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Published on January 21st, 2011 | by Heather


Fujitsu’s S1100: Best Portable Document Scanner Yet

Fu­jit­su is known for pro­vid­ing busi­ness­es with doc­u­ment imag­ing so­lu­tions and has been rec­og­nized for many of their prod­ucts for ease and ef­fi­cien­cy. Not too long ago we gave the Fu­jit­su ScanSnap s300 a try and thought it an ide­al trav­el com­pan­ion. Not on­ly does it cap­ture doc­u­ments in ex­cel­lent col­or, it is quite portable- they call it the world’s small­est du­plex ADF scan­ner. Best of all, the du­plex scan­ning works great, eas­i­ly tak­ing in both sides of a doc­u­ment or busi­ness card at once. Fu­jit­su un­veiled their newest ad­di­tion at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Ve­gas ear­li­er this month, and up­date to the fam­i­ly and per­haps their best yet. For those of you who lack space on your desk or work area and need an ef­fi­cient scan­ner, look no fur­ther than the Fu­jit­su ScanSnap S1100.

Not on­ly is this scan­ner portable, it runs off of a sin­gle USB ca­ble. And where­as the ear­li­er mod­el weighed around three pounds, this one bare­ly adds to a load, weigh­ing on­ly a bit over 12 ounces! The S1100 was a cake­walk to use as there is on­ly one but­ton that be­gins the scan and sub­se­quent­ly opens the ScanSnap Man­ag­er, the cen­tral pro­gram used to choose which des­ti­na­tion you are aim­ing for- OCR scan­ning for doc­u­ments, busi­ness cards, send­ing via email, or just quick sav­ing as an im­age to a fold­er. If you use Google Docs, suf­fice it to say you will be in luck as you can scan di­rect­ly to the cloud.

We par­tic­u­lar­ly liked the busi­ness card as­pect as Card­Min­der soft­ware is in­clud­ed. We’ve been drown­ing in busi­ness card re­cent­ly, of all shapes and sizes, and used the S1100 to scan in over 500 cards in a few ses­sions. The busi­ness cards we scanned were to our lik­ing and even in­ter­na­tion­al ones with com­pli­cat­ed char­ac­ters were rec­og­nized with aplomb. Easy ro­ta­tion of scanned im­ages, snap­py op­ti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion and au­to­mat­ic im­age ro­ta­tion, quick zoom­ing in­to cards for man­u­al edit­ing, su­per-sim­ple ex­port were plus­es… the fact that you couldn’t eas­i­ly go be­tween fields when edit­ing them and some is­sues with han­dling on dark­er cards (those print­ed on black pa­per) were small and for­giv­able prob­lems. Al­so, one thing we es­pe­cial­ly liked was the ease at which the scan­ner cor­rect­ed small align­ment is­sues- es­pe­cial­ly with cards, you could in­sert them in any di­rec­tion or ori­en­ta­tion, any­where in the feed­er, and it would han­dle them nice­ly.

Though this is com­pat­i­ble with both PCs run­ning most any re­cent Win­dows OS and Macs run­ning OSX, we would sug­gest this for those of you who on­ly have a cou­ple pages to scan, and most­ly sin­gle-sid­ed. The scan­ner can on­ly han­dle one page at a time and each one takes about sev­en to eight sec­onds to scan a full page- quite a bit slow­er than some oth­ers we’ve tried. Al­so, this is a sim­plex scan­ner, un­like the pre­vi­ous mod­els, which means that you’re on­ly able to grab one side of a page dur­ing scan­ning. You can eas­i­ly in­di­cate that a doc­u­ment is dou­ble sid­ed, but you have to put each page through twice. An­oth­er slight down­fall is a lack of easy car­ry­ing op­tions. Though this is tout­ed as portable, and was easy enough to throw in a bag, we felt it a bit odd that it lacked a case or han­dles of any kind. Build qual­i­ty is sol­id, and we loved one ma­jor change- no more con­sum­ables!

Fi­nal­ly, the scan­ner is an ex­cel­lent buy- pre­vi­ous edi­tions were a bit pricey, around $300. This one is avail­able for $199, and worth ev­ery pen­ny.

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Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.

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