Book2Net Mosquito Review | Is this A1 book scanner worth it?

The Book2net Mosquito is an A1 bookscanner that let’s you use the speed of an area sensor to capture really large documents at decent resolution.

It’s a flat book cradle with 180 degree flattening glass, which should help you achieve really good scanning results, no matter what kind of document you want to scan.

The big thing about the device is that it has a dual area camera, which means constant stitching of images to achieve a 400dpi scan.
Book2Net Mosquito Review | Is this A1 book scanner worth it?

ProductAutomation levelScanning areaSpeed (Quality mode)ResolutionScanning glassPrice

Book2Net Mosquito

Book2Net Mosquito
Semi-Automatic (The user has to turn the page)A1 (23.4in x 33.1in)800 pages / hour600 dpiIncludedClick for more info

Klip Snap

Klip Snap
Semi-Automatic (The user has to turn the page)18.1 in x 11.8 in720 pages / hour300 dpiYesClick for more info

Book2Net Mosquito Specifications

Book CradleFlat
Automation levelSemi-Automatic (The user has to turn the page)
Scanning areaA1 (23.4in x 33.1in)
Speed (Fast mode)1200 pages / hour
Speed (Quality mode)800 pages / hour
Resolution600 dpi
Sensor typeCMOS
Color Depth24-bit
File FormatsTIFF, PDF, JPEG. JPEG 2000
AccessoriesFoot Switch
Scanning glassIncluded
Dimensions35.4 in x 31.5 in x 99 in (90 x 80cm x 250 cm)
Weight264 lbs (120 kg)

Book2Net Mosquito Accessories and options

The book cradle, both the left and the right can be height adjusted by the operator. This means that you can compensate the pages on both sides, which is really good to know.

The glass plate is easy to handle, as it is aided by individual weight compensation hardware. Without those, for such a big size, it would not be very easy to permanently lift it up and down.

As you can expect with an area sensor, the height of this device is really big. Actually, at 250cm, you have to make sure you have a proper room where to install it. It’s not easy as well, at 120kg, it is definitely on the heavy side of things. .

Book2Net Mosquito features

The Mosquito has a very interesting feature with the glass plate. Given that it is so big, up to A1, moving without any aid would make it very difficult for the operator alone.

Therefore, they have mounted a system in which the glass moves up and down, based on what the moment of the scanning is. Combined with the foot switch, I must say it gives the operator a lot of freedom of movement. .

Book2Net Mosquito Technical specs

The scanning area of the Book2net is up to A1 in size. A bit over A1 to be more precise, but still an interesting size, given that it will acomodate just about any document you can think of.

The speed is between 800 and 1200 pages per hour, but given the very high resolution, transfer times will vary. I would say the capture is instant, within that 1 second timeframe. But after that you get those really high transfer times, which decrease productivity quite a lot. I think that USB connection does not really help this. .

Book2Net Mosquito Image quality

Regarding the image quality, I would say I am a bit skeptical on it. First of all, the optics are really nice, very large CMOS area sensor, brilliant lenses, what else could you want.

But I guess the fact that it’s such a high area, also with the lighting system, it just makes things a bit sketchy. Listen, you won’t notice on regular scans. But when you get that fussy customer, that is noticing every little shadow, you might want to change settings a bit.

How much can you change the settings ? i don’t really know to be honest. The resolution will definitely be impressive, and you will see crazy high level of details. But is it the perfect scan ? Well, i would say it isn’t. A linear scanner will be way better. .

Book2Net Mosquito Software & File formats

The software of the Book2Net is nothing special. The Easy Scan provides most features you will need, and operating it won’t be that difficult.

File formats you can output are pretty much standard, with TIFF and Jpeg, plus the PDF or even the JPEG 2000. .

Book2Net Mosquito vs Klip Snap

Here are the key differences between these two book scanners:

Comparing these two scanners is definitely not a fair job. One is CCD linear, and the other is CMOS area sensor. Given the size difference, you would think it’s the other way around, but it isn’t.

A thing that separates them is the resolution of the scanning system. The Mosquito achieves 600dpi while the Klip Snap with the Fujitsu will barely reach 300dpi.

But I guess the devices are not rivals, they are complementary solutions. So ideally you would have a fleet of KLIP Snaps and a couple of Mosquitos, to scan those documents that can’t be scanned on the Klip.

So in all fairness, go for the Klip when documents fit within those specs, but also take into account the Mosquito when you have to scan larger documents or at higher resolutions.

Read the full review of the Klip Snap

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