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on May 29, 2010
I was thinking about the 1500M but then realized that the software was for Mac only and that making it work with a PC using the great software that is bundled would not be possible. Sure you can get the scanner to work but not all of ease of use features with profiles etc.

I like the Scan Snap software, it is easy to use. I did not use the manual to figure it out(beyond checking what needed to be installed).

You simply select active Profile for your scanning task and then it is a one-click affair.

Scan to a file
Scan to Evernote (I had to configure, very easy to-do)
Scan to email
Scan to Card-Iris
Scan to Word
Scan to Excel

Could this get any easier?

Page Per Minute:
8 supposedly but if you turn on the special PDF feature to make the document SEARCH-ABLE then the PPM goes down or at least the post-scan processing takes slightly longer.

Small size benefits:
* I like the ability to take it with me to a meeting where I know I will want to share notes
* small footprint on my desk (I like this)
* when you fold up the trays the 1300 is just a tiny little box

Small size issues:
* the paper tray cannot hold as many sheets as the larger models
* guide rails are small and papers can sometimes get fed in at an angle if your paper is curling up a little, I have to assume that with bigger guide rails that would help keep the paper straight
* if you have the space and you want to be able to do large batches of scans I have to assume the larger SCAN SNAPS would be a better choice (they can process more PPM too).

power from USB:
* the option to power form two USB ports is pretty nifty
* this feature is useful for people that travel and do some serious word warrior computing

Lastly, my use case (so that you can determine if my advice applies):
* I am a GTD user and scansnap is part of my process of processing my inbox (getting to zero).
* I scan a lot of stuff to evernote (magazine articles/notes/project related documents)
* I scan all my bills and tax related documents to an encrypted folder
* I scan business cards and use card iris to send to entourage
* My goal of FILING less stuff is a success thanks to the EASE of use of the Scan SNAP
* my goal of shredding old files after scanning is a success

I own other scanners, and they are PERFECT for scanning a few important documents for a task but not for BULK SCANNING jobs. WAY too many steps and too slow! I strongly recommend SCANSNAP scanners.
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on April 16, 2010
The ScanSnap S1300 rocks and this page doesn't do it justice.
BTW, the difference between the ScanSnap S300 and S1300 is simple.
S1300 works with PC and MAC. S300 only works with PC. Get the S1300.
It scans FAST and PDFs pop up on my PC immediately. It does OCR in the background while the PC is idle.
Great, great quality. My old Epson Perfection 1240 never scanned docs with such clarity.
One can't use TWAIN with the ScanSnap series. So no "import from scanner" in Photoshop.
But this things will scan a JPG that can you later open in Photoshop. No worries.
As a designer, I'm not impacted since I rarely scan anything in color these days.
(It does scan in full color, btw...really nice quality).
I'll let the video show you real-world usage.
Personal stuff has been blurred. ;)
You can watch it at you of the tube
and search for the following kB7268TGEng.
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on August 5, 2010
Even though I have flatbed scanners and a wand scanner, I decided I needed something faster that the flatbed with less tweaking than the wand scanner (fast and OK for images, iffy for documents). I've been wanting to buy either the S1300 or the S1500 based on the great Amazon reviews, but couldn't decide which.

Pros for the S1300 were:

Support for both Mac and PC (have both)

Cons were:
10 sheet ADF limit
Slower speed (10 ppm versus 20 ppm for S1500)
Lacks full Adobe Acrobat product

Ultimately I decided to "settle" for the S1300, but I'm very happy.

First, it turns out you can actually put far more than 10 sheets in the ADF. The important thing is that the first few pages feed well. The additional pages will fall into place if you've taken moderate care to stack them neatly. I've scanned documents at least 35 pages long with no trouble.

The "slower" speed hasn't been a problem for me. In the past few days I've already scanned inches worth of documents (7" stack is waiting to be shredded) - I anticipating being entirely paper free at work in a week. Ironically, work finally (after months of waiting) got me set up with a XEROX Workcenter 7346. I think the S1300 is actually faster for me, because I can multi-task while the S1300 chugs at my desk (fwiw, I am using a netbook to ingest the scans while working at my "work" desktop).

While I do love having a complete version of Adobe Acrobat, the software included with the ScanSnap lets you do most stuff that's really important - OCR, rotating pages, deleting pages, etc. I have found it's useful, when scanning a stack of documents, to take a moment after each scan to name the thing (e.g., yymmdd description). Renaming is a snap, just hit F2 and start typing the new name. No need to add the ".pdf" extension, that gets added automatically.

The business card software is nice as well, though I find I have to go through and QA the OCR "guesses." Since I haven't had a business card scanner before, I don't know how this compares.

Lastly, this little unit works great if you have a need to use it on the road. I had two multi-hour flight delays this week. I went ahead and set up the ScanSnap with my netbook and chugged through stacks of paper I'd been dragging around for far too long. So awesome that I could do so without any access to power (though I did find outlets so I wasn't draining my netbook).

