Agfa SnapScan Touch

Colourful as it is, the SnapScan Touch has more going for it than playful marketing gimmickry. Offering a convenient USB interface and capable 600 x 1200 resolution, this speedy unit delivers images with fine detail and accurate colour. The scanner's tidy bundle of software includes Corel PrintHouse Magic for image editing and Caere's OmniPage LE 5.0 for OCR and PageKeeper for document management.

The shipping version of the SnapScan Touch I tested was a breeze to install and painless to use. The unit looks and operates much like a copy machine: pop a document under its lid, push one of the four buttons on the outer shell - for scan, print, OCR or e-mail - and it jumps into action, completing the task or launching the application you selected. I also found it easy to use the accompanying Agfa ScanWise 1.10 scanner software for tweaking images. But missing are more-advanced image-control features like exposure, gamma, highlight and shadow adjustment tools found in similarly priced competitors such as the Microtek ScanMaker X6.

The SnapScan Touch is best for novices and casual users, but its apt combination of accessible features and good scanning quality make it a worthy choice for the average small-office or home user. And those cute little handles don't hurt either.

SnapScan Touch

Price: $299

Distributor: Agfa

Phone: (03) 9264 7711


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