Summary: The Scansnap scanner is very handy, small and does the job. It is easy to use but: - The paper stack holder is badly designed making it easy for sheets to get crushed or go misguided. - It could be designed to hold more than 10 sheets. I would say 25-30 (or more) would be perfect. - It is not as quick as it should be Overall I am happy with it and would buy it again, but Fujitsu could easily resolve those 3 issues and offer the market a great scanner.
Summary: I have been using the Visioneer scanners since the days when the scanner was incorporated into the keyboard. I have over 100,000 scanned documents from Visioneer on my computer. Suffice it to say, I am a document scanning expert. So when the old Visioneer gave up the ghost, I started looking for a replacement. The Scan Snap S300 got good reviews, and so it has been sitting on my desk for 575 scans - still a way to go to match the Visoneer series.
Summary: I've owned this unit for about a year now. Works well under moderate use. Good scan quality, fairly fast. Easy controls. The software is mediocre - somewhat un-intuitive setup wise. Moderate learning curve but once it's set up it' ok. The Cardsnap software that came with it is pretty much useless. I originally installed under Leopard and it worked pretty much flawlessly except for the occasional unexplained crash.
Summary: After approximately 2,000 scans, I think I have a good handle on the pro's and con's: Pro's: small footprint, easy setup, intuitive controls, duplex (scans both sides), saves scans as PDF files, straightens out scans that feed crooked, OCR permits searching of your scans. Con's: document has to be carefully fed or won't scan, the software freezes frequently (the remedy is to unplug the scanner for a few seconds and then reconnect), the searchable PDF requires purchasing...
Summary: I wanted to replace my aging scanner with this one. My current scanner does not have any supplies (AKA consumables) that I have to buy and this one does so I returned it. One reviewer wrote "the pad assembly (Part # PA03541-0002) needs replacement every 10,000 sheets or a year-- google the actual part # to see the $8 retailers); the pick roller (Part # PA03541-0001) lasts about 100,000 sheets-- about $12." This is wrong.