Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172258/htg-reviews-the-doxie-go-simple-computerless-scanning/
Portable scanners aren’t exactly brand-new technology, so what makes the Doxie Go portable scanner special? Read on as we take one for a test drive, show you how to set it up in the process, and highlight exactly why the Doxie Go will keep your inbox and file cabinets empty.
That article has me lusting for a Doxie (I had to keep mopping the drool off my keyboard while reading the article) but I already have two excellent scanners, a Canon 9000F flatbed (which beats the holy snot out of the LiDE series flatbeds) and my real workhorse, a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 duplexing ADF (Automatic Document Feed) scanner (which will leave the Doxie at the starting gate wondering, "What happened?"), not to mention I just really don't need a portable scanner (what paper I accumulate on the road takes up very little room—how much room can a little piece of paper take up, for crying out loud—and can wait until I get it home to be scanned).
For my money there are better solutions. I have found that I only need to scan while on the road occasionally. My smartphone has an app which does a perfectly adequate job and can e-mail a PDF anywhere.
If I truly need to scan while traveling, the Fujitsu Scansnap S1300 is a more powerful scanner. It only costs a bit more than the top-of-the-line Doxie, but scans faster and in duplex and also does OCR. Yes, it's a bit bigger and heavier, but I think it would be worth it.
Your review doesn't mention OCR, which is (for me) where the Fujitsu scanners really shine. Not being able to search for text in my documents would be a deal-breaker.
The ability to scan directly to searchable PDFs (a function of OCR) and Word docs is huge.
The only way you will take my S1500 away from me, other than two men and a boy prying it from my cold, dead fingers, is to replace it with the newer version, the IX500. That sucker can be connected via either Wi-Fi or USB 3.0 and is supposed to be even faster than the S1500.
I don't have a camera on my phone (it's dumb as a bag of rocks). Instead, I use the cute little Canon SX130 IS I keep in my purse (it also fits in my pocket). It actually works better for "scanning" than my big Canon SX10 IS.
Btw, I'm not putting down the Doxie. It would be much easier to pack when on the road (no PSU needed if charging off a laptop is practical) and it takes up little room at home or in the office, an advantage especially if one doesn't scan frequently. I just happen to have some seriously heavy duty scanning needs (such as scanning books to digitize them).
Now that I think of it, I'm going to have to move my S1500 from my desk to a drawer (I'll be able to use from there) to make room for another monitor but having a Doxie setting on the desk ready for quick scans, such as receipts and simple, single sided statements, just might be handy enough to justify the cost of the Doxie (and there is something about the name of the scanner that attracts this old dyke ). I'll have to see how inconvenient accessing the S1500 from a drawer will be for quick scans.
I do have a couple questions about the Doxie. Is the battery user replaceable and how long will it hold a charge when not in use?
Thanks for this extensive and well-written review of the Doxie scanner. I saw a review last year in the Chronicle of Higher Education, but yours was quite extensive and very helpful. I especially liked the lists of merits and demerits. Thank you again.
The Doxie doesn't seem to be available in Japan where I work and live, and basically, Fujitsu Scansnap scanners (the 1300, the 1500, the newer PV600, etc.) seem to be the market leaders. I've used the Fujitsu scanners for about 6 years now, and I am extremely pleased with their quality and durability. I recently bought a PV600 (rather expensive) to manage the paperwork for my classes. Its major advantages include the capabilities of scanning large A3 (similar to two side-by-side letter-sized sheets) documents and books. A disadvantage is the price, but it's not that much more than the Fujitsu Scansnap 1500.
If you could, what about including a comparison between the Doxie and a comparable model of the Fujitsu Scansnap? I'm not sure which models are available in North America, but I'd like to see how the Doxie fares against the Scansnap.
Thanks again for a great review.
+1 for the S1500. I have one I bought around this time last year, and its utterly incredible. I managed to fully scan and OCR massive binders full of old documents in what I would assume to be 1/100th of the time it would've taken me to do it manually on a flatbed. Just load 'em up in the tray and let it rip. And man, does it fly.
The initial investment is somewhat steep for a scanner, but completely worth it by the first full binder I scanned.