Handheld scanners? Thin portable scanners? While these may be convenient in a way, there is still a good degree of “convenience” in using desktop scanners, as presented by Fujitsu subsidiary company PFU’s newest “lamp”.

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The ScanSnap SV600 may look like a slightly futuristic version of your average desk lamp, but it is actually an overhead scanner; you know, the type that is most typically used for large papers and in book scanning. Unlike most of those sophisticatedly large versions out there though, this one evidently has a very simplistic design; again, one may think that it’s only a regular lamp when viewed at a glance.

Its purpose as a scanner becomes very clear though when it is completely set up. The primary feature of the ScanSnap SV600 is its “Versatile Imaging Technology”, described as a triad combination of a high directivity LED lamp, high depth of field range lens, and a line CCD sensor. This supposedly allows the overhead scanner to accurately scan papers and documents without being affected by surrounding ambient light. The scanner is also said to be equipped with a “back correction” system, which allows it to automatically adjust possible bulges and distortions in the image that it scans.

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The ScanSnap SV600 has a scanning speed of about 3 seconds. Its optical resolution is rated at 218-285 x 152-283 dpi, while its output resolution is set at 600 dpi for color images and 1,200 dpi for black and white.

As with many overhead scanners, it can pretty much scan anything, from clips of photos, several laid documents, to even something as large as an A3 sized paper. With the ScanSnap Manager, all of the bits and pieces of paper that you have scanned can also be edited and saved conveniently. There are also other software packages within the product that can be used to improve user experience.

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While there are no official announcements yet about the actual price of the ScanSnap SV600, it is estimated that it will be available at around 60,000 yen (632 USD).

Source: PCWatch (JP)