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Visioneer Strobe 500

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Visioneer Strobe 500 review

23 February 2011
  • Summary: The Visioneer Strobe 500's combination of superior performance, excellent image quality, versatile features, and easy operation earned it the top ranking among the five portable scanners we tested for our latest roundup. The Strobe 500 is a bit of a hybrid that's actually two scanners in one.
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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
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Overall 8

Visioneer Strobe 500

PC Magazine
30 August 2010
  • Conclusion: The Visioneer Strobe 500 is a personal desktop document scanner complete with an automatic document feeder, but it's also portable if you need it to be.
  • Pros: Portable. Docking station adds automatic document feeder. Fast text recognition. Digitally enhances hard-to-read originals.
  • Cons: Both attaching the scanner to and removing the scanner from the docking station is a little tricky.
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Overall 7

Visioneer Strobe 500 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
22 January 2010
  • 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.
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