Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 scanner review


Fujitsu have released a new scanner in the ScanSnap range, the S1300 color scanner. Having tried and tested the scanner, the first thing that strikes you is how small it is. Measuring only 284 x 99 x 77 mm and with a weight of 1.4 kg, it is extremely light and portable. This is now compatible with PCs and Macs.

Fujitsu are the market leaders in document imaging scanners and this evident by their innovation in creating the smallest cross-platform document and image color scanner. It is easy to set up and even easier to use. Within 20 minutes I was setup and most of that time was spent installing the software on the computer. Aesthetically, it looks very professional with a black and silver finish so it is suitable for home and office use. The S1300 has only one button to start the scan. When you open the cover the scanner automatically turns on and when shut it will turn itself off. What is unique about this scanner is its ability to be powered using a USB port on your computer, as well the mains making it portable and useful when on the go.

The time to scan a document is quick. A page took about 10 seconds to scan at 150dpi when attached to the mains although you can increase the resolution to 600dpi which will obviously increase the time of the scan. You can even scan both sides at once so when you want to do a duplex scan the times are halved, compared to a normal scanner. However, when using USB power the time to scan will increase. It can scan about 8 double sides per minute. The scanner has a lot of intelligent features. It can scan business cards and extract the contact information and export to Outlook or a spreadsheet. So for anyone attending trade shows and conferences and returning with a pocket full of business cards, here is your chance to enter those valuable contacts into a database easily.

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It can also handle papers of different sizes at the same time so you do not need to feed them manually every time you need to change the paper size. You can put A4 paper, receipts, postcards, and business cards all together in the tray and you will scan all them with no problem. I did not experience any jam and I tried paper of various sizes and thickness. The scanner is so tiny there is not a lot of space for a jam to occur. A very nifty feature is its ability to scan a document to a folder, sharepoint, network or even an editable Word, Excel or PowerPoint file. You can also create searchable Adobe PDFs. You can use your highlighter and add searchable keywords to a PDF. The scanner will correct the orientation of the document if you scan a document upside down and remove blank pages when generating the scanned copy.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is available from the Fujitsu website. At £225, it is not cheap, but it is an innovative and intelligent scanner which produces high quality scans. If you are on the move a lot and looking for a mobile scanner, this would be a very good choice.