Choosing the Best Portable Document Scanner

By Kara Rayburn, Global Manager, Portfolio Marketing & Web

Find the best portable document scanner to meet the needs of your business or home office.

Choosing the right document scanner can streamline your company’s process, eliminate unnecessary tasks, and cement trust and dependability between you and your client. The right scanner can also change the way you work from home, organizing your personal office, preserving memories, and giving your physical work an online platform.

Although your smartphone might seem like a quick and easy way of scanning documents straight to your email or company Dropbox, phones don’t provide the image quality and clear text recognition that you find with professional-grade document scanners. As far as light-weight tools that provide quick and easy ways to scan while keeping quality high, portable document scanners are the way to go.

Portable Scanners for Your Business

Consider your needs. Does your business rely on speedy document processing, easy-to-use tech, and customer-facing transactions? Are you looking for a scanner that doesn’t sacrifice quality for the price, and delivers not only high-quality scanned documents, but can scan photographs at a high optical resolution? A portable document scanner is going to be your best choice. Additionally, portable document scanners are ideal for projects taking place on-site at client facilities, since sensitive and confidential documents won’t need to be passed around to scan.

Portable Scanners for Your Home

Whether you are digitizing stacks of paper in your home office, preserving loose photographs and other physical memories, or scanning your art in order to build your online portfolio, finding the perfect scanner is also an essential step in organizing your personal life and making your work easier and more enjoyable.

What Are You Scanning?

Finding the right scanner also depends on what you anticipate to be scanning. From photographs to legal documents, different scanners have features that work best for different products.

Scanning Photographs and Artwork

If you’re planning on using your scanner to digitize photographs or artwork, you’ll want to look for a scanner that has a high DPI optical resolution, high-quality color reproduction, and a large flatbed that won’t bend or damage your photographs.

Scanning Paper Documents and Files

If your scanner needs revolve around sending documents and files, a document scanner with the ability to connect to the cloud, create PDFs and emails, and scan multiple pages in a short amount of time will be what you want to look for.

The right portable document scanner should be quick and efficient, compact and easy to transport, and able to get quality jobs done whenever, and wherever. Here are the four best portable document scanners from Kodak Alaris that fit the bill.


This compact scanner takes up minimal desk space and is ready to grab and go to visit clients at a mere 2.9 pounds. The Kodak ScanMate i940 is USB- as well as AC-powered and has the ability to email documents, download scanned files to the cloud, and create PDFs. This portable scanner can process up to 1,000 pages a day at 600 DPI optical resolution, making it the best personal scanner for on-the-go scanning without sacrificing quality.

E1025 Scanner

The main focus of the Kodak E1025 scanner is to reduce the number of paper documents cluttering up your workspace. If you work in an environment with client files, forms, and paperwork, this scanner’s imaging software is ideal for scanning and digitizing those documents. This scanner is easy to set up and get going with one-button Kodak Alaris Smart Touch technology and reliable, no-jam paper paths. The E1025 scanner can process up to 3,000 pages a day at 600 DPI optical resolution and weighs an easy-to-handle 7.2 pounds, making it one of the best home document scanners.

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E1035 Scanner

Like the Kodak E1025 Scanner, the Kodak E1035 Scanner weighs 7.2 pounds and is perfect for reducing paperwork and digitizing client files at home or on-site. In addition to simple setup and scanning with Kodak Alaris Smart Touch technology, the E1035 scanner performs at a slightly faster speed than the E1025, printing up to 70 pages per minute and processing up to 4,000 pages a day at 600 DPI.


The Kodak ScanMate i1150 Scanner is the best portable scanner for anyone who’s looking for an easy-to-use scanner with an intuitive interface and quick, quiet scanning capabilities. This scanner comes with built-in organization for holding business cards, IDs, and passports; has Kodak Alaris Smart Touch technology; and processes the first 10 documents in a stack 33% faster than its normal speed. This scanner’s small size (7 pounds), portability, and ability to scan up to 3,000 sheets per day at 600 DPI optical resolution make it the best personal document scanner for all your client-facing projects.

Find out more about which document scanner best fulfills your needs, whether you’re a client-facing business or simply want to organize your home office. Kodak Alaris makes a variety of award-winning document scanners and image processing software, so you’ll never have to second guess on quality.

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SCANMATE i1150 Scanner

  • Up to 30 ppm color/ bw or 40 ppm first 10 pages
  • Customizable control panel with scan profiles and color icons
Alaris E-1035 Scanner

E1035 Scanner

  • Up to 35 ppm color/b&w
  • Power on and start scanning in less than 10 seconds
  • Scan more documents at once with largest feeder capacity in its class
  • One-button simplicity via Smart Touch technology
Alaris E-1025 Desktop Scanner

E1025 Scanner

  • Up to 25 ppm color/b&w
  • Scan with ease, thanks to intuitive controls and simplified set-up
  • Fits nicely anywhere with approachable, compact design
  • One-button simplicity via Smart Touch technology
i940 Scanner

SCANMATE i940 Scanner

20ppm | 20 Sheet ADF
  • Compact, on-the-go scanner
  • USB Powered
  • Robust media handling
  • 9 Quick Scan Jobs


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