Users and reviewers who work with the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 document scanner praise its speed, the quality of its character recognition and its intelligent handling of everything from receipts to business cards to documents fed at a tilt. The scanner comes with a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) and it has an auto-duplexer, allowing it to scan both sides of a page at once. The ScanSnap S1500 can scan slightly more than 20 pages per minute. However, the device will only work with its own software; users report that its drivers don't work with the Windows 7 64-bit version, and those who have to file warranty claims say they are a true headache. A separate model, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M (*Est. $420) is available for Mac computers.
Good enough for the job. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 is a document scanner, designed to import pages of text. Its 600 dpi will not do even a respectable job on photos, but the scans are plenty good enough to recognize text and import it into a number of convenient formats.
Easy to use with some significant caveats. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 will only work with its own software; it doesn't come with generic drivers that would allow it to be used by other programs. Users also report that it will not work with the Windows 7 64-bit version. But if you can live with those limitations, reviewers and users alike say it is truly a snap to use.
Users report few problems. With hundreds of reviews on file at consumer Web sites, the overall picture of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 is one of a machine that rarely experiences issues. Users say the document scanner is well made, and they like the way it fits together.
A good warranty that is difficult to use. The one-year limited warranty on the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 document scanner is standard among better-quality scanners, but users who had to make claims describe it as a frustrating experience. They said they were, required to ship the scanner at their own expense, only to find that problems are not always fixed.
Review Credibility: Excellent M. David Stone at PCMag.com calls the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 "the best desktop document scanner in its price class," praising its speed and good looks. Because the scanner doesn't support other drivers that would allow it to be used from within third-party software, it falls short of being an Editors' Choice. Stone says that Fujitsu's scanning utility may not be to a user's individual taste.
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, M. David Stone, Aug. 18, 2009
2. IT Reviews.com
Review Credibility: Excellent U.K.-based IT Reviews features a favorable review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, although there is no rating given to allow easy comparison with other models. However, according to the review, it's "a fast little scanner that takes up hardly any room and will meet the needs of most small business buyers."The included software is termed "comprehensive," though the review notes as drawbacks the lack of drivers and the difficulty scanning large sheets of paper.
Review: Fujitsu -- ScanSnap S1500 Review, Editors of ITReviews.com, June 25, 2009
Review Credibility: Excellent James Galbraith's Macworld review gives the ScanSnap S1500M a rating of 3.5 out of 5 mice. Galbraith says the S1500 is easy to use,with an intuitive software interface. He adds that in tests, it proved to be a "solid performer, earning Good ratings in all three of our evaluation categories (detail, color and OCR accuracy)."
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M, James Galbraith, Feb. 3, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good In this hands-on review, CM Smith uses the Fujitsu ScanSnap 1500M, the Mac-compatible version. He praises its speed, handling of documents (including those that tilt while feeding), and the compact package it makes after folding in the various trays. He also likes the way it scanned to popular program platforms (such as Word) and the included business card software. "If you are trying to live the paperless lifestyle … this is the scanner to get," he writes.
Review: Lifehack Product Review: The ScanSnap S1500, CM Smith, June 27, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In this dated, but still valid, review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Deluxe Package scanner, David Carnoy praises the Fujitsu's speed, included optical character recognition (OCR) and business card reading software for Windows, and ease of use. It's not for photos, won't scan oversized documents and doesn't include OCR software for the Mac, he notes.
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Deluxe Bundle Review, David Carnoy, Dec. 14, 2009
Review Credibility: Very Good Ruth Carter does a hands-on review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 document scanner for Law.com's Law Technology News blog. She praises its speed, even with color and double-sided documents, and its ability to create searchable PDFs, Word or Excel documents, or images. She also likes the business card software.
Review: Untittled, Ruth Carter, Sept. 14, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good A former About.com guide runs the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 document scanner through its paces in this undated, hands-on review, awarding it 4.5 out of 5 stars. He calls it "an efficient paper processing engine," praising its compact package and its ability to power through everything from magazine clippings to tax returns to receipts. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Hands-On Home Office: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Reviewed, Michael Desmond, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 700 ScanSnap S1500 owners weigh in on the scanner; they give it an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Again, most negative comments concern the lack of a driver that would allow the use of the S1500 with software other than Fujitsu's. The Mac model, the ScanSnap S1500M, has a separate listing on Amazon.com, and it gets an equally favorable rating in more than 500 reviews.
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good The more than 160 owner comments about the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 at Newegg.com largely mirror those at Amazon.com. The majority of users are pleased. A few owners note paper-feed issues on the ADF.
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, Contributors to Newegg.com, As of December 2012
10. B&H Photo
Review Credibility: Good On this site, the Mac version of the ScanSnap S1500 has more reviews (more than 90) than the PC version does (about 50). Both versions get a 4.8 out of 5 overall rating and general praise from owners.
Review: Fujitsu S1500 ScanSnap Sheet-Fed Scanner w /ADF, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of December 2012