Well, it’s official – the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 has been announced and much like Eddie Murphy, it is coming to America.
You might remember a while ago I saw it on Amazon Japan and posted about it. Well, now no need to wait for it to come to the US. It’s announced. I don’t see it on online stores yet, but I will update when I see it.
I will have a full review coming very soon, but lets get the important stuff out of the way:
- Yes, it is a replacement for the S300 and S300M. The 300 series is dead. Long live the 1300!
- Notice there is no 1300M. This is intentional – for the first time, Fujitsu is releasing what they call a “hybrid” – a device that includes everything for both Mac and PC.
Form Factor of S300 With Features Of S1500
- Long Documents: This is huge and you might recall me complaining about it before with the S300M. It will now scan receipts etc. up to 34 inches long
- Searchable Keywords: You can now mark with a highlighter and embed searchable keywords in a document
- Auto Quality: You can choose Auto for Image Quality and if you scan a small document, it will adjust automatically
- More Profiles: You can now set up 20 profiles instead of the previous limit of 12
- Searchable PDFs On The Mac: Yes!!!!!!!!!! This was the biggest limitation of the S300M. The ScanSnap S1300 will now make PDFs searchable out of the box.
PC and Mac:
- ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap: Does OCR and makes PDFs searchable
- ScanSnap Manager: The main software for the scanner which controls the 1 button operation and enables all the profiles.
- ScanSnap Organizer 4.1: Document manager
- CardMinder 4.1: Business card scanning/extraction
- Scan To Functions: Allows you to scan to a folder, email, printer, SharePoint, etc.
- Scan To Functions: Can scan to the usual stuff but also to iPhoto or iDisk
- CardIris 3.6: Business card scanning/extraction
From a tech perspective, the S1300 is pretty similar to the 300 series.
It scans 8 pages per minute and will hold up to 10 pages, it has auto deskew/orientation, blank page detection, and can (of course) be powered by USB.
It is very very slightly bigger than the 300 series (11.18 x 3.9 x 3.03 in. for the S1300 vs. 11.18 x 3.74 x 3.03 in. for the S300) and is the same weight (3.08 lb.)
As I said, I will be posting my review very soon, but on paper anyways the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 looks like a great upgrade to the 300 series, especially for Mac users (adding searchable PDF is killer!).
What do you think? Anything you are particularly excited about or wish was there? Sound off in the comments.