Have you ever tried to take your flatbed scanner with you when you travel, go to the library or anywhere else you might go? It is a real pain to box it up and make sure the scanning head is locked and secure. Now with the OpticSlim M12 that is no longer a problem. The scanner is small enough that you could slide it into the pocket of you suitcase, in between your clothes or just carry it around using the slip case it comes with.
- 2 action buttons
- 600 DPI Resolution
- 48-bit Input
- Scanner mount kit
- Scanner carrying pouch
- Scanner base stand
The OpticSlim M12 comes with a lot of extra stuff, including a mounting kit for mounting it to a wall, and a stand for storing the scanner in an upright position. Installing the software is a piece of cake. For this scanner you are asked to plug it in first, then install the software. Since it is powered by the USB cord, there is only one cord to plug in.
The software that comes with the OpticSlim M12 includes NewSoft Presto! PageManager, NewSoft Presto! ImageFolio, NewSoft Presto! Mr. Photo, Bridgewell Page abc, ABBYY FineReader 4.0 Sprint, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Smart Touch. NewSoft Presto! PageManager is document management software. It also supports OCR and full-text indexing. NewSoft Presto! ImageFolio is the image editing software. You will use this software for touch ups and other editing tasks. NewSoft Presto! Mr. Photo is a photo organizing program. Bridgewell Page abc is Scan-to-web software and ABBYY FineReader 4.0 is for OCR. Last, but not least, is the Smart Touch utility. This makes it so you can use the Smart Touch button on the top of the scanner.
Once the software is installed you are asked to calibrate the OpticSlim M12. Calibration is a simple task and only takes a minute. The scanner comes with a calibration sheet which is half white and half black. By inserting this sheet into the scanner when you are asked you will insure that the the scanner is able to scan correctly.
The OpticSlim M12 also comes with s small piece of fabric. This is the sensor cleaning paper. If you notice that your scanner is leaving specks on your scans you can run this through the scanner to clean the sensors.
The compact size of the OpticSlim M12 is an immediate plus for anyone who travels a lot. It is very lightweight only weighing 330g. Since it is powered by the USB cord it is very nice not to have to worry about a power cord with a clunky brick plug.
There are two buttons on the top of the OpticSlim M12. One is for a standard scan and the other is a custom scan. The custom scan uses some software that when configured will perform the same scan over and over. This makes repetitious scans quick and easy.
The only downfall to this design is that you cannot scan books. It would be nice if you could somehow separate the scanning head so you could run it over pages and scan books. The size of this scanner would make it perfect for taking to the library if it could scan books.
Scanners are not known for being very small so when you see one that is, you immediately have doubts about its capabilities. This scanner may make you think differently. With the ample amount of software that is provided, you can get just about anything scanned and scanned well.
The OpticSlim M12 itself is quiet and quick. I was able to make full page color scans in less then 20 seconds and I could scan 4×6 photos in about 10 seconds. This may not be as quick as a flatbed but for a scanner this size this is really good.
Because the OpticSlim M12 is so small it has limited space for technology. That means that it has to sacrifice with some scanning quality. The maximum scanning resolution is 600 DPI with 48 bit output. This combination performs well for most situations. If you are a casual photo scanner, then this will even work for you; however, it was clearly designed for traveling people that need to scan documents at low resolutions.
As you can see from some of some of my scans, the hardest part of getting a good scan is lining up the paper and the scanner. Because it is a small sheetfed scanner it does not have any guides for helping you get it straight. It ends up being a trial and error process until you get it how you want it. If there was some kind of fold out or snap on guides then this would be much easier.
The OCR software worked well enough. I used the index page of the user manual for this test. As you can see it got all the text, but had a hard time getting the formatting correct. As with most OCR software it is not very good with fancy formating, so you should use this with documents where you are more interested in the text than the graphs and formatting.
The OpticSlim M12 is small and that makes it not for everyone. If you are looking for a professional photo scanner then this is not for you. Because it is limited to only 600 DPI it can only capture so much detail. If you are a casual scanner and you like to travel, then this is more for you. This scanner would be great for business men that go to a lot of meetings and need to scan meeting notes into their computers. Because it only costs about $129.00 this scanner is easily within the budget of even the most frugal customer. I highly recommend it to anyone that travels a lot or does not have a lot of room for a bigger scanner.
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