The 5 Best Portable Document Scanners [Ranked]
Mobile document scanners are lightweight portable tools ideal for the mobile professional, or DIY photo archivist, who needs a powerful but speedy scanner that can be tucked into a briefcase or travel tote.
All of the options we examined were USB-powered, except for the pricier Doxie One, which is powered by AAA batteries. Some have onboard memory (MSRM iScan and the Doxie One), while the others will scan to the cloud or to a connected computer.
If you are looking to perform two-sided (duplex) document scanning, we recommend that you check out the Brother DS-920DW.
Our Top Pick: The Brother DS-620 Mobile Scanner
- FAST SPEEDS - Scans color and black and white documents a blazing speed up to 16ppm (1). Color scanning won’t slow you down as the color scan speed is the same as the black and white scan speed.
The USB-powered Brother DS-620 can scan up to 1200 x 1200 dpi interpolated resolution and 600 x 600 optical dpi, with pretty fast color and black scan speeds of up to 8 pages per minute.
It also enables you to scan to a variety of different destinations to help you manage your documents and workflow.
Brother Video Overview
You can scan documents to a local file or image, to a shared folder, email, FTP, or printer, making it easy to save and share scanned information.
- Ideal for paper documents, photos, receipts, recipes, and business cards
- Scan to destinations include: File, Image, E-mail, FTP, Shared Folder, Print
- If you want WiFi Transfer to iOS and Android Devices and two-sided (duplex) scanning check out the more robust Brother DS-920DW
- Comes bundled with the following software: DSmobileSCAN II, Presto! PageManager 9, Presto! BizCard to provide Windows / Mac OS / Linux compatibility
Unboxing The Brother Mobile Scanner
|Portable Document Scanners||Our Rating||Price||Power||Weight||Onboard Memory|
|The Epson WorkForce DS-30 Portable Document & Image Scanner||4.0||$$||USB||11.2 ounces||No|
|The Brother DS-620 Mobile Page Scanner||4.5||$$||USB||14.1 ounces||No|
|The MSRM iScan Wand||3.9||$||USB||11.2 ounces||SD Card|
|The Visioneer RoadWarrior Lite Document Scanner||3.5||$||USB||13.4 ounces||No|
|The Doxie One Portable Document & Photo Scanner||4.4||$$$||AAA batteries||1.7 pounds||SD Card|
The 5 Best Portable Document Scanners
You never know when there might be a need to scan a document or an image for personal or business reasons and this is why some people buy a portable document scanner. This one by Epson has a lot of nice features that a lot of users enjoy such as the ability to scan directly to the cloud.
It also has the ability for 600 dpi color CIS with 10,368 pixels and can scan documents up to 8.5” x 14” along with rigid ID and credit cards. Users like the fact that this portable document scanner is compatible with a variety of different operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS, Windows 10.5x, 10.6x, 10.7x, and 10.8x.
Users also like that you can search and even edit scanned text, make PDFs and PDF/A documents. Some users, however, have complained that this portable document scanner is not as durable as expected.
Epson WorkForce Mobile Scanner Video Review
- Works with almost any operating system
- Easy to use
- Scans up to 8.5” x 14” in size
- Scans ID cards and credit cards
- Not as durable as expected
If you need a portable document scanner that is not cumbersome and doesn’t take up much room when traveling this Brother DS-620 Mobile Color Page Scanner might just fit the need. Users really like how compact and lightweight this portable document scanner is, weighing under a pound.
Professionals who use this portable document scanner like how easily it can fit right into a business bag or even a briefcase and like how easily it scans business documents, receipts, business cards, invoices, ID cards that are even laminated, photos and a lot more. Users also like that it works on all Windows and Mac systems so you don’t have to worry about not having the right computer.
Users also commented on how extremely fast this portable document scanner is as well. Some users have complained that sometimes it will stop during the middle of a scan and has to be scanned again.
Brother Video Review
- Lightweight (weighs less than a pound)
- Super fast
- High quality scans
- Scans anything from business documents to laminated ID cards
- Works with any operating system or computer
- Sometimes stops in middle of a scan
The MSRMiScan Wand Portable Document Scanner is an extremely compact and lightweight scanner that is very travel-friendly which a lot of users like especially those who travel a lot for business.
This portable document scanner can scan receipts, business cards of all types, various documents, handwritten notes as well as being able to share a user’s scans and information through searchable PDF files or JPEG. This portable document scanner has resolutions from 300x300dpi to 900x900dpi giving it the ability to produce extremely high-quality scans.
Users like that it comes with its own 8G micro SD card and can hold up to a 32GB card. Users also like that it comes with its own carrying bag and calibration and cleaning sheets. Some users have complained that it does use a lot of battery power and they have to be replaced after just a short period of time.
IScan Digital Document Scanner Video Review
- Very compact
- Extremely lightweight (0.6 lbs)
- Easy to use
- Extremely fast
- Works with any OS
- Produces high quality scans
- Uses up battery life quickly
The Visioneer RoadWarrior is a portable document scanner that can easily be taken anywhere and it allows users to scan all of their receipts, business cards, documents, photos, newspaper clippings, even magazine articles. Users like how versatile this portable document scanner is and how it can handle just about anything you need for it to handle.
Users like how easy it is to use and then be able to organize all of their important scans in a way that is best suited for their personal and business needs. This portable document scanner also makes it very easy to send and share with other things that have been scanned. Users like how easy it is to find what they’ve scanned when there is a need for the items at a later date.
Another thing that users like about this portable document scanner is that it has one-touch technology which allows them to scan to the destination of their choice by pressing one single button. Some users feel that even though the portable document scanner itself is easy to use, the software programs that come with it are somewhat difficult to understand and use.
Visioneer Road Warrior Video Review
- Compact and lightweight
- Scanner easy to use
- Scans a variety of items from documents to newspaper clippings
- Easy to travel with
- Comes with innovative software
- Software can be difficult to understand and use
The Doxie One is a simple standalone portable document scanner that allows you to scan any kind of document you want without the use of a computer, a key feature that a lot of users really seem to like about this particular portable document scanner.
It is extremely fast and can scan full-color sheets at 300dpi in about eight seconds. Users like that with this portable document scanner you can sync it to your Mac, PC or even your iPad and you can download all of your scans with the SD card or by USB making it very convenient for a lot of users that don’t have a PC available to them at the time of scanning.
Users really like how easy it is to use and how simple it makes everything when you need something scanned but have no computer access. Some users have complained, however, that the feeder of this portable document scanner can be really sensitive and can pick up even the smallest of creases in a piece of paper making it difficult to run the paper through the scanner.
Doxie One Video Review
- Compact and lightweight
- Easy and simple to use
- No need for a computer to run it
- Can store scanned items till needed and then transfer to a computer via SD card or USB
- Feeder super sensitive can pick up smallest crease in paper and make it hard to scan