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Scanmarker Reader Scanmarker Reader
Scanmarker Reader 4

In the digital age there is really no place for time consuming note taking, the Scanmarker Reader speeds things up all in a portable, lightweight and convenient package, this clever pen connects to all your devices via Bluetooth.

It is compatible with all devices that use Bluetooth 4.0 and later, including Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and Android 5 or higher, it has a recognition speed of 3000 characters per minute, that’s a full line of text within one second. It has a scanned width (Field of View) of 1cm (0.4 Inch) so will work with fonts from 6 – 24pt and the 100 mAh, rechargeable battery provides about 5hours continuous scanning (charging time 2-3hours), it is charged via USB which means you can use your laptop or a portable battery pack to give it a boost. The Scanreader can improve oral language skills by adapting the speed of reading to suit the individual needs, supporting those with dyslexia for example and helps with phonological processing.

It works in more than 70 languages and is capable of both scanning and translating, giving you the option to learn to read, study a new language or boost confidence for those with reading disabilities. It is easy to use and sits comfortably in the hand, just guide it over the text like you would a highlighter, the text then appears and can be read out aloud in real-time on your device. The notes can be edited, copied, pasted and shared, it is fairly accurate in its scanning, sometimes it would skip words or get a few words wrong but for the most part it is accurate. The Scanmarker Reader is a handy tool for students, those looking to improve their reading skills or learn a new language, it isn’t fool proof and you might get the rogue word now and then but on the whole it performs well. RRP $199

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A handy tool for note takers and those looking for support with their reading skills.
  • Wireless
  • Recognise text in more than 70 languages
  • Translates over 40 languages
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Fast, real time scan to screen
  • Ready out loud feature
  • Compatible with a range of apps and devices
  • Battery life/charge time could be better
  • Can miss words or get them wrong