Dou­ble Sided Pro­duc­tiv­ity

Brother DS­mo­bile DS-700D

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - By Chong Jinn Wei

Last month we re­viewed Brother’s DS-600 por­ta­ble scan­ner, a com­pact de­vice that is ideal for scan­ning doc­u­ments quickly while you’re out of the of­fice. To­day’s em­ploy­ers are de­mand­ing their work­ers be more pro­duc­tive whilst out of the of­fice and it is be­com­ing es­sen­tial that they are equipped with the nec­es­sary tools to take on th­ese chal­lenges. This month we re­view Brother’s DS-700D, a mo­bile 2-sided doc­u­ment scan­ner.

Set­ting up the DS-700D is sim­ple; af­ter in­stalling the proper driv­ers and pro­grams on your com­puter, sim­ply hook up the scan­ner to it and you’re good to go. Aes­thet­i­cally, the DS-700D is com­pact but er­gonom­i­cally de­signed and mea­sures just 319 x 76 x 54mm while weigh­ing only 603g. Though it may be a lit­tle more ro­bust than the DS-600, the DS-700D is still a com­pact unit. Around the de­vice you will find a lone USB port, a sin­gle but­ton and pa­per feeder.

Among the pro­grams that can be in­stalled on your note­book or com­puter to scan doc­u­ments in­clude Brother’s DS­mo­bile SCAN II pro­gram, which is com­pat­i­ble with Win­dows sys­tems only and pro­vides users with a com­pre­hen­sive num­ber of op­tions, al­low­ing them to scan in JPEG, TIFF or PDF when scan­ning doc­u­ments. Be­sides that, users can also opt to in­stall the Presto Page Man­ager 9 SE that is com­pat­i­ble with both, Win­dows and Mac de­vices and al­lows you to scan and or­ga­nize dig­i­tized files with the abil­ity to view, edit, send and save them as search­able PDF, HTML, RTF and TXT files.

To gauge the per­for­mance of the DS-700D, we con­ducted a num­ber of tests. To be­gin, we started scan­ning a sin­gle page in black and white. This took the ma­chine about 8.8 sec­onds to com­plete. In­spect­ing the qual­ity of the scan more closely, we found the page had been ac­cu­rately scanned and was eas­ily read­able. See­ing that the ma­chine also boasted a du­plex mode, we ran it again and found the DS-700D took an un­der­stand­ably longer time of 18.6 sec­onds to com­plete scan­ning both pages.

Fol­low­ing that, we also did a sim­i­lar test in color. A sin­gle color page took the scan­ner 26 sec­onds to com­plete, while a du­plex color scan was fin­ished in 47 sec­onds. Un­der­stand­ably, the scan­ner needs more time to cap­ture color de­tail on doc­u­ments and though the qual­ity of scans may vary de­pend­ing on the orig­i­nal doc­u­ment, scanned col­ors though slightly darker are ac­cu­rate and text is leg­i­ble.

With that said, the Brother DS-700D mo­bile 2-sided doc­u­ment scan­ner is an easy de­vice to use, while be­ing rea­son­ably por­ta­ble. Its com­pact form fac­tor al­lows users to eas­ily fit it into any bag and will com­ple­ment well with note­books as it only re­quires a sin­gle USB port to power up. We also ap­pre­ci­ate the DS-700D’s sim­plic­ity thanks to its bun­dled pro­grams that al­low it to func­tion with ei­ther Win­dows or Mac ma­chines. So, if you are look­ing to dig­i­tize some crit­i­cal doc­u­ments on the go, the DS700D has cer­tainly got you cov­ered.

The DS-700D can be pow­ered via USB with­out an AC adapter

Dig­i­tize doc­u­ments with a quick touch of a but­ton

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