ScanSnap S1500 Review

Scansnap S1500Sheet feed scanners like this Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, are scanners that are designed to rapidly digitize single sheet documents. It features a 50-page Automatic Document Feeder and can scan 20 pages per minute. This is also one of the few sheet-fed scanners that supports Ubuntu Linux out of the box.

The S1500 remains just as fast scanning at higher resolutions of 300 dpi color or grayscale. It can be set to detect small documents intermixed in a stack placed into the automatic document feeder and automatically increase resolution for finer print associated with smaller documents such as receipts and business cards.

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The speed of this scanner is an amazing 20 pages per minute but, because it scans both sides of a page at the same time, double sided documents scan at 40 pages a minute.

Here are some of the amazing features of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500:

This scanner is much smaller than it looks. You might be expecting something about the size of a inkjet printer, but it is actually closer to the size of a loaf of bread.

Here is what one owner had to say about the ScanSnap S1500:

“This is a wonderful desktop scanner and a great time saver. Our office has large copy machines with scanning capabilities but getting up and going to the machine multiple times per day became rather tedious and time consuming. This scanner solved those problems and has made us much more efficient. We have purchased them for our employees who receive a lot of mail and it has increased their productivity significantly!” (Jill) Excerpted for size- Click Here to Read Full Review

NPR.org recently published an interesting review of the Scansnap S1500. The writer was in the process of converting his books into digital files to read on his iPad and found the S1500 the only scanners up to the task.

The ScanSnap is designed from the ground up to turn stacks of pulp to bytes. It doesn’t have the large glass bed of the conventional scanner or copy machine. Instead, it looks like a small inkjet printer, taking up only a bit more desk space than a lunch box. It has a 50-sheet holder and feeds each sheet between rollers while scanning both sides at the same time through two thin strips of glass.

It takes just 3 seconds for the ScanSnap to scan a sheet at a decent resolution. That compares with 30 seconds for the two other sheet-fed, double-sided (or duplex) scanners I tried, the $140 Canon Pixma MX870 and the $270 HP ScanJet 5590.

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