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VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS ST415 WM)
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- Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines
- Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor
- Resolution: Standard Resolution: 300x300dpi (default); High Resolution: 600x600dpi
- External memory: microSD/microSDHC memory card up to 16GB (microSD/microSDHC memory card not included)
- Lightweight and portable, carry it with you everywhere
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|Operating System||Windows||Windows XP/7/8||Windows||Mac OS|
|Dimensions||1.1 inches x 10 inches x 1.2 inches||3.35 inches x 12.2 inches x 1.97 inches||2.1 inches x 13.2 inches x 3.2 inches||1.9 inches x 12.3 inches x 4 inches|
|Item Weight||0.33 pounds||Information not provided||1.4 pounds||0.7 pounds|
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On the ST415-VPS model (not on the ST415-VP model), the resolution of 900dpi (maximum) is very good (higher than the -VP model and the 600dpi Wolverine mentioned below), and also PDF file output is supported. I purchased the -VPS model at Staples and the one sold here on Amazon might be the -VP model.
* Since there are rollers on only one edge of the scanner, the "bumps" on the other edge tend to move whatever you're scanning when the bumps hit the edge of the paper (see image attached). A similar model, the Wolverine PASS200 Handheld Portable Documents, Books and Photo Scanner (apparently manufactured by the same company) has rollers on both the leading and trailing edges.
* There is about 1" of dead space on each side of the scanner that is not scanned, which may be an issue when scanning a page from a book, i.e. if the left margin is less than an inch.
* Disposable Alkaline batteries are supposedly required; I used NiMH rechargeables and they worked OK but were drained after about 100 scans.
* There is no crop feature (even if the background is entirely white or black), so the resulting scanned image is always 8.5" wide, requiring use of computer software to crop them down to the desired size (say 4x6").
* Scanned photos were always a tad crooked (compared to a flat-bed scanner), also requiring computer software to rotate them into position if desired.Read more ›
The software that comes with the VuPoint is called Abby FineReader, but I haven't used it much. Instead, I open the scans in Photoshop, crop, and save. It's very easy and the images look amazing. You can create a low or high quality scan, but even with the low quality scan, the images look pretty good. I believe you can save the scans in the Abby FineReader program as Microsoft Word docs, jpegs, or pdfs.
If you're one of those people that holds onto a lot of paper and desperately wants to get rid of it, then this scanner was made for you.
It comes very handy when you need to copy legal documents and a copier is not available. The quality of the copy can be verified immediately if a laptop is available as well.
It works great when copying small portions (such as tables, graphs, pictures or cartoons)from very large books,that don't fit on top of a copier.
When making scans of smaller books, or when the text is too close to the edge of the page, it is a good idea to slip a cardboard cover (from a binder for example) under the page, in order to give firm support to the rollers beyond the edge of the page.
I would recommend purchasing the optional hard case and a memory chip, since it has no buil-in memory.
"1) Does NOT scan to PDF" -- Some models do, some don't. Anyway, JPGs can be saved from PhotoShop as PDFs.
"2) Eats batteries for breakfast." -- Not my experience, I've not felt it used batteries too quickly.
"3) Hard case and SD card are available separately. Hard case is over $20." -- Do tablets (iPad, for example) come with cases? No, so what's the gripe? It comes with a perfectly suitable soft case in which my wife carries the scanner in her purse for scanning "at site" as needed.
"4) One must practice getting one's arm and scanning speed calibrated takes practice if you want a good end result. No automatic feeder." -- That's what is to be expected with this kind of device. It doesn't claim to be a flatbed and it is rather obvious that it is does not have an automatic feeder!
"5) Try to set the date and time on this thing...go ahead, I'll wait." -- I did it the first try and I don't claim to be a Sci-fi Guy.
"6) Comes with useless software that isn't needed to view or do anything with the unit." -- Buy a laptop or desktop computer and see how much bloatware comes with it. If one doesn't want to use the included software, don't install it!
"For what it's MEANT to do (i.e. relieve you of over $80 and infuriate you) it does passably well. Oh, and there's the scan to JPG thing. You are better off applying the purchase price toward a flatbed scanner." -- It is MEANT to compliment a flatbed scanner not to replace one. It does more than "passably well" if one takes the time to learn to use it for documentation of items that either won't fit a flatbed or don't need the quality. I.e., don't expect it to do what a flatbed will do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One to the best ideas to use this to scan photos and receipts. I highly recommend this piece for digitizing all your stuff.Published 21 days ago by t winters
Needed this for my mobile office. It works for every application that I have needed so far. Glad that I purchased it.Published 1 month ago by MayaGirl
I am really pleased with this scanner. The more I use it, the more I love it! I was not sure what to expect, as I am not much of tech person, and didn't know how difficult this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Segpdx
When I got my first VuPoint portable scanner wand as a gift, I wasn't sure what to do with it. It turned out to be excellent for saving documents at work, where I don't have... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. B. Stanley
great product. just don't scan from the bottom up or it will be backwards. this is a cool tool to have.Published 3 months ago by lauri anderson
This my 3rd magic wand portable scanner. I bought the 1st one several years ago to scan documents I find in courthouse/museum archives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bc
The concept of this is pretty nice, but it picks up the scan and every little move your hand makes shows. This should be expected. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D and K