A scanner is a device that allows us to create a digital copy of physical documents. A portable scanner is the same as a normal scanner, only thing is is small in size, lightweight so easily portable & carried anywhere anytime. Most of these portable scanners are USB based like:
- IRIScan Mouse
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i
- Doxie One
These USB scanners use USB port for power supply and data transfer to your PC, Laptop devices.
Most of the portable scanners use the reflective scanning i.e they take the picture of the document. This however does suit to be used as slides or transparencies but works well for most other document types.
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Portable Scanner Buying Guide:
What to look for when buying a portable scanner:
- Resolution: This is perhaps the most important feature to look for when buying a portable scanner. Resolution measured in dots per inch ‘dpi’ indicates what quality or how much detailed view is captured. A good portable scanner should be able to scan documents accurately for all sizes. A low resolution portable scanner (around 300 dpi resolution) is good for scanning simple documents. But, for scanning colored documents pictures or photo a high resolution (around 600 dpi resolution or more) portable scanner is recommended. While there are many manufacturers that advertise very high resolution, you should be careful to look for the optical resolution because some scanners use software for image interpolation.
- Paper support: Most portable scanners support standard size papers, some also support long sized one which comes handy in capturing documents like itemized receipts. To scan a lot of documents you need a scanner with multi-page paper feeder support (such scanners are larger in size).
- Interface for data transfer: Most portable scanners support the USB interface which allows you to scan directly into you computers hard drive.
- File Types: In general portable scanners support PDF and JPG file formats.
Some portable scanners also support OCR (optical character recognition) for searchable text documents, and software to manage the scanned documents or connect to third party apps.
So when buying a scanner you need to consider what you want to scan and where you will scan. Home or office users would prefer larger units with more features. Frequent movers would consider portable ones.