Fujitsu SCANSNAP S1100 CLR
600DPI USB Mobile Scanner

Product Review

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is even smaller than its “cousin”, the S1300. At 10.7 inches wide, 1.9 inches deep, and 1.3 inches high, and weighing less than a pound (12.3 ounces), it is “ultra portable”.

The S1100 can scan color postcards, greeting cards, plastic ID cards, and other items printed on thick paper. The maximum document size is 8.5” and 14”.

Maximum resolution is 600 X 600.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap 1100 scanner works using only one USB port, as compared to the two needed for the S1300. In order to get the maximum in portability and reduce the power needed, some trade-offs were required:

  • This scanner will only scan one page at a time, as opposed to the S1300 and other models in this line, which can handle multiple pages.
  • Also, the scanner only scans one side of a page at a time. If the item being scanned is double sided, the page will have to be turned over and scanned a second time.

This scanner has many positive features. It shares the Auto skew correction, Auto orientation, and Auto color detection features with the larger models in the ScanSnap series. Also, when scanning several receipts, the scanner will “sit and wait” for you to pick up the next receipt and insert it. It will not discontinue the scanning function until you click “Finished” on the computer.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 can operate on either a PC or Mac platform. It is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Apple MacOS X 10.4;
  • Apple MacOS X 10.6;
  • Apple MacOS X 10.5;
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits);
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits); and
  • Microsoft Windows XP

Scanning speeds, according to Fujitsu, are 7.5 seconds per 8.5”x11” page in all modes (Auto, Normal, Better, and Best) except “Excellent” mode. The latter takes 35 seconds per page.

Naturally, scanning speed may vary, depending on the computer system used.

Accompanying software includes Card Minder, for scanning and storing business cards, and ABBYY FineReader OCR, for scanning to editable Microsoft Word files. The scanner also can scan to print, to Google Docs, to Evernote, and to the Organizer file management program.

The following video demonstrates how the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 functions.

Intended Users:

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 is an excellent option for anyone whose job involves a lot of travelling, or who need to scan sales documents and submit them to the office while on the road. It also enables tracking and organization of expenses, as receipts for meals, etc., are small and easily misplaced.

It also is good for a small desktop, as it takes up so little space.

For those involved in genealogy, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 may be an option for more recent photographs and smaller, more recent paper-based documents. It would also be useful for certified copies of documents from various organizations. However, it would not be of use for more fragile items and older-style photographs, or for documents larger than 8.5” x 14”.

Customer Feedback:

  • … This is the first ultra mobile Scansnap, and I cannot convey how impressed I am with it! The device is literally about the size of two snickers bars put end to end. It's tiny, feels well constructed, and does not require external power. The software installation is quick and easy. It does not come with Adobe Acrobat Full version, like some of the older models used to include. It does not scan double sided as do many of the other Scansnap devices. If you've used a Scansnap this one puts the brakes on and reverses you-- the paper actually feeds in the front and out the back-- Opposite of all Scansnaps. It works just fine once you realize what's going on there.

    Those couple of drawbacks considered, if you are a mobile road warrior who needs to scan on the go, (signed paperwork, business cards, receipts, etc.) this is clearly my most preferred choice for a mobile scanner. The quality of scans is completely satisfactory, and honestly this little device does much better with tiny thin pieces of paper like receipts as compared to some of the larger models-- that are designed for a whole stack of paper-- and from time to time will skew a thin tiny receipt sideways and crinkle it up.

  • …The latest member of the ScanSnap family delivers most of the punch of the desktop models, including quality, speed, smart design and brilliantly simple-to-use software. A couple of features had to be sacrificed to whittle the ScanSnap down to ultraportable size that scans and charges over a single USB cable, but they make for a reasonable compromise: the S1100 doesn't perform two-sided scans, and there's no multi-page feed.

    For my line of work this means I'm still able to process about 80% of my scans while I'm on the road -- usually at night, while chilling in front of the TV in my hotel room -- which gives me a huge head start on client follow-up and expense report filing.

    Just like its desktop big brothers, the S1100 is a little paper-eating monster, and you can work your way through an unwieldy stack of paper in a surprisingly short amount of time. The included Evernote integration is just icing on the cake, making uploads, filing, organizing and accessing files over multiple computers/devices a breeze. …

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