LAS VEGAS--Years late to the game, Epson enters the portable document-scanning market with the WorkForce DS-30, a mobile workstation that lets users hit one button to scan originals directly to Web-based cloud services like Google Docs, Evernote, and SharePoint.
As more professionals take their desks on the road, mobile workstations are increasingly in need of portable scanners like the DS-30 that draw power from a laptop's USB port, meaning users don't need to lug around another bulky power cord.
In terms of design, the DS-30 isn't winning any beauty contests and certainly doesn't sound as adorable as the similarly featured Doxie Go, but it weighs just 11.5 ounces and looks easy enough to slip in a bag or briefcase.
It also comes bundled with Epson's Document Capture Pro software that opens up multiple destination options to save your documents, including one-touch uploads to the cloud using Web apps like Google Docs, Evernote, and SharePoint.
It'll also scan smaller media such as business cards and placards with work-related features like autocorrection, punch hole removal, and text enhancement, but it can't compete with the Doxie's social features--the comprehensive (and cheaper) Doxie Go automatically generates a URL of your document for easy sharing through social networks, and the picture sensor does the work for you by dropping it into your Flickr and Picnik accounts.
Regardless, the Epson WorkForce DS-30 portable scanner benefits from Epson's experience in the field, and I wouldn't hesitate to make use of the 600dpi sensor for scanning receipts, business cards, meeting notes, and other professional documents.
The Epson WorkForce DS-30 will be available in March for $179.