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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

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Fujitsu S1300 Document Scanner

Fujitsu S1300 Document Scanner

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The Bottom Line

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is a portable document scanner that won't take up any desktop real estate. It can be powered via USB so it's handy to take on the road. I found it to be fast and very accurate; business cards from around the world posed no problem to this little scanner. Definitely a good buy.
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Pros

  • Portable
  • Can run via USB or AC adaptor
  • Scans duplex during one pass
  • Great job on business cards

Cons

  • 10 pages at a time--max; and fewer business cards
  • Not Twain or WIA compliant

Description

  • Portable document scanner
  • Double-sided color scanning in one pass
  • Automatic color detection, page orientation, de-skew
  • Up to 600 dpi resolution
  • One-touch scanning
  • Scan to e-mail, folder, or printer
  • Compatible with Windows or Mac

Guide Review - Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is yet another very compact scanner that offers a lot of functionality for its minimal size. Like the S300, it won't take up any desk space and it can run on AC or via two USB cables (included).

It seems to be faster than the S300; a single page took only 10 seconds to scan to a PDF. You can also scan directly to an e-mail attachment and scanning directly to a printer. Also included is CardMinder, a business-card scanning program that allows you to scan business cards directly into CSV or other formats; this makes keeping your BlackBerry address book up to date, by the way. Cards took about 10 seconds each to scan and the character recognition was excellent--even complicated cards with multiple colors and images came through (nearly) perfectly. There were a few glitches but it was still far better than most other business-card scanners I've encountered. Since the scanner is portable and runs via USB, it's a good tool to take on the road with you.

Full-size pages came through fast and clear, whether to PDF, Excel, or Word. I appreciate some of the small conveniences. For example, there's a one-touch button that launches the scanning program automatically. And an automatic-quality feature improves resolution on documents with fine print. The ScanSnap applications are compatible with Windows (I use Win 7) as well as Macs.

In many ways the S1300 is similar to earlier models. What's different in this updated version include Automatic Quality (documents with fine print get a higher resolution scan); a handy Mark Text function, which allows you to use a highlighter on a monochrome document that will automatically become searchable text; ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap, optical character recognition softwre; scan to grayscale; and long document support, so you can easily scan documents (imagine supermarket receipts) that are up to 34 pages long.

One down side is that the scanner can only take around 10 pages at once in its automatic document feeder. Only five business cards went through of the 10 I loaded. That's the price you pay for such a small scanner, I guess. Also, the DVD-based user manual states that the ScanSnap is not Twain or WIA compliant. In user terms that meant that while I could easily use the scanner with its own software, other scanner software couldn't see the scanner--nor would Windows allow me to access it via the control panel, insisting that I needed to install a WIA driver, which of course the scanner doesn't have.

The ScanSnap S1300 retails for close to $300.

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