It promises unrivaled book management, full automatic capturing process and image quality like no other. As you will see in this review, things are not always what they seem.
So let’s dive into this automatic book scanner and see what is what regarding what Qidenus is claiming about this device.
|Product||Automation level||Scanning area||Speed (Quality mode)||Resolution||Scanning glass||Price|
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0
|Automatic||A2 (16.5 x 23.4 in)||1200 pages/hour||600 dpi||Included||Click for more info|
|Semi-Automatic (The user has to turn the page)||18.1 in x 11.8 in||720 pages / hour||300 dpi||Yes||Click for more info|
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Specifications
|Scanning area||A2 (16.5 x 23.4 in)|
|Speed (Fast mode)||1200 pages/hour|
|Speed (Quality mode)||1200 pages/hour|
|Color Depth||24 bit|
|File Formats||JPEG, TIFF, PDF. GIF, RAW, PDF OCR, XML|
|Dimensions||46 x 38.5 x 40.5 in (117 x 98 x 103 cm)|
|Weight||218 lbs (99 kg)|
Table of contents
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 specs & features
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Accessories and options
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 features
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Technical specs
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Image quality
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Software & File formats
- Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 vs Klip Snap
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Accessories and options
First of all, the book cradle, just like the other 2 automatic book scanners is V shaped. This means better document handling and an overall larger versatility when it comes to the material choice.
The flattening glass is V shaped as well, which means it can go right into the gutter of the books, catching most of the info during the scanning process. Even when the information is caught well inside the binding.
For such a versatile machine I would say it’s decent in size. DOn’t get me wrong, this is not a desktop friendly machine, it weighs around 100kg, but I would say for these kind of machines, this is to be expected. .
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 features
As we have already mentioned, the Qidenus Robotic book scan features 3 scanning settings. The first one is fully automatic, the operator just sits around and supervises the device during the scanning process. Now this is wonderful in theory, but in practice, it rarely works this way.
Given that books are pretty heterogenous, and have different mechanical aspects, you will rarely have the time to sit and enjoy your tea. So there will be some back and forth, depending on what you are scanning and so on.
Now, the other 2 settings are semi automatic and manual. The semiautomatic is what we love the most when it comes to book scanning. The operator just flips the page manually, the rest is done by the machine.
Manual mode involves the operator bringing the glass plate down by the controls and flipping the page. This is only recommended when you have very fragile books. .
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Technical specs
THis is an A2 scanner, which means it can scan books up to 2 times A3. Therefore it’s quite a decent size, which is a bit shy of the Roboscan V2, but a bit larger than the Treventus model.
Speed wise, they say it should do around 1200 pages per hour. I would say this might be possible in semi automatic mode, for a perfect book of small size. Otherwise, it’s difficult to achieve such a scanning speed.
The connectivity is through LAN, and you need that to speed up the scanning process, given the large volumes of data that need to be transferred. .
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Image quality
The resolution they claim is 600dpi. As with most CMOS area sensor cameras or digital cameras, the resolution will depend on the scanning area. So the smaller the scanning area, the higher the resolution, and viceversa.
With a CMOS sensor you can expect decent resolution, and if you choose a camera with a large megapixel count, the level of detail should be quite good. Don’t know how even the lighting will be, but let’s say it should be decent. .
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 Software & File formats
Just like with other Qidenus scanners, the QIscan suite will help you control the scanner and also process the images after scanning, to a certain level. Don’t expect advanced features or indexing, the level of the software is good, but it’s not Kofax.
YOu will be able to output a lot of file formats, from the usual Jpeg TIFF and RAW camera files to PDF and OCR variants. Another thing that you can create is XML files, but I don’t know what data they will contain, besides the one automatically collected. .
Qidenus Robotic Book Scan 4.0 vs Klip Snap
Here are the key differences between these two book scanners:
I would say that there are so many differences, that these machines could not be further appart.
The scanning size on the Qidenus is nearly double that of the Klip Snap, and so is the resolution, given one is 600 and the other is 300dpi.
Also, the Qidenus is supposed to be working fully automatic, which the Klip won’t do, it requires the operator to flip the pages manually.
Not to mention the scanning sensor, which in the case of the Qidenus is an area cmos sensor, while in the Fujitsu it’s a smart linear CCD sensor.
These devices are more or less complementary. I would recommend using more Klips and getting one or two Qidenus automatic book scanners for books that don’t fit the Klip.
Last but not least, the Klip is a very light machine, at a bit over 10kg, while the Qidenus is 10 times heavier and a lot bigger.
Read the full review of the Klip Snap