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Monday, May 14, 2012

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is a small and light USB-powered document scanner that manages to keep many—but not all—of the features found in its popular desktop siblings.

It also lacks an automatic document feeder, so you must load each sheet of a multi-page document individually. Unlike the rest of the ScanSnap lineup, the S1100 is a simplex scanner, meaning it scans only one side of a sheet of paper at a time. To lessen the pain, the S1100 will append multiple pages into the same document until you tell it to complete the scan job.

The S1100 offers 600 dots-per-inch optical resolution and scans in color, grayscale, and monochrome; the scanner switches modes as it automatically detects the type of page its scanning. You can save files as JPEG, PDF and searchable PDF. The S1100 is not TWAIN compliant.

The S1100 comes with Abbyy FineReader OCR software that allows you to scan documents directly to Mircrosoft Word and Excel (scan to PowerPoint is only available on Windows). Additionally, the S1100 can send scans directly to Evernote and Google Docs.

When you insert a sheet, the ScanSnap S1100 grabs and aligns it. For heavier stock and photos, close the flap and the documents exit straight out the back—keep in mind that if you’re scanning multiple documents, you’ll need enough space in front and back of the S1100 to accommodate two lengths of paper To save desk space, you can flip down a small flap and have your documents exit upwards and back towards you. To scan a document, pages or photos are fed one at a time through a front slot. Then you simply push the large, illuminated blue button and the S1100 moves the sheet through the device.

In my tests with the S1100, it took about 7 seconds for an 8-by-10 photo scan at 150 dpi, 200 dpi, and 300 dpi. A text-searchable PDF took around 10 seconds using default settings Choosing the highest (600 dpi) setting increased the scan time to 22 seconds.

Our grayscale resolution test target scan showed four-point text to be legible, diagonal lines were clean, but moire patterns showed up relatively early in the converging lines tests Scan quality was good enough for its main purpose (digitizing paper documents) but its photo and grayscale line art scans can’t compete with flatbed scanners that are designed to handle a wider variety of documents, photos, and sometimes transparencies. S1100 photo scans were dark and overly saturated, but not bad.

My buying advice
It offers easy-to-use presets for scanning to Microsoft Office applications as well as cloud services like Evernote and Google Docs, but its single-sheet, single-sided scanning could turn digitizing mulit-page documents into a tedious task For anyone looking for a light-duty, portable document scanner, the ScanSnap S1100 is worth a look.

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