Let’s get this out of the way: I love Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners. At some point, Fujitsu got wind of this, and started sending me test units so I would continue gushing about their products online. Fine with me.

When I bought my first ScanSnap—an S500—it was clearly the easiest way to get into document scanning. All I had to do was drop my documents into the auto-feeder, hit the blue button, and decide where to save the resulting PDF. Cake.

So I was excited when I first got wind of the ScanSnap S1300. The concept is the same of the larger ScanSnap S1500, just in a much smaller package. It is a nice second scanner if you have a specific need for scanning on the go. But it will not replace a desktop document scanner like the S1500.

Form factor

The S1300 is truly portable. You can easily fit the scanner and its wires into your computer bag. You will not have room for much else, but it does fit. There are smaller document scanners—even smaller duplexing document scanners—but most anything smaller requires you to hand-feed every document. The automatic document feeder is pretty essential to a document scanner.

The automatic feeder fits about 10 pages. You will not be scanning boxes of document production with the S1300, but a few dozen pages should not tax the scanner or your patience. The fold-out feeder is sturdy for such a small machine, but it does feel like it could snap off if someone accidentally swung a bag into it.

One of the nicest features of the S1300 is that you can run it from your computer’s USB port. In the video below, you can see me powering the scanner from my laptop’s battery. Unfortunately, this requires two open USB ports, but that should not be much a problem; most modern computers have at least two, often more.

Quality and performance

The quality of the documents I scanned with the S1300 was the same as documents I scanned with the larger S1500, as far as I could tell. For all I know, the scanning elements could be the exact same.

The most-noticeable difference in performance is in speed. While the S1500 hums along at about 20 pages per minute, the S1300 crawls along at about 8. To really appreciate the difference, check out this video showing the S1500 in action, and compare it to the S1300 in the video below.

Speed is not a dealbreaker, in this case. The S1300 is not meant to be your everyday desktop scanner; it is a portable scanner you can take to remote client meetings, contract closings, and even document reviews. But keep in mind, scanning 100 pages will take about 15 minutes. Plan accordingly.

The S1300 in action

Is the S1300 right for you?

If you are buying your first document scanner, get the larger ScanSnap S1500 desktop scanner. If you already have a document scanner in your office, and you have a specific need to scan documents on the road, check out the S1300.

Summary

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is a reasonable choice for someone with lightweight scanning needs who sometimes needs to scan on the go.

If you are buying your first document scanner, get the larger ScanSnap S1500 desktop scanner. If you already have a document scanner in your office, and you have a specific need to scan documents on the road, check out the S1300.

Rating: 3.5 (out of 5)