As a solo lawyer, 98 percent of my scanning needs were met by the ScanSnap iX500. Being able to scan a lot of paper quickly is what the iX500 is for, and it does that job exceptionally.
Still, there were times when I found myself facing an unusual scanning situation that the iX500 couldn’t handle, or not handle well. And for those instances I’m finding that the ScanSnap SV600 is perfect.
The SV600 works with both Macs and PCs. It weighs 6.6 lbs, and scans at 3 seconds per page.
The scanner takes up very little desk space, but you do need to be able to use some area on your desk to position the paper you want to scan. Once you position the paper next to the scanner, you just push the Scan button and the magic happens.
The “magic” is the swivel head. Sitting 15″ high, it can capture any size of paper up to 11.7″ by 16.5.” It can even capture objects, up to 30mm tall.
So what kinds of paper would you want to scan with the SV600? Basically, any papers that are bound and which you don’t want to unbind. For example:
* Book passages
* Magazine articles
* Newspaper articles
* Notebook pages
The other reason you’d want to use the SV600 is for fragile pages that you’d be afraid might get torn or damaged when passing through a document feeder like the one on the iX500.
It’s also good for business cards, but I use a mobile app on my phone for those things. The SV600 lets you plop down several business cards and scan them all in one pass. In my tests, I sometimes had trouble getting all the cards to scan properly. For example, if the card has white text on a black background and the scan surface is black that’ll be a problem.
In short, the thing to get excited about is not business card scanning, but rather bound papers and fragile documents.
The SV600 can quickly scan bound pages using auto-detection of page turning. And it can scan both pages of a book in one pass. The accompanying software will remove fingertip images if you are holding the pages down as the book is scanned. Again, making these adjustments can sometimes be more time-consuming that some folks would like.
Overall, though, the software is pretty amazing. And the scanner is easy to set up and use for the core functions I outlined.
I would say that the SV600 has a place in any small law firm, or small business that is already doing a lot of scanning and needs a device for bound materials, or fragile documents.
I use mine as my primary scanner if I only have 2 or 3 pages because it groups pages into a single PDF pretty easily. But if I have more than 3 pages to scan then I will always opt for the iX500.