This is one of the new, small, compact scanner designs that fits on your desk or slips into your laptop case for use on the go. It is powered through the USB connector on your computer so no need to worry about carrying batteries or an AC power supply adapter brick. The Brother mobile scanner lets you quickly scan and save images and documents in Adobe Acrobat, JPEG and TIFF file formats.
Bother’s DSMobile 600 is a good solution for anyone needing to scan documents, receipts or business cards on the spot and send paperwork back to the office when in the field. Perfect for submitting expense reports. It is also useful at home for scanning recipes, newspaper clippings, photos, tax receipts, bills or account statements for keeping handy in your computer or smartphone. I have a musician friend who does film music session; he’s been using one of these to capture sheet music arrangements so he can refer to them at his home studio when he does the mixing- he packs it, along with his netbook, into his gig bag.
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Some of the features of the Brother Mobile Scanner:
- Measures 1.5″ in height, 2.0″ in depth, 11″ in length
- Weight- only 12.2oz
- Scans media from business card size to 8.5 x 14″ paper size
- Optical resolution of 600 dpi, Software interpolated resolution 9600 dpi
- Scans 8 1/2 inch pages at 3 pages/minute (color), 5 pages/minute (b/w, gray scale)
- Color depth of 48-Bit RGB internal/24-Bit RGB output
- TWAIN driver compatible with any software application using TWAIN device input means you have many scanning applications to choose from
Of course, if you want to scans large quantities of sheets, or scan pages from a book, this isn’t the scanner for you. A flatbed scanner or dedicated document scanner will work much better, but then again, they are much less portable. And if you scan at 150dpi resolution, which works fine for black and white documents, it only takes about 7 seconds per page, plus about 2 seconds between pages. Not bad at all, really.
Listen to what this customer said about the Brother DS-600 Scanner:
The DS-600 scanner is a super light-weight scanner that barely takes up any room on your desk. I admit that when I opened up the box and saw this scanner, I didn’t expect it to work all that well – it seemed too small and too light to do a good job. However I was pleasantly surprised. I scanned several documents of various sizes – a one page black and white document in a very small font, a take-out menu, a business card, some pages in bright colors with lots of contrast, and several photos. All documents scanned perfectly – the small fonts of one document were clear and scanned to match exactly the existing document. For the color documents – the one document with bright colors and high contrast and the photo (with faded colors) were identical to the original documents.
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To sum up, anyone with a laptop will find this very useful and worth the price. The only possible complaint some people have is there is no paper feeder guide, so you need to be careful about aligning the sheet properly when feeding it in or the scan will come out a little crooked. Just be aware of that issue and you shouldn’t have any problems.