Definitely recommend the S1300 for anyone who wants to go paperless!
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on September 11, 2010
Update 7/8/11: It's been working quite well. Software is poor, but I'm more or less used to it. To their credit Fujitsu has provided 10.7 driver updates, so I bumped the review from 3 to 4 stars.

I've been looking for this scanner for 15 years. It's good enough. It could be better, but it's good enough. If it lasts for two years I'll happily buy it again at the same price.

The hardware is essentially perfect. It's a bit annoying that you need two USB cables if you want to avoid the generic (mediocre) power brick, but blame that on USB. We should all be using either old style firewire or never coming USB 3, but we're stuck with USB 2. It scans both sides of paper at once. Yes, DUPLEX.

Although it's primarily a document scanner, I've used it scan color prints. The results were not professional quality, but they were darned good and fast.

The documentation is excellent.

The software is mediocre. Some of the bundled OS X software is so old it's non-native on Intel machines, fortunately you can omit that. Unlike the higher end machines you don't get Adobe's superb PDF/OCR combination (yes, once Adobe was competent), you get a much less efficient product called ABBY FineReader. Even so, it does produce PDF images with searchable OCRd text indices.

Most importantly, OS X Spotlight WILL index the text associated with these PDF image files.

The mediocrity extends to the ScanSnap Manager UI and workflow. Clearly this was a low bid contract. Don't expect much in the way of upgrades or future products. The scans, however, can be sent to products like DevonThink Pro ($150) for processing.

The scanner uses proprietary drives. This is perhaps the most lethal problem. If they're not upgraded we can be sure that within 3 years they won't work on OS X. Fujitsu, notoriously, does not provide new versions of ScanSnap Manager without a hardware purchase.

There are other problems with the software, but so far it hasn't been unstable.

In summary, 2 star software, 5 star hardware, gives a 3 star review. Surprisingly, I still love the product. If Apple were ever to produce a scanner, it would be a lot like this, though with a better power adapter and infinitely better software.
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on June 8, 2010
I purchased this a few weeks ago and I run on a Mac Book Pro laptop.
1. The setup was super easy
2. the foot print is small
3. Pay attention to the fact that scanner ADF only supports 10 pages. Anything above that will stick together.
4. Once you are connected, put the paper in and press the blue button, it is a snap, no pun intended.
5. The software works well and is easy to use.
6. The scanner does align crooked paper. I have put business cards, receipts, airline tickets, cab receipts and they all work great.
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on March 1, 2011

I've only owned this scanner less than a week, but already I've scanned probably at least 1,000 pieces of paper, over half being front and back. The simultaneous duplex scanning is amazing, best idea ever for a scanner. This thing is very small, and the ability to power it from USB makes it even more portable. The design is great, how well it closes up and how that turns it off. The collapsible paper supports are a nice touch, too. I've only had I think 3 bad feeds so far, and 2 were because I didn't realize there were papers stapled together. It is extremely easy to remove a paper from the scanner if necessary.

The software is pretty simple and straightforward, which is both a good and a bad thing. The auto color detection is a nice idea, and the color high compression mode is nice as long as any images don't need to be high quality, as it results in much smaller file sizes. It does a pretty good job, especially with the "Correct skewed character strings automatically" setting, of adjusting for skew. The auto rotation adjustment and ability to set the papers in face up or down and in any orientation is very handy. Being able to set a specific paper size is a cool feature, too, as it will halt if it detects something different from that, assuming it's due to an overlap from feeding more than one sheet at a time. What's really nice is in the event of an error, you can choose to discard everything scanned so far, save it, or continue scanning after clearing the error. I also appreciate that once it feeds all the sheets, it lets you add more and continue scanning and appends the file, and another nice touch is that this can be done via the button on the scanner as soon as you load more into it.


A big issue I have is that when using "Auto Color Detection" or "Color" modes, any page it detects color on, including some B&W pages misidentified as having color, is lightened up. So while pages with no color have dark, crisp text/images, on the pages with color the B&W is very faded. If I scan in "Color high compression" mode, the text is normal, but the images are poor quality (compressed). I contacted support about this and they said nothing can be done. It resulted in my having to rescan a few hundred pages, and I have to constantly check it after every scan, especially since it doesn't always do it. I also have to routinely adjust the B&W brightness depending on the document, since some at normal are too dark and look like the text was written with a sharpie vs a pen, making it less sharp/crisp.

The software minimizes when the scan starts, so if you need to make constant changes between scans you have to keep restoring it. It needs an option to stay visible.

Needs portable software to be truly portable, as included software is massive and takes a while to install.

Other thoughts:

One feature I would love to see in the future is multiple (ideally at least 3-4) buttons on the scanner, each mappable to a separate scanning configuration, so you don't have to go into the software every time you need to change the settings for a different document.

