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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Portable Scanner

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ScanSnap S1100

ScanSnap S1100

Fujitsu

The Bottom Line

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, Fujitsu's smallest ScanSnap to date, is an ultraportable scanner that's great for basic scanning needs on the go. May 9, 2011

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Pros

  • Single-button scanning
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Scan directly to Evernote and Google Docs
  • Easy to create multi-page PDF, Word, or Excel files
  • Can scan postcards, plastic cards, and other thick items

Cons

  • Need to install software before use (not just plug-and-play)
  • Not Twain/WIA compliant; you can only scan using the ScanSnap software
  • Single-side scanning only

Description

  • Dimensions: 10.74 in. x 1.87 in. x 1.33 in.
  • Weight: 0.77 lb. (12.34 ounces)
  • Optical resolution: up to 600 dpi
  • Speed: 7.5 seconds per page in most modes, 35 seconds per page in Excellent Mode
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • MSRP: $199

Guide Review - Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Portable Scanner

Because of its small size and very light weight, the ScanSnap S1100 is barely noticable when carried in a laptop bag or briefcase. It also is powered by just one USB cable. This makes the portable scanner ideal for anyone with mobile scanning (or faxing) needs.

I've been using the S1100 in place of my beloved Fujitsu S3000 duplex scanner and may continue doing so for two reasons: the small, unobtrusive footprint saves some much needed desk real estate, and the scanner works on both Windows and Mac, so I can use it with any of my computers.

The S1100 perfoms nearly as well as its bigger sibling, with a few caveats. First, this is a manual single-sheet scanner only, so if you often need to digitize many pages at once or double-sided documents, you're better off going with a duplex scanner that has autofeed, obviously. Because the S1100 lacks movable paper guides, it can also be tricky sometimes to get the paper to align just right for scanning. This is something you get used to and better at, however, after using the scanner a couple of times, and for very big skewing problems the software automatically deskews the image for you.

Like other scanners in the ScanSnap line, the S1100 also lacks a TWAIN driver, so using another application's scan menu won't work with this scanner. The S1100 does, however, offer some useful ways to get turn your paper into digital files: you can scan directly to editable Word or Excel documents (on Windows, you can also scan to PowerPoint), and you can also send your scans to that also nifty service Evernote or Google Docs.

Scanning takes about eight seconds and the quality of the scans is very high. The S1100 even handled a few pieces of cardstock and images from business cards. However, for high quality image scanning, you'll probably want to stick with a dedicated flatbed scanner.

Overall, I like the small size and high performance of this mobile scanner. Feeding paper through the front feeder and pushing the button to digitize the document is, really, a snap. It's an ideal tool for light scanning needs.

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