I've been looking for an easy way to solve a growing clutter problem in my home. You might have a similar problem in your place... It's that towering stack of magazines that have at least one article that you want to save for the future. It might be a recipe or instructions for some project [...]

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We've told you about several portable scanners, and readers have said they simply use their phone's camera to snap a shot.  I've tried the photo approach, but I often end up with a crooked image or a dark place that obscures some of the image.  That's fine for casual use, but it won't work so [...]

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You don't have to be tethered to a computer, or even to a wall power outlet, to scan documents and photos when you're using the IRIScan Anywhere 3 scanner.  This portable scanner from I.R.I.S. has a built-in rechargeable battery so you can use the IRIScan Anywhere 3 at home, the office, or anywhere else.  Documents [...]

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Here's a gadget for those times when you need to capture information from old fashioned sources like magazines and books. It's the IRIScan Book 2 mobile wireless A4 scanner from I.R.I.S. The IRIScan Book 2 scans images without the need of a computer. It comes in 2 versions. There is a $99 version which is [...]

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The SlimScan SS100 from PlanOn is a receipt scanner that's small enough to fit in a credit card slot in your wallet.  This 300 dpi, 24-bit color scanner is only 2.0" X 3.1" X 0.12", and it can scan JPG images 2.75" wide X up to 36" long.  It's great for scanning business receipts for [...]

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Available for preorder from Brookstone the iConvert scanner allows you to scan on the move.  Capable of scanning at 300dpi, it's small enough to throw into your gadget bag and take with you wherever you go. For flexibility the front feeder adjusts from 2 inches to 8½ inches wide, so should be flexible enough to [...]

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LG has released their LSM-100 Mouse with built in scanner. Push the scan button and swipe the page in one go and save your image in a multitude of standard formats including OCR for editable Word documents.  It will scan up to an A3 page. To see how it works check out the preview video [...]

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ScanSnap 01

The ScanSnap Color Scanner from Fujitsu is one of those products that surprised me when I first used it. It surprised me because it works so well. The scanning was surprisingly fast and the scanned images were a perfect copy.  I had to stop myself from scanning any picture and document I could get my [...]

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Scan from a magazine.  The size of the page was a little large for the scanner and it was difficult to scan vertically due to the binding of the magazine.

I have an e-book reader I'm finding that I want to put everything that I have that is on paper into the device: books, magazine articles, users/owners manuals, cheat-sheets, blah, blah and blah.  But after spending several hours scanning an out-of-print book that was falling apart using my standard Epson desktop scanner a few weeks [...]

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DIY scanners can be pretty complex

If you've decided that your e-book reader is your new body part, you may have stumbled upon some of the DIY book-scanner forums or sites such as  While the designs presented on the internet are intriguing, they are not always practical for klutzes.  Ahem. So I was equally intrigued by this, the VuPoint Solutions [...]

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Wizcom Reading Pen/TS

The Wizcom ReadingPen/TS is marketed as "a portable learning tool" aimed at people trying to learn English, how to read, or with reading challenges. The device is basically a text scanner with a text-to-speech capability. I was able to let an experienced teacher and a speech therapist try it out, as well as playing with [...]

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The Photolink One-Touch from Pandigital might be an easy way for people to quickly archive old family snapshots without needing a computer. It's a 600 DPI scanner that can handle up to 5 x 7 inch images and saves the files to a memory card using its built-in 5-in-1 card reader. The price is nice [...]

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Listen up, true believers!  Do you (like me) find yourself at the nexus of interests in gadgetry, collecting, and the artistic medium of comic books?  Intrigued?  If so, the IntelliScanner Comic Edition by Apparent may be your perfect storm. The packing was done very securely, with the contents encased in multiple layers of bubble-wrap.  And [...]

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The Scanning Digital Picture Frame from Hammacher Schlemmer offers a wealth of options for $199.95  It has an 8" TFT LCD screen with 800 X 600 resolution, and it has 1 GB of internal storage to store up to 3000 images.  It has a 300 dpi scanner built-in to make adding pictures easy.  You can display pictures, play [...]

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Planon has updated their DocuPen scanners with the new X-Series line, which improves upon the DocuPen RC800 scanner that I reviewed 2 years ago. They are now able to support image resolutions of up to 600 dpi (up to 1,200 dpi for the X50) and feature a 200 MHz internal processor and 64MB Fast SDRAM [...]

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