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Arriana Vasquez has been with Wirecutter for a year, and in that time she has worked on a variety of guides related to home-office gear. For the most recent update to this guide she researched all the latest portable scanners and tested them against the picks made by Ben.
Portable Nuance PaperPort 14 PRO
Arguably the best description of the Visioneer RoadWarrior 3($99.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) is that it's a highly portable scanner that offers basic scanning at an eye-catching low price. Unlike, say, the Editors' Choice Canon imageFormula P-215 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner, it doesn't offer an automatic document feeder (ADF) and it doesn't duplex (scan both sides of a page at once). But it also costs a lot less, and it comes with capable software, including an optical character recognition (OCR) program and a PDF utility. For light-duty scanning on the go, it can do a more than credible job.
One key advantage of leaving out duplexing and an ADF is that it helps makes the scanner more portable. The RoadWarrior 3 weighs just 13.4 ounces, which is just over a third of what the Canon P-215 weighs. It's also smaller, at 1.5 by 11.4 by 2.1 inches (HWD), or about the size of a short stack of one-foot rulers. If you need portability more than the extra features, that counts as a distinct plus.
Featuring USB power for portable use with laptops and desktop PCs, the lightweight Duplex Travel Scanner, just over one pound, is bundled with a comprehensive software suite for creating, organizing and sharing searchable PDF documents, rendering image files in a variety of formats from photographs or other graphical printed material, and enhancing the scans of tattered originals to produce remarkably clear and clean images. Maximum optical scan resolution is 600dpi. Color output depth is 24 bits.
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