The Bottom Line
- Ultra portable photo scanner
- Very fast
- USB powered
- Scans to PC or directly to the cloud
- Sometimes hard to feed pages in straight
- Minimalist carrying case
- Portable scanner
- Scans up to 600 dpi
- Can scan directly to PC or the cloud
- Free Doxie Cloud service turns paper into postable URLs for instant sharing on mobile devices
- Save as PDF, JPEG, or PNG
- USB cable included
Guide Review - Review of the Doxie Portable Document Scanner
It also comes in a small package without any CD containing drivers and tons of other software for editing images or creating PDFs. Instead, the drivers are downloadable, meaning you'll always be getting the most recent version. The scanner comes with some stick-on skins, should you prefer your portable scanner to have zebra stripes. And instead of bulking up your computer with more software, Doxie uses cloud-based applications such as Picnik, a free online photo-editing suite of tools. You can also share your photos directly from Doxie on Flickr. If you're scanning documents, you can send them directly and surprisingly quickly to Google Docs.
Those conveniences wouldn't make a lot of difference if the scans were poor, or if the scanner was woefully slow. The good news is that it's fast and the scans are very good. A single sheet of paper takes about 10 seconds to go through (there's no automatic scanning of both sides, however), and only a few more seconds to have your image saved to the computer as a PDF, JPG, or PNG, or sent off to the cloud.
Because of its minimalist shape, I found that it was sometimes tricky to feed pages into the scanner perfectly straight (there's no paper guide except the side of the feeder). So, pages sometimes came out slightly askew. Also, if Doxie is meant to be portable, it would've been nice to have a more heavy-duty carrying case (it does, however, come with a USB cable, which is certainly appreciated).