Friday, June 15, 2007

My Strobe XP 100 Scanner

You know you're a geek when you carry around a portable scanner. I've been doing it for years, pretty much since I started my current job and have had to fill out expense reports on a regular basis.

There's nothing nicer than being able to scan in receipts at downtime in airports or hotels before you actually get home. It makes submitting the expense report so much easier! I highly recommend it!

That being said, I have to confess I've not been thrilled with my Stobe XP 100 by Visioneer. While it's size and weight is fantastic, and the scans are great for any scanner, it's major flaw is its user interface. The one-touch button is virtually useless as it can't be configured to scan directly into Adobe Acrobat or any program other than PaperPort (which is so lousy I refuse to install it on my laptop). Of course you can still use the scanner with any other application by opening the application and initiating the scan using that applications interface, but it kinda defeats the purpose of having a one-touch button, doesn't it?

Maybe I'm just complaining for the sake of complaining...after all, I've managed to use it for years - and it's still working. After the beating it's taken and the miles it (and I) have logged, maybe I should be glad that I haven't had to replace it. But then again, maybe I'm secretly longing for it give in to the rigors of the road so I can replace it with something better...that would definitely be in line with my geeky nature....

1 comment:

Marcy said...

Yes, you are officially a geek! Granted, I can't talk much, so you know that I say that in the kindest way! :)