The IRISCan 2 is a light, small, USB connected multi-purpose color scanning solution Scan all your paper documents, from receipts to legal size documents, your business cards and even your photos in your computer!
The scanner is light in weight and can scan papers up to size A4. It does not accept thick paper or cardboard.
Installation and set up were very easy (using Windows XP). As for performance, there is sadly not much to recommend it for. After three attempts at scanning photos, I found it too upsetting to continue. The quality of the scanned photos was simply awful. Had the same depressing output using pages from coloured magazines.
Whilst the text scans looked better, the Readiris pro 11 software failed to recognise whole paragraphs, read images as text and failed completely to recognise documents when these were inserted upside down. Using the same scanner and documents I had absolutely no problem with my older OCR software, OmniPage pro14 and a free copy of Abbey's FineReader 5.
In summary there is nothing to recommend this scanner for except its portability. If portability is not an issue, you would be far better off with a basic multifunction printer/scanner and an older copy of Abbey or Omnipage OCR software.
This product was such a disappointment. I had managed to set it up going through customer support who sent me software to replace the one that came with it which was incompatible and I used it a few times getting terrible results, ridiculously bad scans, but since reformatting my computer I'm finding it impossible to set it up again. The software is embarrassingly bad, their website is useless so be careful if you're considering this purchase. I'm sticking to flatbed scanners from now on.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 starsGood functionality; poor speed and interface3 Mar 2008
By R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Nota bene: I am a Mac user, and this review is only about the products interaction with Mac OS 10.5. The IRIScan express 2 beats the DSmobile 600 hands down in terms of Mac compatibility, but that was still not enough to encourage me to keep the product. Despite the great OCR functionality of Readiris Pro 11 and the promise of convenience of Cardiris (which I did not get a chance to use), the software interface and workflow has a "we just managed to get this out the door" feeling to it. The interface is not at all Mac-like, and the scanner does not, on the Mac, provide a TWAIN or Image Capture driver. That lack forces you to use the provided clunky applications to make any scan.
Despite Readiris's outstanding OCR performance, the PDF output is less than optimal. The Windows software included with the DSmobile 600 (the only portable, sheet-fed competitor that claims Mac functionality [and doesn't deliver]) produces perfect facsimiles of scanned pages and adds OCR text to the PDF that allows you to search and index it without losing the character of the original document, just like Amazon's "Search Inside This Book" feature for those of you who haven't experienced PDFs like this. Readiris Pro does not have this feature. Its PDFs are what you would get if you took the text document output and printed to PDF: disappointing and not at all useful for archival purposes, my motivation for purchase.
Also, the scanner is EXTREMELY slow, and all-caps are deserved in this case. The scanner takes more than 60 seconds per page. This is impossible to use if you are looking at a stack of documents you need to digitally archive. Enough said. If you are looking to do paperless office on the Mac platform, you need to use either a sheet-fed all-in-one machine from Canon or HP or, even better, get the Fuji ScanSnap, which at $600+ is insanely priced but works like a charm... so I've heard.
57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 starsAvoid this product6 Mar 2008
By M. Huerta - Published on Amazon.com
FYI this is the first Amazon product I review. I review this product given I cannot remember ever having to deal with such a useless product. If I could give it zero stars I would have. I looked at this product (the IRIScan express) and the Pentax DSmobile 600 Scanner. I first purchased the IRIScan Express given it appears to have a more robust software bundle while having similar hardware to the DSmobile scanner. What a big mistake! I own a Windows XP computer and the software installation was extremely difficult (and I am a fairly technical guy). After 3 attempts, I finally got the software to properly install. My next issue was the quality and speed of the scanner. The highest quality setting does not produce a very high quality image and it is sloooooooooow. Also, there is no option to scan multiple pages into PDF or any other type of multipage format (PDF does not appear to be supported). This was a big issue for me as I scan multipage documents. Finally, connecting the scanner after disconnecting it was also a challenge (I had to reboot my computer to get the scanner recognized). Eventually I got frustrated from dealing with all these issues and returned the product. I got the Pentax scanner and it simply works!!!!! The Pentax works like a charm - quality is great and the scanner is EXTREMELY easy to setup and use. Do not waste your time and money on this IRIScan express piece of junk! The reason the Pentax has so many positive reviews is because it works!!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 starsPoor Product, Poor Software, Poor Support14 April 2009
By T. Griswold - Published on Amazon.com
Greatly disappointed. The software provided did not function with Vista. Would not scan. After several reinstallations, removal caused a system crash. Support is extremely weak. No guidance on website, superficial fixes to problems, very little documentation. After several days waiting for response to my email asking for help, I received direction to contact them by phone 9-5, M-F EST, as if some of us don't have to work for a living. Never received an answer to my second email. Product has been returned.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 starsWow! This works amazingly bad for something so overpriced!5 Oct 2009
By Shade Tree Mechanic US - Published on Amazon.com
In my continuing road-warrior saga (business, not post-apacolyptic) I often search for that crucial item which makes new things possible and saves me time. While I can really dig a scanner that fits into my carry-on bag, the software integration has to be tight. The drivers have to install, the applications have to work as advertised on the box. And when I pay top dollar, I expect full versions of software ... not trial-ware or SE editions. You see where I am going here? This thing has the potential to be kick-a$$ but it only achieves frustration. I have used this with both a MacBook Pro, a Toshiba Satellite with XP, and a Dell with VISTA; none of them are happy with the software installation. Once I solved the issues there, I began to notice the real limitations of the individual applications. The Mac versions and the Windows versions are not equivalent, and do not work the same way or perform equally. The business card scanning software is the best of the included applications, and its implementation with Mac and also with MS Office is poor... no direct imports, as the box seemed to say. Very laborious. In the end, I am a faster typist than the machine can scan in cards... so what is the point then? The sheet fed scanning is not up to the standard of my ancient (1997) CANON portable scanner, which makes no sense at all. Even my old HP SCANJET 4670, bought only for the coolness of the upright look-thru case (remember the ads?) performs as well as the IRIS, and comes with software which worked pretty well... I know this company can make it work, and I desperately wanted this to be good. I will wait for their real product... when it comes along, and ignore the write-ups in Mac-Life next time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 starsProduct is Great - Documentation is Horrible22 Jun 2008
By Dean Rotbart - Published on Amazon.com
Remember in the 1960s when you'd buy a product made in Asia that would come with English-language instructions? Well the instructions for this are even worse. It's actually a fantastic product, but I don't understand some of its features and can't gather the info I need either from the company's web site or what is included in the box. Also, WARNING: Don't lose the calibration sheet that comes with this (as I did) because just when you need the scanner to work best, it will ask for that sheet and won't work again until you insert it.