Ask LH: Which Compact Scanner Should I Use?

Dear Lifehacker, I’d like to get all of my papers, bills and receipts under control, but hate the idea of having a big scanner on my desk. I’ve been looking at duplex document scanners (the bar- shaped sort), but I can’t really find much information, or a scanner within a reasonable price range ($300 is too much in my opinion). Any suggestions? Thanks, Paperless Dream

Dear PD,

Our Hive Five roundup of the best document scanners features several compact options, including the Doxie Go and the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i. The latter is slightly above your preferred budget but can be sourced in Australia, while the Doxie Go is a more reasonable $US199 but has to be shipped to the USA. Being compact costs: desktop scanners are generally cheaper, but we can appreciate your desire for minimal clutter. Check out our guide to going paperless for more tactics.


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