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VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black)

B&H # VUMWPSB Mfr # PDS-ST415-VP
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 600 dpi
  • 8.27" Scan Width
  • 98" Maximum Scan Length
  • Scan Almost Any Flat Surface
  • Battery Operated
  • Stores Images on microSD Card

The handheld Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black) from VuPoint scans documents, photos, newspapers, and virtually any smooth surface onto a microSD card. With a scan area of 8.27 x 25" (or up 98" inches at lower resolutions), the scanner can store any letter or legal size document or image. Take the portable scanner with you to the library and scan what you need for later, no need to waste paper or money on photocopies. When you get home, simply connect the scanner to your computer with the supplied USB cable to transfer your scans. If you scanned a text document, once your file is on the computer, you can use the included OCR (optical character recognition) software to convert any printed material into editable text (Windows only; not compatible with Mac OS).

The scanner runs on 2 AA batteries so you can easily replace them when they run out; no need to carry a charger around with you. Using standard AA batteries, the scanner can perform at least 180 color scans or 200 monochrome scans. The LCD displays the device's status and other important info. The scanner weighs only 6.9 oz (including the batteries) and is only 10 x 1.2 x 1 inches, making it a great way to store documents and photos on the go.

Please note that the Magic Wand requires a microSD card to operate

Easily scan, archive, and organize files and save them onto a microSD/microSDHC memory card
Conserve paper and become eco friendly. Save scans directly onto a microSD/microSDHC memory card
Lightweight and portable, carry it with you everywhere
Included ABBYY OCR software converts scanned documents into text 1
Scan Sensor Color Contact Image Sensor
Resolution Standard: 300 x 300 dpi
High: 600 x 600 dpi
Scan Area 300 DPI: 8.27" x 50.0" (21.0 x 127.0 cm)
600 DPI: 8.27" x 25.0" (21.0 x 63.5 cm)
Scan Speed High Resolution Color: 13 sec
High Resolution Grayscale: 6 sec
Standard Resolution Color: 3 sec
Standard Resolution Grayscale: 2 sec
Computer Interface USB 2.0
External Memory MicroSD & microSDHC cards up to 32GB
LCD Display Size 0.79 x 0.59" (2.0 x 1.5 cm)
System Requirements Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS 10.4 or above (driver installation not required) 1
Please Note:

OCR software not compatible with Mac OS

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Power Requirements 2 x AA Batteries
Battery Life (approx.) AA Alkaline: color - 180, monochrome - 200 (minimum)
2000mAH AA Rechargeable: color - 250, monochrome - 300 (minimum)
Auto Power Off 3 minutes
Color Black
Dimensions 10.1 x 1.0 x 1.2" (25.7 x 2.54 x 3.05 cm)
Weight With Batteries: 6.9 oz (195.6 g)
Without Batteries: 5.3 oz (150.3 g)
VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black)
  • ABBYY OCR Software CD
  • User Manual
  • USB Cable
  • Pouch
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • AA 1.5V Alkaline Battery (2 Pack)
  • 90-Day Replacement With Labor & Parts Coverage
  • 1 Year Material & Workmanship Guarantee
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VuPoint SolutionsMagic Wand Portable Scanner (Black)
     
    4.2

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Accurate color (9)
    • Easy to set up (9)
    • Good resolution (8)
    • Good bit depth (6)
    • Excellent software (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photos and graphics (8)
      • Artwork (5)
      • Publishing (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (11), Casual user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (11), Business (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (11), Mac (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Does an excellent job

      We use the product to store photos and forms on the computer that we don't need to have a physical copy of. This product is very easy to use and understand.
      It's actually...Read complete review

      We use the product to store photos and forms on the computer that we don't need to have a physical copy of. This product is very easy to use and understand.
      It's actually very difficult to not scan correctly. It stays very much on track and gives good resolution to the end product. Downloading it to the computer is easy and I was able to do it right away.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Need help getting started.....

