Excerpt: This WAS a great little scanner. I travel for business and needed something small and compact that would fit in my laptop bag. It worked fabulously until about a month ago. I bought it in April of 2011, and now it wont power up, and when it does decide to work, I have to constantly calibrate the machine. I have always liked Brother products, but this has disappointed me.
Summary: This product was initially great, but after a couple months of use most of the scans came out black and I had to clean and calibrate daily for it to work. Business cards and photo IDs came out askew. I emailed Brother about the problems and was told to clean the scanner. I got tired of cleaning and calibrating and at present am looking to purchase a new scanner. I am truly disappointed by this scanner because I had high hopes of success. I will not recommend to anyone.
Summary: I purchased this scanner with the intention of using it for school work while I was away working overseas. Unfortunately, I was never able to do that! Straight out the box this scanner did not work. I installed the software very easily on my Windows XP machine and attempted to make my first scan to test out this scanner. For some reason the scanner that I received would not feed through any paper.
Summary: I am quite surprised that Amazon lists this scanner as compatible with Mac. I got it at a very good price so I bought this instead of the Fujitsu S1100 based on price, my pretty minimal requirements, and the assertion it was compatible with Mac OS X. If you have Snow Leopard it is, for all intents and purposes, not usable. The TWAIN driver functions, although without third-party scan software it's not possible to calibrate it.