The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a compact, efficient, standalone portable scanner. You can leave your laptop at home, and scan to the included Eye-Fi card, a USB drive, or send files wirelessly to a nearby gadget. The Xerox Mobile Scanner is priced the same as the Doxie Go, which I gushed over, but it includes more in the box, and has a couple of extra features, as well. It’s definitely the best portable scanner value I have seen so far.
Price and features
The Xerox Mobile Scanner with wi-fi is just $200 on Amazon. That’s the same as the Doxie Go, which I thought was a reasonable price. But the Doxie Go doesn’t come with an Eye-Fi card, nice carrying case, or power adapters. The Xerox is not as pretty, but as much as I like good design, I can’t say it adds much value to a portable document scanner. Of the two, the Xerox is clearly the better value.
The Xerox Mobile Scanner (I wish it had a more unique name, but since it doesn’t, I’ll have to keep calling it the Xerox Mobile Scanner) come with a 4GB Eye-Fi card, which means you can store up to 4GB of data on the card, and you can also beam files wirelessly to any nearby smartphone, tablet, or computer. There is no internal storage, though, so you do have to use the card one way or the other. Or you can connect a USB drive and scan directly to that.
Unlike, say, the ScanSnap S1100, which comes without the carrying case it definitely needs, there is a nice carrying case packaged with the Xerox. You will also find three different plug adapters in the box. This portable scanner is meant for serious road warriors — including international ones.
One features I particularly like is that the Xerox Mobile Scanner can do multi-page PDF files. You have 10 seconds after scanning a sheet of paper to insert another one. If you do, it will be added to the same file. That means you don’t have to spend time stitching scans together later. You can just grab the file as-is.
You can also select three preset scanning modes from the menu button on the scanner.
Hardware and design
The Xerox Mobile Scanner isn’t pretty, but it feels sturdy and it is easy enough to use. Size-wise, it is comparable to the Doxie Go.
There is one power button and one menu button. The menu button selects three default modes: 300 dpi color PDF, 300 dpi black-and-white PDF, and 300 dpi JPG (for images). Those are about all the settings you will ever need, and it’s nice to be able to select them so easily.
As with most portable scanners, paper must be hand-fed through the feeder slot, one at a time. It works fine, although it is obviously quite slow and requires you to pay attention and keep feeding documents, especially if you want to create multi-page PDF files on the go.
(As an aside, I’ve seen a couple of scanners now, including the Xerox Mobile Scanner, that have all kinds of lines for different paper sizes cluttering the feeder. They seem irrelevant, though, because the scanner will scan any size that fits through the feeder, no matter how you position it. I’m guessing it is a relic from the copier era. It just clutters up the scanner.)
All in all, the Xerox Mobile Scanner’s hardware makes it a cinch to use, and includes some nice extras.
There is some software included with the Xerox, but I didn’t bother to install it. This is probably negligent of a hardware reviewer, but I didn’t even think about it until the scanner was nicely boxed up and heading back to Xerox, because you don’t need any special software to use this scanner. When you’ve scanned your documents, just plug the scanner into a USB port, and pull the documents off like you would from a digital camera or USB drive.
If you want to use the Eye-Fi card to transfer documents wirelessly, you will need to install the Eye-Fi software. The first time I did this, for the Doxie Go, I got so frustrated I nearly tossed my iPad out the window (read all about it). Once I got it working, though, using Eye-Fi was pretty awesome. If you can make it through the installation hazing ritual, you will love it.
In sum, the included scanning software is optional, if not irrelevant. The Eye-Fi software is what it is: a pain to set up, but a joy to use.
The Xerox Mobile Scanner does just what it advertises. When you take it out of the box, all you have to do is insert the Eye-Fi card, turn on the scanner, and you can start scanning. It doesn’t get much easier — or better — than that. (You might have to charge it, of course.)
Scanning speed is not particularly quick. It is a portable scanner running on batteries, after all. Like the other portables I have reviewed, if you are going to scan more than about a dozen pages on a regular basis, you would be better off toting along a ScanSnap S1300, which is still quite small, and has an automatic document feeder and duplexing capability.
By the way, here’s that document I scanned in the video (PDF).
Still, if you want quick, you probably aren’t in the market for a portable scanner. This is for people who typically need to scan less than a dozen pages on the go, generally without lugging a computer along.
For its purpose, it works just as well as the Doxie Go, but adds another scanning mode into the mix.
Who should buy this?
If you are looking for a portable scanner, this is the best value and the best option. I know I kind of gushed over the Doxie Go, but unless you are just completely in love with the Doxie’s design, get the Xerox Mobile Scanner. It has more features and more stuff in the box, making it a much better value.
Xerox Mobile Scanner
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .
Summary: If you are looking for a portable scanner, the Xerox Mobile Scanner is the best value and the best option.
- Price and features: 5
- Hardware and design: 4
- Included software: 4
- Performance: 5
Overall score: 5 (out of 5)