Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 mobile scanner

Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 mobile scanner


Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 mobile scanner Photo: Mobile Magazine

With a small but steadily growing population of the computing force being Mac users, it’s nice to see Fujitsu thinking of us by offering a serious mobile scanning hardware solution.  The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is just under $300, and will appeal not only by Mac users, but any mobile professional serious about document processing.

The S1300 is silver and gray.  It folds down nicely in to a compact 11.18 x 3.90 x 3.03 inches and weighs in at 3.08 lbs.  It’s a little bit thick at 3.03-inches, but will fit in to larger laptop bags, perhaps even a large briefcase. I think it could have been a bit thinner, but Fujitsu did a good job of keeping it looking sleek.    Power is via USB, either a single connection to your computer with the included power adapter.  Or go ultra-mobile by using two USB ports.  The interface is simple and clean, with one-button scanning initiated at the touch of a finger.

Scanning times are a fast on the S1300.  Software processing after the document passes through your scanner is very efficient.  Results were sharp and crisp, contrast was better than average without any adjustments.  The ADF (automatic document feeder) only holds 10 sheets, but its alignment is bang on, no issues of pages shifting were encountered in my tests.   The Fujitsu S1300 really shines in the software department.  

Software prompt for you to manage the most recent scan.

Bundled with the standard model is the following:

ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap (Mac and PC): ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap allows users to be productive by quickly transforming their paperwork into editable Word and Excel files at the push of a button.

ScanSnap Organizer 4.1 (PC): Offers PC users a convenient way to store, manage and view PDF and JPEG files as well as perform post-scan editing, keyword entry and searchable PDF conversion.

CardMinder 4.1 (PC): Provides PC users a fast way to capture both sides of a business card, extract the information automatically and export it to Outlook, Excel, Act! and other contact management software.

Scan to Functions (PC): Offers PC users an easy way to scan to a folder, attach scans to an email, send scans to a printer, or scan to Microsoft SharePoint for ad-hoc efficiency.

ScanSnap Manager (Mac and PC): Provides Mac and PC users one button searchable PDF creation, access to intelligent features and custom scan settings (profiles) for simple operation with sophisticated results.

Scan to Functions (Mac): Offers Mac users a flexible way to manage their PDF, searchable PDF and JPEG files. Users can save content to a folder, a network folder, iPhoto, and even directly to their iDisk account.

Cardiris 3.6 (Mac): Provides Mac users a convenient way to scan their business cards and export the contact information directly to Address Book or Entourage.

If you are interested in Rack2-Filer software, Fujitsu sells the S1300 deluxe model that gives you this software for an additional $50.  It provides the look and feel of paper to your scanned documents.

Here are the scanning times encountered:

8.5×11 single sided 14 seconds 300dpi 24bit
8.5×11 double sided 48 seconds 600dpi 24bit
8.5×11 double sided 16 seconds 300dpi 24bit
8.5×11 single sided 47 seconds 600dpi 24bit
8.5×11 single sided 9 seconds 150dpi greyscale
10 page stack single side 150dpi greyscale 59 seconds
100% Crop Magazine Ad Scan (2.53 MB)

Bottom Line
Fujitsu packs a nice suite of applications with the S1300 scanner, for both Mac and PC users.  The ScanSnap manager is simple and easy to use, letting you select what you want to do with the document after it’s scanned. Default settings can be modified and saved, letting you adjust what it should do. For example: save as PDF 150dpi to folder /scans.  AbbyFineReader lets you scan automatically to Excel, searchable PDF, or Word.  Mac support is a huge plus, but this one lacks a carrying case of its own.