updated 10:15 am EST, Wed December 27, 2006
Pentax portable scanner
Pentax today revealed details of its new DSmobile 600 portable scanner, the company's highest-resolution USB-based mini-scanner that can scan documents as small as business cards or sheets as large as 8.5 x 14-inches. The increased image quality has no impact on power consumption, according to Pentax, and the scanner uses just two watts of power during even the heaviest scanning activity. Users can power the device entirely through the USB cable, while a quick-access button launches the preferred scanning program. Designed initially for Windows, Electronista notes that the scanner is Mac-compatible and gains full TWAIN scanner control through a downloadable driver for Mac OS X 10.3 or later. The DSmobile 600 begins shipping in January for $135.