By Ben Bowers
on 3.23.12
Photo by Doxie

You’re thinking, “What the hell is Gear Patrol doing writing about a scanner?” Next thing you know, they’ll be covering external CD burners and zip drives. Normally, we’d share those sentiments with you, but Doxie’s Go portable scanner ($199+) provides a wallop of convenience in a very portable, 10.5″ x 1.7″ x 2.2″, 14oz package. Thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery and ports for SD cards or USB sticks, the Doxie Go can scan 600 pages or 2,400 photos at up to 6000 dpi without ever having to connect to a computer. If you opt to upgrade to the Wifi edition, you can toss the cord away completely and transfer everything to your computer or other cloud services such as Evernote, Google Docs, and Dropbox with one click. Award-winning ABBY OCR technology also recognizes text in documents and can create searchable PDFs for faster sorting and organizing (so make sure you write down that date’s name and her number before you run the napkin through). It ain’t sexy, but it is the best portable solution we’ve seen for staying on the digital edge in a world still clinging to its paper habit.

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