Brother DS-740D Duplex Compact Mobile Document Scanner

The Brother DS-740D duplex mobile scanner allows users to scan documents at home, in the office or on the go. It features single-page feed and can scan both mono and duplex documents in black and white and color at speeds up to 16 ppm. Users simply plug the USB cable into their computer or laptop. The fast, accurate Brother DS-740D portable document scanner is perfect for scanning directly to your laptop via USB, but it's overshadowed by its slightly more expensive sibling, with more features and versatility.

Brother DS-740D Reviews

Space-saving design, ability to scan to the cloud, powerful image enhancement

Compact, Lightweight, and Simple

The Brother DSmobile DS-740D measures 1.8 x 11.9 x 2.5 inches and weighs 1.4 pounds, although the DS-940DW has an onboard battery, Wi-Fi radio, and microSD slot, it is only slightly smaller than the DS-940DW. Epson's DS-80W is still smaller and lighter, and it's another Editor's Choice model with a battery and Wi-Fi. Epson's DS-70 portable document scanner is configured closer to the DS-740D and is even smaller, weighing just 0.59 pounds.

Another notable difference in the Brother scanners is that the DS-940DW comes with a convenient control panel for selecting various scanning and connectivity options, while the DS-740D has only a start/stop button for starting and canceling scanning.

Speed and Accuracy

Brother rated the DS-740D at 16ppm for both single-sided (one-sided) and duplex (two-sided) scanning, but since it scans both sides of a duplex page, the more accurate duplex rating is 32ipm. I found that these numbers are almost correct if I always master the process. (I ran my tests through a USB connection on a standard Intel Core i5 test platform running Windows 10 Pro.) When scanning and saving our two 25 page text documents (one containing a 25 page single sided document and one containing a 50 page double sided sample) the image PDF.

Because the DS-740D (and other single-page portables) are designed to scan short documents, they scored above average. In comparison, Epson's DS-70 scored 8.2 ppm and 18.7 ipm for scanning and processing the same pages of text.

The DS-740D's performance in scanning these same documents into a more general searchable PDF format was approximately the same as that of image PDFs.

Missing Software Links

In addition to the standard TWAIN and WIA scanner drivers for connecting to applications that support direct scanning, this package includes the latest ICA drivers for Windows and SANE drivers for Mac. Also included are Nuance PaperPort SE with OCR, Power PDF, Brother's iPrint&Scan for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android, and Presto PageManager with OCR for Mac. supported cloud sites include Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and OneDrive.

PaperPort SE is a combination scanner interface and basic document management system, and Power PDF helps you create and edit PDFs. iPrint&Scan is Brother's cross-platform driver, and Presto PageManager sounds like a scanner interface and basic document management system for macOS.


The DS-740D has many advanced features for image and text optimization, such as automatic color detection, image rotation, blank page detection, automatic cropping, automatic deskew, background removal, bleed detection, hole punch removal, text enhancement, and color dropout. It also includes TWAIN and WIA drivers for PC and ICA, and SANE drivers for Mac. Bundled software includes OCR, BR-Receipts, Brother iPrint and Scan, Kofax Power PDF Standard, Presto!BizCard and Kofax PaperPort. users are able to convert scanned documents into editable Microsoft Word files.

Main Features

Time-saving, fast scanning speeds: The Brother DS-740D document scanner scans single- and double-sided, color and black-and-white documents in a single pass at speeds up to 16 ppm.

Scan anywhere, anytime: Powering the Brother DS-740D Document Scanner via a micro USB 3.0 connection to a laptop or PC allows you to scan virtually anywhere and makes the DS-740D highly portable for mobile professionals.

Save desktop space with the Brother DSD: Open the DSD (Desk Saving Design) scan cover on the Brother document scanner to reduce the space needed to operate the scanner. the Brother DSD saves up to 11 inches of desktop space.

Compatible with the way you work: The included software allows you to scan to multiple "scan-to" destinations, including documents, images, OCR, email and cloud services, to keep your business moving forward. ‡ Supports Windows, Mac® and Linux® environments and TWAIN/WIA for PC/ ICA for Mac/SANE drivers.

Bundled software lets you do more: The included software suite provides document management and OCR software that lets you convert hardcopy documents into editable Microsoft Word files.

Optimize images and text for storage/sorting: The software allows you to enhance your scans with automatic color detection/adjustment, image rotation (PC only), bleed prevention, background removal, text enhancement and color dropout.

Compact and lightweight: With a sleek new design, the Brother DS-740D document scanner is less than 11.8 inches long and weighs less than 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry around.

One-way duplex scanning: To save time and help avoid document spoilage, the DS-740D scans both sides of a document at once, eliminating the need to rescan the document.

Handles a wide range of document sizes: Scan a variety of documents, including invoices and receipts, up to 72 inches long and weighing up to 72 pounds. Easily scan business cards and plastic ID cards by holding them in the same position as other documents.

Bottom Line

The fast, accurate Brother DS-740D portable document scanner is perfect for scanning directly to your laptop via USB, but it's overshadowed by its slightly more expensive sibling, with more features and versatility