When it comes to scanning documents onto a computer, nothing beats a good old-fashioned flatbed scanner. The majority of printers on the market come with scanning and copying functionality, making it easy to scan documents whenever necessary.

But what happens if you need a scanner on the go? There are currently a few apps on the market that turn your smart phone into a scanner, but these don’t let you edit your scanned documents once you capture them. The new IRIScan Book 2 is a portable scanning device that is easy to take with you wherever you go and comes with enough specs and options that make it a handy device for both students and executives alike.

Right out of the box the IRIScan Book 2 comes ready to use. The sleek little device is only 10” long, 1-8” wide, and weighs about 2 lbs, making it easy to carry. It uses two AA batteries and saves your documents on a micro-SD card (both included). Additionally, the device also comes with a USB cable, giving you second option when uploading your files onto a computer.

Files can be scanned with 600 or 300 dpi resolution in color or black-and-white. The scanner also comes with a cleaning cloth, carrying pouch, and Readiris Pro 12, OCR software that lets users scan convert  PDF and image files into editable text.

Using the scanner itself is just a matter of sliding it down a page of what you want to scan. Holding down the power button for a few seconds powers it up, and pressing it again, starts the scanner. Images are then saved directly on the micro-SD card, and an LCD screen displays how many more pages it can hold. There’s definitely a sweet spot when it comes to how fast you need to slide your scanner, but most scans, regardless of how fast or slow you go, tended to come out readable and without any issues for us. As with large flatbed scanners, the flatter the document you’re scanning is, the better it will scan. Also, because scans reflect the size of the device’s scanning surface, you can only scan documents of a max width of 8.5”.

The included Readiris Pro 12 software is an optional component to this device, but it’s quite handy when both are used together. For example, the device lets you share hand-written class notes by simply scanning them with the device and emailing the PDFs to friends, and the software lets you scan pages from library books and convert them to editable text for use in papers and outlines, saving you time and the burden of checking out books when all you really need are a few pages. This is why we think the IRIScan Book Pro 2 is a great device for students and academic professionals.

Easily snug in anyone’s bag or carrying case, the IRIScan Book 2 is a nifty device that provides quality and portability at a great value. While you are limited to scanning average-size documents, you may need to consider what you’ll be using your scanner for. If you’re a student going back to school or a traveling professional needing to make digital copies of your receipt and paperwork, the IRIScan Book 2 may be for you.

The IRIScan Book 2 is currently available for $99. There is also an Executive model available for $129 that features an integrated rechargeable battery and sends scans via Bluetooth to a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Purchase yours at the manufacturer’s website.

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Giancarlo Saldana is Blast's Gaming Editor. Follow him on Twitter @giansaldana to read his daily musings about the world of video games.

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