Plustek SmartPhoto P60 is an easy to use photo scanner for people looking to digitize and share their printed photographs. Simple one button operation lets you scan photos and send them to your computer without the need for any complicated computer software. Simply plug the scanner into your PC or Mac, insert any photo up to 4”x6” in the scanner. Press the button and the photo is digitized and sent to your computer. Your photograph is easily shared using email or any popular on line photo sharing service.
The SmartPhoto P60 is great for preserving older photographs that are damaged or beginning to fade. Plustek includes a unique protector sheet that allows you to scan old, fragile or irreplaceable photographs with confidence. You can also use the SmartPhoto P60 for scrapbooking too. Scan photos, newspaper stories or any other paper memento that is less than 4” wide. Because the scanner is small, portable and powered by the computer, you can take the scanner to your neighborhood scrapbooking party!
Digital Photo Frames are a great match for the SmartPhoto P60. Simply scan your photographs and then load them on your digital photo frame the same way you would load a photo from your digital camera.
Don't trust the Plustek USB cable in the box
Pros: For Windows 7 64bit I used the updated driver from the manufacturer's website which installed very easy. Once I tossed the Plustek junk USB cable out and had a good workable USB cable installed in its place the setup was simple. Open the Plustek software and setting the resolution higher to 600dpi max is step one. The brightness, contrast and gamma correction adjustments work effectively and cleaning the lens with the supplied cleaner pad works well. My scans are a little grainy owing the low 600dpi but I'll live with it, I'm digitizing our family photo albums and this scanner works quite well for the job intended. If this scanner would have been 1200dpi it would be awesome.
Cons: The Plustek cable is defective. I used an old spare I had in reserve and everything worked fine after changing out the cable. There was some dust on the scanner lens causing a streak through the first picture but after one cleaning the streak was gone. It won't scan a 4.25" x 11" if you are thinking about folding an 8.5 x 11 letter in half to scan both sides and stitching it back together in Photoshop. That would have been a great feature to add in.
Other Thoughts: I also tried this scanner on a laptop XP 32 bit and it worked fine. I am amazed at how small this scanner is, it looks like something Ken & Barbie would use in their dollhouse so for your traveling setup this thing is perfect... it's lightweight and super compact.
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It's 600dpi not 300dpi.
Pros: Very good image quality. It is actually a 600dpi not a 300dpi as advertised . Easy to connect and operate.
Cons: For some reason after about 30 scans, the image would not copy. I had to restart my computer to start scanning again. Also the the image frame would slip for no apparent reason, and it often took several tries to get an image lined up properly. There is a small learning curve on how to feed the photo.
Other Thoughts: For an scanner of small photos it does a good job and is worth the sale price of $59.99, but not $89.99. I would have given it a 5 star rating except for the photo frame changes.
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