VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS ST415 WM)

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Product Description

VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner - Ever want to put all of your pictures on your computer but didn't have the time to sit there and scan one after the other? Ever thought of buying one those scanners but you don't have any room in your office to store it? Then the VuPoint Solutions "Magic Wand" Portable Scanner is perfect for you. The VuPoint Solutions "Magic Wand" Portable Scanner allows you to scan the documents that matter the most to you, and back them up on your computer. Do you have those documents that you've had for a while and you're afraid that they're going to rip or even get lost one day? We'll now you can scan them and keep them safe. MODEL: VPSPDSST410WM. Features: Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines; Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor; Resolution: Standard Reso: 300x300dpi (default); High Reso: 600x600dpi; External Memory: Support Micro SD card up to 16GB (Micro SD card not included); File Format: JPEG; LCD: Scanning status display; LCD Display Size: 0.787" x 0.59"; Auto Power Off: Off/ 3 minute/ 5 minute; Scanning Speed: A4 Size: high resolution with color ≤ 28Sec; High resolution with mono ≤ 14Sec; Standard resolution with color ≤ 8Sec; Standard resolution with mono ≤ 4Sec. White Balance: Auto; USB Port: USB 2.0 high speed; Power Source: 2xAA Batteries; Battery Life: ≥ 200 min. Includes: USB Cable, 2xAA alkaline batteries, Pouch, User's manual. Dimension: 10" L x 1.2" H x 1.1" W. Weight: 0.47 lbs.

Details

  • Features: Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines
  • Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor
  • Resolution: Standard Resolution: 300x300dpi (default); High Resolution: 600x600dpi
  • External Memory: Support Micro SD card up to 16GB (Micro SD card not included)
  • File Format: JPEG

Consumer Reviews

  1. 84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Works great on the Mac without any additional software, February 20, 2012
    By 
    Ryan (USA) –

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    This review is from: VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS ST415 WM) (Office Product)

    I needed something to help me tackle the stacks of receipts spread throughout my house. This little scanner does the trick! I can quickly scan the receipts onto this wand, then plug it into my Macbook. The Image Capture app pops up and copies the files to my Desktop, where I can then sort them into appropriate folders. The version of the VuPoint Wand scanner I received (PDSST415VPS, see update below) saves the images directly to PDF files. If I have two (or more) scans that I want to combine into one, I just double-click the first page (to open it in Preview), turn on the “thumbnails preview” (on the View menu), then drag the second PDF file ON TOP OF the first page thumbnail. Preview will then merge the two PDF files together into one.

    PROs
    + Saves files as either JPG or PDFs (read the update below)
    + Takes 2 AA batteries (which I prefer over a built-in, non-replaceable battery) and works fine with rechargeables.
    + Mac friendly: uses the standard operating system driver
    + The scan quality is quite good, even on the “low” setting, however you need to have a steady hand to avoid slants and gaps in the scans. If you need to scan an important legal document, you may want to consider using a traditional flatbed scanner instead. But for quick, every day scans like receipts, recipes, magazine articles, cards, etc, this scanner does an amazing job.

    CONs
    - Every time you turn the scanner off, it defaults to the JPG file format and “low” scan quality. I really wish it would save the preferences between power cycles.
    - The package seems to include an OCR converter program which is NOT compatible with the Mac

    UPDATE: Thanks to Wayne in the comments for pointing this out: apparently the model I received has an “S” at the end of it (PDSST415VPS), which the manufacturer’s website indicates can scan to PDFs. The model listed on this page (PDSST415VP) only scans to JPG. I’m guessing this model is discontinued and superseded by the PDF-capable model, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll receive the newer model.

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  2. 102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best thing I got this xmas!, December 26, 2011
    By 
    JMR (Chicago, IL.) –

    This review is from: VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS ST415 WM) (Office Product)

    This portable scanner is amazing. I have a huge collection of magazine clippings that I’ve kept in a binder for years. My plan was to scan each page, but it was taking forever on my flatbed and I burned myself out, so I stopped. Since I’ve gotten this scanner, I’ve pulled them out again. In a day and a half, I’ve scanned over 400 items. I am halfway done and it feels great. It literally takes three seconds to scan a full page. You press the scan button, run it down the page, and then press it again. The file saves on your SD card. From there, you can insert the SD card into your computer to rip the images off or plug the scanner into your USB port directly. You cannot scan and view while the scanner is plugged into your computer, but I didn’t find this troublesome at all. I simply scanned a huge chunk of paper and then plugged the scanner into my computer. Every image I scanned looks great. As of yet, none of the scans have come out blurry.

    The software that comes with the VuPoint is called Abby FineReader, but I haven’t used it much. Instead, I open the scans in Photoshop, crop, and save. It’s very easy and the images look amazing. You can create a low or high quality scan, but even with the low quality scan, the images look pretty good. I believe you can save the scans in the Abby FineReader program as Microsoft Word docs, jpegs, or pdfs.

    If you’re one of those people that holds onto a lot of paper and desperately wants to get rid of it, then this scanner was made for you.

