I went right home and placed my order Sunday night - and it arrived early Tuesday morning. Quick service for sure.
I opened the box and was doing my first scans within just a minute or two. I didn't even look at the quick start quide. It was that easy.
The scanner is very small and light. Not as big as my netbook computer. Probably more like a kindle. The scan screen is just big enough to scan a 4x6 photo and close the lid. BUT you can remove the lid and make multiple scans to get a bigger item.
And the scans are super fast. I counted 8 seconds for a scan. And there is no boot up time. Just "on" and then "scan" and 8 seconds later you've got it!
Sooo -- let's see what this baby can do. I wanted a real test so I just looked around the room and there it was. This picture is 16"x20" and hangs on the wall of the "fishing room". This is a scan, and it was done without removing the picture from the wall. Amazing right ? And it probably only took about 4 or 5 minutes all together to do it.
Since the scanner only scans a 4x6 area, you just make multiple scans that overlap a bit. I was a bit careless on that lower right corner and you can see where I missed scanning part of the pic. (click on picture to see bigger).
Then the Autostitch program that comes with the scanner takes care of the rest. Super easy.
To give you an idea, these are some of the smaller scans I did to form this picture.
Notice the color on the smaller scans is a bit faded. The picture itself is faded. No problem - the scanner comes with another super easy program to correct color. Literally a couple more mouse clicks and I had the color back in the photo.
I left the settings on the default of 300dpi. Probably should have changed it to 600dpi to do this scrapbook page, but it still turned out just fine. Well, except for the spot at the center of the lower half where I was again careless in my overlapping (I was too giddy to slow down).
So I just made another scan that included the missed area, and with another couple clicks of the mouse, it was stitched in. Cool ?
I was so excited I was scanning everything. I even tried scanning my cat but she wouldn't hold still for 8 seconds. Got an ok scan of her nose though. LOL.
It comes with an SD card, which is where your scans are stored while using the scanner. It also has a USB adapter for that SD card so you can just plug that in to your computer to access your scans.
On the SD card is the Autostitch software which is unbelievably easy. All you do is select - though a browser window - which small scans should be combined, and click OK. Done. One word of caution on the stitching though - all your scans must be rotated the same direction. If they are, then it's easy peasy.
Also on the SD card is the Colorcash software which will do color corrections. It does not get as detailed as a good photo editing software would get, but I don't get that detailed either so I am going to be good friends with this.
It is battery operated, no cord. It even came with batteries!! Ready to go right out of the box.
One piece of critique - the scan button is too sensitive. I was scanning air frequently because I would hit the button before I meant to. With that fix - this little baby will be absolutely perfect.
I do love this gadget and am going to get loads of use out of it. Love it!