Is a portable scanner worth it?

Lady of the Lab Lady of the Lab
I have a ton of documents, pictures and receipts to scan from 4 years and ongoing. Now I'm thinking about investing in a portable scanner to catch up and keep up with my hard copies. Has anyone on EF used/bought a portable scanner and think it's worth it?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, I have used a portable scanner & I liked it.
4
Yes, I have used a portable scanner & I didn't like it.
1
No, I have not used a portable scanner.
8
Yes, I have bought a portable scanner.
2
No, I have not bought a portable scanner.
10
Meh
Total votes: 25 (19 voters)
Poll is closed
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gsfanatic gsfanatic
They are pretty useful for some tasks. Given that you primarily want to scan receipts and documents, it might be easier to get a non-portable scanner, since those tend to be easier to use without practice and a bit faster. I have used one and they are handy, they're just better suited to scanning books and things that are hard to move/don't fit in a normal scanner easily
06/07/2013
Lady of the Lab Lady of the Lab
Quote:
Originally posted by gsfanatic
They are pretty useful for some tasks. Given that you primarily want to scan receipts and documents, it might be easier to get a non-portable scanner, since those tend to be easier to use without practice and a bit faster. I have used one and they ... More
But does a non-portable one scan quickly? From my experience, stationary flatbed scanners seem to scan pretty slowly. Plus they're more expensive
06/07/2013
eri86 eri86
I Have a printer/copier/scanner .
06/08/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
No portable scanner here just a printer,copier,scanner ,fax all in one
06/08/2013
TJax TJax
I have only used stationary scanners. They used to be slow several years ago but have gotten pretty quick recently. But maybe that's because I use my company's scanner...

Anyway, I don't see why stationary ones would be more expensive, seems like it would be easier to make a larger scanner that's not intended to stand up to as much punishment as a portable one. Maybe it's the sensors resolution, weird.
06/08/2013
BrittaniMaree BrittaniMaree
Yes, I have used a portable scanner & I didn't like it.
06/08/2013
Living Doll Living Doll
I've never used one.
06/08/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I've used one. it's all right, but I'd rather wait until the price comes down some more.
06/08/2013
Septimus Septimus
My fiance recently bought a small feed scanner to deal with a large collection of family photos and documents. He loves it, but he's a bit of a tech nerd and just generally gets excited about that kind of thing. :o)
06/08/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
These days, the portable and non-portable scanner scan at about the same speed. They've definitely made great strides recently in improving them
06/08/2013
Real or memorex Real or memorex
I have thought about this purchase, as well. When I do research in a library, it would be nice to scan a page instead of going to the copier.
06/09/2013
Lady of the Lab Lady of the Lab
Quote:
Originally posted by BrittaniMaree
Yes, I have used a portable scanner & I didn't like it.
I'm curious, why didn't you like it?
06/09/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Lady of the Lab
I have a ton of documents, pictures and receipts to scan from 4 years and ongoing. Now I'm thinking about investing in a portable scanner to catch up and keep up with my hard copies. Has anyone on EF used/bought a portable scanner and think ... More
I have used one, however I prefer just scanning things into my stationary scanner as I don't scan frequently enough. If you think that you'll use it quite a lot, though, it would be worth investing in.
06/09/2013
marshmallow marshmallow
never bought one, but they seem convenient.
06/10/2013
Total posts: 15
Unique posters: 12