Scanners are all very well for a lot of things, but there are some situations where firing up an A4 flatbed is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut: when you need to scan a few lines of text, for instance. Step forward the Wizcom InfoScan.

The InfoScan portable pen scanner, which easily fits into a pocket, is easy to use: simply switch it on and move it reasonably slowly across the text. Nevertheless, some more comprehensive printed instructions would have been appreciated.

Accuracy was reasonably impressive. We encountered quite a few problems when using the InfoScan with coloured text, but the results were very effective on standard black. You can only scan certain sizes of text (6-22 point size is recommended), and it really needs printed text rather than handwriting – although with Wizcom’s free Image Capture application you can capture handwriting as a picture file. Within these limits, this is a very effective tool.

The InfoScan can store up to 500 pages of data. You can then hook it up to a PC or PDA and port the text into pretty much any application that allows for text entry.

Wizcom InfoScan: Specs

  • Resolution 400dpi
  • USB 1.1/2.0
  • Stores 500 pages of text
  • 97% optical character recognition
  • recognizes 6-22 point size
  • Image Capture application available online
  • 152x25x38mm
  • 85g
  • Resolution 400dpi
  • USB 1.1/2.0
  • Stores 500 pages of text
  • 97% optical character recognition
  • recognizes 6-22 point size
  • Image Capture application available online
  • 152x25x38mm
  • 85g

OUR VERDICT

Whether or not you want to pay £90 for a scanner that can only read a few words at a time is questionable. But if a portable pen device is what you need, this is a very effective model.

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