Reviews

LG Scanner Mouse review

A mouse that's also a scanner: do they go together like a horse and carriage or is LG's latest gadget more like chalk and cheese? Kat Orphanides finds out.

Price
£68
ITPRO Innovation award

A mouse with a built in scanner sounds fanciful, but LG's Scanner mouse is surprisingly functional. As the name implies, it's a wired laser mouse with a built-in hand scanner. While traditional hand scanners insist on painstakingly slow and even movements, yet still often produce jagged images, the Scanner Mouse lets you sweep across an area of text or graphics at almost any pace, displaying a live on-screen preview of your scanned content as you go.

Using technology developed by Swiss digitisation specialists Dacuda, the Scanner Mouse employs a CMOS chip to take video of the page you're scanning. The overlapping video images are processed and aligned with each other in real time by software installed on your PC. Once you've finished scanning, it'll even correct the alignment of images scanned at an angle.

The overlapping video images are processed and aligned with each other in real time by software installed on your PC.

The overlapping video images are processed and aligned with each other in real time by software installed on your PC.

The software also has integrated Optical Character Recognition (OCR), so once you've completed a scan, you can simply copy its text into any document. We were particularly impressed by its ability to turn a scanned table into individual text cells that can be pasted into Excel spreadsheets. You can also paste blocks of text or images and share your scans on social networks. The OCR can handle well over a hundred languages, but can't interpret hand written text with any accuracy.

The scanner has a maximum resolution of 320dpi; medium and low resolution modes are 200dpi and 100dpi. Higher resolutions are best for OCR accuracy when scanning small fonts, but scanning at a lower resolution reduces the storage requirements of your scanned image. This is rather important, as you only get a limited amount of scanner memory, the usage of which is indicated by an on-screen progress bar that appears alongside your scanned image as it appears on your monitor. The largest scan size the LSM-100 can handle is A3.

Featured Resources

2021 Thales access management index: Global edition

The challenges of trusted access in a cloud-first world

Free download

Transforming higher education for the digital era

The future is yours

Free download

Building a cloud-native, hybrid-multi cloud infrastructure

Get ready for hybrid-multi cloud databases, AI, and machine learning workloads

Free download

The next biggest shopping destination is the cloud

Know why retail businesses must move to the cloud

Free Download

Recommended

Kodak S2085f review: A ferociously fast network scanner
peripherals

Kodak S2085f review: A ferociously fast network scanner

20 Sep 2021
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 review: Unparalleled cloud support
peripherals

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 review: Unparalleled cloud support

16 Sep 2021
Canon imageFORMULA DR-M260 review: The ideal workhorse
peripherals

Canon imageFORMULA DR-M260 review: The ideal workhorse

14 Sep 2021
Brother ADS-2700W review: A simple and speedy desktop scanner
peripherals

Brother ADS-2700W review: A simple and speedy desktop scanner

10 Sep 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Cleaning up legacy IT to drag big tobacco into the future
digital transformation

Cleaning up legacy IT to drag big tobacco into the future

12 Oct 2021