Document Scanner, TaoTronics Handheld Mobile Document Portable Scanner 900DPI Color & Mono (For Business, Photo, Picture, Receipts, Books, JPG / PDF Format Selection, Micro SD Card required but not included)
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- Portable, handheld scanner suitable businessmen, students, travelers and amateur archivists
- Permanently archive all your documents digitally - convert your color or black & white photos, receipts and books into digital files
- Scan images with up to 900 DPI resolution and save them directly to a SD memory card
- Comes with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software so you can convert and edit your scans
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The TaoTronics TT-DS001 Cordless Handheld Scanner is an A4-sized scanner that can scan books, photos, receipts, business cards, or anything flat. Permanently digitize and store all your documents and never lose them again.Perfect if you need to take the scanner with you to the library, office, or on business trips.
The scanner has the option of 3 different resolutions (300, 600 and 900 DPI) depending on how detailed you would like your scans.
When you are ready to upload to your PC , you can choose either JPEG or PDF formats depending on what you can. The scanner also supports an SD card within 32GB to store all your scanned results (SD card not included).
The scanner comes with free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that converts scanned images into editable text documents(But OCR incompatible with MAC); which you can then share with friends and colleagues.
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What's Included: TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (Model: TT-DS001); USB Cable; OCR CD; Cloth Bag; White Balance Calibration; and a User Manual.
Please note that the OCR software does not work on Mac.
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The TT-DS001 scanner came in a "frustration free" packaging which included a soft carry case, USB cable, a software CD containing Abby Fine Reader Sprint and a User Manual. You will need to buy 2 AA batteries and a micro USB card (up to 32GB) to avoid disappointment, as they are not included.
The scanner is compatible with Windows 7 / Vista / XP and Mac OS 10.4 or above. However the supplied OCR software is only compatible with Windows.
The standard 2cm by 1.3cm LCD displays selected resolution, battery status, file number and PDF/JPG selection.
Some reviewers noted that the user manual was not adequate. Taotronics have addressed the issue and offer a very comprehensive user manual. It contains diagrams and photos explaining how the scanner should be used, a spec sheet and a troubleshooting section.
The design and solid build quality is identical to my ion Copy Cat, bar a tiny hole which is intended to set the date and time. This is a very useful feature as it allows viewing of the date and time of scanned media.
As with all wand scanners, it does require some practice to get used to achieving aligned text and pictures. You do need a steady hand or device a way to facilitate linear scanning. Yet once mastered, you will be able to scan documents, photos and, most of all, pages from books which would not fit into a normal flatbed scanner. Yet the biggest advantage of any wand scanner is portability.
The TT-DS001 is truly outstanding in reproducing the colour fidelity of scanned images. It is way better than my multifunction printer/scanner and offers 3 settings for dpi: 300, 600 and 900. Now if you are familiar with flatbed scanners, you might have noticed the varying scan speeds at which the scanner head moves, with 300 dpi being much faster than higher dpi settings. The same applies here. The manual states the maximum scanning speed in relation to an A4 size sheet.
A4 sheet: 300dpi - 3secs / 600dpi - 8secs / 900dpi - 12secs
I do find that 900 dpi is overkill, and very good results can be achieved at 300dpi. This setting will also trigger far less errors, (indicated by a dedicated red ERR LED) thanks to the generous scanning speed. I have tested the included OCR software, and it works a treat with documents scanned at 300 dpi.
This has become my favourite wand scanner thanks to the feature set and awesome scan quality.
Taotronics have managed to pull it off once again! They have managed to produce a premium wand scanner which could easily outperform much costlier offerings.
I've overcome this by using the spine of a heavy book to act as a guide for the left hand edge of the scanner. I find I can lean on the book and scan and hold the photo all at the same time and this has removed the imperfections. Heavy downward pressure on the scanner whilst moving across the photo is more often than not all that is required to get a good clean scan.
Of course out in the 'field' one needs to be able to come up with a method that is going to give consistent results as there is no way of knowing until the image is transferred and viewed if you have got it right.
As for the quality of the output. First impressions are the greyscale photos are fine. Colour photos seem over saturated compared with the original. Document colours seem to be desaturated a little. This is of little consequence really as they will be passed through image manipulation software anyway.
I use this specifically for business to carry to client meetings and scan everything from ID documents (e.g. passport) to pages of paper documents. I spent a little bit of time at home practising (which was necessary as my first attempts were woeful). But once I was adept at travelling the scanner slowly and patiently to the end of the document, I was off an running.
Transferring to the laptop is quick and efficient with the enclosed micro USB cable. I share some other posters annoyance at the lack of the essential micro SD card - to me that is just stupid - but I ordered an 8G SanDisk at the same time and got it for free on a deal. Problem solved.
Overall this machine is pretty much bang on for anyone who wants a portable scanning solution. It's light, easy to use, packs away in a pocket or a laptop bag and the output is very clear. Much better in my opinion than using your smartphone and taking pics!