Best Portable Scanners

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
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, you now can do it on-the-go. Scanning included. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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

Besides the scanner itself, you will also receive two AA batteries and a memory card for 8GB.

CONS

It may be hard to avoid skew when scanning large images.

OUR VERDICT

This portable scanner offers the easiest use ever. When time is limited, this device is your luckiest hit.

detailed parameters
SCANNING OPTIONS

Manual scanning, Single side, Color, OCR

MAX DOCUMENT SIZE

8.5" x 14"

OUTPUT FORMAT

PDF, Searchable PDF, JPEG

MAX OPTICAL RESOLUTION

900 dpi

INTERFACES

USB, MicroSD card

OS SUPPORT

Windows, Mac OS

DIMENSIONS

1.45" x 10.86" x 1.97"

WARRANTY

30 days Amazon

What is a Portable Scanner

As the name suggests, portable scanners are just scanners but lighter and less bulky than your average document or flatbed scanners so that you could bring one wherever you need documents or photos scanned. Portable scanners gained popularity among business people, lecturers, teachers, and students—generally speaking, among those dealing with a lot of documentation. The market offers quite a selection of portable scanners. Here in this review, we have selected 5 compact scanners that we consider the best at different price levels.

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

Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap Wireless Mobile Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap

Fujitsu ScanSnap

There is Always Room for Perfection

Fujitsu iX100 portable scanner combines all 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 available Wi-Fi 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 or an Apple one, there are no limitations for you here.

Another interesting detail we couldn't pass in this Fujitsu portable scanner it 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.

Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap Wireless Mobile Scanner

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Fujitsu ScanSnap
Fujitsu ScanSnap
 
Review of Brother DS-620 Mobile Color Page Scanner

Brother DS-620

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 1200 dpi with an interpolation software. The software delivered with the device allows connecting it to Windows and Linux laptops or PCs as well as MacOS 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.

To scan a sheet, just push a button and allow the device do its job. It does it good.

Review of Brother DS-620 Mobile Color Page Scanner

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Brother DS-620
Brother DS-620
 
Review of VuPoint Solutions MagicWand Portable Scanner

VuPoint Solutions MagicWand

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 make 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 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. 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 JPEG but with a resolution like the one offered any text recognition software will help you. Additionally, a small LCD display will show you how many pages you have already scanned.

Review of VuPoint Solutions MagicWand Portable Scanner

Additional Info

User Manual


VuPoint Solutions MagicWand
VuPoint Solutions MagicWand
 
Review of Epson WorkForce Portable Document & Image Scanner

Epson WorkForce

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 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 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

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User Manual     Manufacturer


Epson WorkForce
Epson WorkForce
 
Review of MSRM iScan Wand Portable Document & Image Scanner

MSRM iScan Wand

MSRM iScan Wand

All Inclusive

MSRM iScan portable wand scanner is a budget device that is yet in no way inferior to more expensive models. The only thing that we could consider a drawback is that this model has no built-in rechargeable battery and is instead powered by two AA batteries. The good thing, though, is that the batteries are included in the purchase so upon delivery you will be able to start scanning right there and then. The scans are saved on a microSD card which, we'd like to point out, is also in the purchase box (it offers 8GB of space). The optical resolution can be set at up to 900 dpi, a pretty impressive number for the price; the formats you can "Save as" are PDF and JPEG.

The scanner might take some time getting used to but that's not exactly the model's fault, it's the same with all wand scanners as a type. All-in-all, we believe it to be a good choice for students.

Review of MSRM iScan Wand Portable Document & Image Scanner

MSRM iScan Wand
MSRM iScan Wand
 

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