5 Good Receipt Scanners to Consider in 2015
The 5 Best Portable Receipt Scanners for 2015
Having been a financial analyst and accountant for many years I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have to try to organize receipts. That being said if the IRS ever comes and does an audit of your tax returns, then you'll be glad you had everything organized.
In order to cut down the time it takes to organize your receipts, I highly recommend that you purchase a receipt scanner. The hours you save are worth far more than the price you pay for one. Below I'll review a few receipt scanners that I've used over the last couple of years and give you my recommendation of each.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100
For the sake of convenience during transport, this little scanner is lightweight and easy to travel with at only 12.3 ounces. When you are on the go, all you need is your laptop and a USB cable to scan anything, anytime. This is not just for receipts but any kind of document that ranges from thick postcards, standard documents and even plastic ID cards. I've loved using the for various projects and jobs. One thing that it is good for is scanning all your wallet information so you know exactly what was in it, and how to report to all necessary agencies, if it ever gets lost or stolen. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100
For as small as it is, it is pretty quick to scan at about 7.5 seconds for regular size pages and will do about 8 pages per minute in 300 dpi resolution. Buyers should be aware that this scanner will not do duplex scanning; you have to physically turn your pages over for that. If all you are scanning is receipts though, this will not be an issue for you. Honestly, I would recommend this product only to people with small and simple scanning jobs; it will not hold up under anything else.
2015's most recent model.
NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner
As another small scanner, the NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner is also portable and it will export information into PDF, Excel, Quicken and many other programs. You can literally use it to store anything you might need.
This scanner will scan receipts, business cards and documents. There are mixed reviews on this product but I found it to work pretty well and I had no issues with software or the scanner breaking. I really liked being able to keep track of my home based business expenses with this device.
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For people scanning receipts, this is a great machine since you can save digital copies and records of vendors, dates, you can create expense reports and manage all business and personal needs. It did sometime fill in the fields with the wrong amounts, so it is good to double check your totals when working with documents after scanning items. I did notice that this scanner was a little slower than others, but that is probably due to the way the software works. It took about 10 seconds to scan one long receipt.
Brother DS Mobile Scanner
Yet another portable scanner, the Brother DS Mobile Scanner very convenient and comes with a carrying pouch for added protection for your machine. It weighs only 12.2 ounces and will fit nicely on small spaces. This is great for receipts, business cards and documents up to 8.5 x 14 inches. It will let you save as Adobe, TIFF or JPEG. I like that it will scan in color as well as black and white. This one is actually very fast since it scans 5 pages per minute and scans with 600 dpi. I like that it came with a USB cable.
Something really simple, but that kind of bothered me, was the fact that there is no indicator light to let you know that the scanner is actually on and working. I did notice that sometimes it had a hard time detecting receipts and it was very frustrating that there is no guide given with the purchase of this scanner; it was hard to get documents straight into it at times. It is a very easy scanner to use and it works fairly well considering it is one of the more inexpensive scanners we are reviewing today.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is a bit larger than the other I reviewed, and weighs around 3 pounds, but it is still a very popular scanner. It will do 4-12 pages per minute depending on the quality selected. It scans with 600 dpi, and I absolutely love that will scan both sides of a document. The purchase of this machine does include an AC adapter but it is also compatible with USB ports. The software was pretty user friendly and I found no issues with it. As with many scanners, you do need to sit in front of it while scanning receipts to make sure they go in straight and can feed each one in, one at a time.
It recognizes the size of each document and then will adjust accordingly. I really like not having to adjust the orientation or color when doing my scanning. You will have to learn what settings to put it on when the auto settings don't work however. I noticed that sometimes it will detect color when there is none, or if there is a little, and then it will lighten up the rest of the document. So, I would recommend this to someone doing only simple scan jobs.
I must say that the Doxie Scanner is probably the easiest to use that I've found. It is powered by USB, is very portable and comes with a case for protection. You simply need to plug it in, launch the app, place your document into it and press the button. I liked being able to send this information to my iPhone; this was nice when I needed to scan something and send it to my husband while he was out. I don't mind it so much because I am female, but the device logo has hearts on it; some people do not like this at all however.
Consider yourself warned. As with other scanners of its size, this one also had a hard time pulling documents in straight, especially receipts. This is a drawback for some people who need to scan copious amounts at one time, but I have quick and simple scanning needs so it hasn't been an issue for me. The best features of this device are that it is so light and portable, and that it is easy to set up. This would make a great companion for someone who wants to take it to work to avoid competing for the company scanner.