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The ScanSnap S1300i
August 9, 2012
SASKATOON SK, Aug 9, 2012/ Troy Media/ – Fujitsu’s latest version of the ScanSnap S1300 scanner, the ScanSnap S1300i, helps anyone who wants to dramatically reduce the amount of paper they use when scanning. This sub-$300 scanner is probably one of the most useful scanners I’ve ever tested. It’s small, fast, and the best thing is that I can scan directly to my iPhone and save the image in DropBox so I can easily access it later. No paper needed. Check out this Flash presentation by Fujitsu to learn about the ScanSnap S1300i.
The ScanSnap S1300i works great with either a PC or a Mac, and the free apps available for iOS and Android make it a great fit for either iOS based smartphones and tablets or Android devices. It comes with an adapter to provide power, or you can connect it to two USB ports on your computer to provide power. The computer is the downside of this device – it’d be great if it had onboard Wi-Fi so you could scan directly to your portable devices rather than having a computer act as the conduit.
Having said that, it’s still a terrific scanner. It’ll scan up to 12 pages a minute and automatically detects whether the scanned image is colour, greyscale or black and white. It has a 10-sheet document feeder, its dimensions are: 284mm W x 99mm D x 77mm H and it weighs in at a svelte 1.4 kg.
You’ll need at least Windows XP with 512 MB of disk space to run it on a PC, and Mac owners will require at least OSX 10.4 and 512 MB of space. It’ll automatically detect the size of documents, whether they’re colour or not, how many pages in a document and whether any of them are blank, it’ll straighten images and can detect page orientation – all automatically. The software lets you save your scanned images as PDFs and JPEGS. It creates searchable PDFs and editable Word and Excel files and can create searchable keywords with a highlighter.
It’ll scan directly into Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, SharePoint and other cloud storage services.
It’s dead simple to use, after you’ve installed the appropriate software on your Mac or PC, and any iOS devices or Android devices – and after you’ve registered for the cloud service you intend to use. You simply put the document to scan in the scanner, press scan and then decide where the scanned image is to go – this is the part where the computer comes into play. It scans very quickly – 8 pages per minute (ppm) in Normal mode down to .5 ppm in Excellent mode when connected to the adapter. Speeds are about half as fast when connected strictly via duals USB ports.
Along with the ability to scan to iOS or Android devices, you can, of course, scan in the traditional mode and save the image to a folder, attach it to an E-mail or send it directly to a printer. You can scan in business cards and convert the content into a contact, which saves a pile of typing for business users, road warriors in particular.
It uses a three-colour LED (red, green and blue) and can scan from 150 dots per inch (dpi) for colour/greyscale in Normal mode, up to 600 dpi in Excellent mode. Black and white scans can go from 300 dpi in Normal mode to 1200dpi in Excellent mode, so there’s a lot of variation available to users.
The scanning resolution isn’t of a high enough quality to use for high resolution, colour printing, but it’s plenty good enough for 90 per cent of the use a family or small business would put this scanner to.
I’ve found that I look for opportunities to use this scanner because it’s so convenient to use DropBox to store scanned images. I’ve started scanning documents that have significance to me so that I can access them easily on my iPhone. For example, I’m working on a wood stove in my cabin, making sure it meets all the appropriate codes in order to properly insure the place. I scanned all the relevant documents on the stove and what the codes demand in order to have simple, immediate access to everything I need. I love it and I can only see using the scanner more and more.
If only it had Wi-Fi capability, I wouldn’t have to make sure I had a computer connected, but even with this obstacle it works great. I’d highly recommend this scanner.
PROS: Android or iPhone – it’ll work with either and it also works with both Macs and PCs; easy to install software, easy to use, it’s a real productivity enhancer.
CONS: Expensive; a bit too big for a road warrior’s needs; although it scans to iPhone or Android, you still need a computer; it’d be nice if it integrated Wi-Fi for a direct connection to an iPhone or Android phone.
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