The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Pentax Portable Scanner

scanner.jpg At the end of each year, I inevitably wind up with a mountain of business-related receipts to go through for tax purposes. This is a tedious task, as everyone knows, so I started looking around for a better way to organize my important documents.

I discovered that a lot of businesses scan their receipts nowadays in order to be able to work with electronic copies. This makes it far easier to store, look up, and retrieve these important documents whenever necessary, and also ensures that I can make multiple copies if need be.

While I do have a full-size scanner, we don’t use it enough to keep it hooked up to the computer. So every time I want to use it, I have to dig it out of the closet, connect it to my PC, and then try to remember how it works. Obviously, I don’t want to have to go through this process for every receipt I accumulate throughout the year.

A better solution for me is the Pentax DSmoblie 600 Scanner, pictured above. It weighs just 12 ounces and is 11 inches long, making it an ideal size for occasional use. What’s more, this Pentax portable scanner connects to a computer or laptop via a USB port, making it extremely convenient and easy to use.

It scans documents as small as business cards (or receipts) and as large as legal-sized (8.5 x 14), which is all I would need for my purposes. I could then just stuff it in my desk drawer and forget about it until the next use. Perfect!

The list price on this Pentax DSmobile 600 Scanner is $205.28 according to However, one of the Amazon resellers has it on sale for $117.70. That’s still a bit too expensive for my tastes, particularly since I have a lot of other things vying for a piece of my budget right now. As such, this product will have to remain on my Wish List until further notice.