Portable scanners come with extremely limited functionality, but the one attribute they actually score well in is - productivity. They’re not exactly mainstream currently and appeal more to a niche genre, but they definitely do deserve more recognition for the feasibility and ease of scanning most of them provide. Here’s our review on the Portronics Scanny 3 – a fast, portable scanner.
Design and Features
The Portronics Scanny 3 weighs 140 grams with the battery and definitely fits in the 'portable' bracket. It comes in a combination of black and silver and is roughly the size of a large ruler and as thick as two AA batteries put together. The front of the Scanny has an LCD display, with scan and error options next to it that light up depending upon the function. The LCD screen displays the number of files currently scanned with an option to display up to four digits i.e. 9999. The two effects - colour and mono are displayed on the top and the resolution - high or low is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Next to the LCD is the Bluetooth option that lights up or blinks based on connection or transfer of files. The top consists of a MicroSD slot (support up to 32GB) format, time selection and a switch for ON, OFF and Bluetooth. The bottom consists of the rollers to facilitate movement while rolling through pages. The device’s software CD comes bundled with a .JPEG to .DOC converter for quick document conversion.
As far as features are concerned, the Scanny 3 has an image resolution of 300 x 300dpi by default and high-res mode with a dpi of 600 x 600. It scans images and documents and saves them with the option of a single format - .JPEG and it has an approximate scanning width of 8.5 inches. The focus range of the sensor is 0.3mm, which means the documents to be scanned need to be in complete contact with the scanner. The battery supports scanning of roughly 400 A4 sheets at once on a single duty cycle and the device comes with a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery.
The main performance criteria we checked were the clarity of the scans and the speed of the scanner. In a nutshell, both facets of the scanner are extremely efficient. Colour images took exactly 6 seconds to scan on a high dpi (600 x 600) whilst text documents took 5 seconds. Low dpi (300 x 300) settings got photos, as well as text documents scanned in 4 seconds. The results were extremely fast and pretty impressive too. Files saved with a high dpi obviously have a bigger file size, but definitely have much better clarity than the low dpi pictures. That said the low dpi scanned images are perfectly viewable, too. According to the company the scanning speed for A4 sheets in standard resolution with the mono mode is approximately 2 seconds. Every time we tried to achieve that time, the scanner threw up an error. But four seconds is definitely not bad for a portable scanner.