Visioneer's RoadWarrior X3 Mobile Document Scanner

Fast, accurate scans and optical character recognition, OCR

Visioneer RoadWarrior 3X mobile document scanner
Visioneer RoadWarrior 3X mobile document scanner. Photo courtesy of Visioneer

Pros:

  • Excellent bundled optical character recognition, or OCR, software
  • Excellent bundled document management software
  • Powered over USB; no battery required
  • Two-sided, auto-duplex scanning
  • Very small and light
  • Low purchase price

Cons:

  • A bit slow
  • Image scanning so-so
  • Mac software bundle not as robust

Bottom Line: For a device that weighs about the same as a 12-ounce bottle of water, this little mobile scanner and its software bundle stands ready to scan your documents, convert them to editable and/or searchable text, and save them in searchable formats or databases—all for well under $100.

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Introduction

About.com has looked at several mobile scanners, including Visioneer’s own RoadWarrior 4D Duplex Mobile Color Scanner, as well as Epson’s WorkForce DS-40 Color Portable Scanner and a few others. If you truly need such a device and with it the ability to scan documents ranging in several shapes and sizes, for the price you get a somewhat remarkable miniature device capable of tremendous accuracy. And that’s certainly the case with today’s review model, Visioneer’s ($69.99 MSRP) RoadWarrior X3, a highly capable, inexpensive mobile document scanner.

Design and Features

For the most part, these compact mobile scanners work identically, with a small auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) for feeding two-sided originals to the scanner mechanism without your having to turn them over to scan the other side manually.

At 11.4 inches across, by 2.2 inches from front to back, by 1.5 inches tall, and weighing about eight-tenths of a pound, for all that it does, this is one small device.

Like the RoadWarrior 4D we reviewed recently, the RoadWarrior 3X comes with Visioneer’s OneTouch feature that allows you to save profiles, such as, say, scanning to an email or cloud site. With OneTouch, you simply select the desired profile and press the OneTouch button.

The scanner and accompanying software then executes the appropriate profile.

Aside from basic scanning, though, this scanner comes with a huge compliment of OCR and document management software, starting with these titles directly from Visioneer:

  • Visioneer Acuity with Driver Plus, according to Visioneer, “…enables your scanner to instantly improve the visual clarity of scans. Using advanced algorithms, Acuity will intelligently correct documents containing imperfections, improve quality of scanned images for archiving, increase OCR accuracy, and save time.”
  • Visioneer OneTouch: Mentioned earlier, OneTouch simply allows you to create one-touch profiles, such as scanning to an email, a network drive, or your printer, with the touch of only one button.
  • Visioneer Scan Utility: An interface, for setting up and executing scans.

Also included are several powerful packages from Nuance, including:

  • Nuance Power PDF: A utility for creating Portable Document Format (PDF) from your scanned documents.
  • Nuance PaperPort: A powerful document management suite for handling your scanned and converted documents.
  • Nuance OmniPage Ultimate: OmniPage is one of the oldest optical character recognition programs, and has always had a reputation for accuracy.

Also included are ABBYY Business Card Reader 2.0 and Mac TWAIN.

Business Card Reader does just that, scans business cards and extracts the data for inclusion in to Salesforce or Microsoft Outlook. Mac TWAIN not only allows your Mac and TWAIN- (technology without an interesting name) compatible applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, to interact with the scanner.

The End

I’ve looked at mobile scanners from several vendors, not just those mentioned above, including Canon’s imageFORMULA P-208II Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that they all scanned consistently, without any jamming or misfeeds, even when I loaded them up with different-size originals.

If memory serves me, though, this is the first one that sells for only $70 and comes with such a wide array of productivity programs. You couldn’t buy most of them separately for anywhere close to that amount. But what impressed me most was the accuracy. Scan speeds were, well, slow, but not so bad for so little money. Overall, this is one great little scanner, and it’s cheap enough to make it a terrific value—a great way for a novice to break into document scanning, on the road or otherwise.

Buy the Visioneer RoadWarrior X3 mobile scanner at Amazon