      First off I agree with one writer that the instructions are way too limited for those new to this scanner. Secondly, every time I try to install the ABBYY Software, I get a...Read complete review

      First off I agree with one writer that the instructions are way too limited for those new to this scanner. Secondly, every time I try to install the ABBYY Software, I get a message telling me it will UNINSTALL said software if I click on the CONTINUE button. I've been working with computers in/out of the military for over 50 yrs., and I've never heard of any INSTALLATION S/W that UNINSTALLS itself during the INSTALLATION process. If I wanted it UNINSTALLED, Windows has a program that can take care of that!! Additionally, the software should include a SIMPLE program to allow us to copy & display whatever we've scanned with the Magic Wand to our computers. As seen attached, the first two scans I tried were an article fm. the Daytona Beach News-Journal about local bears roaming through neighborhoods north of "the world's greatest beach"!! Not the greatest contrast, etc., but it gets the job done.

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      5.0

      Truly a magic wand!

      By Archivist

      from Corte Madera, CA

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Bit Depth
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

      • Needs Mac OCR software

      Best Uses

      • Photos and Graphics
      • Publishing

      Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

      The VuPoint portable wand scanner produces results even better than I'd dared to hope for, with a choice of resolutions at 300dpi, 600dpi, or 900dpi. The first-time setup is straightforward, and the wand is easy to use for scanning both documents and photographs. I bought three for our team of oral-history interviewers to use in copying photos and other memorabilia when they visit oldtimers in their homes to record their memories of days gone by. There aren't any cords to get in the way, and images are then smoothly downloaded into the USB port on any computer.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      Love this scanner

      By wrgagirl

      from Georgia

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photos and Graphics
        • Publishing

        Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

        I use this scanner mainly at the library when doing my genealogy but have used it for pictures as well. It works great, good quality images. The only negative is you have to hook it to a printer to see how your images turned out.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Portable Scanner

        By yorgor

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Color
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Excellent Software
        • Good Bit Depth
        • Good Resolution

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Scanning manual pages

          Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

          Very handy tool for copying pages from a manual and then printing them. Small, easy to use. i have found nothing negative about it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Very handy gadget

          By PS writer

          from Arlington, VA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Color
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Bit Depth
          • Good Resolution

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Photos and Graphics

            Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

            I had my doubts about gadgets like this that tout all kinds of features, but I thought I would take a chance on this one because of reviewers' ratings. I am not disappointed with the performance of this little scanner. It fits into my briefcase (i.e. backpack) perfectly, and I can use it in libraries as well as on my desk with equal facility. I have scanned a dozen documents so far and the batteries still show that they are strong, but I carry a back up pair just in case. I like the ability to adjust the resolution. I have not tried the OCR feature yet, so I can't comment on it. But even if that fails to perform properly, I find that for the price the scanning feature alone is a great deal.

            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Love this product!

            By regjac

            from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Resolution

            Cons

            • Slow

            Best Uses

              Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

              Portable and easy to use away from a computer.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Scanner is great. Works as they said.

              By beach boy

              from Lewisburg, PA

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Color

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                  This scanner is for home use and works great for what I need it for. I have scanned a number of pages and pictures with very good success.
                  The only negative is that it does not convert fractions "1/4 1/2 3/4" on scanned documents.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Need help getting started.....

                  By The Cookie Monster

                  from Lake Helen, FL

                  About Me Casual User

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult Setup
                    • Poor Software

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                      First off I agree with one writer that the instructions are way too limited for those new to this scanner. Secondly, every time I try to install the ABBYY Software, I get a message telling me it will UNINSTALL said software if I click on the CONTINUE button. I've been working with computers in/out of the military for over 50 yrs., and I've never heard of any INSTALLATION S/W that UNINSTALLS itself during the INSTALLATION process. If I wanted it UNINSTALLED, Windows has a program that can take care of that!! Additionally, the software should include a SIMPLE program to allow us to copy & display whatever we've scanned with the Magic Wand to our computers. As seen attached, the first two scans I tried were an article fm. the Daytona Beach News-Journal about local bears roaming through neighborhoods north of "the world's greatest beach"!! Not the greatest contrast, etc., but it gets the job done.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Magic Wand Scanner Review

