The rumours are true…
A few months ago, the team at Medit kindly sent us the very first Medit i700 Wireless scanner in Australasia. It's one of the first units in the world and we’ve been hard at work beta testing it over the last few months.
There have been whispers about a wireless Medit scanner coming onto the market for quite some time, and we couldn't wait to get our hands on it.
You can view the entire unboxing video above, but if you don’t have time to watch the video or just prefer to read, here’s what I cover in the Medit i700 Wireless unboxing video.
Background on Medit
The release of the Medit i700 Wireless makes it the third wireless scanner on the market. The first wireless scanner was the release of the 3Shape Trios 4 in 2019, and since then, the CS3800 by Carestream Dental. Now, we have the Medit i700 Wireless.
The concept of wireless scanning is interesting and it improves ergonomics significantly. It also means no more issues with wires breaking, getting damaged or losing connections over time.
This scanner is slightly more expensive than the normal Medit i700 at $22,000 USD.
The question will be, is it worth the extra $4,000? Let's open the box and see what we can find.
Unpacking the Medit i700 Wireless scanner
The Medit i700 Wireless comes with two boxes, the scanner box and the accessory kit. And obviously somewhere in there, we expect to see the battery pack and the Wireless Medit i700. As seen in previous unboxing videos, the Medit packing is pretty tightly packed on - very similar to Apple.
The same presentation so far as the Medit i700, we have the scanner and the quote by Medit about scanning re-imagined and really high quality presentation here of the scanner.
Now, when I take out the Medit i700 Wireless, instantly, what you're going to look for is the back of the scanner.
And what you notice right away is that there's this big hole, obviously this is where the battery pack fits. This is different to the normal i700. Which had the USB-C power delivery cable that would fit in here. So that's where the battery pack goes. Now, on the inside of this box, these accessories look a whole lot different, and it looks like we've got the battery packs and a power station. So we'll start opening some of these.
The Medit i700 Wireless battery pack
This is what the Medit i700 battery pack looks like.
These are the battery packs that come with the Medit i700 Wireless. And as you can see, three battery packs come with the scanner. Now, a couple of interesting things about these batteries…
What I'm told by Medit is that each battery will last one hour of use. To charge a battery fully, from zero to a hundred percent takes about one and a half hours.
However, you can charge all three simultaneously with the charging station. And if you charge all three simultaneously, you can charge them all in about three and a half hours.
Let's see how it fits at the back of the scanner.
You can see the connection here, it just slides on nice tight fit. This is not going to go anywhere and you have to pull quite hard to take it off.
Anyone who has a laptop or a cell phone is aware that batteries don't last forever. Over time they do degrade and you do have to replace them. Now, what the company says is that each battery pack costs 260 USD.
So, that's the Medit i700 Wireless with the battery pack attached.
New Medit i700 Wireless scanning tips
Once again, the Medit i700 Wireless comes with four scanning heads, just like the i700 wired version. It has a reversible scanning head and really the focus is all about the power delivery.
Now autoclavable up to 150 times an increase from 100 times on the old scan tips, both of which are interchangeable.
Medit i700 Wireless Charging station and connection hub
This is the charging station. As you can see, it fits three batteries.
This is your connection hub.
Although the scanner is not wired directly to your computer, you still need some form of connection to your computer and MeditLink software. This is the hub that's going to be connected through USB-C to your computer, and this will sit on your desk or your cart, enabling the scanner to communicate with the hub and so you can scan wirelessly.
You also have a practice model, just like the wired i700, a wrist strap and a nice little Medit USB, which has the MeditLink software.
Medit i700 Wireless Detachable handle
One really interesting thing about the Medit i700 Wireless is the addition of a detachable handle.
You now have a Medit i700 that also has a handle. These handles have been quite popular and a lot of people have actually asked for them. I'm quite surprised Medit has introduced this with the scanner. It's quite a neat ergonomic tool.
Medit i700 Wireless Dummy battery pack
One thing that's missing in this initial box, you may be wondering. So what happens if all the battery packs die?
What am I going to do? Does my scanner not work?
In the accessory kit, you’re going to find a dummy battery that can be wired directly to a computer. This dummy battery pack converts the scanner into a wired scanner, which is very common in all wireless scanners.
Medit i700 Wireless Additional cables and accessories
The Medit i700 Wireless scanner also comes with an assortment of cables that ensures everything works correctly.
There’s also some additional accessories such as a wall mount, desktop cradle and calibration tool. You can watch the end of the video above to see how these pieces all fit together, how they are pretty standard cables and accessories.
Medit i700 Wireless Summary
This is quite a lot of extra things for two grand more than the original price of the Medit i700. And I'm pretty blown away that Medit have introduced a wireless scanner to the market as previously, it was seen as very niche. But obviously the company thinks that this is going to be an important development in the intraoral scanner market.
One added thing I was really surprised by was the handle, which is quite a neat feature. This is quite an ergonomic scanner.
It seems like the future of intraoral scanners is maybe wireless.
So, that's what comes with the Wireless Medit i700. We're excited to test the scanner over the next few months. And as I mentioned, we'll be releasing our experiences and completing a comprehensive review of the scanner soon.
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