As uusual Buy.com delivered this product in a very timely manner.This was not an item that I needed but the price was so low ($20) after rebate that I decided to try it.So far it is a great product ( few weeks ) for the limited use that I have given it.For starters I have have taken several dozen business cards and have scanned them with no problems. The provided softwear enables you to then organize the data in an Outlook type format and even export this data.It is really a great organizational tool.I now have all of my business cards organized in a very easy electronic address book.I have not really experimented with the photo scanning.I did scan some receipts and believe that this can be a handy way of saving receipts.
My biggest complaint is that the instructions for the softwear operations are not very clear.I am reasonably skilled with most facets of the computer and softwear and found that it took me quite a while to figure out the operation of the softwear programs.A better instruction manual would make this a 5 star product.
If offered at this price again I would buy a several more for family and co-workers.
It has taken a little time to get the scanner operational. The problem resulted from the fact that the drivers CD to run the scanner that was included in the package was for Windows XP and below while my OS is Vista. Plustek sent a CD for Vista, I installed the drivers and the scanner is working well. I had been looking for a scanner that I could use to scan a multitude of photos without having to raise and lower a lid each time one was scanned. I was concerned that the resolution would be poor. However, the scanned photos, while probably not equal to a real high end photo scanner, seem to be comparable to those that I have been scanning on a number of all-in-one printer, copier, scanners.
Scanner worked exactly as represented. It was an easy and quick way to get a 1000 or so business cards into some way I could organize them. Software took a bit of fiddling and better instructions would be helpful. It did not handle complex business cards or ones with a lot of color, but straightforward business cards were a snap. Photos were scanned easily and quickly with good resolution. Wouldn't use it to archive photos that you already didn't have a digital image, but for quick and dirty, it was good. However, after about 20 or 30 scans I started to notice scan "scratches" along the whole length of the scan. Cleaning the scanner with the provided cleaning card did not help. This was noticeable at high magnification in the blacks mainly, but would prevent this from being an archiving scanner. Overall, it is great for business cards and mediocre for photos.
OptiCard 820 is a high-speed mobile scanner. It not only manages images but also organizes and synchronizes business cards into public contact databases, all with two simple buttons - Scan and BCR (Business Card Reader). Powerful I.R.I.S. Cardiris 3.5 helps you to organize all of your business cards with efficiency. It recognizes business cards from 50 different countries.
Other features include auto orientation, database export, synchronization with your PDA, and many more! From now on, you don't need to worry about where to store or how to access stacks of photos and business cards. Just use the USB 2.0 OptiCard 820 to quickly scan and manage them with user-friendly software.