User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Easy to use, easy to store. Takes no effort to use properly.
Cons:The only problem I have is that it I want it to scan faster.
The Bottom Line: So easy, you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner.
Normally I'm leary of items on the clearance shelf at Walmart, but it was still new in the box - and a price that couldn't be beat, half off.
Recommend this product?
I brought it and figured that if it didn't work, I'd be able to return it. No such thing happened.
It auto-feeds, so here's what you do to use it:
plug in the power
plug in the supplied 4gb SD card (much bigger than I expected - a nice touch)
turn it on
I briefly looked at the manual - there's one button, and one light. That's it for interface. You turn it on, it glows green to say it's ready to scan in lo-res mode (300dpi). Press it again once and it turns amber to say it's ready to scan in hi-res mode (600dpi). Press and hold it and it will turn off.
To scan, you adjust the width slider, insert the photo/document into the scanner, and the scanner takes over - it pulls it right through.
Using this scanner, I was able to get through about 200 5x7 photos in about 20 minutes - I could probably do it faster if I didn't have to clean the scanner. I don't know that I really needed to clean it, but I think that the cleaning wand is there for a reason - and since there's no live preview when you're using it in "stand-alone" mode. Honestly, since I couldn't see the preview, I figured why chance it and just ran it through.
To clean it, you put the cleaning wand in and slide it back and forth 5-6 times. Initially it feels like it's too big to fit, but I think that's just their way of making sure it does a good job cleaning the scan head.
What do the scans look like? They look good. Most of what I've scanned are photographs, mostly older ones in good condition. You put them in, it scans them and spits them out. It comes with a plastic sheet to put damaged photos into - slide the photo in, then put the whole thing into the scanner, and you have a scan of your precious but fragile photo.
You can also hook it up to your computer via the supplied USB cable and use it as a scanner - it comes with some software but I honestly haven't tried it - no need, since I can scan everything to the SD card and then put that in my computer.
Amount Paid (US$): 40