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IRIScan Mouse review

Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Attractive, functional design
  • Easy to use
  • Handy software

Cons

  • More affordable alternatives
  • Software driver not on site (yet)
  • Only for Windows

Key Features

  • Ambidextrous 2-button mouse
  • 300dpi scanner
  • Windows only
  • Manufacturer: I.R.I.S.
  • Review Price: £70.00

Introduction

Scanners and computer mice aren’t exactly the most compatible of bedfellows, or so we might have imagined until recently. Now, it seems, there’s more than one rodent that’s actually a hand-held scanner in disguise. Having already seen LG’s take with its LSM-100 Scanner Mouse, we’re now checking out the IRIScan Mouse from Belgian document virtualisation and management company I.R.I.S. (IRIS).

First let’s go over just exactly what the IRIScan Mouse is and does. At first glance it appears to be a fairly regular-looking ambidextrous three-button laser mouse, however a fourth button on its right-hand side activates the scanner in the peripheral’s base.

Once activated, you can simply ‘mouse over’ any relatively flat surface – whether the top of your carpet, a photo or a page of text – and the integrated scanner makes it appear on your screen in real-time.

IRIScan Mouse – Design and Build

As non-gaming mice go, IRIS’ effort is reasonably attractive. It sports a glossy black top that’s surprisingly fingerprint resistant and plain, matt black sides, with a soft-touch strip in matt green dividing the two.

That glossy top will require frequent maintenance to keep it looking its best and the ‘IRIScan [tm] Mouse’ logo in attention-catching white letters across it doesn’t help, but otherwise we have no aesthetic complaints. IRIS even thoughtfully provides a tiny soft cleaning cloth along with a very nice drawstring carrying pouch to keep your mouse safe should you need to transport it.

The IRIScan Mouse is quite ergonomic and its slightly sculpted main buttons offer a nice, positive click, as does the dedicated scan button. The rubberised scroll wheel is less successful as it doesn’t support side-scrolling and its button action is a bit mushy, but it’s still pleasant under the finger for basic scrolling. Overall the IRIScan is very solidly constructed, and we have no build quality concerns.

IRIScan’s rodent glides smoothly in use thanks to two Teflon pads on its base. Sandwiched between these you’ll also find the laser sensor and scanner window. Though the mouse itself is ambidextrous, the left-oriented scan button obviously doesn’t favour south-paws. This doesn’t mean that a little adjustment won’t let you use the mouse to its full potential, but in an ideal world it might have been nice to have a second scan button on the right.

LittleBlueDot

March 13, 2013, 10:38 am

How does it work as a mouse ? I wanted to get the LG version but I was concerned about using it for hours at a time as a mouse.

TechVegan

March 14, 2013, 11:27 am

Purely as a mouse, the IRIScan is more comfy than the LG, thanks to its slightly more ergonomic shape.

LittleBlueDot

March 14, 2013, 11:35 am

Thanks Ardjuna. Also does it have Mac drivers ? The LG originally didn't, I think it does now.

LittleBlueDot

March 14, 2013, 11:36 am

Whoops, just saw the "Only for Windows" in Cons. Oh well

Andy

March 22, 2013, 12:12 am

A couple of problems I have found with using the Iris Scanmouse are: 1, the scan button is conveniently placed on the side of the mouse just where you grip it, making it very easy to accidently trigger the scanning mode and 2, like most optical mouse users I am in the habit of lifting the mouse and repostioning it rather than stretching, with the scanmouse this will put it into editing mode forcing you to abandon the scan and start again. Using this mouse will need some adjustments to be made in ingrained habits.

UFCIsSux

March 26, 2013, 7:21 pm

That's valuable input, Andy (for me anyway). I'm trying to decide between this mouse and the LG scanner/mouse, and yours was one of the few reviews I've found for this mouse. The ergonomics are apparently pretty terrible on the LG, so again this is very helpful to me.

Marie

September 8, 2015, 4:56 pm

So I bought this mouse because I am a student in diagnostic imaging, and part of my field requires me to be able to identify things on images. To test this ability, I thought it would be a good idea to buy this mouse, so I can quickly scan images from reference books without the information and just test myself. However, the images come out looking bad: density, contrast are bad and the grains on the images are horrible... If you are looking to scan documents, then I guess that would be for you, but then again I would just simply use a normal scanner. For anything else and anyone with a relatively good eye, this is horrible...

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