Update (4/23/11): I've now owned this scanner for about two months, and have probably scanned a total of 3,000+ pages, many front and back. After all this use, this scanner continues to perform like a champ, and all my original comments stand. Durability/longevity seem very good, and I look forward to using it for a long time yet.

Update (12/21/11): After almost 10 months of ownership with a good amount of usage, I can say it is still working as it did on day one. It definitely seems like it will last. It also does a pretty good job for most of my document scanning needs. However, I have decided to lower my rating to 3 stars (maybe 3.5 rounded down, but I can no longer justify a 4-star rating). The reasons I have done so are as follows:

- For the first time, I attempted to power it off of USB. To my disappointment, I could not get it to work, even when using a dual USB cable, plugged into two USB ports, one of which a USB 3.0 port (higher output).

- It is terrible at scanning standard store receipts. It is near impossible to get them to feed through straight without crinkling or turning/slanting to one side or another. And even when you do manage to get it to feed through properly the scanner keeps cutting off one edge, resulting in a useless image. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to prevent this. I have had to resort to using my flatbed for receipts.

Update (9/19/15): 4.5 years later, and this scanner is still working perfectly (with the exceptions already noted). I've even dropped it from a couple feet onto a hard surface and had pieces fly off of it, and I just snapped them back on and it was like it never happened. I've also found that by feeding store receipts through in different orientations, I can usually get a good scan. It seems to usually do better scanning from the bottom up, and sometimes it does better with the front facing forward, sometimes with the front facing away. It's rare that I can't get a good, or at least good enough, scan on a receipt by playing around with it, but it does sometimes take multiple tries, which is time-wasting and a little frustrating. Luckily, it's not something I do a lot of. I still stick with a rating of 3.5 stars, and I'm tempted to round that back up to 4 due to its longevity and overall functionality, but for the price, I'd expect it wouldn't have the issues it does have. In any event, I would recommend it without hesitation. I'd just like to see a new version with these issues dealt with.
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on April 16, 2010
We have 2 ScanSnap 300Ms here, several 1500s and now I have the 1300 on my desk. This scanner works flawlessly.

It did take a little time for the rollers to work in, it wasn't gripping paper right at the beginning, but after about a 100 scans everything fell into place.

Colors are good, resolution is great.

As a desk scanner - this is about as good as it gets.
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on September 7, 2010
I have owned numerous hand held, flatbed, and multifunction scanners over the last 20+ years and the S1300 is the best one yet. In the two weeks I have owned it I have scanned in a stack of paperwork and documents 28" high and a 4" stack of business cards. Of those thousands of pages I've experienced about 10 paper jams and 2 double-feeds. All of them were because of the documents and not the scanner. Clearing jams and double-feeds is easy and the scanner automatically rejects the scan so you can feed the docs right back in. The specifications indicate the sheet feeder holds 10 pages, but 12 pages of normal weights will feed through easily. The sheet feeder doesn't wrap or bend the documents like most sheet-fed scanners so cardboard stock and business cards pass through easily and aren't bent in any way.

The bundled software is what really makes the scanner shine. ScanSnap Organizer and ScanSnap Viewer make it extremely easy to edit the PDF documents and convert them to email or Word, Excel or PowerPoint. The Viewer allows you to rotate individual pages, change the page order, delete pages, and even crop out anything on a page you don't want. When scanning in duplex mode the software does a great job of detecting and discarding blank pages.

The only negatives I can think of are the included documentation is very sparse, even the documentation on the CD. The software is so easy to use there's really no need for extensive documentation though. The business card software is not quite as good as the ScanSnap software, but does a fair job of OCR and picking out name and address information. I found about 40% of scanned cards need to be manually edited. The only complaint with the hardware is visible white streaks when scanning images at the higher resolution settings to .JPG format. Cleaning the scan heads helps but it appears the streaks are caused by the sheet feeder leaving slight impressions which are picked up by the sensitive scan heads.
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on June 3, 2010
I had this up and running in less than 10 minutes. Scanned over 200 pages in less than a 1/2 hour. It is a lot smaller than I expected, but that just leaves more room on my desk. Great product, can't say enough about it. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit with no problems.
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on September 9, 2010
Wish your S1300 would scan faster? Here's a tip that'll speed things up significantly. I use a Mac so this is not advice for PC users.

-Go to your Dock and click on the ScanSnap Manager icon to make it the front running application.
-Click on the ScanSnap Manager Menu Item
-Select "Settings".
-In the settings window uncheck "Use Quick Menu".
-Select the "Scanning" tab.
-Click on the "Image quality" button and set it to "Better" (instead of "Best" or "Excellent").

If "Image quality" was previously set to "Best" by default you'll now see your scans speed up quite a bit and you'll still have sufficient detail should you ever need to print any of your scanned documents.

Another tip: I highly recommend Mariner's Paperless software to store your scans -- it's been working very well for me. Of course, you can simply use the Finder to store and sort through your docs for no extra cost, but Paperless has some great features, such as combining separately scanned docs. Give it a look:)
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