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Published on February 27th, 2013 | by Greg

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Doxie One: Go Paperless This Tax Season

We deal with loads of paper, despite our best efforts to avoid it. Receipts and bills weigh us down, and business cards and documents requiring signatures then need to be emailed back. We have found lots of good solutions for printing- Epson’s wide lineup covers everything from multi-purpose business professional to photo-lover- but the all-in-one devices have their limitations. You might ask why you would need a separate scanner, and the answers are simple: portability and ease of use. You can’t readily take your entire printer with you on the road, and most models usually require a computer for scanning as well, which can be quite a hassle.

Enter the Apparent Doxie One. It’s a cute, fairly simple and straightforward device, with a mission in mind- making it easier for you to go paperless. No computer is necessary, and you can even use an Eye-fi SD card instead of the included 2GB one if you’d like to transfer data wirelessly. Battery-powered, we threw in the three AAA cells required, and set about feeding through our stack of documents. As always, we try a bit of everything- crumpled paper and crinkled receipts with some coffee stains, thick and even translucent business cards, and plenty of other random items we’ve collected into a test bunch.

The Doxie One handled most of them well. It’s not quite as good as the Fujitsu’s ScanSnap series (review of their latest model coming soon), as there is only single-sided scanning and we found it to be less good about orientation and the software less capable of accents, foreign characters, and unusual fonts. But it makes up for that with the portability and lower cost- even versus the NeatReceipts scanner, it offers some definite advantages for those on the road (or who don’t want to be tied down to a desk). Wires can be frustrating when you’re trying to scan, even in the office. Though the DPI is lower than many competitors (300 dpi versus, say, 600 dpi for the NeatReceipts), we didn’t notice it impact the end results much. Photographer, we might suggest looking elsewhere, but we primarily were testing this scanner for use with documents.

And it’s fairly fast- 10 seconds or so for sheet, much quicker than most other portable models. iPad users can rejoice- you can scan to the SD card and then connect it to your tablet using the camera connection kit (SD card reader). Quickly send items to Evernote or Dropbox, which means that your documents can stay in the cloud instead of cluttering up your closet, desk, or filing cabinets. We love the array of colors available (as skins, separately), but should note that the instructions specify that only NiMH batteries should be used, not the alkaline ones you probably have lying around. None are included either, and for the price, we would’ve liked to see a rechargeable battery (and a carrying case perhaps).

The Doxie One is available now for around $145, and perfect for anyone in need of a portable, battery-powered scanner for documents.

 

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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