The Xerox Mobile Scanner can scan documents to JPEG image files or PDFs (including multipage PDFs). It requires no computer or cabling to operate. Instead, using the included Wi-Fi-enabled 4 GB Eye-Fi memory card, the Xerox Mobile Scanner can transmit documents directly to Android and iOS devices, to PCs or Macs, or to a wide variety of online storage services. It can also store scans on that SD card or a USB flash drive so that they can be transferred to a computer at a later time. A rechargeable battery allows up to 300 scans between charges.
A competent portable document scanner. Reviewers say that the Xerox Mobile Scanner's 300-dpi scans are as competent as a desktop document scanner. Photos are another matter; aside from the handling issues inherent with any sheet-fed scanner, the output falls short -- good enough for posting on line, but little else. Documents, business cards, and other media must be fed in one sheet at a time, which is as expected for a portable scanner but means that scanning multi-page documents can get tedious. If the scanner is set to create PDFs, pages fed within 10 seconds of each other will merge into 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 (JPEG, color PDF, or black-and-white PDF) 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. Even though the scanner has been available since 2012, user feedback is limited. With that caveat in mind, users and reviewers mostly report good experiences with the Xerox Mobile Scanner, at least when it comes to hardware reliability.
A good warranty. The one-year limited warranty Xerox offers for the Mobile Scanner is generally standard among higher-end scanners.
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
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
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
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
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. That said, he finds setup for the Eye-Fi card to be unnecessarily difficult.
Review: Scanning on the Go, Wirelessly, David Pogue, Feb. 1, 2012
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.
Review: Two Personal Scanners: NeatDesk vs. Xerox Mobile Scanner, Barbara Krasnoff, April 4, 2012
7. PC World
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
The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital site reviews three portable scanners and scanner apps. The Xerox Mobile Scanner.comes out on top. Fast scanning and wireless connectivity are why.
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. It isn't pretty, he says, but it works so well and so easily he doesn't find himself using the included software.
Review: Xerox Mobile Scanner Review, Sam Glover, June 7, 2012
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."
Review: No Computer? No Problem for This Portable Photo Scanner, Peter Piazza, Not Dated
More than 30 users weigh in on the Xerox Mobile Scanner at Amazon.com, where it earns a rating of 3.8 stars. Most are happy, but a handful of users report issues in set-up, especially in getting the Wi-Fi features to work.
Review: Xerox Mobile Wi-fi Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013