When I first heard of Apparent’s Doxie Go, it struck me as a brilliantly useful device—a small, portable scanner to help reduce paper clutter by making scanning as easily as possible, without a computer.
The actual product comes close to that. Scanning is very easy, but getting really good results requires practice, skill, and luck. Even so, most scans turn out acceptably well, but I still found myself tweaking them, which adds friction to the process and makes the device a little less useful overall.
Apparent also makes quite a bit of the scanner’s optional WiFi connectivity (through an Eye-Fi SD card and iOS compatibility (through the Eye-Fi client or Apple’s digital camera connection kit). But I think both would be more useful if they didn’t depend on third-party products.
Despite this, the Doxie is the most useful scanner I’ve ever used—but its $200 price tag and minor flaws keep it from being a “must buy”1.