Summary: So, I researched the h*@# out of these and based on reviews everywhere there is no clear choice. Overall, you have to zero in on what you need a scanner for. We wanted to go paperless at home and this turned out to be a pretty good option. Our priorities were quick, multipage scanning, duplex scanning, easy scanning and intuitive software. We were not scanning a ton of photos, mostly documents. Set up took 15 minutes or so and scanning is really good.
Summary: This scanner is basically worthless to me because it feeds multiple pages at a time. I've followed all the troubleshooting advice online with no success. It has only fed 344 sheets in its life so the problem is not "consumerables." I have another one - S300M - and it's doing the same thing. Both worked ok for a short time but now they are both very expensive paper weights. My husband has the same problem so he feeds one page at a time.
Summary: This product works the way it is advertised. I love it because it is easy to setup and scan documents. The double sided capability, the color option, and automatically straightening documents are the best options. The 10-sheet capability is perfect for most of the documents I need to scan. It is lightweight and doesn't take up a lot of space on my desk.
Summary: Purchased this scanner for its 'feed' mechanism. I've used my flat bed scanner for all requirements. However, it's takes too much time to scan documents (single page or double page). The ScanSnap works per its advertising. I particularly like 'scan to email'. It may be a bit expensive, but it's worth it.
Summary: We use ScanSnap S1500's at work and love them. Not needing that same level of performance (and for $150 less than the S1500), I purchased the S1300i for home use. Although it's not quite as fast as the S1500 (although by no means slow) and has a smaller sheet feeder, it's more than capable of handling the quantity and type of scanning I need at home. The scanner interface is the same as the S1500 so there's no need to learn new software.
Summary: If you are thinking of integrating this scanner with an app, think again. It does not support TWAIN or ISIS and Fujitsu has no plans to do so. This should be a noted on the product documentation. It did scan quickly and was one touch.
Summary: I bought the ScanSnap primarily so I can dump stuff to my Evernote account. Now I scan everything...pictures, receipts, invoices, car titles...everything. And yes it has helped on several occasions when I had to retrive stuff while on the road and having no access to my paper. Fast, easy and extremely accurate. One side or two side color scans. It's a snap!
Okay Scanner for Personal Use not so great for Business Use
1 July 2013
Summary: I had the S1300 scanner for a year and a half, a long enough time to give a good review of the product. The scanner is made to feed up to 10 pages at a time. But my experience during this time is that it can only handle 5 documents at a time without jamming. I used this for personal business and it is way to light of a machine to handle the capacity of more than a few documents.