I wasdubious. I actually got this to test the company as I'm in need of an A3 large format scanner and they make one. I thought it would be useful, if it worked as advertised, but I was worried that plustek might just be mustek in disguise, and my A3 mustek has been a pain in the derrier for more years than I care to count, and has the worst scanning software ever. If they are related, they've had a total overhaul, because this machine is a charmer and I'm now a believer.Had trouble setting if up on an older but good Win10 computer. Would scan but very poor resolution, and the settings resolution option was greyed out. I tried scanning from a dedicated graphics program (PSP) which let me set the resolution and it scanned, but I got an insufficient memory error. Win10 virtual memory allocation looked fine, so not sure what's going on. Will try again and maybe contact their support to see how that aspect of the company is. Will update if I do.That was the dubious.I then put it on my main office computer, where I've been using a doxieGo to digitalize all my statements, etc. for a couple of years and thought it was a great time saver. Little did I know. I loaded the current software from the site (I used the included disk before), hooked it up, calibratedand BAM! I was scanning as fast as I could feed all those pesky recipe cards and slips of paper through. Auto straighten and crop worked like a charm. Could scan as many as fifty before doing a save. At first I saved all of them as pngs with the thought of bringing them up in Acrobat to OCR and combine, but then I tried the option to save all the scans as a pdf, and that worked beautifully. Just brought that file up in AA and OCRd in less time than it took to go fill my water glass. It will definitely replace the DoxieGo for here at home. (DG is still the go-to for on the road.)As for pictures. I've only tried a few so far (that starts tomorrow). There is an option to go to 600 dpi, but the default 300 appears fine for most standard photos. If I expect a lot of manipulation will be involved, or for the really special stuff, I'll probably go to 600, but it does double the scan time (no surprise there.) I haven't used the included software to manipulate the photos as I was primarily testing it on the recipes, but it looks to have good basic adjustment ability. I'll make a point to test it and if it's anything beyond or less than acceptable will update this.Hmmmwhat else might be useful to knowCan't say anything about durability yet. Only had it a day, but it sucked stuff in and spat it out as fast as I could feed it for the better part of two hours without a hickup.Ohthe flexibility. Anything up toprobably 9 inches wideit's a bit wider than a standard 81/2 X 11, but it can be as long as you want. I put some pieces through that were probably at least 17 inches long.Fair warning: it grabs the paper the moment it's in place. If it's flimsy, make sure you've got it lined up before feeding the monster.Soif you're tired of using the flatbed for archivingtired of aligning multiple photos and cutting them apart in your photo manip programthis could well be your dream machine. As of day oneI do believe it's mine.