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202 of 204 people found the following review helpful.
Works very well, not perfect
By Amazon Customer
I have bought three of these for my business, to scan documents from the road and send them in to clients. I only use black and white at 300dpi, which creates a very small file but a very clear image for documents. This scanner does the job well, and none of my three scanners has broken down yet, after 6 months of light use. There are several drawbacks:
1) Almost every page gets scanned in a little crooked. I'm thinking that there is a knack to getting it to go through perfectly straight but I haven't figured it out yet, one of my employees does pretty well though. Anyway, it is good enough, but still annoying
2) The whole process is tedious with multiple pages, hand-feeding one at a time, going through the program to tell it to scan each page. I shouldn't complain because this is a portable scanner, but one day maybe someone can make a portable scanner that can handle multiple pages by itself.
3) Occasionally it has trouble identifying that a piece of paper has been put into the scanner. The easiest solution for me has been to unplug the USB connection, plug it in again and try again.
4) You can only scan individual sheets, you can't scan out of books, newspapers, etc., like the HP Capshare 920. (The Capshare is unique in that it was made in the 1990's and is still better than anything on the market today. Unfortunately they stopped making it, you have to find it on Ebay.)
Everything else is great, it gets its power from the USB connection and does its job.
Update 2/24/2011: It has now been a year, and all three scanners are still running strong, no problems. Problem #3 that I mentioned above has ceased to be a problem, I think I was somehow putting the paper in wrong. You have to slide the paper in far enough to trip a tiny switch, and then allow the scanner to automatically pull the paper in about an inch before you start the scan.
499 of 511 people found the following review helpful.
Perfect portable scanner
By Book and Dog Lover
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.
Although it's tempting to connect everything at once, there is a warning that you must install the driver and scanner software before connecting everything. The CD-ROM offers the install in several languages and it is very easy (and quick) to install everything needed.
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. Note that you can't modify the documents (for example, some scanners provide options to tweak photos - that's not available here.)
You can save documents in PDF, JPG and TIFF format. File names and locations are easy to change. You can save documents in these sizes: letter, legal, A4, B5, A5, A6 and Business Card. There are options and settings that you can customize, but you don't need to - it works perfectly straight out of the box.
Documentation (besides the piece of paper that warns you to install the product before plugging in the scanner) consists of a ~50 page User Guide in PDF format that's on the CD-ROM. I'd say "User Guide" is a misnomer as while it does a good job describing how to install (for Windows and Mac systems) the scanner driver, Dsmobile scanner, and PageManager, it barely describes how to "use" the scanner (besides connecting it, calibrating, and clicking the desktop icon). The DSmobile scanner comes with two 4x6 sleeves which besides telling that you should clean them, are never described (I'm assuming you should use them to scan photos as that's how I used them). The scanner's options and ability to customize also aren't documented. Luckily the product is easy to use.
The CD-ROM also lets you install PageManager vsn 7.x which you can use to view, organize, edit, and send your digital files. I didn't play too much with PageManager, but it appears easy to use.
With a carrying case included, this is one scanner that you can easily take with you. If you want a scanner that doesn't take up a lot of room and does exactly what it should, check out the DS-600.
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REVIEW UPDATED 11-2-2013
By Tax Accountant
It's portable and works well in that respect. It is also USB powered and works off your laptop battery, so you will not need batteries or to plug it in when you are traveling, which is a nice plus.
But two major drawbacks:
1. Won't scan to PDF. Of course you can scan, then open the image, then save to PDF if you have Acrobat, but it's a lot of extra steps and hassle when you are a busy professional.
2. Also, it scans a multi-page document as a bunch of separate images.
So, there are my comments. I carry this one with me when I travel, but try to avoid using it unless absolutely necessary for contract signing or something similar.
EDIT: So, I am modifying my review based on the fact that I figured how to scan to PDF. It's an option (not the default) and you can do it if you install the additional software CD that comes with the scanner. It will also scan a multi-page document, but you have to scan the first page, and then a little dialogue box comes up and you can choose to scan an additional page. So that is a PRO. However, that being said, for some reason, the PDF file sizes are HUGE, (for example, I scanned an 8 page contract, file size was so large that I couldn't attach the file to Yahoo email (it was well over 20 MB), it kept prompting me to use Dropbox), I solved the problem by reprinting the file to PDF and making it smaller using advanced options in Adobe. Obviously that is not an option if you don't have a full version of Adobe Acrobat on your computer.
So, yes, you can print to PDF, and yes, you can scan multi page, but there are issues. In my opinion, it's a toss-up-- it's still a great option for a bare-bones, USB-powered scanner that you can throw in a laptop bag and take with you. But for use in an office or something like that, it's just not convenient at all.