Several months back I ran across a portable page hand scanner at local office store. With old computer books and genealogy I occasionally have a need to scan pages or photographs in places where a flatbed scanner or camera just won’t work.
Hand scanners have improved greatly over the years from the old hand scanners. So I took a chance on VuePoint PDS-ST415-VP scanner. Note: VuePoint has released a newer version PDS-ST415-VPS that has added 900 DPI scan resolutions.
Whats in the package:
VuePoint PDS-ST415-VP portable Scanner
USB Cable (not pictured)
Installation CD (not pictured and not required to retrieve scans)
First Impressions: It is compact and nice looking.
Ease of Use: Very easy to use. Press the button to turn it on, select color or black and white and press scan to start and stop. Uploading easy, just plug in the usb and copy the files. Very easy.
Price: $99 at any office store
Cons: Have to get used to the scanning motion to get an even scan. This is not a killer as with practice makes perfect.
Overall: Wonderful addition to my tools, portable, easy to use and fills in where I need it. Add it in the laptop case and I am set to get a scan of whatever I may find.
Features Portable Scanner for color images, documents, magazines
Color Options Black
Sensor Color Contact Image Sensor, High speed sensor
Resolution Standard: 300 DPI (default) ; Medium: 600 DPI; High: 900 DPI
External Memory Support microSD card up to 32GB (not included)
File Format JPG/PDF
Approx. Scanning Length 300 DPI: 98” 600 DPI: 45”
Approx. Scanning Width Approx. 8.27”
LCD Scanning status display
Date and Time Setting Yes
Auto Power Off 3 minutes
Approx. Scanning Speed (A4 and Standard letter Size)*
- Medium resolution (600 DPI) with color = 8 sec
- Standard resolution (300DPI) with color = 3 sec
Approx. Minimum Capacity High resolution: 110 scans; Medium resolution: 250 scans; Standard resolution: 850 scans
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
Power Source 2xAA Alkaline Batteries
Battery Life Approx. > 200 scans
Dimension(LxHxW) Approx. 10.1” x 1” x 1.2”
Weight 6.9 oz. (with batteries); 5.3 oz. (without battery)
System Requirements Windows® XP, Windows® Vista™, Windows® 7, Mac OS® 10.4 or above (direct plug-in, driver installation not required)
ABBYY® (OCR Software) Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Software included converts and exports scanned files to computer for editing text. Compatible with Windows® XP, Windows® Vista™ and Windows® 7. (Not compatible with Mac OS)
Accessories USB Cable, 2xAA Alkaline batteries, Pouch, Cleaning cloth, Calibration paper, User’s manual Software CD