The newest and smallest model in Fujitsu's ScanSnap line-up of portable scanners gets the best reviews in this category: the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100. The ScanSnap S1100 weighs less than a pound, and it is about 11 inches long and less than 2 inches wide and high. It looks more like a toner cartridge than a scanner. One drawback some reviewers point to is Fujitsu's proprietary driver, which doesn't allow scanning from inside third-party applications that use another driver. But as long as it's only used to scan short documents, business cards, receipts and other one-page items, the ScanSnap S1100 does the job tremendously, according to reviewers, producing high-quality images. It can even scan plastic cards. It is compatible with PC and Mac operating systems.
Good for a document scanner, terrific for a portable. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is a sheet-fed document scanner with 600 dpi in its images, so it won't be the best for family photos. That said, experts praise the clarity and quality of its scans, given its small footprint.
An easy scanner to use, if you don't mind always using its own software. On one hand, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 makes everything easy: It weighs less than a pound, it's easy to toss in a backpack with your laptop, it plugs in and operates with a single USB cable and its software package is solid and straightforward, reviewers say. But because the ScanSnap S1100 does not include generic drives for Windows or MacOS, the scanner can't be used with anything other than the software it ships with, which can be a real frustration to some.
A solid, reliable device. Hundreds of users who review the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 report that it continues working like a champ even after they haul it around for a while. They also report treating it more delicately than a desktop scanner, and its one-page-at-a-time feeding discourages lengthy document scans.
A good warranty for a good scanner. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 has a limited one-year warranty, which is standard among better-quality scanners. Few users report needing to use it, so there is not a lot of data on how difficult it is to make a claim.
Review Credibility: Excellent Veteran reviewer M. David Stone puts the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 through its paces and gives it a rating of 3.5 out of 5. Like other reviewers, he laments the ScanSnap S1100's lack of a standard driver, which means it can't scan using any application other than the ScanSnap software that comes with it. Other than that drawback, however, Stone says the ScanSnap S1100 is an "impressive package" that is "easy to recommend."
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, M. David Stone, Jan. 4, 2011
Review Credibility: Excellent James Galbraith tests the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 and gives it an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5. He notes as positives that it is small and lightweight, and it performs well at what it is designed for -- scanning documents, receipts, credit card slips, etc. The downsides, he says, are that it is a simplex scanner, meaning it can scan only one side of a page at a time, and you can only feed in one page at a time. His verdict: "For anyone looking for a light-duty, portable document scanner, the ScanSnap S1100 is worth a look … but its single-sheet, single-sided scanning could turn digitizing multi-page documents into a tedious task."
Review: Untittled, James Galbraith, Feb. 22, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors of this UK-based site name the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 a Best Buy. According to this review, the ScanSnap S1100 is "fast, extremely versatile and the software is easy to use. The lack of TWAIN drivers isn't too much of a problem, given the wide array of output options."
Review: Fujitsu - ScanSnap S1100 review, IT Reviews staff, March 12, 2011
4. PC World
Review Credibility: Very Good Reviewer Richard Jantz gives the ScanSnap S1100 a rating of 3.5 out of 5, noting that it is fast and efficient, and that its continuous-feed mechanism makes it only a little slower than other ScanSnap models with document feeders. As a con, he cites the fact that it uses a proprietary driver and doesn't include others like TWAIN and ISIS that would make it possible to use the scan function from within other applications.
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100: Slim Mobile Scanner Offers Workhorse Performance, Richard Jantz, Feb. 1, 2011
5. Computer Active
Review Credibility: Very Good Computeractive magazine is based in the U.K.; this short review by Anthony Dhanendran gives the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 a rating of 4 out of 5 based on its "combination of an attractive price and small size." Dhanendran's main beef is that it doesn't come with a document feeder.
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Portable Sheet Scanner, Anthony Dhanendran, As of December 2012
6. Laptop Magazine
Review Credibility: Very Good The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is a Laptop Magazine Editors' Choice, earning 4 out of 5 stars, and reviewer Daniel Howley writes that "with its compact design, fast performance and superb scan quality, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is our top pick for portable scanners."
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Review, Daniel Howley, Feb. 24, 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 190 owners of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 post ratings and reviews of this scanner on Amazon.com. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 stars, and most reviews are quite positive. Typical comments are: "It's easy to install, scans quickly with very high quality, and includes good software," and "It's small, fits in my laptop bag and works." The only complaints are that it lacks a document feeder and only scans one side of a page at a time.
Review: Fujitsu SCANSNAP S1100 CLR 600DPI USB Mobile Scanner (PA03610-B005), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012