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Visioneer Mobility review

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Summary

Our Score:

6

Pros

  • Independent, through battery operation
  • Can use smartphone for scan preview
  • Micro SD card supplied for storage

Cons

  • 300ppi top resolution
  • Grainy colour reproduction
  • Won’t work with iPhone

Key Features

  • Scan easily on the move
  • Neat carrying case included
  • Transfer pages via USB drive
  • Automatically generates PDFs
  • Good PC software bundle
  • Manufacturer: Visioneer
  • Review Price: £203.00

Portable scanners offer the opportunity to collect information from printed sources when you’re on the move. Most require a connection to a notebook, to draw the power they need from a USB socket. Visioneer’s Mobility device goes one step further by including a rechargeable battery pack, so it can be used completely independently of any computer, though a smartphone still comes in handy for previewing the scan..

The Mobility scanner is not much wider than the A4 paper, which is the maximum width it can scan. Its glossy white top and textured black base give it clean, purposeful lines and it's about the size of a half-baguette. You feed paper from the front on a straight-through path to exit from a slot at the back.

There are just two control buttons on the scanner's top, one to turn the device on and off and the other to cycle through its three scanning options, which are for photo, a mono PDF and a colour PDF. You also need to press the option button for two seconds to periodically switch the scanner into calibration mode and feed in the supplied calibration card.

Visioneer Mobility - Controls

Underneath is the battery compartment, where the 1.7Ah lithium ion battery fits – Visioneer says this should be good for up to 300 scanned pages per charge. At the back are three sockets. The first is for the miniature USB plug on the supplied power and data lead, which connects to one or two USB sockets on a PC to transfer data and charge the scanner. There’s a USB power supply included with the scanner, too.

The second is a conventional USB socket and this can be used to connect a USB drive onto which the scanner will save its JPEG and PDF files. The third slot is for an SD card and a 1GB Micro SD card is supplied, with an SD adapter. The scanner saves directly to the SD card as if it was the storage in a camera and uses the same DCIM folder structure for storing images and documents. This makes it very easy to use the card data in most graphics applications.

Visioneer Mobility - Back

Visioneer’s software provision depends on whether you’re a PC or Mac owner. Mac owners are left pretty much on their own, using the OSX Scan utility to transfer images and having to drag and drop PDFs directly from the DCIM folder in the scanner’s memory card.

Those connecting the device to a PC are much better off, with full versions of Nuance PaperPort 12 and OmniPage Pro 15, as well as NewSoft’s Presto! BizCard. Between them, these three cover most of the possible uses of the scanner and form a well above average bundle.

Greg Shewan

May 23, 2011, 1:27 pm

Won't work with iPhone is a con? One phone out of how many thousands now available... really TR... really?

Great idea though, I would love to get one of these soon... in fact if a better product comes along I will get it.

Iiee

May 23, 2011, 2:42 pm

Not working with the iphone is a con when you work with every other major brand. Besides the Iphone does account for between 15 and 20% of all phones sold.

Greg Shewan

May 23, 2011, 4:40 pm

It's just a pithy con for a cons sake. Maybe they didn't want to licence something from Cupertino and gave them the finger. :)

Iiee

May 23, 2011, 7:39 pm

Meh doesn't bother me i have a Samsung galaxy anyways :P. Still i can see this being great for solicitors you can never have enough photocopiers and scanners in the office and especially out of the office. I'd bee a little concerned at the quality but to be honest so long as you can ocr the result it probably doesn't matter which means the low quality probably won't be a problem.

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