Types of Portable Scanners


There are many types of portable scanner currently available in today's market place and it can sometimes be difficult choosing the best portable scanner to suit your requirements. Portable scanners are quickly becoming the computer peripheral device of choice for many consumers and these types of scanners have come a long way since they first appeared on the market approximately 5 to 10 years ago.

Types of Portable Scanners

Back then they were nothing more than a novelty gismo, which were very often difficult to use and failed to offer the user the same amount quality that they came to expect after using the popular flat bed scanners.

Today, it is a very different story as improvements in technology and design have resulted in portable scanners being just as good as flatbed scanners, in terms of quality and offers the user a great deal of benefits when compared to traditional flatbed scanners.

Portable Scanner Benefits

There are many benefits when choosing from one of the many different types of portable scanner that are currently available.

  • You can take the portable scanner any where with you.
  • It is light weight and easy to handle.
  • You can scan the document and store it on your laptop or SD card for use later.
  • Easy for travelling and fits into most laptop bags.
  • No need to carry a power supply as they run off batteries or a USB cable.

These are the main advantages that portable scanners can bring, they also come in a range of designs and the prices range from £49.99 to £200.00, depending on the type and make.

A Wide Range Of Scanners Available

There are a many different types of portable scanner available from some of the world's leading electronic manufacturers. When looking at the many of the portable scanners it can be a good idea to pay close attention to scanners resolution capabilities. The higher the resolution the device is capable of scanning the better quality scans it will produce.

Another thing to consider is how quickly it is able to scan a particular page or image. Many of the leading types of portable scanner can scan a colour full page of A4 at a high resolution of 600 x 600 dpi in approximately 12 seconds.

A black and white page can be even quicker to scan and this normally takes around 10 seconds to scan to a high quality. Standard scanning of a colour or black and white page of A4 at 300 x 300 dpi can be quicker still and will normally take anywhere in the region of 2 seconds to 5 seconds to completely scan the page.

What Portable Scanners Can I Buy?

Here is just a sample of the best ones on the market today and their prices:

  • Canon image FORMULA P-150 High Speed Portable Document Scanner - £219.99
  • Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 Document Scanner - £225.00
  • TechAffect Wireless Handheld Scanner - A4 colour computer hand held portable USB scanner - £119.99
  • Genius COLOURPAGE-SF600 Scanner USB - £70.00
  • Canon CanoScan LiDE 100 Scanner - £55.00

So if you are looking for a new scanner then make your next purchase a portable device.


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