Digital scanners are certainly nothing new, but over the last few years we've seen a move away from standalone printers and scanners, to the all-on-one type devices which favor convergence over quality. And scanning photo after photo while opening and closing the top, whilst individually saving each photo and cropping to the dimensions is a huge pain in the rear, not least is it time consuming and beyond the scope of the less technologically adapt. Best of all, because the unit scans directly to SD card, you don't even need to access a computer to use it. This product is for them.
The Kaiser Baas Photo and Negative Scanner is a simple affair, with everything in the box to get you started, although you will need to bring your own SD card to the table. Let's take a look at the inclusions. Inside the box, we have the scanning unit itself, 1x AC power cable, 1x USB A cable, 1x 35mm slide adaptor, 1x cleaning tool, 1x sheet protector and 1x brief set of instructions.
The unit can be powered via the supplied AC power adaptor or via 6 AAA batteries (not supplied). The unit requires a few seconds start up time, but then you're good to go. There is no on-screen display, just an LED button which indicates the scanning resolution. If it's green, it's scanning at 300 dpi, if it's orange then it's 600 dpi, the highest resolution available. Whilst 600 dpi is a good general resolution, it's a shame that the unit cannot go any higher, considering that at that resolution it wouldn't be scanning the full resolution that a standard 6x4 photo can resolve. Still we soldier on.
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