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It doesn't fare well when compared to my Doxie GO personal scanner...

  • May 25, 2013
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Through the Amazon Vine review program, I got the opportunity to try out and review the Canon P-208 imageFORMULA Personal Document Scanner. I bought a Doxie GO scanner a few months back, and I've been incredibly impressed with it. I wondered how the Canon P-208 would rack up against it. The conclusion... not very well.

From a hardware perspective, it's a bit of a push. The Canon does duplex, and that's a benefit. One pass takes care of both sides of a page, and it scans quickly. I really do miss that feature in the Doxie. It can also feed four or five pages at once, and that sounds like a nice feature. However, the feed mechanism somewhat negates that. There are two short arm-like guides that fold out from the feed area to hold the paper. But they're not very long, and it's a bit of a pain to guide the paper under a short notch on the arm. They are adjustable for paper-width, but they are *really* touchy and awkward to move back and forth, and it's almost more trouble than it's worth.

The main thing I miss hardware-wise on this scanner is a built-in battery. You can't run this scanner without having it connected to the computer via USB cable for power (unless you buy an additional piece of hardware). Depending on where your computer is located in relation to your desktop or scanning area, that could be a show-stopper.

Where the Canon really fails is with the scanning software. The Doxie can import your scans, gives you image manipulation options, allows you to staple numerous pages into a single document, and then outputs with various file options (along with OCR). The Canon has both built-in and computer-installed software, but both are pretty lackluster. From what I experienced, every scanning session equals one document, and there's virtually no option to adjust images if the scan wasn't perfect. I might be OK with it if I had nothing else to compare it to. Unfortunately, I've experienced FAR better with the Doxie GO, and there's no way I'd want to use the Canon over the Doxie.

It's a shame that the Canon P-208 doesn't do a better job in the post-scanning process, as it might make it a viable option as a secondary scanner for different computer in the house. But the software was almost painful compared to how I've been spoiled with the Doxie, so I don't think the Canon will be getting much use.

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The Canon imageFORMULA P-208 Scan-tini personal document scanner’s ultra-compact size and robust features help make it ideal for mobile use at home, the office, and anywhere in between. It can be moved from location to location as easily as it moves paper-based information to Windows and Mac devices, and beyond.

A Wide Variety of Uses

The P-208 scanner is ideal for stationary users and “road warriors.” It provides general purpose scanning of various items, including receipts, business cards, photographs, bills, contracts, reports, letters, plastic ID cards or driver licenses, and more. Whether used at home or in the office, the device can help improve personal efficiency, organization, and productivity. Users can benefit from its ultra-compact size and flexibility, scanning items with ease and helping reduce paper in the process.

Portable and Compact
  • 1.54” (H) x 12.3” (W) x 2.19”(D)—fits easily into a briefcase or bag
  • 1.3 lb.—Portable and mobile
  • Powered via a single USB cable connection—helps reduce cable clutter
Easy to Use
  • “Plug-and-Scan” capability—immediate scanning without installing drivers or imaging applications
  • CaptureOnTouch software to configure one touch scanning
  • Windows ISIS / TWAIN drivers, Mac TWAIN driver
Environment in Mind
  • Meets ENERGY STAR guidelines
  • EU RoHS Compliant
  • EU WEEE Compliant
  • When combined with optional WU10 Wireless Adapter and Battery Pack, the ...
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