Summary: I purchased this scanner more than a year ago. It has worked and still works excellently. All scans are crisp and clear. I moved it from my Windows 98 PC to my Windows 7 PC without a hitch. My only complaint is that if I leave the USB cable plugged in and put the computer to sleep. when I log in again, the PC loses the connection to the scanner. The connection becomes "unknown".
Summary: I bought this scanner 5 years ago and it is everything that I expected from a portable scanner and more. It is hard to expect quality anymore but this product works as well today as it did when I bought it. It gets a lot of daily use. The quality of the scanning is great, the software reliable, flexible, and very intuitive. It travels easily and tucks away on my desk when not needed. It interfaces with my other computer programs with ease.
Maciej Koscielniak "Inquisitive philosopher", Amazon
2 November 2008
Summary: Got this scanner lured by slim design and good price. I bought it over year ago - well it didn't work on my previous laptop - usb did not provide enough power to make it work. Then I got new computer - this time power is o.k, but drivers from provided software was defective, so it took me a lot of work to find online working one. So then finally I did try to scan and guess what - I can not scan anything as it fail to calibrate itself every time. It is piece of junk!
Summary: A fast, powerful OCR scanner is what I had hoped for, but instead got a slow scanner with presumed OCR technology that doesn't work well. Furthermore, the scanner software that comes with the scanner is terrible, and has a poor working interface. I do not recommend this scanner. Look elsewhere. Update: Finally had to sell the scanner because proper drivers were not made for it. While the company does have them for Mac OS 10.5, they didn't work properly.
Summary: too bad it's end of sales, as this does meet all the postive reviews posted here. was looking for a scanner for general home use and photo scanning... the reviews for the newer versions seemed to be not as glowing as those for the 500F. Got a chance to get a refurbed unit and it's great. the photoshop editing software doesn't have the interface that one expects from Mac software, but functionality is very good.
Summary: If you are planning to scan film strips (it does not even work with mounted slides) this is certanly NOT the scanner. It crops the image and you will expend the rest of your life moving the back light one frame per scan.