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Magic Wand Portable Scanner: Courthouse Document Review Tool

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By Jason Beahm on November 11, 2010 6:13 AM

If your practice requires you to scan documents in court or on the go, there is a device that you should definitely check out. It's called the VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner. The Magic Wand is a hand-held cordless scanner that runs on batteries.

You can scan at high (600 dpi) or standard (300 dpi) resolution. According to VuPoint, you can get up to 180 scans from two AA batteries. It works with both Mac and Windows operating systems. Scans are saved onto a microSD card, which can be as large as 32 GB. Scanned images can be transferred by USB or by inserting the microSD card into your computer. (Micro SD card not included)

As more and more attorneys move to paperless or reduced paper offices, items like the Magic Wand can be a Godsend. Attorneys are already using it to scan motions, tickets, case files, opinions and more. It definitely beats paying whatever your court charges for copies. Not to mention it saves a few trees and can lighten the load that you have to carry around.

According to a number of attorneys on a popular legal list serve, the Magic Wand's resolution is great even in dark settings. It's far lighter and more portable than just about any alternative, besides using your cell phone. For some people, a cell phone camera is a decent option, but that has problems of its own. Specifically, the resolution isn't generally as good and at some courthouses they get upset if you use a "camera," but not if you use a scanner.

For an added bonus, several of the attorneys mentioned that they saw the Magic Wand for sale at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is known for their 20% off coupons. It retails for about $100, so with a coupon you're only looking at about $80.

So if you're looking for an easy way to cut down on your paper, save copy costs and lighten the weight of your briefcase, consider giving the Magic Wand a look.

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