4 Fast Portable Scanners you can buy in 2020

If you are looking for a fast portable scanner, you have come to the right place. We selected 4 of the fastest portable scanners of 2020 and we took a closer look at their specs, how fast they are, what resolution and picture quality they offer and how happy the users are with them

Here is our round-up of our 4 favorite high-speed portable scanners:
4 Fast Portable Scanners you can buy in 2020
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Brother ADS-1700W

Brother ADS-1700W
50 IPM600 dpiWireless 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB 3.0YesYes3.7 lb. (1.67 kg)Click for more info

Epson ES-300W

Epson ES-300W
50 IPM600 dpiSuperSpeed USB 3.01, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)YesYes2.9 lb. (1.31 kg)Click for more info

Brother ADS-1250W

Brother ADS-1250W
50 IPM600 dpiWireless 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB 3.0YesYes3.7 lb. (1.67 kg)Click for more info

Canon imageFORMULA P-215II

Canon imageFORMULA P-215II
30 IPM600 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.0, USB 3.0YesYes2.2 lb. (0.99 kg)Click for more info


Let’s have a look at each product in particular.

Brother ADS-1700W

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Brother ADS-1700W

Brother ADS-1700W
50 IPM600 dpiWireless 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB 3.0YesYes3.7 lb. (1.67 kg)Click for more info
The Brother ADS-1700W is not only our favorite fast portable scanner but it is our go-to portable scanner.

The scanning speed is one of the main features of this mobile scanner: It has the ability to scan 25 pages per minute, a 600 DPI optical resolution and a 24-bit RGB Color depth when scanning in color and 8-bit in grayscale.

This portable scanner has an ADF tray in which the user can stack up to 20 A4-format documents. You can run pretty much any type of document through this fast portable document scanner as long as the paper size is up to A4 and its length is up to 34 inches. This includes invoices, receipts, id cards and plastic cards for which it has a special slot on the back.

You can also scan directly to the Cloud through the Brother Web Connect module. It has support for Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and several other platforms.

So what are the negatives of this handheld scanner? The biggest problem is that it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery pack. You have to plug it in with an AC Adapter at all times. But it is understandable given its fast scanning speed which will require more power. The second problem is the weight: It is not the most compact and lightweight mobile scanner around because it weighs 3.7 lbs.

Epson ES-300W

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Epson ES-300W

Epson ES-300W
50 IPM600 dpiSuperSpeed USB 3.01, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)YesYes2.9 lb. (1.31 kg)Click for more info
The Epson ES-300W is also a high-speed scanner with scanning speeds up to 50 images per minute in duplex mode.

Like the previous portable scanner, it has all the connectivity options you need: USB 3.0 and 2.4Ghz Wi-fi. The big plus of this device is that it has a rechargeable battery which you can charge in 4 hours via AC adapter and 20 via USB cable. It can also run USB powered and the battery offers much more mobility than you would get with the previous device, you can quickly deploy this fast scanner and start digitizing. If you only need to scan one document, the amount of time it takes to power up the device will affect the speed greatly.

The image resolution that is outputted by the CIS (Contact Image Sensor) is 600 dots per inch.

As far as optical character recognition goes, it bundles a copy of ABBYY FineReader OCR which is perfect for converting JPEG, TIFF and BMP digital images to searchable PDF files and Word documents with editable text.

You can find TWAIN drivers on the manufacturer website so it can be integrated with most scanning apps for PC and Mac.

You can use either of the 2 apps from the scanning software package. They both offer automatic cropping, automatic color mode detection, automatic deskew and text enhancement of the scanned images, saving you time from post-processing in Photoshop.

As far as price is concerned, the price is is almost identical to the previous handheld scanner.

Brother ADS-1250W

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Brother ADS-1250W

Brother ADS-1250W
50 IPM600 dpiWireless 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB 3.0YesYes3.7 lb. (1.67 kg)Click for more info
The ADS-1250W is very similar to the ADS-1700W with one key difference being the lack of an LCD touchscreen so this scanner is not completely independent like the other one. Plus, the fastest way to operate a scanner is always by using the touchscreen. But it keeps all the great features like the 50 sheets per minute scan speed, the big automatic document feeder ADF tray and especially the wireless network connection to your computer network.

The pixel density is the same so you get the same number of pixels in an image with both mobile scanners, the scanning speed is identical and both have an automatic feeder tray. If you don’t necessarily need the high-quality touchscreen in a fast portable scanner, this can be a great choice.

Canon imageFORMULA P-215II

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Canon imageFORMULA P-215II

Canon imageFORMULA P-215II
30 IPM600 dpiHi-Speed USB 2.0, USB 3.0YesYes2.2 lb. (0.99 kg)Click for more info
Canon’s version of a portable high-speed scanner is the P-215 II. Even though it is not the fastest scanner in its class, it still has a low scanning time, it having the ability to scan 15 pages every minute.

One thing missing is with this fast portable scanner is the wireless connectivity. It can only connect to your Windows 10 or Mac OS via the USB port.

The main advantage of this handheld scanner is that it is very compact and light, weighing just 2.2 lbs so it is going to be the easiest to carry around.

Canon offers ISIS and TWAIN drivers for both operating systems on their website. The CaptureOnTouch app included can scan to the Cloud like Evernote or OneDrive, Scan to E-mail, send the images to a printer so there is no shortage of scanning options. It has a background removal feature, Deskew, Auto Resolution, Automatic Color Detection, Layout orientation and features for photo scanning like Photograph Correction to make the colors more vivid and accurate and Moire reduction to remove the screen door effect.


Which Fast Portable Scanner to buy?



If we were to purchase a fast portable scanner today, it would be the Brother ADS-1700W. Given that it is one of the fastest portable scanners ever made with many features, great user ratings and the LCD touchscreen and all of this at an attractive price we choose this device to be the perfect choice for scanning photos and scanning documents on-the-go.

If you need the rechargeable battery with the same high speed, the ES-300W is the one to get, but remember that it doesn’t have a touchscreen.
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