This tight, compact little device does what it says it does. Setup is basically plugging it in. Controls are intuitive and easy. Photos slide through a slot. Old slides and strips snap into a holder and go through their own slot. It's about as fast as a flatbed scanner on medium. Images are clear and sharp for well lit shots. They can get a little grainy with dark slides. Cleaning media is important. Images can be saved to the memory card (included) or straight to a computer so you can hook it up to your USB hub and leave it there. With optional batteries it's portable. A flatbed scanner will do better with photos if with a little more hassle. For slides and filmstrips you need this. It has brought back to life old slides from the 1960's that I thought I would never really see again. This is a good buy.