Review on the Epson DS-80W Wireless Portable Document Scanner at PCMagPROS
Fast scanning. Accurate OCR. Light and small. Easy to use.

Lacks ADF. Software doesn’t convert image PDFs to searchable PDFs

The Epson DS-80W is a fast and accurate single-sheet-feed portable document scanner ideally suited for scanning short jobs to your laptop or smartphone on the road.

The Epson DS-80W Wireless Portable Document Scanner ($169) is exceptionally small, light, fast, and accurate, making it ideal for capturing short documents on the road. It has a built-in rechargeable battery, which allows you to scan wirelessly and increases the flexibility as to when and where you can use it. These perks, along with its respectable accuracy and Epson’s highly useful scanner interface and software, are more than enough to make this portable scanner an Editors’ Choice.

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Review of the Brother ADS-1700W at PCMagPROsFast scanning and text recognition. Accurate OCR. Strong software bundle. Supports scanning to USB drives. Color touchscreen.


No battery. Heavier than other portable scanners.


The Brother ADS-1700W is a fast and accurate portable document scanner that offers a slew of features that will be attractive to road warriors


The Brother ADS-1700W ($269.99) is a portable sheet-feed scanner designed for relatively high-volume document digitizing on the road. It’s the first portable scanner with a touch screen control panel we’ve seen. It also offers several excellent perks, including the ability to scan directly to USB drives and a high daily duty cycle. There’s no battery option, though, which limits its portability and keeps it in second place behind the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W.

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Editors' Choice

  • Review of the Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner at PCMagPROS

    Exceptional OCR accuracy. Scans two-sided pages in one pass. Robust, easy-to-use software. No power cable required.

  • CONS

    A little slow. Slightly expensive. Requires a PC to operate.


    The Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner may be a bit sluggish, but it scans two-sided pages in a single pass, and it’s highly accurate, making it a terrific choice for low-volume scanning on the road.

[amazon_link asins=’B01DA482E8′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’aa0bafce-c4fa-11e7-87cc-731c9887f33b’]The Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner ($119.99) [amazon_link asins=’B01DA482E8′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a197af0d-c4fa-11e7-a65b-b7b36979c6b1′] is similar to the Editors’ Choice Visioneer RoadWarrior X3 in features and functionality, except that the former can scan two-sided documents without you having to turn them over manually. Otherwise, both portable document scanners work without power cables, and they’re both exceptionally easy to use. There are some other much more sophisticated portable document scanners out there, such as the $300 Epson WorkForce ES-300W Portable Wireless Duplex Document Scanner [amazon_link asins=’B01MFBVS1E’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bd4f5311-c4fa-11e7-a204-91dafcd39bf6′], but if all you need is to scan relatively short documents to your laptop on the road, the Duplex Travel Scanner is a terrific alternative to the RoadWarrior X3 [amazon_link asins=’B01HDSXSGO’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cc26c3dd-c4fa-11e7-ac17-6f512758b28e’]—especially if those documents are two-sided. 

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Review of the Epson Workforce ES-300W Portable Wireless Duplex Document Scanner at PCMag[amazon_link asins=’B01MFBVS1E’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’04d0390c-c708-11e7-b853-29b62cc485c1′]Few peripherals are as convenient as portable document scanners, and few portable document scanners are as fast and capable as the Epson WorkForce ES-300W Wireless Portable Duplex Document Scanner ($299.99).[amazon_link asins=’B01MFBVS1E’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1fa76847-c708-11e7-b8dd-715bdc597307′] Like the Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner [amazon_link asins=’B00LPRQW86′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’369c544d-c708-11e7-9b2b-aba642f75dd1′], the ES-300W has a built-in automatic document feeder (ADF), but the Epson model is faster than the P-215II, and it supports Wi-Fi, for completely cable-free operation when combined with its built-in battery. Like most Epson WorkForce scanners, the ES-300W comes with a complete suite of software, including document and business card archiving programs. A generous software bundle, fast performance, including quick PDF file conversion, and wireless connectivity are enough to unseat the P-215II Scan-tini as our Editors’ Choice for portable document scanners.

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