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Published on August 20th, 2015 | by Greg

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Visioneer’s RoadWarrior 4D Scanner: The Name Says It All

On the road again? Business doesn’t wait, and can often make for rushed trips to a hotel business center- if it’s open and available. If you’re the type who deals with quite a bit of travel, then you know the issues that come from documents. Reams of paper need organizing, and it’s all too easy to mix up or misplace a folder, not to mention all the loose receipts. That’s why we typically carry a scanner with us, the more portable, the better.

The new Visioneer Roadwarrior 4D is the latest in the company’s line of mobile scanners, designed for portable use and impressively small. We checked out their previous edition, which was actually the third version- hence the 4D in this name (note that this peripheral will not actually make a 4-D scan, or even a 3-D one). The look and feel is more minimal, and as you might hope, there are a variety of upgrades, mostly under the hood. The most important: it’s fully-duplex, which means that it’s capable of dual-sided scanning simultaneously, handy for many types of documents from contracts to to bank statements.

As before, no AC power is required, so you can simply plug in to a USB port and you’re ready to scan. Also like the predecessor, it’s super-simple to scan directly into searchable PDF and it will even combine multiple pages into a single document automatically thanks to continuous feed. As you might expect, it’s a little slower than a desktop scanner, but quick enough at eight seconds or so per page. The included application suite is top-notch, with bundled Nuance OmniPage, Nuance Power PDF, Visioneer OneTouch, Visioneer Acuity. Plus, for those who care (and some systems are very specific), it supports TWAIN, ICA and WIA drivers for Mac OSX or Windows PCs. You can scan in 24-bit color, 8-bit grayscale, or black & white, with a maximum resolution of 600 dpi. That’s not enough for photographers to archive their work, but it’s ideal if you just need to handle some accounting or business cards.

Text was sharp and clear, and OCR- optical character recognition which allows for editable text- has just been getting better. There are auto-crop, auto-straighten and auto-rotate features, plus the ability to email documents to you at the push of a button or file to the cloud (most major services supported). There aren’t any batteries in the RoadWarrior 4D, so it does require a cable and a computer nearby- but as long as that’s not an issue, it’s a solid buy. Well-priced at $145 or so online and in stores, the RoadWarrior 4D is available now.

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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 Apple’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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