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  3. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Scanner Works, No Technical Support, November 29, 2012
    By 
    jill “jill” (california) –

    This review is from: Kodak i2400 Scanner (Office Product)

    I bought this scanner a couple of years ago, and I agree with the other reviewers that it is a solid workhorse. However, a couple of weeks ago my computer had to be reformatted and I needed to reload the software and drivers. I called Kodak to get help…without any exaggeration, I spent 2 1/2 hours on the phone and the chat lines being transferred around the company and no one could help me. For neither love nor money could I repurchase the bundled software that comes with the scanner. In fact, I was told over and over that there is no technical support offered for this scanner. I have a hard time believing that they don’t have any support for this product, but I did even resort to calling the US Headquarters in New York, and they also could not offer any advice. If you have the same issue, I can tell you that I found a few websites that offer free downloads of the Capture Desktop Software Version 1.3 I am a bit leery of downloading anything onto my computer from an unknown site, but I might have to resort to desperate measures.
    This is all to say, yes, the machine works well, but because there is no support available the i2400 could become a large brick if something goes wrong that you can’t fix yourself. Spend the additional $200 and buy the Fujitsu because they do have technical support and you wont be sick when your scanner has to be tossed in the trash because no one at Kodak can offer you any help.

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  4. 12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works well with Windows 7 64 for searchable PDF, August 3, 2011
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    Via Cassian (Florida) –

    This review is from: Kodak i2400 Scanner (Office Product)

    The Kodak i2400 and its A4 flatbed are attached to a Dell M4500 laptop Windows 7 64 computer. Both i2400 and A4 flatbed work great.

    OPERATION: Excellent. I use the i2400 to scan single-sided 8.5″x11″ color and black & white documents to searchable PDF format for my business. They work perfectly. There are i2xxx-series Kodak scanners with more features and capacity, the i2400 seems to be the basic i2xxx-series unit and it is the least expensive.

    I have low volume, but need a scanner that scans to searchable PDF format directly and easily. The i2400 produces the searchable PDF file automatically when the start-scan button is pushed.

    Searchable PDF is a PDF format that I use for two purposes not available in a regular PDF document without the additional step of OCR conversion or retyping the PDF document.

    First, I often need to quote a paragraph from a scanned PDF document in a report or email I write to a client. A searchable PDF document allows me to select, copy, and paste PDF text.

    Second, as the name states, a searchable PDF then becomes indexable on my Windows computer and when I use Windows or some other computer-search program to find documents containing a particular word, the searchable PDF documents containing that word are also found in the search along with all other files such as Word, or WordPerfect documents, etc.

    The i2400 has 9 scan profiles that can be set and reconfigured — such as for different formats, color or B&W, file destination (nice feature), preview, and quality of scan.

    The i2400 tilts for use and then tilts back when not in use. At first I thought this was a needless feature, but now use it all the time to save space on my crowded desk. The i2400 is very compact.

    Scanning with the i2400 is done by loading the documents and then selecting one of the 9 scanning profiles (LED numbers 1-9), and then pushing the start-scan button on the i2400.

    The i2400 scan specs say it scans up to 30 pages per minute. I have not timed how fast my black & white documents scan, but it is very fast and seems like it must be 30 pages a minute, very impressive. With high-quality color as an option it seems the i2400 scan speed is about 50% of the BW, but still very fast for my uses.

    The A4 flatbed is also used for low volume, and its scan is much slower than the 12400, but I use the A4 flatbed 99% for scanning parts of books for quoting (with proper attribution) in other documents and reports. The one picture I scanned needed to be at very high resolution and it came out perfectly. The A4 scans 8.5″x 11″ documents. The A4 measures 11.2″ x 18.7,” not the largest flatbed, but it takes up a lot of space.

    Scanning with the A4 flatbed is done by placing a document onto the flatbed and then opening the Tray Kodak icon on the computer and clicking one of the 9 scanning profiles from the drop-down window.

    KODAK SERVICE: Perfect and fast.

    When the i2400 arrived it did not work, I deal with many support departments for my equipment and software, and expected that I would talk with several Kodak warranty screeners or departments on my way to getting the problem resolved. I easily found the Kodak warranty telephone number. I made a single 5-minute call and the replacement arrived a couple of days later. I could be wrong, but I think I only talked with the Kodak warranty person who answered the phone, if not, I was transferred immediately to the person who determined the i2400 needed to be replaced.

    Today, after a month of using the i2400 and A4 flatbed, I called the general Kodak Tech support desk when I could not determine how to set the A4 flatbed to work seamlessly with the i2400. I talked with a knowledgeable screener and the tech rep who walked me through the set up options. The screener told the tech rep why I was calling and so he already knew my problem when I began talking with him. He walked me through the change of setting mentioned below.

    Both the warranty department and Tech Support folks are some of the best I have encountered.

    DISLIKES: The i2400 is black and the A4 is cream-colored. Kodak’s products would look better sitting next to each other if they were both the same color. I like the cream-color.

    The documentation could be better on how to set the A4 to work with the i2400. The Paper Source needs to be set to Automatic because when the A4 Flatbed is used there is no paper in the i2400. The fix is: Right-click Kodak Tray Icon > Configure > Settings > Settings (yes again) > Device > Paper Source > Automatic (this is where the setting is changed to Automatic).

    SUMMARY:

    The i2400 and A4 flatbed scanner work fast and perfectly for scanning 8.5″x 11″ black & white and color documents automatically into searchable PDF documents for my business on my Windows 7 64 Dell computer. The…

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  5. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fast + easy + reliable, March 12, 2012
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    This review is from: Kodak i2400 Scanner (Office Product)

    We set this scanner up in no time and everyone on the office network was using it right away and commenting on how fast it works…someone even nicknamed it “Speedy”.
    This is our 3rd Kodak document scanner (mostly scanning to .pdf format) and these machines have been workhorses. Each time we add a newer version to the network it is much faster than the previous generation. Our scanner from 3 generations ago is still working in a small workgroup. Would highly recommend.

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