Best Portable Scanners

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 13, 2018
Portability of gadgets is a blessing we can hardly imagine our life without anymore. From mobile phones to Internet hotspots to speakers, whatever you need to do, today you can do it on-the-go. Scanning included. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
SCANNING OPTIONS
MAX DOCUMENT SIZE
OUTPUT FORMAT
MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION
INTERFACES
OS SUPPORT
DIMENSIONS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The scanner's peculiar design allows setting the sheet ejection from the front. Wi-Fi support makes it possible to can wirelessly to your PC, laptop, and mobile devices.

CONS

The manufacturer could use a more powerful battery.

OUR VERDICT

Fujitsu created a nearly perfect portable scanner that combines many cutting-edge image processing technologies and highly convenient sync possibilities. Best pick for business people.

detailed parameters
SCANNING OPTIONS

Continuous document feeding, Simplex sheetfeed two-way paper path (Straight path, U-turn path), Single side, Color, Dual scan, Auto two page stitching

MAX DOCUMENT SIZE

8.5" x 14.17" (normal),
11" x 17" (with carrier sheet),
8.5" x 34" (long paper)

OUTPUT FORMAT

PDF, Searchable PDF, JPEG, Word, Excel, Business Card, Mobile

MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION

600 dpi

INTERFACES

USB 2.0, Wi-Fi

OS SUPPORT

Windows, Mac OS, iOS & Android mobile devices

DIMENSIONS

1.42" x 10.74" x 1.87"

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This Brother portable scanner supports BR-Receipts via Quicken and QuickBooks so you'll be able to store and manage your scanned receipts.

CONS

BR-Receipts software is to be purchased separately.

OUR VERDICT

The best scanner for those working in sales. If you move a lot or just have limited desk space, this portable scanner will replace a full-size model in any way that matters.

detailed parameters
SCANNING OPTIONS

Sheetfed scanner, Single side, Color, Optical character recognition

MAX DOCUMENT SIZE

8.5" x 32"

OUTPUT FORMAT

PDF, Searchable PDF, Image, email, Printer, Network, FTP, OCR (software supplied)

MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION

600 dpi

INTERFACES

USB

OS SUPPORT

Windows, Mac OS, Linux

DIMENSIONS

1.4" x 11.4" x 2.1"

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

With this VuPoint magic wand portable scanner, you can scan documents of up to 50" length.

CONS

Only scans to JPEG.

OUR VERDICT

To digitize many documents and images in almost no time and at a very moderate price, this is the best option. Good functionality-price ratio.

detailed parameters
SCANNING OPTIONS

Manual scanning, Single side, Color

MAX DOCUMENT SIZE

8.27" x 11.69"

OUTPUT FORMAT

JPEG

MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION

600 dpi

INTERFACES

USB 2.0, MicroSD card

OS SUPPORT

Windows, Mac OS

DIMENSIONS

1.2" x 10" x 1.1"

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The included Epson Document Capture Pro software enables image processing and also fast Cloud upload.

CONS

Send to Cloud feature is limited to Windows OS.

OUR VERDICT

All main image processing and management features in a highly portable document scanner; Epson WorkForce DS-30 is a solid compact rival to full-size models.

detailed parameters
SCANNING OPTIONS

Sheetfed scanner, Single side, Color, OCR

MAX DOCUMENT SIZE

8.5" x 14"

OUTPUT FORMAT

PDF, Searchable PDF

MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION

600 dpi

INTERFACES

USB

OS SUPPORT

Windows, Mac OS

DIMENSIONS

1.45" x 10.86" x 1.97"

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The built-in rechargeable battery is a high-capacity one, you will be able to scan up to 400 pages in high res before you need to plug it in. The multi-page PDF feature is handy for scanning to email.

CONS

The onboard storage is not very big, an SD card might be necessary.

OUR VERDICT

With the 8-second per page speed, you will scan a lot of documents fast, and with a Scan-to-Cloud option, it's instant access from any PC, laptop, or mobile gadget.

detailed parameters
SCANNING OPTIONS

Sheetfed scanner, Single side, Color, OCR

MAX DOCUMENT SIZE

8.5" x 32"

OUTPUT FORMAT

PDF, Searchable PDF, JPEG, PNG, OCR (software supplied)

MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION

600 dpi

INTERFACES

USB, Wi-Fi, SD card

OS SUPPORT

Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android mobile devices

DIMENSIONS

1.75" x 12.25 x 2.25"

WARRANTY

1 year

Fujitsu ScanSnap

There is Always Room for Perfection

The Fujitsu iX100 portable scanner combines all the main benefits you can get from a device of this type, that's why we strongly believe it to be the best in class. You can scan documents, photos, images with the same top-notch quality and send them immediately to your PC or laptop, as well as tablet and even smartphone. All you need is an available Wi-Fi connection nearby and a ScanSnap app to further process the files and send them to print right then and there. The said app works equally well with Windows and Mac, Android and iOS, therefore, whether you are a Microsoft person, a Google lover, or an Apple one, there are no limitations for you here. By the way, the scanning of a single fully colored page takes no more than 5.2 seconds! It's a record speed for a portable sheetfed scanned.

Another interesting detail we couldn't pass in this Fujitsu portable scanner is the U-turn. U-turn is, essentially, an option where you can set the sheet to eject from the same side that it entered (like a letter 'U' if you put it on the side). This is a really convenient feature if your space is limited.

The battery of this model will allow you to scan up to 260 pages before it needs recharging and you can feed the documents one by one without having to stop and repeat the settings thanks to the continuous feeding feature. This makes the whole process much faster and way more convenient.

Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap Wireless Mobile Scanner

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Brother DS-620

Your Digitizing Brother

This fairly compact photo scanner by the Brother company is another great option to digitize your images and documents in the most convenient way. It is only 11.4" long and weighs less than 1 pound so carrying it in your laptop bag is no fuss at all. And you can scan at a resolution of up to 600 dpi, or even at 1200 dpi with an interpolation software. This means you can scan documents, photos, receipts in the highest quality without loss right on the go. This portable scanner can even handle laminated cards, making it a great find for any business person on a trade-related trip, a conference, or meeting. Scanning pictures of far-away relatives during your visit is a piece of cake as well.

The software delivered with the device allows connecting it to Windows and Linux laptops or desktop PCs as well as Mac OS devices. The connection and charging of the scanner are performed via a USB cable which might be not as convenient as having a Wi-Fi option but still is pretty good for most users. If your laptop has no free USB ports left you can either disconnect a mouse or use a USB hub that does not cost all that much.

The operation is a cakewalk: to scan a sheet, you just push a button and allow the device to do its job. It does it well.

Review of Brother DS-620 Mobile Color Page Scanner

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VuPoint Solutions MagicWand

It's Magic

VuPoint is not the most recognized brand on the market but it is solid enough to make it to our top-5 with its magic wand portable scanner. For students and teachers who often encounter a necessity to scan library books or magazines, a sheetfed scanner is not an option at all and the stationary desktop scanner might have a queue to it or there might be no scanner at all. So what to do in this case?

Well, you can always take photos with your smartphone, sure, but a VuPoint magic wand portable scanner is so much better. With it, you can scan your documents or books at a resolution of up to 600 dpi (300 dpi by default, check if you need to set a different one), save the images to a microSD card right there, and go home. There is not even the need to bring your computer, you can store over 200 images scanned at 600 dpi on a 1GB SD card (the model supports cards of up to 32GB). To transfer the images to a computer later, you can use a USB cord (included) or a card reader.

The only thing is that the scanner's only saving to non-searchable PDF and JPEG. However, there is an Optical Character Recognition software included so it will hardly be a major issue. Additionally, a small LCD display will show you how many pages you have already scanned. Sold as a scanner only or as a scanner + SD card + Protection cloth bundle.

Review of VuPoint Solutions MagicWand Portable Scanner

 

Epson WorkForce

Reliable Solution

Epson is the name we recognize instantly when talking about things like printers and scanners. The company is known for offering quality office equipment that works for years. Epson WorkForce DS-30 will help you instantly digitize any document from business cards to photos to legal size documents, and all this with a surprisingly portable device you can put in your backpack.

The model is offered in two modifications with a slight difference in price and a single difference in functionality that you might or might not need. You can either choose to store the scanned documents inside the scanner until you get to your PC or laptop (if it's not at hand) and transfer them via USB or you can pay just $10 more and get the model with a Wi-Fi module to transfer to the cloud right away. If your laptop is lightweight and you carry it around at all times, you will hardly need a Wi-Fi module on the scanners whereas if you are a desktop PC person, it will definitely be of use.

The included Epson Document Capture Pro software unveils all the scanner's opportunities. You will be able to not only flip through the scanned images but also edit them and send them to Cloud services like Evernote or Google Docs. This way, you can work at home or on the go and still share the documents with your colleagues in the office.

Review of Epson WorkForce Portable Document & Image Scanner

Additional Info

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Doxie DX255

Go-To Solution to Truly Portable Scanning

The Doxie Go SE is a very smart scanner. It needs not a computer at hand, just a Wi-Fi in close vicinity—with a built-in Wi-Fi module and a special app, it can scan directly to your Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud Drive, OneNote; the Cloud-based apps then will sync between your devices and you, or someone with an access to the accounts, can work with the documents right away. It is a supremely convenient way to share documents with your co-workers, study group, or family and friends.

This portable scanner is perfectly, well, portable. It is compact enough to fit in a backpack and so light you will barely remember it's there. Yet, it offers superb quality scanning at up to 600 dpi with smart cropping and auto-aligning. You can scan to an image as well as to PDF (searchable or not) and the result will be crisp and sharp, easily discernible.

Doxie sells this scanner with a rechargeable battery that can go through 400 scans in a single charge while the storage space can handle ten times that number of pages (might be more or less depending on what and how you scan, obviously). If this is not enough, however, you can always use an SD card as there is a slot for one in this portable scanner. Just drop this sheet-fed model into your backpack and you can scan anything, anywhere, at any time.

Review of Doxie DX255 Wi-Fi Scanner with Rechargeable Battery

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What Is a Portable Scanner?

As the name suggests, portable scanners are just scanners but lighter and less bulky than your average document scanner or flatbed scanner so that you could bring one wherever you need documents or photos digitized. Portable scanners gained popularity among business people, lecturers, teachers, and students—generally speaking, among those dealing with a lot of documentation and papers.

The market offers quite a selection of portable scanners with a variety of features. There are models that do not need a computer nearby since they can scan to a Cloud or your smartphone; there are those that can scan and convert images into editable documents, those with continuous scanning feature we know from the huge office multifunctional units. The selection can be a bit dizzying if it's your first time hunting for a portable scanner and you don't yet know the full scale of your requirements. Here in this review, we have selected 5 compact scanners that we consider the best at different price levels. We believe you will find what you need among them.

To print your scanned documents, look at the selection of inkjet and laser printers.

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5. Steve Duncombe Do you want to digitise your life? choice. November 9, 2016.

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