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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100

Est. $180
Reviewed
November 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100

Best portable scanner

Pros
  • Small and light
  • Fast
  • Good scan quality
Cons
  • No document feeder
  • No duplex scanning
  • Won't work with generic drivers

Bottom line

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is the perfect traveling scanner. It weighs less than a pound, and it is about 11 inches long and less than 2 inches wide and high. Scans are fast and high quality, though the S1100 is more suited to scanning one or two items rather than reams of pages. The use of proprietary drivers means that it doesn't play well with third party scanning software -- an issue, but not a deal killer, most say. It is compatible with PC and Mac operating systems.

Scan quality

Good for a document scanner, terrific for a portable. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is a sheet-fed document scanner with 600 dpi resolution, so it won't be the best for scanning photos or complex graphics. That said, experts praise the clarity and quality of its scans, given its small footprint. It can scan all sorts of media, including business cards -- even plastic ones.

Ease of use

An easy scanner to use, as long as you use compatible 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 support generic drivers (TWAIN or ISIS) for Windows or Mac computers, getting scanned images into third party applications is a bit more complicated, which can be a real frustration to some.

Durability

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.

Warranty

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.

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Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

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 makes using it with third party software a bit more cumbersome (that program's scan command will not be recognized). 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

2. PC World

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

3. Laptop Magazine

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is a Laptop Magazine Editors' Choice, earning 4 out of 5 stars. 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

4. ITReviews.com

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

5. Amazon.com

More than 350 owners of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 post ratings and reviews of this scanner on Amazon.com. The 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 November 2013

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