Summary: I purchased this product to use with Paperport and Omnipage software that I already own. I use Quicken and scan all receipts and attach them to the transaction in Quicken. Pros I was drawn to this scanner by the ability to take the small "engine" out of the feeder and take it on the road. The duplex feature when it is able to feed to paper is fantastic.
Summary: The great thing about this scanner is that it can be portable and the docking station adds a 20-page automatic document feeder feature. However, trying to attach and remove the scanner can take some time and patience. If you can get over that issue, the rest of setup is simple. A nice feature in setup is telling whether to get power from the wall or from the USB, this works nice for portability.
Summary: You shouldn't have to have a PhD in computer science to set up a scanner these days, and enough people have Macs that instructions should be given relevant to them. My husband, fortunately, has a PhD in computer science, so he was able to figure out, intuitively, how to set this up for a mac--it works fine with one, if you can figure out how. The instructions were in decent English, though. They send you to one of two websites to register, one of which isn't operational.
Summary: I bought this when our heavily used Scanjet broke down. Assembly and setup were quick and easy. We had a software issue to work through, but I think we're good there. While we were without a dedicted scanner, we used our new Canon Image Class MP4350 for scanning. The Canon does everything (and more) that the Strobe 500 does, just a lot slower and bigger. Overall, I am happy with the scanner and think it will serve us well. My big beef was with the service.