|Product Dimensions||27.28 x 4.75 x 3.38 cm; 349.27 Grams|
|Item model number||PA03610-B005|
|Item Weight||349 g|
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 CLR 600DPI USB Mobile Scanner (PA03610-B005)
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This featherweight champion packs quite a punch. The ScanSnap S1100 is our most mobile ScanSnap ever. It's weight (12.3 ounces) makes it feel almost non-existent in a carry-on, and it's dimensions let
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This is the first ultra mobile Scansnap, and I cannot convey how impressed I am with it! The device is literally about the size of two snickers bars put end to end. It's tiny, feels well constructed, and does not require external power. The software installation is quick is easy. It does not come with Adobe Acrobat Full version, like some of the older models used to include. It does not scan double sided as do many of the other Scansnap devices. If you've used a scansnap this one puts the brakes on and reverses you-- the paper actually feeds in the front and out the back-- Opposite of all Scansnaps. It works just fine once you realize what's going on there.
Those couple of drawbacks considered, if you are a mobile road warrior who needs to scan on the go, (signed paperwork, business cards, receipts, etc.) this is clearly my most preferred choice for a mobile scanner. The quality of scans is completely satisfactory, and honestly this little device does much better with tiny thin pieces of paper like receipts as compared to some of the larger models-- that are designed for a whole stack of paper-- and from time to time will skew a thin tiny receipt sideways and crinkle it up.
My thoughts on this model vs. the S1300: If you travel and set up at a hotel, temporary office or trade table type environment for a few days or all day, or need double sided scanning, the S1300 is a fine option. It's larger and takes more space if you're flying. If you travel or fly daily, or move from client to client during the day and want the smallest lightest option, this would be my recommended option. It would be perfect for sales forces, insurance company members, consultants, and others who go from place to place quickly, want minimal bulk, and the ability to scan a few documents quickly & easily. If you need to scan small stacks of paper, go with the S1300.
As I continue to have the scanner longer I will plan to update the review. But at this point, the install was easy, the scan quality is good and use is easy, and the device is unbelievably small yet feels "not flimsy" and I couldn't be any more pleased with it's functionality and portability. If you have any specific questions or would like a certain additional feature tested, please leave a comment below and I will answer you ASAP.
Update: I have added a photo of it in my hand for size comparison. It's unbelievably trim!
Update: I've completed my first business trip with 13 pages of various sized receipts, full page receipts, baggage fee wide receipts, etc. I was able to scan them all in about 2 minutes. As well, a couple features I didn't mention explicitly above: The scanner auto aligns the images-- you don't have to worry about feeding them through exactly straight. Finally, the software "sits and waits" between receipts you feed through, until you click "finished". This is a FAR superior software feature to the larger S1300-- because it takes a few moments to put down & pick up another receipt. The scanner sits patiently and waits for you to feed through as many receipts or pieces of paper as you want, with no urgency.
The scanning went perfectly and I'll post a few examples of the scans with no personal info on them as an example of scan quality. Since I've had the scanner I carry it with me in my backpack every day to & from work and everywhere I travel with my work backpack. Still going strong with no issues.
Update: I recently needed to scan some very plastic like paper and it didn't want to curl upwards to come out of the scanner. I then learned that the back "door" on the scanner can very easily be removed so the paper feeds straight through without bending it. Another question, and another problem solved easily.
Update: I discovered that the rear door can easily be removed so you can scan hard cards like plastic credit cards, membership cards, etc. right through the unit without bending them at all! Also great for older style hard photos as long as they're not too thick.
I recommend you buy a different scanner, but from a company other than Fujitsu. I believe companies that sell you computer peripheral hardware and then prohibit you from moving the hardware you have purchased from computer to computer are unethical; or as a minimum have unethical product managers. Perhaps that explains why in the nice list of features and marketing spin on their product page and the Amazon product page, neglects to mention this minor but crucial detail. Can you imagine not being able to move a mouse or a printer you purchased from one computer to another?
From the SnapScan Manager EULA:
1. Installation and Use: You may ongoingly use the Software on any one (1) computer at a time.
From the SnapScan FAQ on Fujitsu's web site (http://www.fujitsu.com/global/support/computing/peripheral/scanners/ssfaq/s1100_before10.html):
Q10. Can I install the software which comes bundled with the S1100 onto several computers?
A10. You can install the software on one computer only since the software license which comes bundled with ScanSnap S1100 restricts its use to only one PC.
EDIT - upgraded the one-star review to 5 stars for the customer service rep who did further research and called me back, and had me upgrade to software that although it says not compatible with the S1100, it still made the S1100 work again!
First, the rationale--I received a hand-scanner from work to do some research, where you manually rake it across a photo. Short of being a nightmare, it was, however, a pain. Dust was an issue (white lines/streaks), and stability as well (trying to prevent rotations and the smearing of photos that were too glossy). It was quick, and saved to onboard microSD, which was great, but then you have to go back and look at them on a computer to see what didn't work. And, good luck rectifying those.
