Memory keepers – every family has one. The one family member who holds all those family photos. For me that would be my mom. With 7 daughters all very close in age you can just image how many photo albums she has full of group photos. And that’s great ’till more than one of us wants that same print of which there is only one copy. Not to mention the older those photos get the more worn and faded looking they become.
The IRIS Photo 4 is the perfect solution.
PROS: It is a small (fits in the palm of your hand), compact, easy to carry with you photo scanner. It weighs less than 6 oz. IRIS Photo 4 allows you to scan your photos with no computer needed and it runs on an internal rechargeable battery! It can scan photos up to 4X6 in size and save them on it’s 512 MB internal memory. It can hold up to 2,000 images. Need to hold more photos? Use an SD card to expand your storage capacity. Transferring your images from the IRIS Photo 4 to your computer couldn’t be easier. Simply use the included USB cable and connect it to your computer and drag and drop your scanned images to your computer.
CONS: I had to stop scanning several times after scanning multiple photos to let it recharge. I would have liked to have been able to recharge it with a power cord rather than having to plug it back into my laptop to recharge it again. When using the plastic sleeve so you get 600 dpi rather than 300 dpi without it, it had a tendency to attract lint or dust in the air and so the images scanned had these on them. I rescanned without the sleeve and still got good quality. The numbering system on the .jpegs will repeat so every time you upload you’ll get your images renamed the same (i.e. 0001_.jpg) from the time before and you don’t want to overwrite what you already have stored.
Despite those few issues, I’m guessing every technology savvy mommy would love the IRIS Photo 4. I did and packing it with me was a snap as it took up almost no room at all in my laptop bag and it allowed me to bring home with me lots of very special memories from my childhood. Now my memories are right here with me.
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Written by Nanette Gomez of AMomBlog.com and tweeting @AMomBlog on twitter.
Disclosure: I did received a product to facilitate this review as well as compensation for my time. But all opinions of this product are 100% my own.