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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M review

Fujitsu offer a speedy but expensive solution for loose-sheet document scanning

Our Verdict

It's not cheap, but you're getting a very capable machine for your money

For

  • Very fast
  • Meaty auto-feeder
  • Good quality scans

Against

  • Loose sheets only

Fujitsu's ScanSnap S1500M is not a jack-of-all-trades designed to fulfil all your scanning needs, but if you regularly scan large, unbound documents, it could make your life easier.

It's capable of scanning both sides of a page in a single pass, and offers four image settings with resolutions of up to 600dpi in colour or 1,200dpi in black and white. It can handle documents from business card to A4 in size, with variable compression options.

Scanned files can be saved as PDFs or JPEGs, and can be automatically emailed, printed, converted to Microsoft Word or Excel documents or imported into iPhoto.

Scanning speed is blisteringly fast. At the highest quality setting, it scanned our 16-page full-colour company magazine in one minute and 14 seconds, which is very agreeable considering the resolutions used. 12 single-sided greyscale A4 pages scanned in 35 seconds at 150dpi.

Image quality is excellent, offering crisp, clear text and faithful image reproduction at the higher quality settings.

As you'd expect, the ScanSnap S1500M is only capable of scanning loose sheets, not books or bound documents. The aforementioned magazine had to be cut down the spine before scanning. Staples and paperclips must be removed, and previously-stapled pages must be checked to ensure they're not still fastened together.

Even so, if you do a lot of loose-document scanning, this machine's for you. It's fast, capable and very space-efficient.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSheetfed Scanner
USBYes
Product FamilyScanSnap
Brand NameFujitsu
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, B4, Postcard, Letter, Legal, Custom Size, 50.80 mm x 216 mm, 50.80 mm x 360 mm
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Maximum Mono Scan Speed (ppm)20
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ppm)20
Height158 mm
Width292 mm
Depth159 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Business Card
ManufacturerFujitsu
Product ModelS1500M
Product NameScanSnap S1500M Sheetfed Scanner
Product LineScanSnap
Image SensorCCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPA03586-B101
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.fujitsu.com
Marketing Information

ScanSnap S1500M Sheetfed Scanner is compact, easy to use one touch scanning. A4 duplex compact color scanner. Color / grayscale scanning speed: 20ppm (300dpi). Monochrome scanning speed: 20ppm (600dpi). Excellent image quality.

Platform SupportedMac
Package Contents
  • ScanSnap S1500M Sheetfed Scanner
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable (2.0m)
  • ScanSnap Carrier Sheet
  • Safety Precautions
  • Getting Started
  • DVD-ROM including Software
Weight (Approximate)3 kg