The Pandigital Photolink is an affordable alternative to more-expensive scanners like the very cool Fujitsu ScanSnap. Unfortunately, for my part-time law practice and personal needs, I just can’t afford it. I know that if I wanted to go solo it would cost me less than $3,000, but it’s not something I want to do at the moment. But I’m also a huge nerd. I want everything digital. Enter the Pandigital Photolink One-Touch. At only $85 on Amazon, the PanDigital is significantly less expensive than it’s more professional competitors. You get what you pay for with this device, but if you are simple scanning documents for personal use or you’re on a small budget, the quality on this scanner is well worth the money.
Ease of Use
Having never used a document scanner before, I cannot write this review comparatively. What I can say is that I find the Pandigital Photolink extremely easy to use. You turn it on, put the paper in, and the machine grabs it and sucks it through. It’s as simple as that. In fact, you don’t even have to plug the scanner into the computer. It comes with an SD card, and all the scanned images are stored on there until you plug it into your computer. There is software included that also lets you set a default save location, or have the program prompt you each time. I’ve done a handful of documents so far, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. Here is an example of one document (PDF), which had been folded up in an envelope for some time.
For my document scanning purposes, this is perfect. The quality is good, and it creates a nice digital backup.
For a lot of people, the limited features of the Pandigital Photolink may be a dealbreaker. Literally all this device does is scan things and turn them into JPG files. It is intended to be used for photos (which it does a terrific job of) so that is why the feature set is limited. It cannot natively scan into PDF, nor can it do any kind of one click e-mailing or faxing. It does not have a document tray feeder, so you have to do each page individually.
Despite the limited feature set, this was a terrific purchase. It was completely affordable, and does exactly what I need from a document scanner: scans documents to backup on my computer. If you don’t need any bells and whistles, I would strongly recommend it.