The Air Copy from ION is a portable, wireless scanner that can be used to scan directly to your computer smartphone or tablet. It has a built-in rechargeable battery and charges via a USB cable. The scanner will scan photos and documents up to legal size (8.5 x 14″). It works with a free app and is compatible with iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 5.0 or later; Kindle Fire; Android 2.3.3 and above; Mac OS 10.7 and above; Windows 8 Phones and Windows 7 and 8 PCs. I tested it with MacBook Pro, iPhone 5, iPad and iPad Mini.
It is really easy to set up. Charge up the scanner and download the app, switch it on, connect to the device and you are ready to scan. The scanner creates its own Wifi network so you need to connect to that in your devices settings (it requires a password that is in the instruction manual). Once the device and scanner are on the same network, open the app, place the document in the feed slot and press scan on your device. The document will scan and a preview appears on your device screen if you are happy with the image you can save it. When using the scanner with an iPad or iPhone the scan is saved as a Jpeg in your device’s photo album, when using the computer you can choose to save as a JPEG or as a PDF.
The scanner comes with a photo sleeve to use with small of fragile photographs, this also works well for receipts and other small documents. There are two scanning resolution options- 300 dpi (standard) or 600 dpi (fine), this can be adjusted in the app settings. Documents do need to be scanned one by one, so it is not as fast as a scanner with auto-feed but I was still able to scan 24 photos in under 5 minutes. With photos even at the highest quality I did find the scan quality so-so – I definitely lost definition, so it was fine for viewing photos digitally but not ideal for printing later; however for documents the quality was fine.
The scanner is really lightweight and portable – it measures approximately 10.5″ x 2.75″ x 2″ and weighs approximately 1lb 5oz – which means it is very easy to take with you when traveling. I can easily imagine taking this with me the next time I go to a conference so I can keep track of my expenses without having to worry about lost receipts. It is also an easy way to scan and share photographs and papers at home. I find it useful if I need access to important documents e.g. medical reports to scan them, and take them along on my iPad or store them in my Bitcasa or Dropbox account, instead of photocopying and carrying the paper copies.
Overall, a very easy to use lightweight, portable scanner. I love the fact that it is wireless and that I can scan to my computer, iPhone or iPad. The scan quality is up to 600 dpi and I have found it useful for scanning letters, forms, receipts, and documents. A great solution for scanning documents at home and when traveling.
The Air Copy has an RRP of $199.99 it is available online from ION as well as from many retailers including Costco.com and Amazon.
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