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Visioneer Mobility - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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Feeding a single sheet of A4 through the scanner takes around 10s, which is pretty quick. The device starts automatically, when it detects paper, and all scans are performed at 300ppi. This is a comparatively low resolution and may be one of the trade-offs in developing a battery-powered device. Similar portable scanners from manufacturers like Canon and HP offer 600dpi, though require USB power to work.

A clever feature of the Visioneer Mobility is that you can connect several species of smart phone, including Androids, BlackBerrys and Windows smartphones – though not iPhones – to its USB port and use them to display pages you’ve scanned. This prevents making bad scans in the field, which you don't discover until you get back to your computer.

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Scan quality is variable. A scanned page of text was good enough to run near flawlessly through OmniPage, to produce a page of editable text. A page with colour content was good enough for rough and ready archival, too. Scanning photos was less successful, though, and anything more challenging than holiday snaps may suffer from grainy and less-than-precise colours.

The disadvantage with a sheet feed scanner is that it can only scan single sheets, though these can include thin card, such as business cards. It can't be used to scan material from any bound book or magazine, unless you rip the pages out first. This is true of all portable, sheet-feed scanners, of course, though at one time Fujitsu made a portable scanner where you could remove the A4-width scanner wand and use it to manually sweep over a book or magazine page.

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Having a portable scanner that doesn't require connection to a PC or notebook can be very handy, although the relatively low resolution and variable colour quality reduces the usefulness of the Visioneer Mobility. If you have a smartphone, though, one of the main difficulties of scanning blind is removed.

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.


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. :)


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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