The Xerox Mobile Scanner offers the unusual ability to scan documents to JPEG image files or PDFs (including multipage PDFs) with no PC and no cables, and it can transmit them wirelessly. Using the included Wi-Fi enabled 4 GB SD memory card, the Xerox Mobile Scanner can transmit documents directly to Android and iOS devices, to PCs or Macs, or to the cloud via a wide variety of services. It can also store scans on that SD card or a USB flash drive for physical connection at another time. A rechargeable battery allows up to 300 scans before it needs to be plugged in. Reviewers say the Xerox Mobile Scanner works extremely well for documents that can be scanned one page at a time but not well for photos.
Competent for a document scanner, not for photos. Reviewers say that the Xerox Mobile Scanner's 300-dpi scans are as competent as a desktop document scanner. Some try photos, saying they turn out well enough for use online, but they have serious color and resolution issues for any other function. Scans are limited to documents or plastic cards fed through the scanner one at a time. If the scanner is set to PDFs, pages fed within 10 seconds of each other will create a single multipage document, a feature reviewers say works well.
Incredibly difficult to set up its wireless connection, otherwise incredibly easy to use. Scanning documents, if that's all you want to do with the Xerox Mobile Scanner, is easy, reviewers say. Put in the included 4 GB SD card, turn the scanner on, pick which of three scan types you want and stick a document in the slot. It'll start scanning immediately, storing the results on the SD card or a USB drive you plug in. But if you want to use the best feature of this device -- its wireless connectivity -- be prepared for a long, frustrating, poorly documented trial getting the Eye-Fi card to work the way you want it to. That said, once the wireless is set up, it works like a charm, reviewers say; all the pain is in the installation.
Good news, so far. Users and reviewers report good experiences with the Xerox Mobile Scanner, and almost none reports hardware failures. The scanner has only been available since 2012, so reliability results are not yet available.
A good warranty, generally unneeded thus far. The one-year limited warranty Xerox offers for the Mobile Scanner is generally standard among higher-end scanners, and no customers report needing to use it yet.
Review Credibility: Excellent Veteran reviewer M. David Stone awards the Xerox Mobile Scanner 4 out of 5 stars and an Editor's Choice designation after his hands-on test, calling its Wi-Fi abilities "slick" and its performance for text recognition "remarkably good."
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner, M. David Stone, March 29, 2012
2. Laptop Magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Laptop Magazine gives the Xerox Mobile Scanner 3.5 out of 5 stars, praising its wireless scanning, sturdy design and long battery life, but dinging the difficulty of setting up that wireless connectivity, the slow speed of its scans and its bulk. The review concludes that the scanner "stands out in a big way" and "performs extremely well when it comes to document scans." They like the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 better for its combination of document and photo prowess.
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner Review, Daniel Howley, Feb. 24, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent Veteran reviewer Simon Williams awards the Xerox Mobile Scanner 8 out of 10 stars on the U.K. review site TrustedReviews.com, also giving it an 8 in each category: Features, Scan Quality, Scan Speed and Value. He tests both document and photo scans. "The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a novel extension of the truly portable document capture device," he writes, praising the scan quality (within the dpi limits), its strong software bundle and reasonable price.
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner Review, Simon Williams, March 7, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent The U.K. tech site PC Advisor gives the Xerox Mobile Scanner 3 out of 5 stars, with 3.5 stars for build quality, 3.5 stars for features, 3 stars for value and 2.5 stars for performance. "Most users will find the wireless features too slow to be used constantly, although it may serve as a fall-back feature in certain situations," Robin Morris writes in her hands-on review. "Provided your needs revolve around doing one or two sheets at a time, the Xerox may prove an attractive and convenient product."
