As most of you know that read this site, there is a huge movement toward cloud based computing. With the rise of applications like Evernote and Dropbox, people are starting to put more and more of their documents and media in the cloud. With this rise, comes devices like the Doxie Go scanner that make the transition to the cloud that much easier for people.
For those of you that don’t know, Doxie has been around since 2009.They came out with their first scanner that year and I decided I had to try it out and I liked it, but it still had some quirks. Then fast forward a few years to this January and Doxie introduced the Doxie Go + WIFI. Paul and the team over at Doxie were kind enough to give me a review unit to test out and let me tell you, I have been loving this thing.
What Is the Doxie Go + WIFI?
The easiest way for me to explain this device is to break up the Go and the WIFI part of this scanner. First of all, this is Doxie’s first foray into the wireless scanner world. The scanner itself is about as long as a ruler and maybe a little wider than one. It is about two inches think and maybe weighs about a pound. It is a wireless scanner so you don’t have to have it connected to a computer in order for it to scan your documents or pictures. That is where the “Go” part of it comes into play. You can take this thing anywhere and you don’t have to worry about having a computer with you, you can just scan something and then have it download to your computer later.
But, it gets even better because there is the “WIFI” aspect of this scanner as well. A 4GB Eye-Fi wireless card comes with this scanner and gives you the ability to scan a document and have it wirelessly upload to your computer. So, in essence, you truly do not need any wires to get a scanned item from the Doxie to your computer. That in and of itself makes this scanner worth getting.
Straight To The Cloud
What makes the Doxie Go + WIFI so appealing for us web users is that you can virtually scan your document and have it uploaded to the web in mere seconds. We already talked about how the Doxie can get your scans from the scanner to your computer, but since Doxie is connected with some of the major cloud services, you can also get your documents sent straight from your Doxie to the cloud.
You can send your items to Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, CloudApp, and Twitter to name a few. This makes the Doxie that much more versatile and much more appealing to those of us that tend to rely on the web and the cloud. And since this is all done over WIFI there are no wires to worry about which, take it from someone that used to use the 1st generation Doxie scanner, this makes a big difference in wanting to use the scanner.
If you couldn’t already tell, I really like this device. No, I am not biased by any means, but from someone who has been using and paying for Doxie products from the beginning, I can honestly say this device is their best one yet. The scans are a lot faster than what they used to be. According to Doxie’s website, they say a page takes about 8 seconds and a 4×6 picture takes about 5 seconds. In my tests those were pretty accurate and in fact it was a little faster. I also found that the paper would move through the scanner with ease for the most part. I found that the battery lasted for a decently long time in my tests and according to Doxie they say it should last about 100 scans before it needs to be charged again.
Utilizing the web services was also very easy to do. All I had to do was connect them to the Doxie app on my computer, then it was a breeze to get my scans over to Evernote or any other cloud service that I was using. The only thing I wish could be added to this is the ability to choose a specific folder in the cloud service to where you want your scanned document to go to. For example, I had scanned a bunch of receipts and wanted to send them over to my Receipt folder in Evernote, but I couldn’t do that. I just could send it over to Evernote to the folder that I designated as my default folder. I am not sure if this is something that Doxie has control over or not, but it would be nice to see a more tighter integration with the services.
The one hang up that I had with the device was the set up. Not only are you setting up the Doxie, but you also have to set up the Eye-Fi as well. If you are anything like me you are not one to always read directions and just dive right in. So, it took me a bit longer to get this thing set up and going. Lesson learned here was to take the time to read the directions and be patient in setting up this device.
The Doxie Go + WIFI comes with a handful of other things with it. You get a USB sync/charging cable, a photo scanning sleeve, a cleaning tool and a carrying case. It retails for $239, which to be perfectly honest, is somewhat expensive. But when you compare it to other scanners, for what it offers, the price is actually a good deal. There are other scanners out there that retail for much higher and don’t have the wireless capability that the Doxie has. The other nice thing about this scanner is that because it uses an Eye-Fi card, you can wirelessly send your scans to your iPad or iPhone using the Eye-Fi app.
If you are in the market for a top of the line scanner and you want the convenience of wireless scanning than this is a great one to get. I can see how people would be turned off by the price, but at the same time you get what you pay for. If you don’t need the wireless scanning you can still get the same Doxie but without the WIFI card and it is $40 less. You will just have to plug in your Doxie to get your scans from the Doxie to your computer.
Overall, the scanner works great and it does exactly what it is advertised to do. I would love to see tighter integration with the cloud services, but that isn’t a deal killer for me. Go and check out this scanner and the full lineup of scanners from Doxie at their website and find one that suits you the best.
(Product photos were taken courtesy of Devon Michelle Photography)