The Visioneer RoadWarrior 3 mobile scanner was a delight to review. It worked as advertised and exceeded my expectations. A compact little unit, the RoadWarrior weighed in at only 380g (13.4 oz) with dimensions of 290*54*38 mm (11.4″*2.2″*1.5″) (W * D * H) making it a truly mobile device. This one can fit easily in your laptop carrying case alongside your other peripherals. In fact no external AC power is required as the unit is USB powered which means no bulky power bricks to lug around.
The RoadWarrior ships with a bunch of software including:
- PDF Converter: which allows you to create, convert, edit, assemble and securely share PDF files.
- PaperPort: a fast way to organizae, receipts, expense reports, documents and photos.
- OmniPage: OCR analysis software which means the ability to create searchable PDF files.
- OneTouch: automates some processes into a touch of a button to scan your documents to a destination or to a cloud provider such as Evernote.
- Acuity: helps to improve visual clarity of the scanned document with functions like auto-straighten and auto-rotate.
What I liked about the RoadWarrior
Besides the compact size and weight I really liked the fact that the program automatically prompted me to create an OCR version of the scan. This is super important for me especially as I store a lot of my documents in management systems such as OpenText DM.
I also liked the fact that as soon as the unit grabbed a sheet of paper it just started scanning. It was actually super easy and quick to get scans underway.
What I didn’t like about the RoadWarrior
Personally I thought there was almost too much functionality thrown at me off the bat with all these buttons. I think this is just one of those things you get over with time but it did feel a little overwhelming at first considering my old scanner basically has one button and a couple of fields to fill in.
Also I found the install process a little cumbersome but that could have been because I was using a 7 year old Windows XP computer (actually I can almost guarantee that was the problem). I really need a new Windows computer! Actually my Macs are about the same age so sometime in my future I’m going to be shelling out a small fortune!
Overall the Visioneer RoadWarrior 3 was pleasant to use and review. I think the pros definitely outweighed the cons and I would have no hesitation recommending this unit to anyone looking for a mobile scanner. If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this little gadget do please leave a comment below! Thanks, Jay