The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M is an easy to use, attractive sheet-fed scanner. Its automatic document feeder can hold up to 50 sheets, and it can scan both sides of a document simultaneously at a resolution of 600dpi.
The compact silver and white Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M is solidly built and connects to your PC via USB 2.0. Its fold-up design allows it to take up little desktop real estate when not in use.
Fujitsu's ScanSnap Manager software offers a colourfully pleasing interface, with intuitive controls and easy to recognize icons. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M doesn't ship with a TWAIN driver, which would let you initiate a scan into TWAIN compliant apps such as Acrobat Professional 8, a powerful, and expensive, application which the ScanSnap actually includes. You can, however, use the ScanSnap Manager to send the scanned files to these applications.
The ScanSnap Manager software comes with presets for scanning to a printer, to a folder, or to email. ScanSnap Manager also shows presets for two bundled applications, CardIris business card scanning software, and Abbyy Fine Reader. The CardIris software worked fine, though a bit of editing cleanup was required.
In terms of speed, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M wasn't the fastest document scanner we've tested, but was still impressively quick, taking just 36 seconds for our 10-page test and 18 seconds for our scan to Acrobat test. Its one-page test result, at 17 seconds, was the slowest score of four recently tested document scanners, which had scores between 7 and and 15 seconds.
In our scanning quality tests, we found the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M to be a solid performer, earning Good ratings in all three of our evaluation categories (detail, colour and OCR accuracy).
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