IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more
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

What 2023 will mean for the industry

What do most IT decision makers really think will be the important trends and challenges in the coming year?

Free Download

2022 Magic quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

SIEM is evolving into a security platform with multiple features and deployment models

Free Download

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide unified endpoint management services

2022 vendor assessment

Free Download

Magic quadrant for application performance monitoring and observability

Enabling continuous updating of diverse & dynamic application environments

View Now

Recommended

How we test printers and scanners
peripherals

How we test printers and scanners

18 Nov 2022
Xerox D35 Scanner review: A great choice for heavy workloads
peripherals

Xerox D35 Scanner review: A great choice for heavy workloads

17 Aug 2022
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 review: Affordable, versatile and impressive
peripherals

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 review: Affordable, versatile and impressive

25 Jul 2022
Epson WorkForce DS-790WN review: Scanning that covers every angle
peripherals

Epson WorkForce DS-790WN review: Scanning that covers every angle

13 Jul 2022

Most Popular

GTA V vulnerability exposes PC users to partial remote code execution attacks
vulnerability

GTA V vulnerability exposes PC users to partial remote code execution attacks

23 Jan 2023
Dutch hacker steals data from virtually entire population of Austria
data breaches

Dutch hacker steals data from virtually entire population of Austria

26 Jan 2023
European partners expect growth this year, here are three ways they will achieve it
Sponsored

European partners expect growth this year, here are three ways they will achieve it

17 Jan 2023