Going paperless: A Review of the Doxie Go X2 Portable Rechargeable Scanner
Going paperless has become a common mantra for people who quest to reduce clutter in their lives. There are even services that have you forward all your mail to them, they then open, scan, and forward each letter as a digital document to their customers. That is a bit extreme and expensive for my purposes, but there is a middle ground.
Until recently, I tried to keep up with documents using a flatbed scanner, Dropbox, and Evernote, but this resulted in piles of paper waiting for me to scan, as it takes a long time to scan, edit, combine, and save documents in the desired format. The idea with a simple sheet-feed scanner like the Doxie Go X2 is that it takes less time and therefore you are more likely to use it and avoid paper overtaking your desk.
Before considering the Doxie Go X2, I had looked at much more expensive alternatives like the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, which retails for around $400 and the more comparable and affordable Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i ($250 Amazon). When I bought my Doxie Go a year ago it was normally $200 ($188 at Amazon), but I found a sale online for $150 and took the plunge!
Since then Doxie has introduced two new models. The Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi. The Go Plus ($178.48) is an updated version of the Doxie Go and scans faster and has longer battery life (3x) among a few upgraded features. The Doxie Go Wi-Fi ($225) ads integrated Wi-Fi so you no longer need a Wi-fi equipped SD card like the EyeFi.
Portable and battery operated. A scanner made to be mobile!
What you get with the Doxie Go X2
The Doxie Go X2 is a touted as a totally stand-alone scanner. That is somewhat true after the initial setup.
Realistically, you do need a computer in order to organize, group, combine, export, and perform OCR on documents using the Doxie software for Windows or OS X.
The unit contains a rechargeable battery, so you can scan on the road. This is potentially great for a business traveler or someone who works from different locations during the week.
It then saves the scanned documents in JPEG or other formats to an SD card or USB thumbdrive that you provide.
In the box
- Doxie Go X2 portable sheetfeed scanner
- USB cable for connecting the scanner to a computer
- AC Adapter for charging the scanner
- cheap microfiber sleeve to protect the scanner on the go
- different AC adapter tips for other countries
- scanner cleaning tool
- photo scanning sleeve
The Doxie Software
How it works.
The process is relatively simple once the Doxie Go is charged.
To scan a document
- Hold down the power button to turn on the device.
- Place a document face up, level, and flat against the left side of the scanner.
- The scanner will then make a noise and begin moving to feed the document through to be scanned.
- The document will be pulled through and an image file will be created from the scan on the SD or flash drive you insert.
- Once you are done, you can then plug the Doxie Go into a computer via the included USB cable or load the images from the memory card you provided.
- Open the Doxie software and click the "Import" button at the top left.
- A dialog will show it importing images from the device.
After import you can then
- Edit the name of each scan.
- Rotate scans for the best orientation.
- Combine scans via the "staple" function. This lets you scan multiple pages and make one document.
- After the scan is the correct orientation and document have been combined, you can then export to a PDF with OCR, a PNG and a few other formats.
- You can also send the document to services such as Evernote, Google Drive, and Dropbox as well as to image editing applications on your computer like Photoshop and Paint.net for further editing.
Scanning is fast
Tips for using the Doxie Go
- In order to reduce diagonal drift while scanning, you can use your right hand as a guide or the adjustable plastic tab on the scanner.
- Sometimes it grabs a document and pulls it unevenly. In these cases, just try the scan again and you can delete the bad one.
- For documents with bent edges, trimming one edge of the document can provide better results when scanning. I scanned an old cookbook from 1984 and cut off the binding side of the page so that each would scan better.
- The Doxie Go can only scan one side of a page at a time, so it is not dull duplex. You can, however, simply feed the page through again on the other side.
The good and the bad
- Much faster than scanning many documents on a flat-bed scanner
- Works with a variety of sizes and shapes of documents. I tried receipts (even very long ones), business cards, letter size paper, cardstock, greeting cards, checks, and notebook paper of varying sizes. They all scanned well.
- Exports to Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, and other services.
- Has problems with documents with uneven edges.
- Sometimes stutters and produces scans with smeared images.
- The Doxie software is a bit too basic for me, but this is a matter of taste.
- Problems with thick documents like construction paper.
- Wifi integration via Eye-Fi is very basic and pretty cludgy as it does not actually integrate with the Eye-Fi and instead operates the same way a digital camera would.
- Not the best for photographs. Results may be better with the included sleeve and settings to 600dpi. I'll stick with my flatbed scanner for photos for now.
- It isn't extremely large, but the length results in a large chunk you need to Tetris into your backpack or laptop bag.
- The scanner requires a power adapter to charge. It would be more convenient if you could charge over USB.
The Doxie Go X2 is a good portable scanner for reducing paper clutter in your home or office. It is reasonably priced and very easy to use. I recommend this for most scanning, except for thick documents, irregular shaped documents, or photographs.
Doxie Go Plus from Amazon
300 and 600dpi selectable
3.5"x2" to 8.5x15”
PDF, JPEG, and PNG
0.5" x 1.7" x 2.2" (26.7 cm x 4.35 cm x 5.6 cm)
14.2 oz (403g)
Built-in for 450 pages + expansion
Lithium-ion (100 scans per charge, recharges in about 2 hours)
SD card slot; USB flash drive port
Long term use update
I have had the Doxie Go x2 for a year now and I have to say, I like it even more than I did after I first began using it! The software has been updated a few times and is now more stable than a year ago.
The main thing (that is hard to say enough) is that it just makes it far easier to scan many small notes, documents, cards and such. It has been helpful to de-clutter my desk and drawers of miscellaneous notes on scraps of paper, receipts, and even scrapbook items.
Turn it on, scan the thing, dispose of the thing.
You can then organize and file the resulting images once or more often a week.
A program like Evernote is a great companion as well as Dropbox or other cloud sync services.
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