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Portable Handheld Scanner with OCR Software

Code: N90HT

4.2  out of 5 based on 32 reviews
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  • Compact, lightweight and portable
  • Scan documents and photos and saves to microSD
  • 'Realtime' scanning detector to avoid distortion
  • Limited stock may be available in some stores. Call us on 0844 557 6000 to check

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Portable Handheld Scanner with OCR Software

• Compact, lightweight and portable• Scan documents and photos and saves to microSD• 'Realtime' scanning detector to avoid distortion• 'Over-speed' alert to control the scanning speed• Scanning resolution up to 600 DPI• Scanning size - 300 DPI = 8.27" x 50", 600 DPI = 8.27" x 25"• LCD display• Automatic white balance• OCR software included• Scans colour or mono• Supports microSD up to 32GB (not included)• Powered by 2 x AA batteries

This scanner is a portable handheld scanner that allows you to scan books, letters, photos and more by gliding the scanner over the surface of the page. Rather than having it hooked up to a PC while you scan, the portable scanner has a microSD card slot so you can copy images directly from the page on to the memory card. To transfer the images to your computer you can either take out the microSD card and connect that up to a card reader, or attach the portable scanner up to your computer via a USB cable and drag and drop the files as needed.
Image sensor: A4 Colour Contact Image Sensor 5136 dots)
Resolution: Low 300 x 300 dpi (default) High 600 x 600 dpi
Maximum scanning speed for A4 size document
Colour High resolution: 13 Seconds
Colour Low resolution: 3.0 Seconds
Mono High resolution: 6.0 Seconds
Mono Low resolution: 2.0 Seconds
Capacity (based on 1GB microSD card):
600 dpi colour 220 Photos (Min.)
600 dpi mono 290 Photos (Min.)
300 dpi colour 780 Photos (Min.)
300 dpi mono 1280 Photos (Min.)
Scan width: 8.27ins/21cms (A4)
Max scan length: 300DPI: 50ins/125cms, 600DPI:25ins/62cms
File format: JPEG
LCD: Scanning status display
Auto Power Off: 3 Minutes
USB 2.0 high speed port
External memory: microSD Card
2 X AA alkaline batteries
Size: 255 x 30 x 33mm
Weight: 159g
Windows Xp sp2 / Vista /Windows 7/ Mac OS 10.4 or above
CPU: Pentium II or above
Interface: USB Port


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10 of 32 Reviews

  • This scanner looked ideal for digitizing some old books, without having to break the binding.This scanner is little more than a toy. It ALWAYS distorts when you scan, because the human hand cannot move at the consistent speed of a mechanized scanner. There is a recessed speed adjustment button that appears to have no effect. Better off with a high res camera and OCR.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  8 3

  • It is easy and simple to use, even on smaller object scans. On testing the OCR (converts picture to text) software, I was impressed it came out 100% correct.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  5 1

  • Very easy to use and with some practice, good quality is achieved. Wish I had it sooner

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  3 0

  • Does what it says on the box - very quick and easy to use - delivery time and condition excellent

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  8 0

  • I have had previous hand held scanners and this one is very easy to use, and simple to retrieve data. good quality scans even on low resolution, and AA battery operated no waiting for it to charge before use.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  4 0

  • Good scans, Quite easy to use. But it needs great care cleaning the itsybitsy rollers. They pick up 'stuff' from nowhere and then they roll erratically - giving faulty scans. A good careful clean does it but it is quite a fiddle finding the bits stuck in the rollers - nearly sent it back until I found the culprits.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  11 0

  • First class little machine. Very highly recommended. BUT be aware that it does not really scan in black and white; it just stores a (huge) colour JPG come what may. Also the instructions tell you to format the micro SD card by pushing a (non-existent) button. Fortunately the generic SD HC card I used worked without formatting.

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  • Excellent and useful bit of kit. Easy to use and results are very good.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  25 0

  • Too big. Pity u don't have a pocket-sized version.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  1 5

  • I had two problems with this. The scanner is not set for A4, as advertised, but a size somewhat wider (not a problem) and somewhat shorter. If the text on a page runs close to the lower edge, it will not be scanned. There is no way to change the setting. Also, I found the supplied OCR software unable to cope with the text, in standard print and English, at all, reducing it to gibberish. Two other programs I have managed well. Apart from these matters, the scanner works well on flat sources, and produces readable JPEG files which are satisfactory for archiving.

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3 of 3 Questions

  • Ben said:

    Will this scanner scan business cards and the OCR software be able to take the data from it?

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Bob said:

    Does this scanner and its OCR software work on Windows 7?

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Stephen Maher said:

    Does this come with its own internal memory? if so what size or do you have to buy a micro SD card for it?

    The item is designed to save to a microSD rather than internal memory so an memory card would be required (some examples of our range can be found as accessories on this item page).

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N90HT Portable Handheld Scanner with OCR Software (1+) £34.99

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