When your office is wherever you've parked your suitcase, lugging paperwork along with your laptop is a drag. Visioneer's RoadWarrior mobile scanner can reduce your load.

When your office is wherever you've parked your suitcase, lugging paperwork along with your laptop is a drag. Visioneer's RoadWarrior mobile scanner can reduce your load by allowing you to scan field reports, receipts, business cards and other paper documents while travelling.

We found RoadWarrior a breeze to set up and use.

The USB-powered Visioneer RoadWarrior weighs less than 500g and is about the size of a rolling pin. A single button on top of the Visioneer RoadWarrior launches Visioneer's OneTouch scanning software.

With this simple utility, you can select or customise a host of preset configurations - such as scan type and output file format - prior to scanning. The Visioneer RoadWarrior senses when you've inserted an item into the paper feed, and automatically starts scanning.

The lack of a paper tray proved a minor challenge. It took a while to get the hang of keeping documents straight as we inserted them into the Visioneer RoadWarrior's autofeed mechanism. When some scans were slightly crooked, however, the scanning software's autostraighten and autocrop features did a fine job of correcting the final images.

You can turn off the Visioneer RoadWarrior's autofeed mechanism; doing so can make inserting sheets in a straight manner a bit easier, since the scanner isn't pulling it out of your hand. The trade-off is that you have to take an additional step to activate the Visioneer RoadWarrior.

In our hands-on tests, the Visioneer RoadWarrior took just 11 seconds to scan a black-and-white document at 200dpi (dots per inch), and a respectable 38 seconds to scan a colour document at 150dpi (both 215x280mm, US letter pages, archived in Tiff format), a reasonably fast performance for a USB 2.0-powered scanner.

The Visioneer RoadWarrior was also proficient at scanning documents into PDF files, including searchable PDFs.

In addition to thorough documentation, the Visioneer RoadWarrior comes with a carrying pouch, sheets for calibrating and cleaning the scanner, and a bundle of software that includes applications for document management (ScanSoft PaperPort 11.0), optical character recognition (ScanSoft OmniPage Pro 14.0), and business card conversion (NewSoft Presto BizCard 5.0). All in all, the Visioneer RoadWarrior bundle provides an excellent set of tools for organising and managing your scanned documents.

Visioneer RoadWarrior: Specs

  • Portable sheetfed scanner
  • max supported media size: legal (216 x 356 mm)
  • 290x51x38mm
  • 300g
  • resolution: 12bit grey/36bit colour
  • external resolution: 8bit (256 grey levels)/24bit (16.7m colours)
  • optical resolution: 600 dpi
  • scan speed: 6ppm
  • supports plain paper, business card, cheque
  • manual load
  • USB
  • requires Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4
  • 1-year warranty
  • Portable sheetfed scanner
  • max supported media size: legal (216 x 356 mm)
  • 290x51x38mm
  • 300g
  • resolution: 12bit grey/36bit colour
  • external resolution: 8bit (256 grey levels)/24bit (16.7m colours)
  • optical resolution: 600 dpi
  • scan speed: 6ppm
  • supports plain paper, business card, cheque
  • manual load
  • USB
  • requires Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4
  • 1-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

For anyone who wants to leave paper behind when out on the road, the Visioneer RoadWarrior is a welcome traveling companion for uploading printed or handwritten items on the fly.

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