Any experience on Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

Looking for a scanner for a one man office, but need a reliable scanner (a MF will not serve the purpose) I am looking on the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i because Fujitsu is a reliable brand, its company, a not expensive.

Does anyone have experience with this model?
Abraham DeutschIT professionalAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Abraham,
I do not have that scanner, but I do have the next one up in the ScanSnap series, the S1500, which is excellent. Based on my experience with the S1500, I wouldn't hesitate to try the S1300i, which uses much of the same software as the S1500 (and other scanners in Fujitsu's ScanSnap series). One thing to keep in mind: the entire ScanSnap series does not have industry standard scanning drivers (ISIS, SANE, TWAIN, WIA/WIA2, etc.). The scanning driver in the ScanSnap series is proprietary to Fujitsu, but they offer enough software that this isn't a problem for most users, and you can always scan to a folder and use other imaging software if you prefer — that's what I do, since I use PaperPort as my standard imaging software, and occasionally other products, such as Acrobat, IrfanView, PDF-XChange Editor, Power PDF, and others, all of which require ISIS, TWAIN, or WIA/WIA2 drivers in order to scan directly (hence, the requirement to scan with the ScanSnap's proprietary scanning manager and drop the scans into a shared folder).

Note that the S1300i has only a 10-page ADF, which may or may not be adequate for you. If you need a bigger ADF, look at the ScanSnap iX500, which gets excellent reviews (and is the replacement for my obsoleted S1500).

If you want a scanner with some industry standard drivers that is also "a reliable scanner" (a "good scanner", as your previous question said) and a "a reliable brand" and "not expensive" (and "compact and affordable", as your previous question said), take a look at the Kodak ScanMate i940, which has ISIS and TWAIN drivers. I have its predecessor, the Kodak ScanMate i920 (now considered obsolete) — it performs very well.

One other thing — in your previous question, you said that you will do "a lot of scanning". It is important to quantify that, because scanners have what is known as the "duty cycle", which is the recommended daily scanning volume. For example, the Kodak ScanMate i940 has a duty cycle of 1,000 pages per day (you can see that in the Specifications section at Kodak site). Interestingly, Fujitsu does not publish the duty cycle of the S1300i (or any of the ScanSnap series) , but web research indicates that it's probably in the 100 pages per day range.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with either of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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Asad RehmanAssistant IT AdminCommented:

what about the HP Scanner.
here is the Specifications of the blew given link.  I think that it would be much easier to use and also in Budget ......
Asad RehmanAssistant IT AdminCommented:
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Abraham DeutschIT professionalAuthor Commented:
Thank Joe for your informative response. what concerns me about the Kodak ScanMate i940 Scanner on Amazon it has less than 4 stars which is not something I would usually go for (the Fujitsu is the best seller on Amazon with almost 5 stars 1,641 customer reviews)

@  Asad the firs link is not compact. and the rast did you use them and had a good experience?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Abraham. I also pay attention to the star-ratings at Amazon, but sometimes my personal experience is different — and, of course, all products with a large number of ratings have some 5-star, some 1-star, and everything in between. For example, even though the S1300i has a 4.3 average, there are 101 1-star ratings and another 48 2-star ratings — almost 150 1-star and 2-star ratings combined! Likewise, the S1500 (the model I have), has a 4.6 average, but there are 78 1-star and 2-star ratings combined. Anyway, even though the Kodak i940 has a 3.6 average, I like my i920 (the successor of, and virtually identical to, the i940) better than my S1500. Another great example is PaperPort. I use PaperPort Professional 14.5 with Patch 1 (the latest) every day — for all of my document scanning and a lot of my document imaging and photo imaging tasks. It works extremely well for me, yet it has just a 3.7 average at Amazon. So while I always look at the star-ratings and read some of the reviews (especially the 1-star and 2-star ones to get a sense of the problems being reported), I don't always follow the crowd, and I've rarely been disappointed. The decision, of course, is yours. Regards, Joe
Asad RehmanAssistant IT AdminCommented:
Abraham DeutschIT professionalAuthor Commented:
Joe thanks again for your reply.  your live experience is more to rely than Amazon ratings. Thank you for help making the right choice.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Abraham. Best of luck with your new scanner — whichever one you select. Regards, Joe
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