Review of the Visioneer Patriot P15 portable document scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good OCR accuracy. Reasonably fast overall scanning. Robust software bundle. High duty cycle.

  • CONS

    Slower than competitors at saving to searchable PDF. Documents are rearranged during output. Slightly overpriced based on feature set.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Visioneer Patriot P15 scans quickly and accurately overall, and it has a huge daily duty cycle for a portable scanner, but comparable models offer better value.

The Visioneer Patriot P15 ($339.99) is designed for business professionals who need to scan multipage documents on the road. It’s light and compact, accurate, and reasonably fast, but comes up short against the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W’s higher-end feature set, which includes support for wireless networking and a battery for cable-free operation. The P15 is a bit overpriced compared with the ES-300W and its additional perks, but it’s still a fine little portable scanner, especially if you can find it on sale or Visioneer drops the price.
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Review of the Epson Workforce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner at PCMagA non-Wi-Fi sibling to the Editors’ Choice Epson ES-300W  we reviewed recently, the Epson WorkForce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner ($199)  is a highly capable portable document scanner. Like the ES-300W, it comes with a top-tier collection of optical character recognition (OCR) and document and business card management programs. And, like the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner , both Epson models have automatic document feeders (ADFs) and the ability to scan two-sided multipage documents in a single pass. The ES-200 doesn’t support wireless scanning, nor does it have an internal battery (as does the ES-300W) for higher portability. It’s a less-expensive alternative to the wireless model for relatively high-speed scanning on the road, but at just $50 more, for many users, the higher-end ES-300W is a better value.

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There’s portable, and then there’s portable. With the $149 IRIScan Anywhere 5 WiFi  manual sheet-feed document scanner, all you need to take with you is the scanner itself. No cables, laptop, tablet, or smartphone are required. The difference between it and its competitors, the Editors’ Choice Visioneer RoadWarrior X3  and Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner , is that the Anywhere 5 runs on a rechargeable battery and scans to a MiniSD card. In scans quickly and accurately, but it falls just short of an Editors’ Choice nod.

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If you’re one of those professionals who travel from place to place, collecting piles of information, much of which would prove invaluable, if, that is, you had an easy way to collect and store it. You could, of course, collect business cards, product white papers, customer information, you name it, and then scan and save it all when you get back, but that could quickly turn into a long and grueling task. Besides, it’s better to save and catalog data while it’s still fresh.

Another option is, of course, is to take a scanner with you. Depending on the nature of your business travel (and, of course, the scanner itself), that idea can be anywhere from mildly inconvenient to downright inhibiting, maybe even somewhat ridiculous—unless, that is, you choose a portable scanner designed specifically for you road warriors, such as the subject of this review, Epson’s $179.99 (MSRP) WorkForce DS-40 Color Portable Scanner.

Read the entire review at About.com.