Xerox Travel Scanner 150 review
Xerox’s Travel Scanner 150 is aimed at business travellers who need a compact scanner for the road. This slim plastic baton weighs a mere 340g, comes with a generous software bundle and costs only £110. Since it’s powered by USB, there’s no bulky power supply.
Despite the low price, there’s a generous software bundle. Along with Nuance PaperPort and OmniPage Pro, we were pleased to see Visioneer’s OneTouch. You can link the scanner to an action whenever paper is fed into the slot, making light work of scans. You can scan to a printer, application, email, fax, FTP server or SharePoint. Scanning to the cloud is also possible via the Connect web form, which provides links to Box, Evernote, Dropbox, FilesAnywhere and Google Drive.
Recent changes to Google Drive permissions prevent you from scanning directly to it unless you have a paid-for account. To get round this, you can create a OneTouch scan-to-storage profile for your local Google Drive folder (use the same method for Dropbox). There’s currently a bug with the OneTouch Evernote link, so it will fail to authenticate to your account. Xerox is working with Visioneer on a fix.
Our tests matched Xerox’s quoted speeds: an A4 page took 11 seconds to scan at 200ppi in mono, while a 200ppi colour scan took 18 seconds. This slowed to 28 seconds at 300ppi and 55 seconds at the top 600ppi.
There’s no duplex mode, so double-sided scans are a manual affair, and the feeder slot has no paper guides: it takes practice to get your documents straight.
Paper handling was otherwise impeccable, with receipts, statements and invoices handled without any problems. It also scanned credit cards and laminated ID cards. The Acuity anti-skew feature worked well for small documents and till receipts, but had problems straightening A4 pages.
We were happy with the scan quality. Our test documents reproduced clearly at 200ppi, with the Acuity image enhancement making noticeable improvements. We were also impressed with colour photos and graphics, which were sharp and clear.
The Travel Scanner 150 is light enough to suit mobile workers well. Scan quality is very good and the price aggressive. Once those cloud scanning bugs have been fixed, it will be even better.