The Bottom Line
- Small and lightweight
- Carefully thought out to help you get organized
- More expensive than many all-in-one printers
- Needs a lot of disk space for included software
- Double-sided color scanning
- Automatic color, paper size detection
- Automatic blank page detection and deletion
- 600 dpi optical resolution
- Creates searchable PDFs
- Comes bundled with Adobe 8. and ABBYY FineReader (optical character recognition software)
- Business card scanning with output into several formats
Guide Review - Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner
There's a lot to like about this scanner. Its small footprint lets you keep it on your desk without it adding to the clutter. It comes with a suite of software, including a full version of Adobe Acrobat 8.0, ScanSnap Organizer, and CardMinder V3.1, which uses optical character recognition (OCR) to read both sides of business cards in five languages so the data can be saved in a variety of formats.
CardMinder did a great job with cards, though it stumbled over a card from a colleague in Argentina. But after changing the Recognition language to Spanish, it performed perfectly and exported the file to Excel quickly.
I wasn't prepared for how fast and efficiently this scanner works. Promotional brochures claim it can scan at 18 pages a minute, and that seems to be the case. What's more impressive is that it can scan both sides of a page at once, meaning the output is closer to 36 pages a minute. The quality of the scans was flawless.
The scanner scans directly to searchable PDFs even without launching Acrobat. PDFs are created with the touch of a button, and the ScanSnap Organizer software helps put everything in the right place. In fact, there aren't a whole lot of buttons on the machine, save a Scan and a Power button. ScanSnap also allows scanning directly into Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A file-encryption option helps keep documents safe from prying eyes.
There were few complaints. Since I use a (rather old) laptop, I'm always reluctant to load three CDs of software to make a scanner work; but since the software is useful, it's hard to complain about that. It's not cheap--you'll pay more for this little scanner than a whole lot of all-in-ones--so make sure you plan on using it a lot.