Small Portable Printer Scanners


Taking a look at the Top Three Mobile Scanners


We’re going to be looking at products by Canon, Kodak and Brother, and these cover a variety of different situations which you’ll need scanning.

  • Just remember that a ‘portable’ scanner is composed of two aspects:
    • Scanning without the need for constant AC connection.
    • Having small physical dimensions and also being lightweight.

Concise Reviews:


Canon imageFORMULA P-150 Portable Scanner


We consider the best device of this type out at the moment (no surprise that it’s by Canon), and there is just one simple reason for this.

  • Its core specifications equal that of competitors, but its secondary capacities make it far superior.

For example the most important specification for a scanner is to what detail it operates, in this case:

  • Up to 600 DPI resolution color and monochrome scanning.

However it’s the only device to have an automatic document feeder which stores 20 sheets of paper.  The others either don’t have it whatsoever, or they have a significantly smaller capacity.

  • What’s more is that it doesn’t require a battery because it’s powered purely by 2 USB cables.

This allows for duplex (double sided) scanning, and the imageFORMULA P-150 also arrives with various detection and enhancement software allowing for:

  • Auto Page Size Detection.
  • Auto Color Detection.
  • Text detection and Advanced Text Enhancement.

We suggest you read the Amazon reviews of the imageFORMULA P-150 to find out what other people think.

We believe that with everything considered it’s the best there is at the moment against all competitors.

Canon imageFORMULA P-150 Portable Scanner

Canon imageFORMULA P-150 Portable Scanner

Kodak P811 Personal Photo Scanner


This device is aimed at people who want to scan printed photographs creating a digital copy which can then be uploaded onto websites like FaceBook or KODAK Gallery.

If you’re looking for image and text scanning then skip this review and check out our final review below.

  • Allows photo sizes up to 8 by 10 inches.
  • Scans 300-600 dpi and 25mm negatives at up to 1200 dpi.
  • Contains 5-in-1 card reader so you can scan without needing a laptop/computer
  • Requires batteries and an AC adapter.

If you’re interested in the best portable photo scanner then you’ve found it (unsurprisingly by Kodak), and you’ll find it’s perfect for using while travelling.

We suggest you check out the Amazon reviews for the KODAK Personal Photo Scanner if you want to get an opinion on its reliability.

If you’re looking for text/image scanning you’ll find that this isn’t suitable, especially due to its small size which prohibits A4 and Letter Size feed through.

Kodak P811 Personal Photo Scanner

Kodak P811 Personal Photo Scanner

Brother DSmobile 600 Portable Scanner


 You’ll find the DSMobile 600 is quite similar to the first device apart from it’s aimed at increased mobility as opposed to functionality.

  • It has the same 600 dpi resolution and also uses usb ports for its power.
  • It’s slightly smaller and has a reduced mass.

However it certainly has some downsides.

  • It is a manual feed scanner, meaning that each sheet needs to be fed through.
  • It can only scan 5 pages per minute (as opposed to 20 for the P-150).

When it comes down to the bottom line it’s slightly cheaper, but far less functional in terms of scanning.  It’s not suitable for processing large amounts and certainly not quickly.

I would suggest that you read people’s reviews of the Brother DSMobile 600 Portable Scanner on Amazon.


Brother DSmobile 600 Portable Scanner

Brother DSmobile 600 Portable Scanner

Which is the Best?


We think that without a doubt the Canon imageFORMULA P-150 is the most superior, in terms of speeds and scanning capabilities.

  • There’s no doubt in my mind that the ability to scan duplex (two sided) whilst the paper is being continually automatically fed through is a sure winner in terms of capabilities.

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