Ivor O’Connor

July 31, 2009

Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 12:37 am

The HP Officejet Pro L7780 All-in-One was getting old. Two thousand scans with it had proven it was marginal at best. So when the ScanSnap S1500 presented itself with glowing reviews I snapped it up. After a months use there is not much to say. It works as described and as expected. It’s probably the best scanner one can buy.
+ It was not difficult to set up.
+ It scans both sides at the same time and removes the blank pages and sides automatically!
+ It is very fast. Like 20 pages a minute. Makes scanning a pleasure and not a chore. Just drop it in and it slide out the bottom instantaneously scanned on both sides!
+ It’s the size of a small shoe box. Very compact when not in use. When in use it folds out nicely.
+ 2011.04.20: It is still functioning 3 years after I purchased it!
– Often the empty pages are not removed because it sees the text on the other side of the page and includes it. (Perhaps if the scan heads were positioned differently on the next model this problem would go away.)
– The software prevents multiple scans to be done without intervention on the PC. Continuously clicking multiple options on the pc before the next document can be scanned is annoying and time consuming.
– Papers aged in the sun scan poorly if at all. The mechanism will grab one side and then pull the page in cattywompus like.
– Papers can get stuck inside. Pressing the scan button does not move them forward. Perhaps the thing can be torn apart but it’s not obvious how.
– 2009.08.06: Does not scan long pages. The IRS sends some of their 941 documentation in 8.5″x22″ format. This gets scanned in most of the way before throwing up and leaving the document stuck.
– 2011.04.20: It still is functioning but is starting to fall apart. The bottom tray that folds out to hold the scanned papers on their exit broke a hinge through just basic wear and tear. You’d think the product would have to fall or something extreme for that to happen but it’s just cheap plastic doing what plastic does.
– 2011.04.20: The glass or plastic on one side of the optical scan mechanism has been somehow damaged somehow leaving a line down the scans sometimes. Maybe the software detects the problem and eliminates the line sometimes and that’s why it’s not consistently there even though I can see the scar on the glass…
– 2011.04.20: Fujitsu is extremely backwards in regards to their software. I had lost the original disk and needed to run the scanner from another M$ machine. I had to go through extreme lengths proving I owned the scanner before they would send me another disk via snail mail!!! Why do they not make the software freely available to all over the internet? It’s not like the software would be useful to anybody but owners of the scanner? Eventually the CD did arrive though and I have now put that copy in a safe place so I never have to deal with Fujitsu again. What a backwards dinosaur policy you would never expect to see in todays world!
– 2011.04.20: The scanner sort of works with Ubuntu. I say sort of because none of the features that make it easy to use are supported. It becomes just another dumb scanner no better than any other scanner you can buy. (Kind of like all hardware does under Linux requiring even avid haters of M$ like myself to keep a couple M$ machines around to handle peripherals…)



  1. Hello, I dont know yet how good my S1500 will be, because there is
    no software support for
    Linux by Fujitsu. They simply dont care and even block development.
    sane works however without button.

    Comment by walther — April 19, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    • I have the ScanSnap S1500 attached to a M$ machine since it doesn’t work well with Linux. I hope fsfe.org gets involved and helps convince Fujitsu to open up.

      Comment by ioconnor — April 20, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

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