Published on August 20th, 2015 | by Greg0
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.