Many Xerox scanners, including this one, are made under licence by Visioneer and the company claims the Xerox Mobile Scanner can scan an A4 page in 10s. Since all scans are done at 300ppi, this isn’t an unreasonable claim and under test, we managed 9s though, as mentioned, the overall scan time was over 50s, once it had been passed to the Eye-Fi server and back down to a local computer. That’s using a 10Mbps broadband link and a Wireless n network, too.
A photo scan is even faster, at just 5s, so you could archive a stack of prints in short order. As with other sheet-feed scanners, though, you can only scan single sheets; the device can’t cope with book or magazine pages. Fine in an office, but not much help if you want to capture pages from references in a library.
Scan quality is good, given the resolution of the Contact Image Sensor (CIS) scan head. OmniPage had little problem converting pages into editable text. By default, the scanner produces PDF files, which can be used directly when converting documents for filing and storage.
Photos also reproduce well, with natural colours, reasonably close to the original prints. 300ppi isn’t high enough resolution if you intend to magnify and crop sections of an image, but for day-to-day scanning of pictures, particularly for the Web, it does a perfectly adequate job.
The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a novel extension of the truly portable document capture device. By adding in an Eye-Fi card, it can both store captured images in the card’s memory as well as send them to the Eye-Fi server, from where they can be downloaded to just about any device. While the top resolution of 300ppi limits the scanner’s use for photos, it’s adequate for text pages. A strong software bundle and reasonable price make this is a very well-balanced portable scanning solution.