Review of the Brother ADS-1250W Wireless Compact Color Desktop Scanner at PCMagPROS
Fast and accurate. Supports scanning to USB drives. Comes with document and contact management software. Updated iPrint&Scan app now highly versatile.

CONS
No battery. Sparse control panel. Limited web connectivity.

BOTTOM LINE
The Brother ADS-1250W is a fast and accurate, no-nonsense portable document scanner for the small-business traveler.


The Brother ADS-1250W ($229.99) is a sheet-feed portable scanner designed for capturing multipage documents while you’re away from the office. It performs similar to and has several features in common with our Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W, except it lacks one key perk: a battery for running off the cord. If you don’t mind being tethered to a power outlet or PC, though, this fast and accurate scanner will serve you well on the road.

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Review of Editors' Choice Canon CanoScan LiDE 400 at PCMagPROS
Vibrant photo scans. Excellent software bundle. Comes with kickstand for upright positioning. Very simple to use.

CONS
Lacks mobile device and wireless support. Could be more accurate when scanning serif fonts.

BOTTOM LINE
The entry-level Canon CanoScan LiDE 400 is a software-rich flatbed photo scanner that also handles text documents with ease.


Aside from an interface redesign and a significant software upgrade, the Canon CanoScan LiDE 400 ($89.99) looks and performs a lot like its predecessor, the Editors’ Choice CanoScan LiDE 220. In addition to doing a terrific job of scanning photos, though, the LiDE 400 focuses a lot more on text document scanning and processing than the previous model, making it much more adept at converting scanned text to editable text. This time around, the standout feature is the supporting software, which has made significant strides in speed and accuracy since 2015. Without question, the LiDE 400 usurps the 220’s Editors’ Choice.

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Review of the Canon CanoScan LiDE 300 at PCMagPROS
Strong software bundle for the price. Easy to use. Good photo-scanning quality.

CONS
Scanning serif fonts with the default utility could be more accurate. Limited mobile device support.

BOTTOM LINE
For an occasional-use photograph and document scanner, the entry-level flatbed CanoScan LiDE 300 is a good value, but its LiDE 400 sibling is only $20 more and comes with valuable extras.


The Canon CanoScan LiDE 300 ($69.99) is an entry-level flatbed scanner designed to digitize photographs and for very light document scanning in homes, home offices, and small offices. For the $20 difference between the LiDE 300 and the Editors’ Choice Canon CanoScan LiDE 400, though, you give up half the resolution, slightly faster scans, and the ability to stand the scanner upright to save desk space. If every penny counts and these perks don’t matter to you, the LiDE 300 is a perfectly capable light-duty machine.

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Review of the Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF at PCMa

  • PROS

    Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Comprehensive software bundle. 20-page single-pass ADF.

  • CONS

    Lacks battery. No wireless connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-320 is a fast and accurate portable document scanner, but its slightly more expensive sibling offers more road-ready features.

The Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF ($249) is fast and accurate, much like its higher-end sibling, the Editors’ Choiced Epson WorkForce ES-300W. This smaller, less-expensive iteration mimics the ES-300W in appearance, volume, and functionality in most ways, but the $50 list-price difference means giving up wireless networking and a built-in battery. If you don’t need these features, though, you can save the 50 bucks and still get a highly capable portable sheet-feed document scanner for the road.

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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 PCMag[amazon_link asins=’B01MQ4H35N’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2cbf8767-c706-11e7-95fa-a186199cbc02′]A non-Wi-Fi sibling to the Editors’ Choice Epson ES-300W [amazon_link asins=’B01MFBVS1E’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1bd31945-c706-11e7-ba44-b3bb10658671′] we reviewed recently, the Epson WorkForce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner ($199) [amazon_link asins=’B01MQ4H35N’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3d46f15a-c706-11e7-93ee-b1b1748d586a’] 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 [amazon_link asins=’B00LPRQW86′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’567ea125-c706-11e7-b7ca-118239248602′], 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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[amazon_link asins=’B06XFN43B9′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a30a9608-c7d9-11e7-99fe-d95a868663be’]There’s portable, and then there’s portable. With the $149 IRIScan Anywhere 5 WiFi [amazon_link asins=’B06XFN43B9′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b19127af-c7d9-11e7-b555-4394ca3bc9ac’] 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 [amazon_link asins=’B01HDSXSGO’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c90bbea5-c7d9-11e7-a969-972e31679e6f’] and Canon imageFormula P-215II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner [amazon_link asins=’B00LPRQW86′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’daa0eeef-c7d9-11e7-b0d4-cbc830bbe322′], 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.