Fujitsu ScanSnap

ScanSnapS1300

For a while I was looking for a dedicated scanner which can perform a multitude of scanning tasks in all forms of papers. It connects directly to a computer and not a network scanner, there are other models which are network oriented from the same family. In my case I tried the S1500 and it is very efficient, scanning all forms of documents directly to pdf, integration into Quicken or Outlook depending on what you need, if its business cards, personal bills, or taxes.

The S1300 is portable, fast, light, efficient and costs $250. If your looking for something a little bit more heavy duty there is the S1500 which is shockingly fast, scanning 20 pages a minute, and if its double sided 40 pages a minute. At $450 the S1500 is the bigger brother with the extra features. And it comes to build quality the reviews of all the models in the Fujitsu ScanSnap speak wonders of them. If you scan a lot and like having all your documents digitized then this is a scanner for your needs at a decent price.

Link: Amazon
Link: Amazon

ScanSnapS1500

Doxie

Doxie’s new USB-powered device simplifies the oft-tedious task of scanning photos or documents with its easy setup and an intelligible Internet integration. It’s small portable USB Scanner, works with both Macs & Windows, it works in black and white, grayscale or color and processes documents or photos at up to 600dpi. It automatically adjusts photos by cropping or straightening, you can also play with the saturation, contrast and brightness before saving it which is pretty cool, not like the old days when you had to rescan it.

One of the features that makes the Doxie so convenient, their free web application integration called the Doxie Cloud allows for uploading of photos or documents straight to sites like Tumblr, Flickr, Evernote and now to iBooks. The Cloud also provides a short URL so you can seamlessly share the photo via e-mail, chat or Twitter. Documents and photos can be saved as PDF, JPEG or PNG formats, which is great for sending the images to Google Docs. And, the best part is that you can digitize hand written notes & documents because of its built-in Optical Character Recognition capabilities. I haven’t looked at a scanner probably since 1999, since I don’t think they have really changed too much, they are bulky, and take up too much space. For once a scanner which address people’s needs at high quality and very portable, its a brilliant little device and very reasonably priced at $130.

Link: Doxie

Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB

After my recent experience with External Hard Drives, which I discuss below, I was happy to get the Seagate FreeAgen Go. It has a very good track record, and I was previously happy with my Seagate drive. I sometimes need to transport large files with me when traveling and taking around media files. After my extensive experience I just decided to buy it online instead of my bad luck with stores in Kuwait.

Recent Drives:
I have been through a few external portable drives and a lot have been disasters. I originally had the Seagate from 2004 and it lasted with me for about 4 years before starting to act up. So I bought a SimpleTech hard drive which is abundant in Kuwait, after a week it started acting up and it would hang during transfers so I returned it. I knew from a lot of people that the Western Digital External HDs were having problems and I even recovered data from two crashed WD Portable HDs. I bought one anyways to see my luck, and it wouldn’t transfer anything that was bigger then 1GB, so that was useless and I returned it. And the last one I tried was the Maxtor Portable HD which only hung for a few seconds during transfer which wasn’t too bad compared to my earlier track record. Even though Seagate and Maxtor are one company they are running completely seperatly.

Link: Amazon
Price: $112

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HP Mini-Note 2133

The HP 2133 is out in the market for a few weeks now and a lot of reviews have been surfacing. Its an interesting piece of a equipment and I’m looking for something like this after trying a friends Asus. This comes with a bigger screener and it looks like it has a cleaner build. I like most everything about this machine except for the processor. I would get it with all the features but with the downgraded to XP version since I wouldn’t want Vista on machine that small, its a bit sluggish on a desktop so the performance would probably be an issue with the Mini-Note.

HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

  • Genuine Windows Vista® Downgrade to Windows XP Professional (note) w/ MS Office (Trial)
  • VIA C7™-M processor (1.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
  • 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800 resolution)
  • Graphics VIA Chrome 9, 128MB shared system memory
  • VGA camera included
  • 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (1 DIMM)
  • 160GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Broadcom 4311AG 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi Adapter
  • HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • 6 cell Li-Ion battery

Link: notebooks
Link: Engadget

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