There has been a lot of discussion lately on this newsletter's web site about handheld scanners. (See http://goo.gl/vU1pM for my past articles.) These devices are great for genealogists when visiting libraries or archives as well as for dozens of other purposes as well. For instance, I scan all my incoming printed mail except for the junk mail and then I throw away the paper. I prefer to have a permanent record of everything worth saving in Evernote where I can find and retrieve anything within seconds, even when I am traveling.
Now the VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner is available at the lowest price I have ever seen: $29.99 and that even includes FREE shipping. That's a good price for something that retails for $99 although many discount web sites have sold it for a lot less. I paid $79.95 when I purchased mine a couple of years ago.
The VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner device will scan in either 300x300dpi or 600x600dpi ("dpi" is an abbreviation for "dots per inch.") The battery-powered scanner works with Windows, Macintosh, Chrome, or Linux computers, as the scanner never connects to the computer. You save the images to a MicroSD card in JPEG format. When you want to later copy the images to your computer, you simply remove the card from the scanner and plug it into your computer. Many computers already have slots for memory cards. If your computer does not, you can buy adapters for $5 or $10 from most any computer store or department store that sells computers, such as Wal-Mart, Target, BestBuy, Radio Shack, and dozens of other places as well.
Before thinking of buying this scanner, you need to be aware that the units on sale are "recertified," not new. Still, they do include a warranty. Next, the scanners do not include the MicroSD memory card used to store the images. You will need to purchase a MicroSD card locally or by mail order or web order someplace else. MicroSD cards cost from roughly $5 up to $30 or so, depending upon storage capacity. You can find a variety of MicroSD cards on Amazon and elsewhere.
Actually, VuPoint normally does not include microSD cards with the scanners but many retailers have since "bundled" microSD cards and sometimes other accessories as well. Make sure the card you purchase is a MicroSD or MicroSDHC card, not the larger SD card. The MicroSD cards are tiny, about the size of a fingernail.
The VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner is available now from Ice Monkey at http://goo.gl/xy6kK.
You even have a choice of colors: black or pink.
Please note that Ice Monkey is a retailer specializing in closeout sales. All inventory is available "as long as supplies last." The sale is going on right now at http://goo.gl/xy6kK but I have no idea how long it will last. If you later find they are sold out, please post a comment at the end of this article so that we all will know the scanners are no longer available.
Disclaimer: I don't get a commission on these scanners and am not compensated for this article. I am simply a satisfied customer and want to share this with anyone interested. I love my VuPoint hand scanner and use it often.