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner Review, Robin Morris, July 18, 2012
5. The New York Times
Review Credibility: Very Good Veteran reviewer David Pogue praises the Xerox Mobile Scanner's ability to be totally and completely portable: no wires, no computer. "It can fling your scanned photos or documents through the ether to almost anywhere," he writes, adding later, "The scans are clean, straight and sharp. You'd have a hard time telling them apart from the work of a big-footprint desktop flatbed home scanner." That said, he finds setup for the Eye-Fi card to be unnecessarily difficult. "Fortunately, once that's over, you wind up with a smooth, automatic, extremely portable scanning system."
Review: Scanning on the Go, Wirelessly, David Pogue, Feb. 1, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Reviewer Barbara Krasnoff reviews the Xerox Mobile Scanner and the NeatDesk desktop scanner, though she does not compare one to the other. She likes the simplicity of the Xerox Mobile Scanner, and she experiences no issues installing the software and transmitting 100 scans. She doesn't like the way it goes into sleep mode after two minutes, even while plugged in. "The Xerox Mobile Scanner is an efficient and well-built device; the way in which the Eye-Fi card adds to the ease of moving your scans to your computer, smartphone or tablet gives it extra points."
Review: Two Personal Scanners: NeatDesk vs. Xerox Mobile Scanner, Barbara Krasnoff, April 4, 2012
7. PC World
Review Credibility: Very Good PC World awards the Xerox Mobile Scanner a 4.5 out of 5 stars, calling it "a useful tool, especially for business travelers." Reviewer Yardena Arar likes the wireless transmission of scans and its light weight. Hardware controls aren't as intuitive as they might be -- Arar is the second reviewer in this report to accidentally put the device in Airplane Mode, which turns off Wi-Fi -- and she says the printed documentation is "skimpy."
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner: A versatile companion for business travelers, Yardena Arar, Oct. 7, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital site reviews three portable scanners and scanner apps: the JotNot Scanner Pro, PlanOn SlimScan SS100 and the Xerox Mobile Scanner. "Despite its larger size and $250 price point, the Xerox scanner was my top pick, because of its fast scanning and its wireless connectivity via an Eye-Fi card," reviewer Lauren Goode writes. Setup wasn't particularly easy, but once it was done, "I was a scanning machine."
Review: A Scanner for All Seasons, Lauren Goode, May 7, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Sam Glover does a hands-on review of the Xerox Mobile Scanner for Lawyerist.com, comparing it to the Doxie Go. It isn't pretty, he says, but it works so well and so easily he doesn't find himself using the included software. "The Xerox Mobile Scanner's hardware makes it a cinch to use, and includes some nice extras. … If you are looking for a portable scanner, this is the best value and the best option."
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner Review, Sam Glover, June 7, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In this undated hands-on review, former About.com guide Peter Piazza puts the Xerox Mobile Scanner through its paces, awarding it 4.5 stars out of 5. He notes the difficult setup process, but says after that, it "is ready to rock and roll, which it does with aplomb." He says it does a fine job with document scans and with everyday photo scans (such as for posting online), and he likes the carrying case. (Note: ConsumerSearch.com is owned by About.com, but the two do not share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: No Computer? No Problem for This Portable Photo Scanner, Peter Piazza, Undated
Review Credibility: Good Engadget.com's brief review of the Xerox Mobile Scanner praises its ability to scan to PDFs directly, including multipage documents created on the fly. The site notes the scanner's portability, wireless connection, long battery life and high price tag.
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner Hands-on, Terrence O' Brien, Jan. 10, 2012
Review Credibility: Fair About a dozen users award the Xerox Mobile Scanner an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. They praise its always-straight scans, the flexibility of how documents can be transmitted (Wi-Fi, USB drive, SD card) -- one user even uses it to scan to his Android phone, and several note you do not need a laptop or power cable to scan. They also speak highly of the ability to create a single PDF on the fly from multiple scanned pages. One downranks the scanner because it makes all files with the same creation date; one other user has trouble installing the software. Most award a perfect 5 stars.
Review: Xerox Mobile Wi-fi Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012