Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best wireless keyboards, wireless mouses, and printers, here we’re covering the best document scanners, as reviewed on Amazon, to help you complete your home office. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
The best desktop document scanners
“After fully digitizing my office, I was tired of waiting and waiting for my previous scanner (an all-in-one) to do its job. This scanner does not disappoint. To have it completely scan, index, and save over 1,500 pages in less than an hour about made me cry; I was so happy. I finished everything up so fast, I didn’t know what to do with myself after that! It didn’t eat any pages, it didn’t skip any pages, and the auto-detect for black-and-white versus color and blank pages is ridiculously helpful. I wish I’d bought this scanner sooner and didn’t suffer through a year of agonizingly slow scanning. It even had no problem sucking in very hard paper (like a cover) and then right back to soft paper of a different size! It cropped everything nice and neatly, too. Love this scanner!”
“HELLO, DOLLY!!! I’m so IN LOVE with my scanner. I don’t even have to leave my desk EVER!! This thing does everything I need it to do and so MUCH MORE than my old scanner did and so MUCH FASTER. The quality is amazing. It’s like going from a black-and-white TV to an HD LED TV!! I’m so thrilled that I spent the extra money on this little baby and plan on giving it a workout. I scan thousands of documents weekly and my other one was jamming up all the time. Now, I can get down and jam, but not be jammed up!!”
“I wish I could give this ten stars. Being the family historian by default, I spend much of my spare time scanning everyone’s old photos. It scans faster than our office copy machine makes copies. That alone is worth five stars. It also copies the back of the photo if there is anything written on it. PRICELESS! Then it auto adjusts the photos (white balance and color), which saves me hours of Photoshopping to do the same. It even lets you name them as you scan them. I can’t say enough positive things about this smart gadget, and how many years it is probably going to save me.”
“I love this scanner. The quality is outstanding, and the price was on the low end of a lot of them that I had looked at. I have had it for about a year. I got it to scan all my personal documents for identity-theft prevention. I also use it weekly to scan receipts, bills, pictures, etc., and then shred originals and get rid of them. This has really helped clear out my paperwork. Now, I don’t have tons of documents, paperwork, etc. hanging around that an evil person can get their hands on and glean my personal, private information from.”
Best portable document scanners
“Life-changing! I’ve had boxes of pictures that I’ve wanted to scan for a while now. I’ve scanned some of them, but using a flatbed scanner takes forever. This little baby is such a godsend. I’ve been able to whip through my pictures in no time. I think in the day that I’ve had it, I’ve scanned more than 1,200 pictures. The scan quality is great! I was considering this or the smaller Fuji scanner, but this was smaller and cheaper, so I went this route and I do not regret it. Copies come out great, too. I scanned a diploma, and the scan looks just like the physical copy so much that you can see the paper grains. If you need a small, easy, convenient scanner, you cannot go wrong here. Very easy to use.”
“This scanner is too good for me not to give it a review. This is the fastest scanner I have ever used and the software is brilliantly simple and straightforward. I have boxes of ancient documents I can’t stand to keep and can’t bring myself to throw away. I am filling a garbage can every day of documents I have quickly scanned and sorted. Now, I can toss this old stuff in good conscious. The unit is tiny but solid. You will be surprised at how heavy and solid this thing is when you open it up. It is obviously well made. I would go on and on, but let me just say, I have owned about ten scanners in my life. This is by far the best.”
“I was astounded at how good this was on my very first try! I tried scanning the colored software ad that came with the scanner, and I had accidentally placed the paper so that the bottom was a little off the rounded part of the edge of my table. The result was very little distortion and the entire page was crystal clear! I was amazed it turned out so well despite the bad positioning of the paper on my part! Also, I plugged it into my laptop and it recognized it as a USB drive, and I could get the photos off the scanner’s microSD card just as if it were a camera. Another plus was that they included two Energizer AA alkaline batteries. The scanner also comes with a little carry bag, which is nice. Overall, I’m very happy with this scanner. Nice to grab it and use it without having to start up a computer.”
“Wow! This little scanner is everything I hoped for. I travel extensively for business, and this little scanner has taken the chore out of expense reports! I carry it right in my laptop messenger bag and can scan while in a hotel room, coffee shop, and even on a long flight. It can scan even a highly crumpled receipt without the slip sheet, but Brother provided one just in case! The included software is a breeze to use and plenty robust. The PDF software provided is decent enough for the task, but I also have full Adobe Acrobat Professional that I use instead when I need to reorder receipts or remove or replace some.”
“I bought this primarily for family history, for pictures and documents, etc. I love that you can run it through on the base or remove it and scan it manually, as some of those photos and documents were very old and brittle, and I did not feel comfortable running them through automatically. I am not a very ‘tech-savvy’ person, but I had no problem figuring it out. The images come out crisp and clean. I absolutely love this scanner.”
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