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Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600

4 stars

Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600

The SV600 is the latest document scanner for the ScanSnap brand by Fujitsu. It follows the successful ScanSnap iX500, launched just last year. It is, however, a very different beast and offers versatility you don’t normally get with standard document scanners. Scanning books, magazines, and even your kids’ artworks are all possible with the SV600.

PROS

  • Allows you to scan objects you normally wouldn’t or couldn’t
  • Good quality output
  • Fast performance
  • Good software bundle
  • Easy to operate

CONS

  • Expensive
  • No wireless option

ScanSnap SV600

The ScanSnap SV600 doesn’t look like any of Fujitsu’s other document scanners or any other scanner for that matter. Its form factor more closely resembles a desk lamp than a scanner. The scanning unit, located underneath the head, includes a camera, lens, and infrared LED.

ScanSnap SV600-scan head

The SV600 is approximately 15 inches tall, and the base is only 8 inches wide, with a depth of about 6 inches. Its footprint isn’t very big, but you do need a large surface area available directly in front of the SV600.

ScanSnap SV600- background pad

The base has a power/scan button, a stop button and a blue activity light. In the back you’ll find a USB port, power port, and a Kensington lock port. The plastic SV600 feels solid and well built, despite the plastic housing.

ScanSnap SV600- base

Scanning with the SV600 is a breeze. Just turn the scanner on, place an item in front of the base, then hit the scan button. I was able to scan many items without having to use the included background pad. If you have the space, however, you’ll have better luck with the pad than without. I had limited desk space and couldn’t actually fit the entire background pad on my desk. Unfortunately, the SV600 doesn’t have wireless capabilities, like the ScanSnap iX500, which means the SV600 needs to be tethered close to your Mac or Windows PC.

ScanSnap SV600- head

I scanned color catalogs, books, baseball cards, and my kids’ art works. Most of the scans looked great and the software to correct the curved pages of bound items worked pretty well, but required a bit more effort than I would’ve liked. Normal documents looked fine too, but without an ADF, the SV600 isn’t really meant to substitute a desktop document scanner. The SV600 also recognizes page turns and keeps on scanning. If you’ve used the ScanSnap software before, you’ll recognize most of the great bundle that’s included with the SV600. It’s only slightly different to account for the image correction stuff related to bound sources.

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The ScanSnap SV600 is a nice tool for those that want or need an over head scanner. It works well with delicate documents, art work, bound documents, and other odd items. Casual users should probably stick to using a smartphone to take photos of hard-to-scan items, but hobbyists and serious users will appreciate the versatility of the SV600.

Available at Amazon.com for $585.

* Review unit provided by Fujitsu

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