Five Best Document Scanners

Five Best Document Scanners

Not every scanner is equal if you’re thinking about going paperless. You need a model that will handle all the documents, receipts and oddly-shaped papers you need to digitise, and preferably one with great software support to help you keep all that stuff organised. Here’s a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

Title photo by yoppy.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500/Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

Doxie Go

to go paperless in two days

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

Neat Scanner

Your Smartphone’s Camera

Photo by Mauricio Lima.

No honourable mentions this week, since most of the nominees were variants on the above. Still, we’re willing to bet that there are other models not represented that some of you prefer. Don’t just complain that we “missed” them, let us know what your preferences are and why in the discussions below!


  • +1 for the S1300. I have been working and living out of a suitcase for the last 6 months and this thing is small portable and works from either AC or USB. The reason I bought it was because it scans both sides simultaneously, which means single pass and no (or at least fewer) paper jams. I don’t know whether the other ones above do that too or not. You can’t do big things like books, but there’s flatbed canners for that like the ones that come with your printer. But for documents, the big MFC’s with sheetfeeders tend to be one-sided / two-pass scanners and jam continually (hello Canon).

  • I couldn’t live without my Epson GT-1500, it’s quite old now and doesn’t support cloud or smart apps.
    It is very reliable and the OCR function is very accurate, even on plans.

  • Has anyone got any leads on a cloud based document storage solution? Or even a NON cloud based software package? I save individual files to drop box, but its difficult to search. Used to use officedrop but thats gone 🙁

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