ScanSnap S1100 is Fujitsu’s New Micro Scanner

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The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is forget-you-have-it-in-your-bag tiny, a document scanner for lawyers on the go. But it is also—at just under $200—a great second scanner for the home office. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its bigger siblings, the S1300 and S1500, but it retains a surprising number of features in a seriously portable package.

S1100 form factor

The ScanSnap S1100 is a little smaller than an empty paper towel tube. It weighs a pound and a half, which is barely enough to register in your laptop bag. Put your S1100 in your bag with a netbook or ultra-portable, and the total weight will still come in lower than most laptops.

This document scanner is meant to be used in small places, so you can open a flap to control whether paper comes out the back or curls back toward the front. That is a useful feature if you don’t want your pages landing in the latte across from your workspace in the coffee shop.

Minor complaint: the USB port on the scanner is on the left-hand side, which means the scanner wants to sit on the right-hand side of your laptop—right where your coffee is (unless you are left-handed, in which case everything is perfect and you can ignore this). It’s not a dealbreaker; it just means you have to navigate a bit more cord if you want to put the scanner on the left side of your laptop.

Chief complaint: it does not come with a case or bag, and it really needs one. You cannot toss this into your bag as-is, because the flaps will probably wind up in pieces if you do. Plus, you will probably end up with all kinds of bag junk in your scanner. Fujitsu told me they didn’t want to include a cheapo case, but also didn’t want the price of the scanner to go too high from including a nice one, so they skipped it entirely. But you are still going to need one. Fujitsu’s case will be only $20, but go ahead and plan on picking one up.

Those complaints don’t change the fact that the ScanSnap S1100 is a seriously small, well-built little scanner. It is a truly minuscule scanner you can store in your laptop bag as easily as in your desk drawer.

Scanning with the ScanSnap S1100

The S1100 runs off your computer’s USB port, making it truly portable, since there is no power cord (and brick) to pack. That means it also fits nicely in a small desk drawer, if you need a scanner at home for occasional use. I tucked it into our side table for scanning in the living room.

In other words, you can pull out the S1100, plug it in, and be ready to scan in literally moments.

When you start feeding a document into the ScanSnap, it very politely grabs the end of the page to hold it in place. Hit the glowing blue button—as with all ScanSnaps—and it will suck the page in and scan it. You have to feed additional pages manually, and it scans only one side of the page at a time, so you have to be your own duplexer, too, by flipping manually. Fortunately, you don’t have to punch the button for every page. This little scanner senses when you are pushing a new page in, and automatically pulls it in and scans it.

The S1100 won’t be winning any speed races against its bigger siblings, but it’s fast enough to scan a dozen pages at a client meeting on the road or an out-of-town conference. Randall recently brought it to a meeting at a client’s home so he could scan the retainer and leave the original with the client, instead of bringing the original back to the office, scanning it, and mailing or e-mailing a copy to the client.

Software bundled with the ScanSnap S1100

Like all ScanSnaps, this one comes bundled with Fujitsu’s excellent ScanSnap Manager, ScanSnap Organizer, CardMinder (Windows) or Cardiris (Mac), ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap, and Evernote. It does not come with Acrobat, probably because the cost of the scanner is lower than the cost of Acrobat, and also because most people who buy this scanner will already have a bigger ScanSnap.

The ScanSnap Manager and ABBYY are the only software you really need to install, and the Manager is really slick, with some incremental improvements. You can now scan to Evernote or Google Docs, which is a nice option. I do appreciate the option to scan to Evernote, which I do often.

I’ve never found the ScanSnap Organizer useful, though so I skip that. The business card software is not very interesting, either. I love Evernote, but of course, I’ve already got it installed.

The reason why the software is awesome is because setting up a ScanSnap is literally two steps: (1) put in the CD and click Install; and (2) plug in your scanner. Then put some paper in it and press the blue button. It doesn’t get much easier, and the software makes that happen.

Conclusion

The ScanSnap S1100 is not for every lawyer. It is meant for someone who needs to do small scanning jobs while on the road. It is also a great option for small scanning jobs at home. It’s not a scanner you will use every day, but it is priced right to be a scanner you use occasionally; it’s worth keeping around for when you need it.

Summary

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is good for doing small scanning jobs on the road, and it is priced right for a second, just-in-case scanner.

The ScanSnap S1100 is not for every lawyer. It is meant for someone who needs to do small scanning jobs while on the road. It is also a great option for small scanning jobs at home. It’s not a scanner you will use every day, but it is priced right to be a scanner you use occasionally; it’s worth keeping around for when you need it.

Rating: 4 (out of 5)

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  • http://bunkerlawgroup.com/ Ben Bunker

    This is an upcoming purchase I plan on making thanks to Lawyerist. I use a virtual office, so I don’t have access to a scanner on the premises. I’m finding that it would be more efficient for me to have a portable scanner to deal with client docs rather than paying for copies.

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/samglover/ Sam Glover

      You won’t be sorry. This is a sweet little scanner if you need to do any scanning outside the office.

  • Joel

    “You cannot toss this into your bag as-is.”

    “The ScanSnap S1100 is a little smaller than an empty paper towel tube.”

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/aaronstreet/ Aaron Street

      Joel-

      I think you should wrap some paper towel tubes in left-over scraps of fabric and sell them as Premium S1100 cases! $49.99 seems like the right price.

  • Shawn

    Between the office and home and other activities, this is sure to get tossed into the wrong bad at some point and simply buried in the other gear.