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First Look: ScanSnap S300, PDF sheet-fed scanner

updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue November 4, 2008

ScanSnap S300

Computers were supposed to give us the paperless office, but anyone who uses them knows that they create more paper than ever before. While paper can be convenient for storing information, it's not always as convenient to store or share with others in large quantities. To solve this problem, Fujitsu offers a unique portable device called the ScanSnap S300.

The main purpose for this product is to make color copies of pages. Instead of turning paper into duplicate copies of more paper, this device scans multiple pages and converts them to PDF files, which are much easier to copy and share with others.

This device weighs 3.08 pounds, making it easy to pack and take with you if necessary. (Of course, the added weight of this item combined with your laptop can nearly double the weight you must now carry.) Its small size (width of 11.18 inches, depth of 3.8 inches, and height of 3.08 inches) makes it compact, although when you extend its paper chute, its depth increases to 9.27 inches and its height increases to 9.80 inches.

The ScanSnap S300 is small enough to be portable

A retractable chute lets you stack up to ten pages into the unit, which can scan on one side or two sides of each sheet. With many scanners, papers often get skewed when fed into the scanner. Fortunately, this item can not only correct skewed images, but it's also smart enough to flip pages right-side up if you insert pages the wrong way.

The scanner can automatically straighten out skewed pages

If this device could only scan one side of a page, it would be enough, but it can also scan both sides of a page, making scanning faster and more convenient. In case some pages are blank on the other side, this item can recognize this and avoid saving a blank page as part of your PDF file.

The scanner can ignore any blank pages

Since this product is meant to be portable, there's a good chance that you won't be near an electric wall outlet to plug it in. That's why it comes with two USB cables. One USB cable connects the scanner to your Mac while the second USB cable provides power to run the scanner. If you are near an electric wall outlet, you can also plug the device in, which can conserve a laptop Mac's power if you're running off batteries.

When running off its USB power cable, this unit can scan up to four double-sided pages a minute. When plugged into an electric wall outlet, this unit can scan up to eight double-sided pages a minute.

Before you can use this product, you must install special software drivers that come included on a CD. After these drivers are installed, you can connect this item and scan papers as easily as inserting a sheet of paper and pressing a big Scan button.

After scanning, the device gives you the option of saving your scanned pages as a PDF file, or attaching it as a PDF file to an e-mail message. If your computer is hooked up to a printer, you can scan a page and print it out directly.

If you need to copy papers, or even business cards, on a regular basis, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 is a unique accessory. It's quiet and small enough to be used in a library, yet fast enough to be used in an office as well. For anyone who handles sheets of papers that need to be saved, the ScanSnap S300 can help you store information digitally and move you one step closer to the paperless office.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The question is WHY would they make one version for Mac and one version for PC?

    Fujitsu Scansnap S300m = mac
    Fujitsu Scansnap S300 = pc

  1. mrglsmrc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2 versions

    2 different os related software bundles. competing in different markets at different prices?

  1. Raman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They could just as easily have included both Mac and PC versions of the software on the CD/DVD but they probably don't want you to use it on both your PC and on your Mac. Fujitsu has another larger SCAMSnap that has PC and Mac versions but I think the Mac version has a white shell and the PC has black plastic. Whoop de doo! The black shelled version probably would look better next to the new Mac's if Fuji is really worried about asthetics.


    Other companies are doing the same thing - shipping the exact same hardware but 2 different boxes with 2 different UPC's, with 2 different CD/DVD's in it depending on if it's the PC version or the Mac version.

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