Nowadays, our offices are not just a desk with a computer and printer. We work in our cars, at the soccer field, the coffee shop, airplanes and sometimes even the bathroom. That means our tools need to be be mobile enough to go with us too. Fujitsu has made it possible to take scanning on the road with the ScanSnap S1100 so you can be productive everywhere you go. This is another example of the CES trend I mentioned in my CES review. I was sent the Fujitsu ScanSnap in exchange for this review.
This small scanner scans small receipts, pictures, business cards and documents (maximum of 8.5 in x 34 in.) It will even scan in plastic or embossed cards up to .76 mm thick. It scans in both color or black and white at 300 dpi in 7.5 seconds per document.
The ScanSnap S1100 is about 11 inches long, 1.75 inches deep and 1.33 inches high and weighs just under 13 ounces. It fits into a larger purse or your computer bag and doesn’t add bulk or weight.
I am so excited about this small scanner. I have so many pictures and documents that I want to have access to for my business and for digital scrapbooking. Scanning has always been a chore because I have to open and close the scanner cover, change out the documents, preview the document, wait 30 seconds for it to scan and then save it somewhere on my computer. But with this small scanner, scanning was so easy (and fun.) It really does take one step to scan and one click to decide where to send it.
The S1100 will also help you go paperless by providing a scan to cloud option. You feed the document into the scanner, press the scan button (only button on the scanner) and it will pull the document into the scanner. You are given a choice of what you want to do with the document once it is scanned.
Scan it directly to Evernote, Google Docs, PDF, printer, Word, Excel, iPhoto (mac), folder or e-mail. The ScanSnap comes with software for scanning in business cards, capturing the data and exporting directly to your address book software. ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap gives you the ability to scan the document and create a Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint document.
Jason recently took it with him on a trip to Amsterdam so he could scan in all his receipts while he was away. His comment when he returned home was, “it’s easy to install and easy to use” and he had all his receipts ready to do his expense report back in the office.
I tested the scanner with documents, business cards and pictures. All three scanned in easily in one step and I sent them directly to Evernote, my printer and iPhoto with no problems. It was as easy as one button scan and one button to load to computer.
The best feature for me was being able toor Google Docs. When I scan something in, I now have access to it from my Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, laptop or even a public computer. I plan to take the scanner with me to conferences and scan in business cards to my laptop while on the plane home. It is small enough to do that on the airplane tray.
I found this really funny video on the Fujitsu ScanSnap YouTube page. Glee meets coffee shop office.
The ScanSnap S100 is available for both Mac or PC and retails for $199.99. It connects to your computer with a USB cord (included.) The software you get is ScanSnap Organizer 4.1 for PC, Cardiris 3.6 for Mac, CardMinder 4.1 for PC and ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap (PC & Mac). You can find more information about the scanner in the ScanSnap community.
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Disclosure: I was sent the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 and a $10 Starbucks gift card in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.