretty well if you can scan a flat document on a solid flat surface (e.g., a single piece of paper on a tabletop). But if you're scanning a large book, you have the problem of the scanner "dropping off the edge" once you reach the bottom or side of the book. You may not have reached the end of the portion you wish scanned when the scanner itself runs out of room.
4) No ability to remove "screening." If you're scanning photos or color illustrations from a book or magazine, there is no mechanism to get rid of the moire patterns that result from scanning a screened image. Most flatbed scanners have a "descreening" option that enables you to get rid of this. Since it's just about impossible to get rid of a screen moire AFTER the fact, this greatly reduces the scanner's usefulness.
5) No ability to view the image as it is being scanned. If you want to see how it came out, you have to stop work, plug it in, go look at the picture, then click on the "remove device" icon to remove it, go back, scan again, and so on... It would be helpful if you could plug this directly into your computer and see the scans as you make them.
I haven't quite decided if I'm going to keep this product or just give up and try to resell it (the return-by date being long gone), but again... it depends on what you want it for. If you're a student and you just need to be able to scan in material to study, but it doesn't have to be a perfect reproduction (just "readable"), I think this would be very helpful. But if you need a high-quality image, it's going to be very, very frustrating.
It get tiring and frustrating when you have to scan multiple pages and then have to use the USB to connect to your computer.
When you scan multiple pages, you cannot organize them in order to your PDF or what ever your using. The Abbe software wont allow you. Even, when you re-arrange them according to their name.
Magic wand might be useful when you might want to scan a book, but honestly how often would one use this for.
Currently I still have this product, but I have purchased a brother scanner DS 620, which I love.
This product does the trick. You have to be fairly slow and steady to get a good scan, but hey... it's a hand scanner! So no surprise there. The scan quality is quite acceptable for a device of this type. Not what you would get from a flatbed scanner, but hey... it's a hand scanner! Print is readable, photo quality isn't fantastic but might improve as my scanning skills get better.
The scanner is bundled with 'ABBYY Screenshot Reader', which extracts text from an image. ABBYY is one of the major producers of optical character recognition (OCR)software. I have a document scanner that came with and ABBYY OCR program. But I have never seen a screenshot reader before. This product allows you to select an area on your computer screen, and it will extract text from that area and put it in your clipboard.
So when you scan an image with the 'Magic Wand', you can connect the scanner to your computer with a USB cable (included); open the image in a picture viewer; and use Screenshot Reader to capture the text.
You will probably have to do a bit of touch-up after you paste the text into another application. I have yet to see an OCR program that does perfect text conversion. One trick that helps a lot is to zoom in on the text to make it larger. OCR programs work better with larger text.
I am very pleased with the 'Magic Wand'. I keep it next to my laptop in the living room (yeah, I'm a multi-computer geek, and I do "side surfing" while I'm watching TV) so I can quickly scan things out of magazines or books. And it's small enough to toss in my computer bag when I'm on the road. Along with my Planon Printsitk portable printer (Planon Printstik PS950ME Label Printer - Monochrome - Direct Thermal), I've got a complete office in a bag!
Oh, it does eat batteries, but who cares...AAs are cheap.
I run linux, and it showed up under /dev as soon as I connected it. It acts like a usb storage device, just mount it and copy the images to your PC.
However, it seems silly to run on non-rechargable batteries, considering it is something you expect to connect over USB regularly.
I'm hoping it consumes little enough power that I don't have to change them ofter.
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We've long since replaced this with an app on the iphone 6S, though.