IRIScan Desk 6 document and book scanner review

The best basic book scanner for small books

IRIScan Desk 6 book scanner on a desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The IRIScan Desk 6 is built to handle up to A3 size with an output of 12 MP and 300 dpi. The clarity of scanned documents is high, although the colour replication isn't perfect. The unit itself is well built and sits neatly and firmly on the desk with the folding arm, making it ideal for tucking out the way or storing back in its box. The Desk 6 goes beyond simple scanning and even offers video capabilities that can be used for recording video or linking into video call software such as Zoom or Google. The whole thing is powered by a simple USB cable, which makes it super easy to transport around. This is a perfect all round solution for teachers, presenters, and video conference chairs.


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    Relatively light and portable

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    OCR with 138 languages

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    Detects page turn


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    Curve compensation AI could be better

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    IRIScan Desk software not Mac compatible

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The IRIScan Desk 6 offers an incredible level of versatility that goes beyond its capabilities as a 300 dpi document scanner. With video capture functionality and a built-in microphone, it is also possible to record video or use it in presentations in video calls. OCR software enables text digitization in an incredible 138 languages, and a text-to-speech feature is ideal for users with dyslexia.

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Scan AreaA3/Letter
Speed1 sec / page
Max Resolution300dpi
Live View2048 x 1536px
Size259 x 56 x 38 mm

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.