Handheld scanners take the scanning technology to a new level: they allow you to have a tool for digitizing images that can be carried in your pocket anywhere you want. The technology existed in the past as well, but the images obtained were considered low quality. The latest handheld scanners can scan your pictures and transform them into a digital format with 24-bit quality and even better. Newer devices are sometimes able to perform additional operations, like reading, hearing and even translating printed text.
How to Make the Right Choice
Handheld scanners have the advantage of being much smaller than regular desktop scanners and can be used with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Some devices are just meant for capturing text, case in which they look a lot like pens, reading one line at a time.
Other devices can capture entire pages and this includes pictures. While these tiny scanners cannot be as fast as desktop scanners, they can still provide good results. What you choose depends on your needs. You can use a device for work, to digitize your photos, to digitize your favorite books or magazines and to scan text that is not on paper.
What Are the Best Handheld Scanners?
TaoTronics Handheld Mobile Portable Document scanner 1050 DPI
If you want to use the scanner for business purposes, this wireless handheld scanner from TaoTronics is probably the best solution that you can find. The device can be used for scanning books, manuals, office documents, maps, receipts, business cards and many other things. Due to its great portability, the scanner can be carried with you at the office, at home and even when you go to business trips.
You will be able to see how the scanning is made by checking the 1.44 inch TFT color screen and you can choose from three different resolutions: 300, 600 and 1050 DPI. Once the scanning operation is finished, the resulted file can be saved in various formats, like PDF and JPG. The device comes with an OCR (optical character recognition software) that lets you convert pictures and files so that they can be edited later with text processors and other programs.View This Item
VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS ST415 WM)
With this handheld portable scanner you can scan pictures, newspapers, office documents and any other flat surfaces at a resolution of 900 DPI. The files can be saved to a microSD card and you can take the scanner with you anywhere you want. If you have a computer at home, you can connect the scanner to the computer via a USB cable for transferring the files. With the included OCR, any printed materials can be converted to editable documents. You can check the status of the devices and other useful information on the LCD screen.View More
Avision MiWand 2 Mobile Handheld Scanner (000-0783B-01G)
This device can be ideal for scanning images, as it can scan at resolutions up to 1200 DPI. It has a wireless design and a 1.8 inch color LCD screen for verifying the scanning status and other useful details. Included in the package you can find a USB cable and a 4GB microSD card, two useful tools for transferring and storing the resulted files after scanning. You can use this device for scanning text pages as well.View on Amazon