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Brother DS-620 Mobile Color Page Scanner
|Price:||$95.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- Fast Scan Speeds up to 8ppm in color and black/white
- Unit Dimensions (W" x D" x H") :11.4" x 2.1" x 1.4"
- Compact and lightweight measures under 12" in length and weighs less than 1 lb.
- USB Powered-included. No wall outlet required
- To avoid document jams, do not put several small documents into the Carrier Sheet at the same time and do not load the Carrier Sheet upside down
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Brother DSMobile 620 Scanner:
Lightweight Mobile Scanner Ideal for Quickly Capturing Documents, Receipts, or Cards and Providing a Variety of Scan-to Destinations.
The Brother DSMobile 620 Scanner, at just under 11.5 inches long and weighing under 1 pound, is perfect for the mobile professional who needs a powerful scanner that will slide right into a briefcase or business bag. It’s ideal for capturing business documents, as well as receipts, business cards, laminated identification cards, invoices, photographs, and more. It scans at up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution (interpolated) and 600 x 600 dpi (optical), with fast color and black scan speeds of up to 8 ppm(1). Its small size, USB power, and valuable suite of scanning software make it a great fit for home offices and desks with limited space, too!
Scan to a Variety of Local or Shared Destinations
The DS-620 gives you the option to scan to a number of different destinations to help you manage your documents and workflow. Using the included scanning software, you can scan documents to a local file or image, to a shared folder, email, FTP, or printer, making it easy to save, distribute, and share information(2).
Bundled with a Valuable Suite of Scanning Software
The DS-620 includes a valuable package of scanning software to help you manage and distribute information as well as reduce the need to store and reference hard copy documents (see details below).
Compatabile with the way you do Business
The DS-620 features industry-standard drivers, including TWAIN and SANE(3), to help enable easy integration for scanning documents into a wide variety of popular applications. Plus, it’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Brother is 'at your side' with Outstanding Customer Support
We offer a one-year limited warranty on the DS-620 and stand behind your purchase with phone support for the life of your product. Whether you have a product question or a technical issue, Brother is always at your side.
Bundled Scanning Software:
Nuance PaperPort 12 SE (Windows) and Presto! PageManager 9 (Mac)
- Manage all of your scanned documents, as well as other documents on your computer.
- Scan to Microsoft Office formats, as well as Microsoft SharePoint (Windows Only).
- Scan, convert, organize, repurpose, and share PDF documents.
- Quickly merge multiple files of differing formats from various folders into one multi-page PDF.
- Scan to E-mail, Folder, OCR, and searchable PDF.
Presto! BizCard (Windows/Mac)
- Scan and export contact information from business cards directly to Microsoft Outlook and other contact management systems.
- Sort contacts by company, group, category, and first or last name.
Button Manager V2 (Windows) and DSmobileCapture (Windows/Mac)
- Configure advanced scan settings for different scan-to destinations and store them for frequent use (ie: dpi resolution, file format).
|Brother DSMobile DS-620||Brother DSMobile DS-720D||Brother DSMobile DS-920DW||Brother ImageCenter ADS-1000W Compact Multi-Page Desktop Scanner|
|Maximum Paper Capacity||1 sheet||1 sheet||1 sheet||20 sheets|
|Two-sided (duplex) scanning||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Scanning Speed LTR at 300 dpi||8||8 (Duplex)||8 (Duplex)||16 (Duplex)|
|Media Types and Sizes||Paper documents, receipts, photos, recipes, business cards; 8.5" x 32"||Paper documents, receipts, photos, business cards / plastic ID cards; 8.5" x 32"||Paper documents, receipts, photos, recipes, business cards, plastic ID cards; 8.5" x 32"||Paper documents, receipts, photos, business / plastic ID cards; 8.5" x 32"|
|Scan-to Destinations||File, Image, E-mail, FTP, Shared Folder, Print||File, Image, E-mail, FTP, Shared Folder, Print||File, Image, E-mail, FTP, Shared Folder, SD card, Print, Apple & Android mobile devices||E-mail, Image, OCR, File, USB flash memory drive(4) & Adroid phone or tablet(5)|
|WiFi Transfer to iOS and Android Devices||N/A||N/A||WiFi Transfer||Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Picasa Web Album, Flickr, Facebook|
|Additional Features||Searchable PDF||Searchable PDF||Rechargeable Battery & 4GB SD Card Included, Searchable PDF||TouchPanel, Card Scan Slot, Searchable PDF, Advanced Scanning Features (Deskew, Blank Page Skip, etc.)|
|Included Software||DSmobileSCAN II, Presto! PageManager 9, Presto! BizCard||DSmobileSCAN II, Presto! PageManager 9, Presto! BizCard, BR-Receipts||DSmobileSCAN II, Presto! PageManager 9, Presto! BizCard, BR-Receipts||Nuance Paper Port, Presto! PageManager 9, Presto! BizCard & Control Center|
|Driver Compatibility||TWAIN / SANE||TWAIN / SANE||TWAIN / SANE||TWAIN / WIA / ICA / ISIS / SANE|
|OS Compatibility||Windows / Mac OS / Linux||Windows / Mac OS / Linux||Windows / Mac OS / Linux||Windows / Mac OS / Linux|
