Book2Net V Scanner Review | Dragon, Lizard or the Falcon

The Book2net Lizard, Dragon and Falcon bookscanners are 3 models of the same V family currently offered by Book2Net.

They are all based around the same idea, V shaped glass and book cradle, but have subtle and large differences, which make them perfect for different scanning environments and conditions.

It does not matter what scanning requirement you have, one of the three should be suited for your project, so let’s dive right in.
Book2Net V Scanner Review | Dragon, Lizard or the Falcon

ProductAutomation levelScanning areaSpeed (Quality mode)ResolutionScanning glassPrice

Book2Net V Scanner

Book2Net V Scanner
Semi-Automatic (The user has to turn the page)A1 (23.4in x 33.1in)800 pages / hour800 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 V Scanner Specifications

Book CradleV-Shaped
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
Resolution800 dpi
Sensor typeCMOS
Color Depth24-bit
File FormatsTIFF, PDF, JPEG. JPEG 2000
AccessoriesFoot Switch
Scanning glassIncluded
Dimensions39.4 in x 31.5 in x 59 in (100 cm x 80 cm x 150 cm)
Weight132lbs (60 kg)

Book2Net V Scanner Accessories and options

Let’s start with the Book Cradle on the Lizard model. It has manual movement side to side, so when the v glass is lowered, it centers automatically the book. Also, the flaps can be moved closer and farther appart, to allow for different book thicknesses to be scanned.

On the falcon model, to decrease the overall size of the device, they have made an interesting adjustment. Practically, the glass moves like a mouth opening and closing during the scanning process. It has a hinge on the top edge, and the operator somehow lifts only one side of the glass while scanning.

The Dragon is the top range model of the 3. It’s quite big, as in definitely a huge scanner. With more than 2 meters on one side, it won’t go into any place. Still, it offers a motorized cradle and motorized v glass plate. Practically it’s more or less the perfect semi automatic book scanner. The operator just has to flip the pages during the scanning process. .

Book2Net V Scanner features

Now, let’s get into the automation levels of all the 3 devices. First of all, the 3 devices all offer foot switches to start the scanning process, so this is good to know. But the operator is still required to manually turn the pages on all 3 devices.

Second of all, the Lizard and the Falcon still require for the operator to move the glass plate manually. On the Lizard this is done vertically, while in the Falcon they have installed the special top hinge, so the raise of the glass plate is somehow oblique. It’s an interesting approach I must say.

The Dragon however, being the top range model, does not require the operator to move the glass plate himself. That moves up and down automatically between each scan. That is nice to have, as it means the operators are free to do what they want in that time. .

Book2Net V Scanner Technical specs

The Lizard and the Dragon are considered to be A1 scanners. That means a scanning size of 2 times A2. It is a really big scanning size, there are not many V shape scanners that can go this big. But for this you will require very high quality cameras, and Book2 net offers this with X41 and X71 special area sensor cameras.

The Falcon on the other hand is a budget model, scanning documents up to A4 in size. This is what actually allows for the special glass plate movement, with the included hinge.

All of the 3 scan more or less the same number of pages in an our, given that they use just about the same capturing technology, that Book2net manufactures.

All 3 scanners can be connected through USB, which means they will work on just about any computer. Still, I would not get the dragon without being setup by Book2net directly. .

Book2Net V Scanner Image quality

The image quality is always a hot debate when it comes to area and linear sensors. As you already know, Book2net uses area sensors on their cameras, which they build themselves. That is quite impressive actually, there are not many manufacturers which build their own cameras today.

But on the image quality, while the level of details is generally impressive, the fixed lighting could make for some uneven scans. I am sure that Book2net does it’s best to correct for this, but it’s still something that you will notice from time to time. .

Book2Net V Scanner Software & File formats

All 3 devices, the Lizard, the Dragon and the Falcon use Easy scan as a tool for controlling the scanners. This is good to know, especially for customers that have a fleet of Book2net scanners, which means their operators can switch back and forth quite easily.

You can expect to output the usual files formats, such as Tiff, Jpeg, Jpeg 2000 and the one and only PDF format. It’s pretty basic, but most cases this should be enough. .

Book2Net V Scanner vs Klip Snap

Here are the key differences between these two book scanners:

I guess comparing the 3 scanners to the Klip Snap does not really make sense, except for the Falcon Model. The Lizard and Dragon are A1 book scanners so they go right out the window in this comparison.

But actually, the Falcon is pretty much a competitor for the Klip Snap. Because it uses special area cameras, it will be quicker and provide bigger resolution than the Klip. Also, it will provide versatility with the V shaped cradle and flattening glass.

The Klip however costs a lot less and can be integrated with other document cameras, which for speed, can surely match the Falcon. Also, the Klip can be used for flat A3 documents and also you can scan without the glass if you want to.

So it all depends what you are looking for, but the Klip is definitely a lot cheaper, while the Falcon offers improved versatility.

Read the full review of the Klip Snap

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