Summary: I have been trying to put together a "paperless" (or as near as possible, anyway) filing solution for the past few years. I had looked at the ScanSnap several times before, but always balked at the cost (might be hard for some to swallow, when you can go in any office store these days and get a multifunction printer with scanner for ~$30). But I finally had to admit that trying to scan all my bills, articles, etc. on a flatbed scanner just wasn't cutting it.
Summary: I have had a ScanSnap sitting on my desk for 5 years now and use it almost every day. To not have one now would drive me crazy! The S300 will enable me to speed up work when on the road and, because it can be powered off my laptop, internationally as well.
Summary: I am a consultant and work out of my home office about 70% of the time. I deal alot with documents and purchased this scanner in hopes of getting a good scanner for the variety of documents that I handle almost daily. I am always converting the paper document to pdf. My objective was to reduce the size of my paper files, eliminate the need for a fax machine, and increased efficiency (example: sign agreement and immediately turn it around to conclude the deal).
Summary: I have rarely been this excited and pleased with a piece of electronic equipment. This is, without doubt, one of the best office machine purchases I have ever made. ScanSnap was a 'snap' to set up and start using. It occupies otherwise unusable space on my desk, is simple to use (insert document, press button) and has worked flawlessly thus far. I've tested on color photos as well. 5x7 scanned to a 152kb PDF file and looks great.