A 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.
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 short battery life and the inability to scan directly to its bundled software mean it falls just short of an Editors’ Choice nod.
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.