ScanSnap S510: just get it


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The newest desktop ScanSnap is the iX500, which is also our top scanner recommendation. Check out our ScanSnap iX500 review.

People often ask me which scanner to get. There are a lot of options out there, but I still think the best option is the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 (or S510M if you are a Mac user). They are fast, reliable, and awesome. Plus, the $400 scanner comes with a copy of Adobe Acrobat Standard worth $300. Pretty fantastic deal.

If you want “the best,” get a more expensive Fujitsu scanner with ultrasonic dual-feed detection and all that stuff. If you want a reliable scanner and don’t want to spend a ton of money, get an S510.

(For the few Linux users out there, my S500 works great with Ubuntu.)

Update: We now recommend the newer Fujitsu ScanSnap s1500 document scanner, though the older s510 is still a great machine.


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  • WPS

    I purchased a S510 just before Christmas; works great in Ubuntu using gscan2pdf. Very fast, very reliable, and great quality. I find using lineart with approx 225 resolution, threshold 1, and a high contrast allows for very good OCR.

    My only wish is that Acrobat 8 would run in Wine! Instead I have to use a Windows XP install in Virtualbox (which isn’t all that bad, since I use bankruptcy software that needs XP anyway…)

    If anyone is planning on buying, watch for cashback deals using through either or With a mail-in rebate I was able to pick this up for just under $300.

  • Sam Glover

    I actually use the Windows ScanSnap utility in Virtualbox, as well. I just like it better than the Linux-based options.

    (For the Windows users, just ignore this Linux geeking-out.)

  • I just got the S510M (mac) and love it. It seems a must have for any solo.