If both portability and versatility are key, the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini is the top pick among experts for a sheet-fed scanner that can be used on a desktop or taken on the road. PCMag.com selected the imageFORMULA P-150 as a Best of the Year 2010 winner, and it's also an Editors' Choice. According to M. David Stone, who reviews it for PCMag.com, the P-150 Scan-tini "may be the smallest scanner possible that offers both portability and the conveniences you'd expect in a desktop scanner." Reviewers like the software that comes bundled with the imageFORMULA P-150, and PCMag.com's Stone says that "it will be hard to find a better balance of speed, capability, and price." (A Mac version, the Canon imageFORMULA P-215, is also a very highly rated scanner.)
Scan images are terrific for a portable device. Reviewers say the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini does a tremendous job of scanning images. The P-150's capabilities are limited: It can only scan sheet fed pages and has a maximum resolution of 600 dpi. But if you're trying to scan text or basic documents for character recognition, that's more than enough to create crisp scans, and the Scan-tini can do them on the go.
Easy to hook up and use, but a little heavy. The Canon P-150 scanner is easy to hook up, reviewers write, with common drivers that work across programs, a single cable that delivers both data and power and a well-designed package that folds up neatly when you're not using it. Users of the P-150 Scan-tini are split between liking the software it comes with a great deal and calling it crude. It's heavier than some other portable models.
A durable portable device. Users report using the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini scanner for extended periods without incident, though most say they use it more lightly than they would a desktop scanner, especially one for documents. Only a couple users of the 70-plus reporting at Amazon.com mention hardware troubles or breakdowns, and there is no consistent trend.
A good warranty and good service. The Canon P-150 scanner comes with a one-year limited warranty, which is standard among better-quality scanners. Users who need to contact customer service generally report positive experiences.
Review Credibility: Excellent PCMag.com picks the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini as an Editors' Choice in addition to a Best of the Year winner. In this review, M. David Stone writes that it is "fast and well designed." He says he is impressed with the fact that the scanner is small enough to be portable, but it performs as well as many desktop scanners do.
Review: Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini, M. David Stone, May 10, 2010
Review Credibility: Excellent James Galbraith reviews the identical Mac version of this scanner, the P-150M (since discontinued). He tests it at different resolutions to measure the scan speed, and he reports that it matches the manufacturer's published specs. Galbraith also scans a photo print at 600 dpi and reports that the resulting file's image quality is very good -- "the best quality I've seen from a portable document scanner," he says. "With its duplex scanning capabilities, small size and plug and scan features," Galbraith concludes, "the Scan-tini is kind of a big deal."
Review: Canon imageFORMULA P-150, James Galbraith, May 11, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good David Winograd's review of the identical Mac version of the P-150 (since discontinued) is quite thorough and detailed; he takes the reader through the process of setting up the imageFormula P-150 scanner, installing the software and putting the scanner to use. He even points out one possible software conflict and explains how to avoid it. In the end, Winograd writes, "I highly recommend the Canon ImageFormula P-150. … It's a well-made versatile scanner."
Review: Review: Canon ImageFormula P-150M Personal Document Scanner, David Winograd, July 27, 2011
4. Expert Reviews (U.K.)
Review Credibility: Very Good UK site ExpertReviews.co awards the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini 4 out of 5 stars in this hands-on review, writing that pages feed smoothly, are scanned quickly for a portable device at the default 200 dpi resolution and the software is easy to use. Bumping the dpi up to 600 slows down the scans, but it results in excellent quality text and good color and shading. They recommend scanning at 300 dpi for text in general.
Review: Canon Imageformula P-150 review, Kat Orphanides, Jan. 30, 2010
Review Credibility: Good More than 70 owners post ratings and reviews of the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini on Amazon.com. Their ratings average out to 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviews are almost all positive, with comments like, "The scanner is fast and gives results as good as any scanner I've owned -- and I've owned a number over the years."
Review: Canon imageFORMULA P-150 Portable Document Scanner (Scan-tini), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012