• Magic Scan Pro T4E • WD My Cloud EX2
The ability to capture document from print to digital form is a useful feature that most mobile developers ignore. Printed documents may never go away entirely. However, there have been too few portable devices that let you turn physical documents into digital ones. Most of us, in a pinch, turn to taking photographs of documents to make a copy. Enter the MagicScan Pro, a portable scanner that lets you turn physical prints into digital copies anywhere you go.
The MagicScan Pro (also known as MagicScan T4E) portable scanner features the ability to turn any document, picture, or print media that is up to 217mm in width into a digital JPEG or PDF file with a single steady swipe.
Out of the box, the T4E comes with a USB cable, a storage pouch, three AAA batteries, and a software CD. However, a microSD card is required to function. Once loaded with storage and batteries, the T4E functions as a standalone scanner, saving scanned documents directly to the microSD card, or connected to a PC or portable device.
We found that the scanner is easy to use, especially when not connected to any devices, as the USB cable can sometimes get in the way, and we did not have to fiddle with the software to get a good scan. Its 1.4-inch display helps with preview and navigation. Although the interface is somewhat basic, it is adequate and not bloated with unwarranted features.
To scan, ensure the scanner is set to the file format and resolution desired, which can go up to 900 DPI. Then, position the scanner at the top of the document, press the scan button and drag the scanner across the document. Press the scan button again once you have reached the end of the document. In our test, scanning a flat document on a wide flat surface works best. The T4E can also scan books, but an uneven surface may result in tearing or blurred scans.
The resulting scan tends to be appear a little bright for photographs, but is very good for standard documents where there is black text on white background. On some rare instances, we noticed scanning lines, which does not make the T4E a good photo scanner, but it would suffice in a pinch and a little post processing goes a long way.
Connected to a mobile device via OTG USB cable, the T4E does not require special software and functions as a microSD card reader. There is no real advantage of having it tethered to a portable device while scanning. But when connected to a PC, the handheld scanner operates without batteries or microSD card.
The MagicScan T4E portable scanner caters to those who are always on the go, as well as those who often find themselves in need of a way to scan and make digital copies of documents. A salesperson or sales agent, for example, could scan a client’s personal document or a completed form, then keep a digital copy and even email a copy to the client.
The controls on the MagicScan are clustered together, making it easy to use.