Imagine having the power to digitize the entire contents of your overstuffed file cabinet in a matter of hours. With the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 document scanner this is entirely possible.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap is unlike any scanner you have ever seen as it is not a flatbed scanner. It is totally dedicated to document scanning and it is very good at what it was designed to do. It is also compact; one user describes its size akin to a loaf of bread, so you don’t have to worry about the scanner taking up too much valuable office space.
Fujitsu ScanSnap Features
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Fujitsu ScanSnap is its ability to zip through an impressive 20 pages per minute and create immediate pdf files for you to organize as you wish. It even does duplex scanning (double-sided). Scanning both sides of a document doesn’t slow the scanner down, however, so this can actually translate to 40 pages per minute if most of your documents do have two sides. The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner can also accommodate documents of almost any size from legal sized files all the way down to business cards and receipts.
Here are some more key features:
- 50 page automatic document feeder
- Scan to searchable PDF
- Up to 600 dpi resolution
- Auto page size detection
- Windows only compatibility
- Adobe Acrobat Standard software included ($200 value)
Some reviews state that the scanner can become jammed fairly easily but do note that if you are careful not to try and load more than 10 pages at a time or push the documents too far into the feeder then this problem can usually be avoided. The scanner does comes with software that will allow you to scan directly to email or Excel and also CardMinder software for scanning business cards. But the software is only compatible with Windows operating systems so if you have a Mac, you will need to check out the ScanSnap S1500M.
Fujitsu ScanSnap Efficiency
Part of what makes the Fujitsu ScanSnap such an attractive office device is the fact that it has a feeder. With traditional flatbed scanners the job of scanning documents can be done, but you have to painstakingly place and remove each document one at the time, wait for the scan to take place, and then move on to the next. Not with an adf scanner like the ScanSnap S1500. Just place the documents you want to scan into the feeder and hit the button and stand back in awe as it makes short work of your paper clutter.
Organizing your file cabinet and desk with digital copies can be empowering and it certainly cleans out a good bit of space. Once you have all of the contents of your file cabinet scanned you can choose whether to discard the hard copies or box them up for permanent storage. Either way, you’ll get your file cabinet back for your current documents and keep them off your work area until you are actually working on them. This is especially important for anyone who runs a business from home.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 doesn’t have to be just for business purposes, anyone can find a valuable use for this scanner. If you have a child in school that brings home half a dozen papers a day and you can’t bear to part with them, then the Fujitsu Scanner can tame them into a virtual folder and you don’t have to feel guilty over recycling their carefully crafted artwork. Having digital copies of documents is a great way to back up all of your important documents and can come in handy at tax time.
If you are looking for the best document scanner, Fujitsu certainly makes some of the best. The predecessor to the S1500, the ScanSnap S510, was a well-rated scanner and the current model seems to be further improved. The ScanSnap S1500 has been a bestselling scanner at Amazon for awhile now and continues to receive high ratings from customers (read those reviews HERE). Other Fujitsu scanner models like the ScanSnap S1300 are also very popular which just goes to show that this manufacturer knows what they are doing.