                      By NW

                      from Boston, MA area

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Poor Bit Depth
                      • Poor Resolution

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork

                      Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                      Do not buy this scanner. I will be returning mine. Simple pages from a workbook did not scan crisply. Pictures are better than type. Better to spend your money on a real scanner. Also, directions for converting pictures from Picasa to files is not given. First choose to save in Picasa (with caption), then you have to export file to somewhere on your computer (desktop), then you can attach document to an email. Very cumbersome process. Also, try, try again to make the page straight and clear. Many attempts.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great on small, but poor on large images

                      By Susan

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Graphics Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Easy to use
                      • Good copy fidelity
                      • Great Portability

                      Cons

                      • Bad for large documents
                      • Bad for non-flat bindings
                      • Lacks stiching software
                      • Scan width limitation

                      Best Uses

                      • Letters and Documents
                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                      This scanner does a superb job on documents that fit the scanner width (8.27). It does a terrible job on newspaper articles or documents that extend beyond the scanner width. It took me hours to scan just one newspaper article because I had to scan it in pieces and there is no way to easily join the pieces together. It needs stitching software.
                      The scanner lens should extend all the way to the edge so that it can capture documents in bindings that don't lie flat or that can't be removed from the bindings.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      simple and portable

                      By Spencer

                      from Sailing the world

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cheap
                      • Easy
                      • Fast
                      • Small

                      Cons

                      • Not perfect image
                      • Takes practice

                      Best Uses

                      • Receipts

                      Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                      Small, easy to use and fast for scanning documents and being able to throw away the original paperwork.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Product

                      By adeeann

                      from Mississippi

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Good Bit Depth
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Poor Software

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                      I use this product to scan documents for genealogy research. It has cut down on my time spent in front of a printer. This is so simple to use just place it on what you want to scan and side it down. The only complaint I have is the instructions where not as plain as I would have liked, but I finally figured out what I was doing wrong and stopped doing it. Great product!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      So close to perfect

                      By Jerry

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                            I am a historian and use the Magic Wand in archives and libraries to scan books and other documents. The portability is great and it saves me from having to leave the table to find a copy machine. And it means I don't have to carry around hundreds of pages of copies. This thing has saved me a lot of time, energy and money (do the math with copies at $.25 per page)! And, the scans are great quality.

                            The only downside is the battery life. This thing EATS batteries! You only get 175-200 scans per set of batteries. For a normal user this would not be an issue, but for someone who scans as much as I do (several hundred pages in a day sometimes) it is a drawback. I have overcome this by using rechargeable batteries that have a fast charge time.

                            Were it not for the battery issue, I would have given the Magic Wand 5 stars without hesitation!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Best portable copy machine ever.

                            By Bear

                            from McLean, VA

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Color
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to take on trips
                            • Excellent Software
                            • Good Bit Depth
                            • Good Resolution
                            • Light weight

                            Cons

                            • Still looking for a con

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Photos and Graphics
                            • Publishing

                            Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                            I use this scanner primarily for copying material from books that are too difficult to place on a flat bed scanner. I also keep it with my laptop when I travel so that I always have the capability to copy material I find on my journeys. It has proven to be a reliable and very helpful device. Additionally, the AABBY OCR software is great.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Linux

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                            5.0

                            Product is awesome

                            By Runner

                            from new york

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Color
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Excellent Software
                            • Good Bit Depth
                            • Good Resolution

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Photos and Graphics
                              • Publishing

                              Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                              receipts,photo`s,legal documents,school books,financial statements........

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Does an excellent job

                              By PJ the singer

                              from Rockford IL

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Photos and Graphics
                                • Publishing

                                Comments about VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (Black):

                                We use the product to store photos and forms on the computer that we don't need to have a physical copy of. This product is very easy to use and understand.
                                It's actually very difficult to not scan correctly. It stays very much on track and gives good resolution to the end product. Downloading it to the computer is easy and I was able to do it right away.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

                                Share this review

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