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Visioneer Strobe 500

Visioneer Strobe 500
alaScore 83

51 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Visioneer Strobe 500. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The price also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the design and reliability.

usability, price, size

reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Visioneer Strobe 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Visioneer Strobe 500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Visioneer Strobe 500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The price also gets good feedback. There are some mixed views about the design. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, size

reliability

62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Visioneer Strobe 500 Mobile Duplex Color Scanner with Docking Station ADF 600 DPI and USBVisioneer Strobe 500 Mobile Duplex Color Scanner with Docking Station ADF 600 DPI and USB

Dec, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

Visioneer Strobe 500

 

The Visioneer Strobe 500 scanner is both portable and a good choice as a desktop document scanner.

Portable. Docking station adds automatic document feeder. Fast text recognition. Digitally enhances hard-to-read originals.

Both attaching the scanner to and removing the scanner from the docking station is a little tricky. ; Watch the Visioneer Strobe 500!

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Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (laptopmag.com)

Visioneer Strobe 500

 

This portable scanner can process two sides of a page at once, and has a removable document feeder.

Capable of duplexing ; Optional docking station with an autofeeder ; Simple hardware interface ; Software allows users to search inside PDFs ; Mac-compatible

Dated design ; Included software has a complicated UI ; Expensive

Although its 2.2-pound weight (3.9 pounds with the docking station) might turn off frequent fliers, we recommend the s fast and functional. It can scan multiple sides of a document or business card, feed multiple pages at once, and, thanks to the...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: James Galbraith (macworld.com)

Review: Visioneer Strobe 500 document scanner

 

The Visioneer Strobe 500's clever docking station allows it to server as both a desktop document scanner and a portable scanner.

The beige and black Strobe 500 is a portable scanner about the size of a box of Saran wrap. The scanner can use power from USB (using two USB cables) and scan one sheet at a time, or you can attach it to the included black docking station with its...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Richard Jantz, PC World US (techadvisor.co.uk)

Visioneer Strobe 500 review

 

The Visioneer Strobe 500's combination of superior performance, excellent image quality, versatile features, and easy operation earned it the top ranking among the five portable scanners we tested for our latest roundup.

Overall, the Visioneer Strobe 500 portable scanner is an excellent choice for scanning and converting paper documents into easily readable electronic files for storage and distribution.

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Ethan H. (newegg.com)

Decent scanner for the price

 

For the price this scanner is a good choice if it is for occasional use. If you regularly scan many receipts a day, look elsewhere.

We bought this scanner from Newegg in 2010. It is still a general-purpose workhorse in the office. It can give either fast, OK quality scans or somewhat slower, high resolution ones. The software bundled with the scanner is not worth installing. You...

As others mention, scanning receipts can be frustrating. The scanner allows inserting papers into either the top feeder slot (used for multiple sheets) or directly into the front of the scanner. The front-load slot is useful for a single page, as the...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Decent scanner for the price

 

For the price this scanner is a good choice if it is for occasional use. If you regularly scan many receipts a day, look elsewhere.

We bought this scanner from Newegg in 2010. It is still a general-purpose workhorse in the office. It can give either fast, OK quality scans or somewhat slower, high resolution ones ; The software bundled with the scanner is not worth installing. You...

As others mention, scanning receipts can be frustrating. The scanner allows inserting papers into either the top feeder slot (used for multiple sheets) or directly into the front of the scanner. The front-load slot is useful for a single page, as the...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: Dirk V. (newegg.com)

Decent scanner

 

When scanning duplex on a cable longer than 6' the scanner errors out and has to be reset every few pages. I've ran into this with other scanners as well so I probably has nothing to do with this model. Best to just use the included USB cable.

This is a decent scanner for the price. I've been using one for a couple years now with no real complaints when it comes to regular paper.

When scanning receipts or anything on that thin waxy type of paper the scanner sometimes just crumples them up.

Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: Anonymous (newegg.com)

Decent scanner

 

When scanning duplex on a cable longer than 6' the scanner errors out and has to be reset every few pages. I've ran into this with other scanners as well so I probably has nothing to do with this model. Best to just use the included USB cable.

This is a decent scanner for the price. I've been using one for a couple years now with no real complaints when it comes to regular paper.

When scanning receipts or anything on that thin waxy type of paper the scanner sometimes just crumples them up.

Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: Robert P. (newegg.com)

terrible order fulfillment

 

Verified product configuration on newegg website that ADF was included, as well as provantage, amzn, e bay, and visioneer, and newegg clearly shipped me the wrong product and a used product. Tried to call, closed. Tried to chat (supposed to be open...

Ordered product, which is supposed to include the ADF. Newegg not only shipped me the scanner only version without the docking station and the ADF, they shipped me a product which had been previously shipped to someone else. It still had the shipping...

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: Dennis M. (newegg.com)

Often Frustrating to Use

 

I have three of these machines for over two years. The longer I have them the less well the hardware and software works. The scanning software often locks up and to remedy this I have to either exit and re-run the program, turn the scanner off and on...

Solidly built, produces quality images. provides options on resolution/file size trade-off plus choice of black and white, gray scale and color. Will produce pdf files and has a primative drawing program to edit files.

Document feeder often does not grabe the first sheet. Scanning software often locks up.

Nov, 2012
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Product Specifications

Certificates

Certification:UL, C-UL, FCC B, CE, RoHS
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black, White
Scan type:Flatbed Scanner / Sheet-fed scanner
Scanner Type:Flatbed / Sheet-fed

Energy Management

Power supply:24

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:20

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):11.7 x 2.8 x 3.31
Media thickness (imperial):0.002 - 0.006
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:- 1.6 GHz PowerPC G5 (1.83 GHz Intel Core)\n- 512 MB RAM\n- Mac OS v10.4, v10.5 +\n- 350 MB HD space\n- CD-ROM\n- USB
Print quality (color, normal quality):200 x 200
Print resolution (color, normal quality):200 x 200
Recommended media weight:75
Scan speed (4x6:15 ppm, 30 ipm
Scan speed (4x6, color photo):15 ppm, 30 ipm
Scan speed (black and white drawing):15 ppm, 30 ipm
TWAIN compliance interface: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Visioneer OneTouch;\nNuance PaperPort;\nNuance OmniPage;\nAdobe Reader;\nNewSoft Presto! BizCard;\nKofax Virtual ReScan (VRS) Module
Drivers included: Yes

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4
Letter: Yes
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum scan area (ADF):8.5 x 14
Minimum scan area (ADF):3.5 x 2.2
Minimum scan area (Auto Document Feeder):3.5 x 2.2

Performance

Daily duty cycle (max):500
Light Source:RGB LED
Maximum duty cycle:15500
Scan drivers:TWAIN, WIA
Sensor Type:CIS

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:USB 2.0

Power

Power supply:24

Scanning

ADF scan speed (b/w, A4):15
Color scanning: Yes
Duplex ADF scan speed (b/w, A4):30
Duplex scanning: Yes
Film scanning: No
Flatbed scan speed (b/w, A4):4
Input color depth:24
Input colour depth:24
Maximum scan size:8.5 x 14
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 600

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Windows 7/Vista/XP,\nMac OS X v10.4, v10.5 +. / Windows 7/Vista/XP\nMac OS X v10.4 +
Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:350
Minimum processor:Pentium IV
Minimum RAM:1024 / 512
Minimum system requirements:DVD-ROM, USB
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.8
Height:3.31
Weight:2.2
Width:11.7