Visioneer Strobe 500 Review: Desktop and Mobile Scanner is a Mixed Bag
3 February 2011
Excerpt: The Visioneer Strobe 500 is a unique scanner. It is both a desktop scanner and a mobile scanner in one. It achieves this double life with a docking station that holds the scanner and turns it into a sheetfed duplex scanner. The dock has both a paper feeder and a holding tray to keep the sheets after they are fed through the scanner.
Pros: Versatile, Duplex scanning on the go, Includes international power cables
Cons: Crooked sheet feeding, Poor quality photo scans, No help for Mac users, Mac driver must be registered but how to is not explained, Mac driver is extremely limited, Only scans to PDF on Mac
Excerpt: (1 items) The Strobe 500 marks the return to the Mac by scanner maker Visioneer after an 11-year absence. The Strobe 500 is a document scanner that features a removable dock that, when removed, allows it to operate as a USB bus-powered, portable scanner. It can scan color or black and white and scan both sides of a sheet of paper simultaneously at a resolution of 600 dpi. The beige and black Strobe 500 is a portable scanner about the size of a box of Saran wrap.
Pros: Removable dock for USB bus-powered portability
Cons: Scans of images contained strange artifacts, Bundled software very limited
Summary: Although its 2.2-pound weight (3.9 pounds with the docking station) might turn off frequent fliers, we recommend the $349 Visioneer Strobe 500 as a portable scanner that’s fast and functional. It can scan multiple sides of a document or business card, feed multiple pages at once, and, thanks to the included software, search inside PDFs. Its software could be more intuitive to use, but we like that this scanner is compatible with both Macs and PCs.
Pros: Capable of duplexing, Optional docking station with an autofeeder, Simple hardware interface, Software allows users to search inside PDFs, Mac-compatible,
Cons: Dated design, Included software has a complicated UI, Expensive,