For some family photos (in the process of archiving hundreds of pounds), I decided to upgrade. Saw this scanner and the auto rotate/skew and auto-feed, and decided to give it a shot. Bingo! Plug it in, and you're seconds from scanning. It stays off/dormant when the cute lid/cover is closed, and when you open it, it lights up, and provokes your software. There are a ton of options, but I set mine to grey scale and color versions of "600 dpi, let me feed you, you auto-name, and let me feed one after another, save them as different names, and put them in a folder". Feed a picture, it spits it out, it's saved automatically, and you can start putting the next picture in. Brilliant! When you're done, click finish, and the scan window on the computer goes away. You can scan pictures that are merely an inch or so by an inch or so (it crops automatically!!), all the way up to anything that's 8.5" or so wide by however long.
It's nice to look at the pictures in the folder as you're scanning to ensure there's no dust. Wait, dust? Yeah, some of these pictures are quite ancient, and now matter how much I wiped or sprayed air, dust gets in. Is this a problem? No. Lift up the scanner lid, and there's a strip of glass that's a cinch to clean! After maybe 100 pictures, I noticed one white streak, cleaned it, and haven't seen it since.
You can scan to JPG or PDF or whatever you'd like. In the slowest scanning mode, you can scan about 28 inches in length per minute. It doubles in speed when you switch from 600dpi to 300dpi. I'm doing high, but don't mind the slow because it's not too slow. I just scanned 28 8x10 photos and it took 12 minutes or so.
Quality is awesome--I couldn't ask for better colors and images.
It will also do full duplex scans, apparently, where it prompts you to flip the paper.
UPDATE: I've scanned over 2,000 pictures with this. The only issue I have is that reds and brown seem to be 'overmodulated' and splotchy. In other words, light reds and browns go to this dark red shade, making a lot of the pictures useless. I turned to my flatbed (which Fuji recommended, as opposed to this ScanSnap) for scanning any pictures with reds/browns of certain shades. For EVERYTHING else, colors, greys, it's great. There are no controls for color correction, so nothing can be done about it. That's what tech support at Fuji said. For old pictures, you'll be dusting more often. I use a strip of black thick paper to check and see if I have any dust in my sensor, taking a look at the image on the computer before moving on (every once in a while).
Unboxing the scanner is simple. The main thing is to take the CD and install the software before hooking up the scanner. We installed it to a Dell laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium, and it was more or less straightforward install process. It took a while to install and then it needed to update from the website. Something went wrong the first time I did it, and I needed to start over. Ultimately, however, I got everything installed--the driver and the scanner management software.
Then the scanner is hooked up via a mini-USB cable attached to any USB port on the computer. Opening the door of the scanner turns it on and you should see a steady blue light indicating that it's ready to work. Now the fun begins.
You can feed in photos, receipts, 8.5x11 documents, envelopes, etc. The scanner software reads it all in and even adjusts crooked documents automatically (there are plenty of options in the settings menu to control this). By default, it will prompt you for the next page, to make it easy to feed in a multi-page document that is processed into one PDF file. A mouse click ends the scan session, or you can set it up to only accept one page at a time in the settings.
It's great for scanning in those old photos; we have a bunch of old envelopes containing 24-36 photos (4x6) and we really want them digitized. I just feed them in, about 3 seconds per photo, and within a couple of minutes I have scanned an entire roll into a fairly compact PDF file. The only problem is that occasionally the software rotates a photo, and I don't know why; perhaps it thinks it's helping you. It's possible to turn off the auto-rotate feature, although even then I had a problem with rotation; perhaps it was user error.
I really got this for my wife, so that she could take these boxes of old flyers, letters, and documents and scan them all so we can finally recycle them. While she has yet to undertake this effort, the scanner has already proved its worth with the photos and receipts I have scanned.
The scan software presents you with a default file name containing today's date and time (also configurable from settings) that is easily edited. I like to leave the date/time in the file name and add some descriptive text. Then the file is stored on our archival hard disk and backed up to the external disk, and we can retire that piece of paper.
It's very handy for receipts, which seem to pile up on the desk at an alarming rate. Scan them, and bin them. If you need a receipt, print it again.
One limitation this scanner has is a failure to work in Linux. I tried plugging it into my Linux PC, and while the system detected the device, it lacked the drivers to actually use it, and Fujitsu provides no Linux drivers. For most people, this is not an issue, so they can comfortably use it with Windows and, I believe, the Mac as well. I'm getting a Brother scanner for my Linux machine, because it has Linux drivers.
I would say, the only other limitation is that it's not a duplex scanner, meaning it won't scan both sides of a page at once. That would be a sweet feature to have, and would save time when scanning a lot of documents, but it's not a deal breaker. It scans so quickly that you can just flip the page and scan the back, 5 seconds and you're done.
All in all, a well engineered device with good software that runs correctly in Win7 (I can't vouch for Win 8 or MacOS) and is just very simple and easy to use. Highly recommended.