1. Color and monochrome scan speed, letter size paper at 300 dpi.
2. Scan-to options accessible via included Button Manager V2 software (Windows) or DSmobileCapture application (Mac and Windows). Scan-to e-mail, FTP, shared folder, and print options not supported by Mac OS. Scan-to OCR via included PaperPort (Windows) or PageManager (Mac) software.
3. SANE driver available for download from Brother Solutions Center.
4. Additional purchase required, USB memory flash drive not included.
5. Requires Android cable supplied with phone or tablet.
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|Item Dimensions||11.4 x 2.1 x 1.4 in||11.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 in||1.97 x 10.86 x 1.45 in||11.2 x 4.1 x 3.3 in||14.6 x 9.9 x 1.6 in||12.1 x 2.6 x 1.6 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||1.1 lbs||0.7 lb||3.3 lbs||3.4 lbs||1.17 lbs|
|Computer Platform||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows and Mac||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac, Linux|
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Top customer reviews
First off - the scanner itself. The unit arrived carefully packaged and without any damage. I check stuff like that because I know I'll be writing an Amazon review at some point and want to say it. No rattlesnakes in the box. No ticking time bomb. Just a scanner. And those two air pillow thingies that I like to pretend that I'm gonna keep in an upstairs closet and use to ship Christmas presents until I remember that I'm a compulsive procrastinator and end up buying everyone Amazon gift cards and trying to figure out how to use Grandma's "Cross Stitch The Mona Lisa" kit for myself when I find it about mid February.
I bought this scanner for what I hoped would be three purposes: scanning receipts, scanning a boat load of pictures at a moderate quality level so I could get rid of the shoeboxes and managing my daily influx of bills/mail/threats and other stuff that comes in the mail that I used to compulsively hold onto and move around the country with me but would rather scan and trash so I can compulsively carry around a single hard drive full of PDFs of that same stuff that I'll never look at again.
I am happy to report that this scanner nails all three at a reasonable price point, which would have earned it a five star rating. There are a few annoying things (that didn't have to happen) that cost the star. I'll explain, but during the breakdown of each scanning experience.
Receipts: This scanner handles the receipt scanning like a pro. I've set it up at the end of my desk, hovering over the edge and directly above a trash can. I come home at the end of the day and push the receipts in (after a little software interface - more on this later). It scans the receipts and gravity pushes them out into the trash can. The scan settings are perfect for this operation. Color or Black and White anywhere from 200 - 600 DPI. For receipts I am doing color scans (cause who doesn't love color and the file size on color vs BW is negligible) at about 200 DPI. It's honestly overkill but whatever. The scans are so good I'm using my phone on my computer monitor to hit the Walmart smart saver code box ($3.66 so far, RAWR!) after the receipt is long gone.
Pictures: This one is a little tickier. I was hoping for a little bit better native quality without having to fuss with the picture inputs. I've eventually settled off on scanning in a TIF files and then mass converting to JPG. It seems to do a better job for some reason (the native JPG scans look a little wonky with the pictures, but the TIF's look fine). As with the receipts (but more relevant here) the scanner auto feeds. You put one picture in, it scans it and a countdown timer starts on your screen. As long as you get the next picture "grabbed" by the scanner in the next 30-60 seconds (user editable setting) it stores the first picture and scans the next. The scanner comes with a variety of input scan settings (jpg, tiff, pdf, etc) and does the processing work well. I'd rate this function at a B. I would have settled for a C, so I'm happy but if you are buying a scanner JUST for picture scanning I think you could probably do better. As a multi-function, this hit the mark. As a side note, I'm also scanning some lower quality items (recipe cards, clippings, etc) and those come out like a champ at the basic settings (200DPI, color).
So, where is the bad?
The software and a lame money grab by Brother. First up, the software.
