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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Review

This model produces high-quality scans, is easy to use, and is good at scanning lots of short documents
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i
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Price:   $295 List | $259.99 at Amazon
Pros:  High quality scans, easy to use software
Cons:  Relatively slow, 10-page document feeder feels limiting
Manufacturer:   Fujitsu
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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  • Scanning Performance - 35% 8
  • Speed - 30% 5
  • Software - 20% 7
  • User Friendliness - 15% 6

Our Verdict

Representing Fujitsu's more budget-friendly option, the ScanSnap S1300i offers high-quality scans you would expect from a Fujitsu scanner, in a portable package. We think it's one of the best portable models currently on the market. It does, however, lack some of the advanced features of its larger siblings. It only has a 10-page document feeder, making it a tedious process to scan longer documents. Unless you regularly need to scan longer documents, we feel that the S1300i is a great choice for most users.

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Pros High quality scans, easy to use softwareFast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed trayGreat scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCRNow available for free, high quality scans, great text recognitionExcellent photo scan quality, easy setup, relatively inexpensive
Cons Relatively slow, 10-page document feeder feels limitingExpensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfectSlowSlow and laborious for multi-page documentsSoftware can be a bit clunky, very slow for long text documents
Bottom Line This model produces high-quality scans, is easy to use, and is good at scanning lots of short documentsThe fastest, most fully-featured, easy to use, and highest quality scanner we've testedA great balance between performance, quality, and portability, all at a reasonable priceA perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receiptsAn excellent and reasonably inexpensive flatbed option for digitizing documents and photos
Rating Categories Fujitsu ScanSnap S1... Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Brother DS-640 Scanner Pro App Epson Perfection V39
Scanning Performance (35%)
8.0
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7.0
8.0
Speed (30%)
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Software (20%)
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User Friendliness (15%)
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Specs Fujitsu ScanSnap S1... Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Brother DS-640 Scanner Pro App Epson Perfection V39
Paper Sizes A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Business card, Post card, Letter, Legal and Custom size Max: 11" x 17"
Min: 2" x 2"
Max: 8.5" x 32" Any size Max: 8.5" x 11.7"
Weight (pounds) 3.1 lbs 7.5 lbs 1.0 lbs N/A 3.4 lbs
Resolution (dpi) 600 x 600 600 x 600 600 x 600 N/A 4800 x 4800
Simplex/Duplex Duplex Duplex Simplex Simplex Simplex
Scanning Modes Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection Color, Grayscale, Auto 24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray scale, 1 bit monochrome Color Document, Black and White, Color Photo, Grayscale Photo Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection
Automatic Document Feeder 10-page 50-page No No No
PC Compatible Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Mac Compatible Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Measured Pages Per Minute 13 67 4 3 N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i is a good all-around performer, but its relatively small automatic document feeder makes it one of the slower scanners at the price point. After all of our testing was completed, it ended up with an average overall score. In the following sections, we detail how it performed in our speed, scanning performance, software, and user-friendliness tests.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Scanning Performance


The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i was top notch in our scan quality testing, sharing one of the top scores in this metric. Both printed and handwritten text came out looking nearly as good as the originals, and it was even able to reproduce full-color documents with a high level of accuracy.


Like many of the models we tested, it did create some smudges when scanning receipts, but those scans still came out perfectly legible. It also handled full-color scans quite well, with just minor alterations in the shade of the original documents.

The S1300i lived up to Fujitsu's reputation of creating high quality...
The S1300i lived up to Fujitsu's reputation of creating high quality scans of printed and handwritten text.

Speed


Speed is one area where the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i was relatively lacking. It got through our 10-page double-sided test document in 45 seconds, leading to an average speed of 13 pages per minute. It also only has a 10-page document feeder, meaning for long documents, you're going to have to reload the document feeder at least once a minute.


For comparison, the Epson WorkForce ES-400 is only slightly faster, scanning at 14 pages per minute. Still, it has a 50-page document feeder, so scanning longer documents is more automated and requires fewer reloadings of the document feeder.

The S1300i is relatively slow when compared to other high end models.
The S1300i is relatively slow when compared to other high end models.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Software


The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i comes with the ScanSnap software, which was one of our favorite software bundles. This software makes choosing settings, creating PDFs, and managing the resulting files very easy and intuitive.


The only reason it didn't earn a top score was because of its optical character recognition. In our testing, the software was able to accurately identify most words, but it did miss a few words here and there. However, it was accurate enough that you could definitely find a document on your computer by searching for a keyword contained within it. Still, it may not give you an accurate count of the number of keywords within a document. The Epson WorkForce ES-400 was just the opposite. Its software interface has a slight learning curve, but the optical character recognition is nearly flawless.

Color scans looked slightly faded in our testing, but otherwise...
Color scans looked slightly faded in our testing, but otherwise quite good.

User Friendliness


The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i was easy to set up — we had it scanning within 15 minutes of opening the box — and its software is compatible with both Mac and PC. The interface is also simple and easy to use.


We docked it a few points because it doesn't have a paper output tray. When trying to scan longer documents, it was surprising how annoying it was to not have a tidy paper tray where all the scanned pages were deposited. For that reason, we preferred other options when it came to ease of use.

Value


The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i has a fair price given its performance relative to comparably priced models. If you need a high-end scanner to use for lots of shorter documents, it's a fairly good value. However, if you scan lots of documents that are longer than 10 pages, it would be worth spending a bit more on the Epson WorkForce ES-400 for the larger document feeder.

Conclusion


The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i is a good all-around scanner, but its small 10-page document feeder makes it a poor choice if you scan lots of longer documents.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata