Pros Compact unit. Quick single or double-sided scans (single pass for double-sided). Lots of options for resolution, searable .pdf and .jpg. ScanSnap Organizer software allows for organizing by folder and additional tagging.
Cons Editor's Review incorrect; can set to save photos as .jpg. However, correct aboout lines in scans and worse, it DAMAGES photos - they are permanently scored by the feeder mechanism (scoring now picked up by flatbed scanner). UNACCEPTABLE FOR PHOTOS.
Summary Get this for documents; it is small, convenient, and comes with some useful software. Do not get this for photos - it damages the photos. For documents I give it 5 stars; for photos I give it 0 stars. Since I purchased it for documents, I am giving it 4 stars overall. The scanner quickly folds and unfolds (and still in a pretty small footprint) making it easy to accommodate on your desk. Note: comes with a full copy of Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard.
"Works Great!"on by residentelk
Pros Easy to set-up. Easy to use. Fast. Searachable PDF files. Affordable.
Cons None to mention.
Summary I have been looking for a product to electronically archive all my paper documents painlessly for over a decade. Now that is possible with the S1500 ScanSnap. The scanner is fast and starts scanning with a touch of a button. The included software makes the task of converting to PDF (Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard) and saving into a file organization application (ScanSnap Organizer) as simple as can be. I cannot think of a time when both hardware and software work so flawlessly. This product is simple to use and works as intended without any headaches. The best part of electronically archiving with the S1500 is that the included software contains an OCR program that can turn your scanned documents into searchable PDF, so you can use Acrobat 9 to find the exact content you are looking for. You will not regret owning one.
Pros changes documents to many formats stored in recognizable icons, converts paper documents to pictures to size them, for a newsletter, converts a paper document to a searchable document to look for a word, great price for the software
Cons occasionally stopped working, generally fixed with restart (close and open it) does much more than I can easily understand that might be explained in a visual "how to". would like a simple way to also connect to Mac. fine price with software
Summary I am an old guy, techie wannabe, this scanner adds to the ways that I can process papers for storage, email, word search, format, play... It reminds me of my tools: hammer, screwdriver (regular and phillips) assorted nails and screws, and pliers) - you can fix almost anything - this is my first posting, hope it helps someone
"Very Impressed"on by KurgerBurger
Pros Very fast, full color, duplex, wide range of software for manipulating images after scan. Inserted your original upside down? No problem, you can flip it before saving.
Cons The business card software is not as flexible as CardScan's but the fact that it is even there was a pleasant surprise. All the OCR reader will capture is name, company, phone and email, but can export into Outlook.
Summary We are trying to go paperless, I own a business and get tons of crap that I need to keep around but the filing never stays caught up, so bought this product as an experiment. We are very surprised at the flexibility of the software- most negative scanner reviews seem to focus on the software. The unit very quickly scans docs, processing takes a little while though. Color resolution is not perfect but good enough for business. The bizcard software (OCR) only captures the name, phone, company and email and will export to Outlook, but if you need the address, fax and other info captured you should look at a bizcard scanner such as CardScan. I haven't done a lot of OCR testing yet but so far OCR accuracy appears to be around 90-95%, so you will have to clean up a bit. Overall this unit is very nice for the price.
Pros I scanned about 300 pictures of four different sizes. Could do about 15 at a time. No problem. Jammed once, but easy quick release button. No damage. OCR great transfering old typed manuscript to Word. Minor problem with format transference.
Cons Nothing. Have told several friends how delighted I am with it. Urged Office Max to carry it. Would have bought one at least a year ago if I had known about them. I'm 73 and no tech wizard. Managed to set up and use product with no help.
Summary Terrific product. They need to advertise more.