Scanner was provided by the good people at TaoTronics as a 'for review' item. Of course, there was no discussion of a 'good review' in exchange. So, here's my experience with the product. First of all, everything but the needed MicroSD memory card and a dedicated charger are in
Scanner was provided by the good people at TaoTronics as a 'for review' item. Of course, there was no discussion of a 'good review' in exchange. So, here's my experience with the product. First of all, everything but the needed MicroSD memory card and a dedicated charger are in the box. The charger is not an issue because you can charge it through a USB (Micro) port off any generic charger or even your computer if needed. The card, you actually need to buy one and, since this is not meant to be some industrial scanning operation, even the smallest size would do so we are talking just a few dollars. So, this is what you get: - Scanner wand. It's wide enough to allow for scanning of A4 and Letter size documents (8.5"x11") but it's not too heavy. - Scanner carrying bag. A most welcome add-on. It's 'cheap', black nylon but it's good enough to minimize scratches and it looks good enough not to be embarrassing. - USB cable. Can be used for charging and/or connecting to a computer to view stored scans or do some file management. - Calibration paper. Didn't have to use it yet but it's good to know that it's there if and when your scans start looking too dark or washed out. - Microfiber wipe cloth for cleaning the scanning lens when needed. - Manual in English/German/Italian/French/Spanish. The English section is only 10 small pages but it really has everything you need to know, including phone numbers to call and emails to write to if you ever need help or support. Operation is as straightforward as pressing a couple of well labeled buttons and then sliding the wand over the page you are scanning. It's almost as simple as that. In practice, maybe 10 minutes of training should make one a scanning expert. I know it made me. Resolution goes as high as 1050 dpi but it can be as low as 300 dpi. The way this works is: the lower the resolution, the faster you can scan. For example, you can do 2-second scans at 300 dpi but it's recommended that you slower when you do a higher resolution with some 12 seconds per page at the highest setting. You have a choice of 3 formats: JPG, A4 PDF and Letter PDF and you can select between color or black & white. Resolution, file format and color/no color dictate the size of the output files. There is a preview mode on the wand that lets you see a small version of what you just scanned and you can even go back to see previous pages. It's nothing to blow your mind but it's something good to have. If and when you want to see what your scanner really produced, you either connect the wand to your computer or you take the MicroSD card out and preview it using whatever tools and interfaces you may prefer. And, this is just about it. The scan quality... it depends of course, of the resolution and your ever improving skill. It's easy to learn and I got better quickly. As for why would anyone ever need such a tool. Well... one of our kids is in college now and he is very happy because he can quickly copy someone's class notes or share his without having to place himself in line at the copier machine. Not to mention the benefit of getting it all in a digital format.