A multifunction scanner like this is designed to appeal to the home organization OCD personality. I am one of those. As a result, I am scanning a variety of things trying to clean up my house for the day when Better Homes and Gardens isn't going to come over and take pictures, followed by Lifehacker who nominates me as basket case of the year who can pull a receipt for the original copy of Netscape I bought in 1996 off my hard drive (which I can now do. Call me Lifehacker.) I want each of these files to go to a different place. Current receipts to one folder on my hard drive. Archive receipts to another. Recipes to a third. My family pictures to a fourth. The shoebox full of pictures from my in-laws to a fifth. Etc. This software can do it, but the basic software requires you to click a browse button and navigate your hard drive to change the directory every single time you change. And there is no memory related to a drop down box. At this point I've used all five directories. A drop down box would save a lot of time switching between projects. Or perhaps (if you really wanted to get crazy) a user configurable "What are you scanning now?" pop up when you opened the program. Let me pick out the directories, put a cutsie picture up there and let me do it easy. Don't make me look at "My Documents" and drill down fifteen directories to get to where I want this picture of my wife when she was three and was harassing her father to go. Small thing, but over time it's gotten annoying. So easy to fix.
And I'm sure Brother would have fixed it if they weren't too busy writing their receipt organization program. The one that the CD said I could install - but only after I downloaded it - and the CD bounced me over to the Brother website and made me enter the serial number off the bottom of the scanner. Which I did. And then they asked for ten bucks.
I can only assume that this software that I am supposed to pay ten bucks for will be as user friendly as the one you gave me. You know, the one without the drop down box or folder memory? Or maybe it doesn't have that, but I can go to another website and enter the serial number again and give you ten more bucks? A money grab. An upsell. A digital version of the annoying Best Buy salesman that wants to help you as you walk around the store (along with his fifteen friends) before you go stand in the line at the front of the store for thirty minutes as the one ill-tempered cashier helps everyone. And tries to sell you a warranty.
Good scanner. Gets the job done. Slimy upsell effort and mediocre software. The three star to Brother is brought up by the solid hardware of the scanner itself. Four stars.
EDIT: The button scanning is cool, but if you use it (insert the document, let the scanner grab it, press the button) it pulls the document into one folder that Brother set up. It's buried down in your "My Documents" folder. If you use this, you'll have to manually sort anything you scan to where you want it. So now I've got a sixth folder. That I can select if I browse, or just press the button. Meh. Easier to use the program and browse there than scan things in to a hard drive directory that Ponce DeLeon himself couldn't find and have to move them all manually.
This is your solution.
Most flatbed scanners can do a decent job with old photos, and if you have one that can scan negatives, you can faithfully import old photos and re-print them good-as-new. The drawback? Every flatbed scanner I've used for the last decade is SLOW. Yeah, they can scan at a high resolution, but what good does that do if it'll take you months to scan in everything? And it's inevitable that you'll smudge the scanner glass swapping out all those photos. (Few doc feeders can accommodate photo paper without jamming.)
While this little scanner is no substitute for a high-quality flatbed with all sorts of useful tweaks available, when your goal is to import as many photos as fast as possible, this works great.
Here's what I do:
- Open the basic scanner software (if this is all you are using it for, there's no need to install any of the included software package beyond the driver.) The first time you use it, go to Setup and configure it for Color, 300dpi, set the contrast setting to 10. Go to the "Paper Tab" and select "Fixed to Transport", select your print size (i.e. 6x4), and set "Transport timeout" to 20 seconds.
- On the outside of the envelope of photos, write a "roll number" with a Sharpie.
- In the top of the software, append "\Roll XYZ" to the directory name.
- Stick the first photo into the scanner; it'll feed it in a little bit.
- Hit "scan"
- Then just feed in photos, one after the other! You don't have to even click your mouse again until you are done with the roll and you need to change the directory name. It'll only take 6-7 seconds per photo to scan.
Is the quality of the finished photo scan great? No. Not really. This isn't a real photo scanner. Every photo I scanned had problems with "screening". But the file you do end up with is good enough for e-mailing or organizing, and you should be able to accurately judge the quality of the photo.
Now that you've scanned them all in, you can use the organizing software of your choice to sort through them all and do whatever it is you normally do. When you've picked the photos you actually want to do something high-quality with, use the "roll number" that's now part of your filename, dig through your trove, and scan the photos or negatives using a flatbed scanner so you can have something good for re-printing.
I know what you're thinking: I'm scanning all my photos twice! How does that save me time? Well, be honest; few people are going to want to re-print more than a handful of photos from each roll once they are done organizing and sorting. This capable little unit lets you greatly speed up the organizing and sorting process. This is all I expected, and that's what it does.
I used this for my taxes, but I have been decluttering my life in so many ways. This will help me go paperless!
All in all, this is a simple scanner that is small. Those are two of my favorite things. Also, it comes with a perfect pouch to store, so it doesn't become dusty. Great investment, works perfectly, and fits my simple lifestyle.