Portable scanners are great, but with very few exceptions they have one general issue: while the scanner may be portable, it still needs to be plugged into a computer to work.
Today, the folks over at Doxie have announced their proposed solution to this: the Doxie Go, which will scan documents or photos without needing to be plugged into a computer.
They aren’t the first ones to make something like this of course, but given how I liked the Doxie U, I am looking forward to seeing what they do with this category.
When you scan without the computer, it saves your scan to the scanner’s internal memory, or you can plug in an SD card or a USB drive and save to that instead. They don’t say how much internal memory the Doxie Go has, but they say it can store up to 600 pages or 2400 photos at 300dpi.
To get your documents off the scanner, you either plug it into the USB port of your Mac or Windows computer, or if you are using an SD card, just pop out the card.
There is an optional iPhone/iPad Sync Kit that you can use to sync to an iPhone or iPad, or if you have an iPad Camera Connection Kit, you can use the SD card with that.
Two criticisms that previous Doxies have received are the fact that it did not come with OCR software, and, uh, many people did not like the pink.
It looks like Doxie Go addressses both of those. The included software has received a big overhaul, and now includes OCR functionality.
And, it looks like they have gone to just plain black “ink”.
It looks like the Doxie Go will be retailing for $199 USD, and is available for pre-order now for shipment in late November. If I can pick one up, I’ll do a proper review, but this looks like it could be interesting for people who want real portability.
How about you? Do you have a use for a scanner that doesn’t need to be plugged in?