Great Things Come In Small PackagesComing in at 2" x 1.5" x 11.4" with a weight of 10.6 ounces -- noted as weighing less than a can of diet soda -- the Xerox Travel Scanner 100 might just be a winner for those business travelers. Those interested in the technical details will also appreciate the 600 dpi resolution with 24-bit color. Also, no need for a power outlet, as the scanner gets its juice from a standard USB port on a laptop. There is also some nifty technology that will allow users to automatically start scanning documents, as soon as they are inserted. Overall, it sounds impressive.
A small, powerful Xerox scanner
On the software side of things, scanned documents can be converted into Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files that can be utilized in a myriad of ways. The documents' text is also searchable. Options like these can be set automatically, so that the user can save time while being efficient. The scanner also comes with several other software packages like Nuance PaperPort for document management, Nuance OmniPage Pro for OCR analysis and NewSoft Presto! BizCard for automatically reading and storing business card and contact information. Finally, the Xerox Travel Scanner software allows items like receipts to be tied with expense report forms. The process can be automated, so that all a user needs to do is insert the receipt into the scanner, and the rest is history. That could be particularly useful for when it is time to file taxes. Xerox guarantees that perfect scans will result "even from imperfect originals." John Capurso, VP of marketing for Visioneer, Xerox's authorized licensee, believes that business travelers want the "best, easy-to-use products and full function solutions" wherever they are. He believes that the Xerox Travel Scanner rectifies this problem once and for all: "The combination of size, mobility and software makes the Xerox Travel Scanner the perfect companion for traveling and mobile professionals." All that sounds nice, but what does it cost? Well, the Xerox Travel Scanner 100 is immediately available for US$ 199.00 through many distribution outlets and resellers. Business travelers might find the Xerox Travel Scanner useful for document management and handling receipts. It clearly does operate like a normal scanner -- it is only a question of whether or not someone needs a scanner by his side at all times.