Do you have bundles of documents, receipts or bills that you fear losing or have albums full of old photos that you want to preserve?
Well, a portable scanner is the solution that can convert the hard copies in to digital documents and images and clear up physical space on your desktop, drawers and cabinets.
Unlike desktop scanners, the portable ones have a compact design, so they don’t take up any space on your desk. And most modern portable scanners come with amazing features and specs such as WiFi connectivity, Built-in memory storage, preview screen, etc. that are as good as or even better than desktop scanners.
So, when it comes to choosing a portable scanner, first consider your scanning requirements, frequency of scanning, your budget, etc. and then select one that suits all your needs and is compatible with the operating system of your computer or laptop.
How to Choose a Portable Scanner?
1. Types of Portable Scanners
There are two main types of portable scanners – Wand scanners and small desktop scanners.
Wand scanners are handheld devices that are physically moved over a photograph or document to scan it. The problem with this type of scanner is that the scanned document can be a bit blurry if your hands aren’t really steady.
Small desktop scanners are almost the same size and wand scanners by they need a stable surface such as a desktop to function. It comes with a slot in which the user feeds the document. As the document passes through the feeder it is scanned by the device.
2. Storing/Transferring Scanned Documents
While some portable scanners come with WiFi connectivity so they can be connected wirelessly to the computer in order to transfer the documents, others need to been connected via USB. Then there are scanners that come with built-in memory which can be used to store the scanned documents.
3. File Format
Most standard portable scanners save the documents in PFD format and images and photos in JPG formant. Some high end scanners perform optical character recognition (OCR) to create searchable text documents. Scanners come with dedicated software that helps the user to manage the scanned files.
It is an important parameter that should be considered while choosing a portable scanner. Most standard scanners have basic resolution of 300 DPI (Dots per Inch) which is good enough for text documents. But you will need a minimum resolution of 600 DPI if you want to scan photos and images.
Most high end portable scanners can scan 5 to 8 pages per minute which is a decent output, but the image quality and accuracy of the scanned document depends on the stability of the user.
6. Power Supply
Portable scanners run on either rechargeable batteries or electricity using an USB connector. If you need to scan documents and images while on the move then it is best to opt for a battery powered or self-powered scanner that can be used anywhere.
|Portable Scanners||Weight||Memory||Power Source||Our Rating|
|Portronics Scanny 6 WiFi||458g||Yes/ Up to 32 GB||Battery|
|Canon ImageFormula P-201||939g||No||USB|
|Canon Canoscan LiDe 120 >||2.3 Kg||No||USB|
|Portronics Scanny6 POR470||481g||Yes/ Up to 32 GB||Battery|
|Portronics Scanny7||313g||Yes/ Up to 8 GB||Battery|
Best Portable Scanners in India
This is a high efficiency portable scanner from Portronics that can the capacity to scan images and documents at different resolutions.
This scanner doesn’t have to be connected to an external computer to function, preview the scan quality or save the scanned document.
It features an inbuilt color 1.4″ LCD display that allows the user to preview the scanned document and store it in jpg/pdf formants.
Its scanner can support external microSD and microSHC memory card up to 32 GB which can save the files in jpg/pdf format or convert them to editable MsWord/Excel formats.
The user can set the image quality of the scan by adjusting the resolution to 300/600/1050 DPIs and select from either color or black and white output.
This is a super fast scanner that can transfer the scanned documents and images to other devices wirelessly using WiFi.
This portable scanner runs on a 700mAh battery scans up to 800 documents on a single recharge.
This scanner comes with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer.
- Handy and portable design
- 1.44 inch LCD display for scanned image preview
- Supports microSD card up to 32 GB that saves the scanned documents
- WiFi connectivity for easy transfer of the scanned documents to other devices
- Adjustable resolution
- Rechargeable 700mAh battery
- Doesn’t connect directly to your local WiFi
- SD card has to be purchased separately
This is a high end hand-held scanner from Canon that is extremely lightweight and has amazing functionality.
This portable scanner is USB powered so it has quick plug and scan capabilities.
Despite its compact size, this scanner has scanning speed of 7.5 seconds/page which is as good as a desktop scanner.
This scanner has an ultra-compact body with dimensions of 312.5 x 55.5 x 40mm and weighing just 550g so it can be easily carried to your office or work place.
- USB powered scanner
- Easy plug-and-scan capabilities
- Fast scanning speed of 7.5 seconds/page
- Lightweight and portable design
- No memory storage
- Difficult to scan books or bound documents
This is a quality portable scanner from canon that features CIS sensor which provides high resolution scanning.
The CIS sensor can provide high resolution scans of up to 2400 x 4800 DPI that provides amazingly clear prints.
The 48-bit internal color depth of the scanner prints photos and images with exceptional detail and accurate colours.
This scanner can scan an A4 size color scan in just 16 seconds which is better than other standard scanners.
Using this scanner you can directly scan documents from your PC using the cloud services.
The Canon scanner features 4EZ one touch buttons that makes it easy to use.
Additional features of this scanner include photo fix technology and instant document detection that makes even more user-friendly.
- CIS sensor provides high resolution scans
- Super fast scanning
- Directly scan documents from PC using the cloud services
- Easy to use 4EZ one touch buttons
- Photo fix technology and instant document detection
- Bit heavier than other portable scanners
- Can’t scan multiple pages at one go
This is yet another highly functional portable scanner from Portronics that comes with some great and useful features.
It is a lightweight and compact scanner that can be carried anywhere and used to scan documents without the need of any PC or laptop.
The scanner has amazing scan speed. It can complete scanning an A4 page in just 3 seconds.
The resolution of the scanner can be adjusted as per preference – 300 DPI, 600 DPI and 1050 DPI.
It has a 1.44 inch LCD display that can be sued to see the preview of the scan before printing it.
It has a memory slot that can support maximum 32GB memory and can be used to save the scanned images and documents.
It is powered by a rechargeable battery with gives 4-5 hour battery backup in a single charge.
- 1.44 inch LCD display to preview the scan
- Lightweight and compact design
- Memory slot that can support maximum 32GB memory
- Fast scanning speed of 3 seconds/page
- Adjustable resolution – 300/600/1050 DPI
- Not suitable for scanning photos
This is yet another portable scanner from Portronics that ensures easy and simple operation.
All you need to do is turn on the scanner and insert the paper and the scanning function starts.
It features a 1.5 inch LCD display to preview the scans before they are transferred to your computer.
This scanner is used for real time scanning by connection to your PC or using the scan app in your laptop using USB.
The resolution of the scan can be adjusted to 300, 600 and 1200 DPI.
Being a portable standalone scanner it can be used wherever you find it convenient.
It is powered by a rechargeable 1200 mAh lithium polymer battery.
This portable scanner comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty.
- Simple user interface
- Built in 1.5 inch LCD
- Adjustable resolution – 300/600/1200 DPI
- Real time scanning
- Scanned documents can be saved in the 8 GB memory
- Can’t scan books or bound documents
- Memory card not included with the scanner
The Portronics Scanny 6 WiFi is our top pick from the list of best portable scanners because it is lightweight, easy to carry around and comes with some great features. It has decent scan speed of 3 seconds/page. Its built-in WiFi, battery and memory slot ensures that it can transfer the scanned documents wirelessly, work anywhere and even save the scanned documents. The inbuilt LCD display allows you to preview the scanned document before being printed and the resolution of the document can be adjusted to different DPIs as per requirement. The best thing is that this scanner is covered under 1 year warranty from the manufacturer.