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Pros: Good scanner for books, efficient scanning. Software is now fast and reliable.
Cons: Book scanning is a slow process, scanning a typical book might require 2 hours. Software setup for scanning is very cumbersome. For example, the software defaults to storing the scans in a very strange location, every time I scan, I have to change the location. The scan preview window is a small fraction of the screen, so scans cannot be checked properly during preview.
Other Thoughts: I reviewed the scanner shortly after I first received it from Newegg. The software was then quite buggy. The software crashed frequently, and useful features simply did not work. The software is now much improved. I still avoid scanning more than about 100 pages at a time, then I collect the PDF files together into a single file. Most books I scan are 19th century antiques, this scanner treats them better than any other I know of. The scanner could be improved with simpler and more efficient software, faster scanning, and a design that did not require the book to be opened as far. Many antique books have fragile bindings, even the 90+ degree opening required by this scanner is sometimes a problem.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very good scanner for books, very reasonable price. Can scan hardcover books without damaging the binding or the pages. Good scanning speed.
Cons: The software barely works, and is very buggy. On approximately 10 scans of about 10 pages, the software either crashed or discarded all pages after scanning on approximately 2 of them, apparently randomly. The software update was posted as an RAR file, not a ZIP file, requiring a separate download to obtain a decoder. The updated software deskew function is broken - it takes minutes to run, and badly skews an image, even of a page that was scanned almost without skew and with lined paper (should be easy to deskew)! Check all your settings, the software appears to keep some and lose others each time you restart.
Other Thoughts: Use the scanner buttons to access the scan-to-PDF function most easily, start with the 'preview' button. Make certain to select 'book' on the scanner panel.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: None, buy a drive from a different manufacturer.
Cons: When no media is loaded in this drive, the firmware 'simulates' loaded media called 'Bluebirds'. Software that detects whether or not a CD is present will always see media in the drive, even if the drive is empty. The 'Bluebirds' simulated media contains Microsoft Windows executable files that are automatically run by autorun.inf, if you use this drive on your Windows system, you may wind up with software installed. LG supplies a program to fix the drive, but this program is Windows-only, that is, the program runs only on systems that the firmware tries to infect. If your time is worth anything, it is cheaper to toss the drive.READ FULL REVIEW