Summary: 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.
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
Excerpt: The Good Compact yet still offers automatic document feeding. Scans both sides of document simultaneously. One-button operation yields high quality results. Inbuilt intelligence overcomes common problems, such as miss-fed documents. Operates using AC power adapter or computer USB port. The Bad OCR scanning quality inconsistent. OCR software had difficulties capturing data from business cards with colored backgrounds. Photograph shadows somewhat muted.
Pros: Compact yet still offers automatic document feeding., Scans both sides of document simultaneously., One-button operation yields high quality results., Inbuilt intelligence overcomes common problems, such as miss-fed documents., Operates using AC power adapter or computer USB port.
Cons: OCR scanning quality inconsistent., OCR software had difficulties capturing data from business cards with colored backgrounds., Photograph shadows somewhat muted., Items printed on heavier paper stock-may get caught in the transport mechanism as they exit the scanner.
Conclusion: The ScanSnap S1300 has an optical resolution of 600 by 600 dpi and offers scanning speeds of up to 8 double-sided pages per minute (albeit at its lowest quality setting). Does it match the speed or quality of a full-sized, flatbed document scanner? Nope, and not even Fujitsu would claim that it does. But considering that it's small and light enough to carry around with you, the performance and accuracy it can deliver is more than adequate.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 Makes Document Scanning a Snap
The Mac Observer
5 October 2007
Conclusion: The ScanSnap S1300 is definitely a welcome addition to my office. I’ve actually found myself using the ScanSnap S1300 more often than my Canon CanoScan 8800F, simply because the automatic sheet feeder makes it easy for me to drop packets of paper in, hit the button, and work on other tasks while my documents are being scanned. The portability makes it a great option for traveling business users, since it’s lightweight and compact.
Pros: Lightweight and compact enough to carry in a briefcase, automatic sheet feeder, duplex scanning
Cons: Low quality when scanning photographs, not TWAIN or ISIS compatible