Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FUJITSU ScanSnap S1300i

Why You'll Dig it:

THE SCANSNAP S1300i is a minor update to Fujitsu’s impressive S1300 document scanner. The chief differences are a refreshed software bundle and quicker scan speeds, up from eight pages per minute (ppm) to 12ppm.

The S1300i seems rugged. Its lid clips shut, and opening it switches on the scanner and forms a robust 10-page automatic document feeder (ADF) with adjustable paper guides. Unlike bigger scanners, there’s no output tray so preserving the order and tidiness of longer documents can be a challenge.

Fujitsu’s comprehensive software bundle includes bespoke management software and optical character recognition (OCR). It also has plug-ins for Microsoft SharePoint and the cloud storage services Evernote, DropBox and SugarSync. There’s no TWAIN or ISIS driver, though, so you can’t capture images from within an image-editing program as you can with most other scanners.

The scanner has a single button on the right of the paper feed. When a job has finished, ScanSnap Manager asks what you want to do with the scanned image, with options ranging from emailing and printing to simply saving to disk.

Video Review (Unboxing)

Where To Get it?

Documents are scanned on both sides by default, with the pages automatically rotated to match the orientation of any text, and any blank sides discarded. You can change the settings by opening the ScanSnap icon in Windows’ Notification Area, but the options are spread over several tabs and could be easier to follow.

The S1300i is quite fast, capturing one side of A4 in six seconds at 150 dots per inch (dpi), and taking only one minute and five seconds to capture and process 16 sides from 10 A4 pages. The image quality was ample for office applications, and OCR was accurate. It even did a good job of capturing photos at 600dpi, although 10 prints took over six minutes.

This is a great choice for mobile workers or anyone else who needs to capture documents quickly and lacks the space for a bigger desktop device. While it’s easy to use, however, we prefer the software that Canon provides with its ImageFormula P-215. The latter also comes with TWAIN drivers, so it remains our choice in this class.

Product Details and Features

DIMENSIONS 77x284x99mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 5W active
PART CODE PA03643-B001

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