The Brother DSmobile 620 is a portable scanner designed for travelers who need a scanning solution on the road. This unit is small and light enough to fit in a briefcase or laptop bag. It can be used with TWAIN-compliant scanning applications and comes with document capture and management software for the OS X and Windows operating systems. It also supports Linux applications via a downloadable SANE driver.
This USB scanner has a 600 dpi optical resolution and can produce 1200 dpi images using software interpolation. The DSmobile 620 has grayscale, black-and-white and color modes. It scans about eight pages per minute but only has a single-sheet manual document feed. The unit scans paper documents from 2.2 x 3.5 to 8.5 x 32 inches in size. It also scans ID cards from 1.57 x 1.57 to 3.4 x 3.4 inches in size.
The DSmobile 620 portable scanner is only 11.4 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches in size and weighs less than a pound. It requires a USB computer connection for power and data transfer and has no local storage. This makes it a good choice for mobile travelers who carry a laptop, less so for anyone that needs a standalone scanner.
This USB scanner comes with TWAIN-compliant system drivers for Windows XP and newer and Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.8. You can also download Linux-compatible SANE drivers from Brother's support site. These drivers allow any SANE application to capture data from the scanner.
The unit comes with an assortment of scanning and document management applications for Windows and Mac OS X. Different packages are available for each operating system, but both sets provide similar feature sets: access to scanner configuration and resolution settings; editing features like cropping, page alignment and color balance adjustment; export to JPG, PNG, PDF and other file formats; scan-to-email or printer functions; and optical character recognition capabilities. The Windows software package also includes business card software that exports to contact managers such as ACT! and Lotus Notes. All the included packages have minimal system requirements: an Intel-compatible computer, 1GB RAM and 1GB of hard drive space. None of the supported applications support exporting documents to cloud storage.
The Brother DSmobile 620 is a portable USB scanner that combines 600 dpi optical resolution with low weight and a small size. The included software provides a fairly standard set of document management features, but it lacks cloud export capability. This unit may be a good choice for business travelers, provided they carry a laptop. The DSmobile 620 needs a USB connection for power and data transfer.