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Going paperless: A Review of the Doxie Go X2 Portable Rechargeable Scanner

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Matt has more than 20 years experience in IT, support, development, training, and digital art.

Going paperless

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.

Boxie in a Box

Boxie in a Box

The un-packed scanner

The un-packed scanner

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

Doxie unboxie

The Doxie Software

Doxie software showing an image being imported

Doxie software showing an image being imported

Send options

Send options

Save options

Save options

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.

Results

Scanned with Doxie Go X2

Scanned with Doxie Go X2

Scanned with Doxie Go X2

Scanned with Doxie Go X2

Scanned with Doxie Go X2

Scanned with Doxie Go X2

The good and the bad

Pros

  • Small
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Conclusion

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.


The verdict

Doxie Go Plus from Amazon

Specs

Sourced from Doxie site.
http://www.getdoxie.com/product/doxie-go/techspecs.html

ItemDetails

Resolution

300 and 600dpi selectable

Document size

3.5"x2" to 8.5x15”

File formats

PDF, JPEG, and PNG

Dimensions

0.5" x 1.7" x 2.2" (26.7 cm x 4.35 cm x 5.6 cm)

Weight

14.2 oz (403g)

Storage

Built-in for 450 pages + expansion

Battery

Lithium-ion (100 scans per charge, recharges in about 2 hours)

External Memory

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.

© 2014 zebtron

Comments

zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on November 30, 2015:

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zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on October 28, 2015:

I really dig the model I have and the flatbed version likely fixes the one draw back with the other models, that they are not ideal for photos.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 27, 2015:

This is a really cool device Matt. Doxie is great for people who need a portable scanner they can take anywhere. I looked at their various models on Amazon and I see that they have a flatbed scanner now that's also portable.

zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on July 24, 2015:

The recipe pages I shared are pretty old and beat up (it was printed in 1984). A flatbed will work better with torn and wrinkled pages though as it doesn't have to feed the document through rollers. I have a flatbed scanner too. I pretty much only use it to scan super small things that you can't feed into the Doxie or photos and artwork as the Canon scanner I have does a better job with images. A flatbed isn't necessary for saving paper letters and receipts as you get them. I still do really like the Doxie and use it every few days!

Timothy Arends from Chicago Region on July 23, 2015:

Nice thorough review. In the sample scans you show, it looks like the Doxie doesn't quite smooth out the various little wrinkles and puckers in the paper the way a flatbed (at least mine) does.

Raine Law Yuen from Cape Town on May 10, 2015:

Thanks for this wonderful review Matthew. I will keep this in mind.

MariaMontgomery from Central Florida, USA on March 30, 2015:

Hi Matthew, I have been wanting a portable scanner for years. Don't know why I haven't bought one. You have provided some great information. Thanks.

Kelly A Burnett from United States on March 13, 2015:

Matthew,

Great hub - wow even used the chart capsule to its fullest! Five stars!

zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on February 24, 2015:

Just updated this Hub with current pricing and new models!

Malik humza from multan, Pakistan on December 31, 2014:

This scanner has really nice features.

zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on November 25, 2014:

Glad to help! 9 month running with at least weekly use and it is still working like a champ!

Writing Nag from Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 24, 2014:

Thanks for this I've been looking for a small portable scanner and I appreciate the review.

zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on June 10, 2014:

I just used this this morning as I do several times a week. It definitely helps keep paper clutter down. Get something new? Scan it and shred or recycle it!

I scan everything to the device and then periodically offload all the images to my desktop. Then I rotate and combine them, then send it to Evernote.

You can set it up to go directly to Evernote, but the resulting images may still need to be rotated and it is easier to do in the Doxie software than in Evernote.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Southern Wisconsin on June 09, 2014:

Matthew,

Oh, I am at war on the paper on my desk - can I ever use this! Was wondering about it. Great information! Thank you! Curious - do you email the EverNote over to your desktop for central filing?

zebtron (author) from San Francisco, CA on February 10, 2014:

Thanks! It is a good scanner, just not ideal for photos. The good news is I don't have piles of paper that accumulate for me to scan!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 08, 2014:

This is a very useful review, Matthew. I like the sound of this scanner, even though it's not perfect. Reducing paper clutter in my home is definitely something that I need to work on!

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