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Disappointing - depends on what you want it for
on December 8, 2010
If all you want is to scan an article or recipe, where the quality of the scan isn't so important, this would be a useful product. I purchased it to scan images from antique books that would be damaged if placed on a flatbed scanner. I found the product extremely disappointing, for the following reasons.
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.