October 19, 2014

TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001) Review!

TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001) Review!

The “Best Portable Scanner of October 2014”

Being an entrepreneur is hard work and does involve a lot of paperwork – especially when it comes to doing taxes and such. You could do your best and keep them organized manually; or simply use the Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001) from TaoTronics.

What’s in the box?

  • TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001)
  • Mini USB Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • User Manual
  • Getting Started Disc
  • Micro Cloth

TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001)

Where does the TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001) exceed?

There’s a ton of features to talk about, but I want to start with the product itself. On the very top (Left to Start), there’s a JPG/PDF/DPI button that gives you the option to switch between scanning documents and images in either JPG (Recommended for Photos) and PDF (Recommended for Paper Documents). There’s also a DPI button to change the settings between HI/MI/LO. I included a quick snippet of all these keywords to make everything a bit easier to understand.

  • JPG: a type of photo format
  • PDF: a digital document type of format
  • DPI: a resolution of pixels within a photo or document

Continuing on there’s two LED indicators that are labeled: SCAN and ERR. – those are self-explanatory. Next, there’s the Power switch and the Scan button to initiate the scanning of your photo/document. Also, there’s a hidden compartment within the silver-color coded plastic for two AA batteries that allow you to use this scanner wireless rather than having it connected to your computer.

Which brings us to the front section of the scanner that houses some of the important inputs: Time Set Pinhole, Mini USB Port, Micro SD Card Slot, Format Pinhole. Basically, you can power the scanner by connecting it to your computer via the included Mini USB Cable.

Otherwise, insert two AA batteries into the hidden compartment and pop in a Micro SD Card and start scanning away. This is great in many ways! Personally, I love the feature in which I could connect it to my computer and scan the documents while viewing them on my monitor. Perfect for those who have a hard time viewing small print, images, and so on.

The only drawback is the fact that you will have to connect it with a physical cable; nothing fancy like Bluetooth or anything. If you’re on the go then format a Micro SD Card once you insert one and scan away! If you’re interested in purchasing one or already purchased one then here’s a quick tip to get started without reading the manual!

Wired Connection:

  1. Connect the scanner to your computer via the included Mini USB cable.
  2. Hold down the Power/Scan button on the top to turn the scanner on.
  3. Insert a new/used Micro SD Card into the slot on the side.
  4. Use a tack or a pin to press the FORMAT button.
  5. Select JPG or PDF, hold down the SCAN button, and scan from up to down.

Wireless:

  1. Insert two AA batteries into the hidden compartment.
  2. Hold down the Power/Scan button on the top to turn the scanner on.
  3. Insert a new/used Micro SD Card into the slot on the side.
  4. Use a tack or a pin to press the FORMAT button.
  5. Select JPG or PDF, hold down the SCAN button, and scan from up to down.

Where does the TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001) lack?

I’m young, about 18 years at the time of this review, and have no problem reading the digital screen. Honestly, it’s a bit hard to read unless you’re in good lighting. That’s a flaw that I did notice right away, so I recommend TaoTronics to replace the digital screen with a LED backlit screen (Non-Touchscreen, of course).

TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001)

How does the TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001) fit in my life?

Personally, I use this on a weekly basis to scan my receipts from that week along with any new paperwork that I believe needs to be saved for later.

Why should you purchase this for yourself?

TaoTronics have produced an excellent portable scanner. This is a great way to keep your documents safe from Earth’s elements or any accidents. Plus, you won’t have to bring those 50 pages with you when you can simply bring the Micro SD Card that slips into a carry case and weighs nearly nothing! Boom! Mind-Blown.

TaoTronics Cordless Handheld Scanner (TT-DS001)

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